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How to Reuse Your Plastic Bottles for Crafts

Updated on May 24, 2016

26 Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottles in Crafts

There are so many great ways to reuse your plastic bottles and keep them out of the landfill. Pop bottles, water bottles, vinegar bottles, juice bottles, milk jugs, they can all be reused in creative ways.

Here today, here tomorrow! Our children will inherit our plastic. In the early 1900s, a fellow named Baekeland invented plastic. Plastic was inexpensive to make and long lasting. Because it was so long lasting, it served many wonderful purposes. Perhaps too many, because decades later we are faced with landfills full of plastic. For this reason, reuse and recycling are important. It prevents build-up of waste plastic. Also, plastic is made from oil and gas. These resources are in limited supply and recycling existing plastic into new products, rather than creating new ones, preserves natural resources and keeps the landfills from being overwhelmed.

Is It Harmful to Reuse Plastic Water Bottles?

I personally purchase very few bottles. I moved away from buying plastic years ago by filtering my household water and buying my milk and juice in glass bottles. But, people who have moved away from buying plastic will still accumulate it in their recycling bins from friends and family. There are warnings against the safety of reusing plastic bottles for food and drink. You should not refill your plastic water bottle to drink from it. But, it is OK to reuse plastic bottles in crafts.

Recycling Plastic Bottles

If you do not get a chance to reuse your plastic bottles, be sure to recycle them so they don't end up in a landfill. Plastic is not biodegradable and does not readily break down. This handy recycle center locator will help you find the closest recycle center that accepts plastic bottles.

1. Plastic Bottle Bracelets

This fun bracelet is perfect for any teenage girl and it is made by reusing soda or water bottles. The reused plastic bottles give the bracelet just the right amount of stiffness. Get some fabric or felt and reach for your inner creativity.

Bracelet from Reused Plastic Bottles

2. Terrarium

Two-liter bottles can be reused or repurposed by turning them into a terrarium. Perfect craft for kids.

Plastic Bottle Terrarium at Mother Earth News

3. Aqua Spikes

Plant Waterer from Reused Pop Bottles
Plant Waterer from Reused Pop Bottles

Drip watering helps avoid run-off and allows the water to be absorbed deeply into the soil getting to the roots of the plant. Reusing plastic bottles to accomplish this is a win/win situation.

Plant Watering

4. Coin Purse

This clever reuse of plastic bottles to create coin purse is ingeni0us. It reminds me of a little monster that could be adorned with eyes and a nose. :)

Reuse Coin Purse

5. Knitting Loom

Knitting Loom from a Plastic Bottle
Knitting Loom from a Plastic Bottle

Larger plastic bottles can be reused to make these awesome knitting looms. I have many knitting looms and never thought to make one from repurposed plastic!

Make a Knitting Loom from a Large Plastic Bottle

A low-cost and green way to reuse old plastic bottles to provide light. According to DreamsinBloom, this is commonly used in third-world countries. It may not be suitable in your home if you live in a climate that freezes. However, there are many possibilities for the reused bottles as lights!

Reuse Bottles for Lighting

7. Plastic-Bottle Funnel

Plastic-Bottle Funnel
Plastic-Bottle Funnel

Do you have a gerbil or a hamster that might benefit from making a funnel from a plastic bottle? Because there are cautions on health and safety of reusing plastic bottles for drinking purposes, you might want to be careful on this one. But, here are the instructions for a funnel made from plastic bottles.

Plastic Bottle Funnel

8. Make a Box

How to Reuse Plastic Bottles to Make a Box
How to Reuse Plastic Bottles to Make a Box

Another crafty and cool way to weave plastic to make art. This plastic box uses green plastic woven together to form a box.

Plastic Box

9. Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks
Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks

For safety reasons don't make the reused plastic shrinky dinks in a kitchen with all the doors and windows closed. Be sure the area is well ventilated before you heat up the plastic in the oven.

Reuse Plastic Bottles as Shrink Art

10. Pen Holder

Reuse a Plastic Bottle as a Pen Holder
Reuse a Plastic Bottle as a Pen Holder

Of course a well-cut plastic bottle can be used to hold pens, pencils, paper clips, screws, nuts, bolts and just about anything else. The tops could be fastened to a board for storing the garage hardware up out of the way, by mounting the board up high and screwing the bottles in place to put them away... much like people have been reusing baby food jars for many years.

11. Christmas Stars

Christmas Stars from the Bottom of the Bottle
Christmas Stars from the Bottom of the Bottle

Who would have thought that a plastic bottle could be used for home d├ęcor? This Christmas star hardly looks like a plastic bottle. String several together to make a festive Christmas star chain.

12. Privacy Screen

How to Reuse Plastic Bottles as a Privacy Screen
How to Reuse Plastic Bottles as a Privacy Screen

At first glance it is hard to believe this is plastic. It looks like glass. A beautiful reuse of plastic bottles in the home to make a privacy screen.

Privacy Screen

13. A Crafty Vase

Reuse a Plastic Bottle as a Vase with Charm
Reuse a Plastic Bottle as a Vase with Charm

This cloth covered vase makes a cute decoration with homemade appeal. Any size plastic bottle would work for this project, from pop bottles to 2 gallon vinegar bottles.

Make a Vase by Reusing Plastic Bottles

14. Woven "Crystal" Vase

Vase Out of a Plastic Bottle
Vase Out of a Plastic Bottle

I was blown away by this plastic bottle vase on WikiHow. It looks like a real crystal vase. Amazing!

Make a Vase Out of a Plastic Bottle

15. Plastic-Bottle Beads

A cute, crafty and inspirational way to make a piece of trash into art. Nobody would ever know these cute beads were ever an old bottle (unless you tell them.) Bracelets, necklaces, or bead curtains would all look wonderful crafted from these spectacular plastic bottle beads.

Plastic Bottle Beads

16. Toy Shakers or Juggling Pins


The people in this tutorial reused their plastic bottles to juggle. I have seen people use the same method to create shakers for kids. Just put some beads in the bottles and add a stick to make a cute toddler toy.

17. Funky Purse

This is an interesting purse. More importantly, the instructions explain the basics of melting and sewing with plastic, to make anything your heart desires. Remember, to ventilate the room well before heating plastic for reuse!

How to Make a Purse and Sew with Plastic

18. Motion-Ocean Bottle

Ocean in a bottle
Ocean in a bottle

Fill a water with half baby oil and half water. Add blue food coloring to the mix, just enough to get the water the color of the ocean. If you wish you can also add glitter or tiny shells. Seal the bottle and shake back and forth, you will be surprised at how this resembles and ocean.

How to Make an Ocean Bottle

20. Ice Packs

Don't ever refill plastic bottles to drink from them. But you can fill a plastic bottle, leaving an inch of head space at the top for expansion, and freeze it. These ice packs can be used in coolers to keep other stuff cold just as ice packs would be.

21. Paint Trays

When you have a messy project, like painting, the bottom of the bottle makes a nice paint tray.

22. Plastic Bottle House

Plastic Bottle House
Plastic Bottle House

This house is truly amazing and inspired. The creativity and dedication it must have taken to build a home from reused plastic bottles is phenomenal. Do yourself a favor and read a little more about this guy and how he built his house from reused plastic bottles!

Plastic Bottle House

23. Plastic-Bottle Flowers

Plastic Soda water bottle flowers
Plastic Soda water bottle flowers

It is hard to believe these beautiful flowers are really reused plastic bottles. It seems there is no limit to the amount of creative ways to reuse them.

23. Baby Rattle

Baby bottle rattle
Baby bottle rattle

Baby Rattle

Because babies can pull small objects off, I would caution you to ensure the ribbons are very secure when making this plastic bottle rattle. It is a cute little toy great for stimulating babies' senses.

Baby Bottle Rattle

25. Organizer

Reuse Plastic Bottles to Get Organized
Reuse Plastic Bottles to Get Organized

Peel off the label and cut off the top. Those plastic bottles make excellent storage containers for a variety of craft supplies and household items. You will wonder what you did before you reused your plastic to get organized.

26. Space-Saving Way to Grow Food

Have you considered plastic bottles as a space-saving way to grow food? This hanging garden made from waste is beautiful and practical. At they have used the bottles by hanging them on their side. I've also seen them secured upside down with the bottom cut off for growing vegetables.

Grow a Garden in a Reused Plastic Bottle

Do you buy jugs of water? If you do, consider reusing those plastic water jugs to create functional storage bins. This would be a cute and practical way to store children's toys.

Plastic Water Jug Cubby Storage

What do YOU do with Your Plastic Bottles?

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    • lrdl3535 profile image

      Richard Lindsay 19 months ago from California

      These are all great idea to help recycle old bottles. I think we should go back to using glass bottles myself. It would help keep the environment a lot c!eaner.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Awesome ideas. I love each and every one of them. Two thumbs up and voted up for awesome!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      There certainly are many uses for plastic. I use mine to make crafts and am always looking for new inspiration, thanks for the ideas.

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      PhilVardy 4 years ago

      I once used plastic bottles to create 30+ differrent centerpieces for a banquet! Folks couldn't stop talking about them all night :) They were mostly "vase" types, with floating "flowers" - also made of plastic bottles. Spread the love :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love them but there's one problem.............they need MORE IDEAS!!!!!!!!!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for sharing these great reuse ideas for plastic bottles.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Loved your ideas! Thanks for the tips! Sundae ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesomely simple ideas! Thanks, I can't wait to try!

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      Great lens. Great ideas and tips. Thanks

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      Great ideas, I just planted baby clematis, and needed a protective sleeve for the tender roots, as we live in the country, I snipped the top and bottom off the cola bottle and hey presto and great use for a plastic bottle to protect the small plants!

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      ChenB 4 years ago

      Great resources here. Great ideas. Some of them look so stylish it's hard to believe they're made of old plastic bottles. It's always great to figure out how to make something great out of something that costs nothing, and it prevents them from building in the landfill. Great job!

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      Plush LM 4 years ago

      I love your lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Great ideas! I especially like the coin purse and the wall of planters. I feel a project coming on...

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      It's pretty amazing to see what people come up with!

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      I never thought of reusing except that my son did for preparing some models as school assignments. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      on the one ,the guy is doing it a vase like a tulip. how did he keep the strips to stay on the bottle?

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      pimbels lm 5 years ago

      I used to make Terrariums. Great ideas, thank you.

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      WendyKaye 5 years ago

      I love the coin purse! Wonderful lens. Thank you for sharing;)

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      What a wonderfully imaginative lens. This makes you think about what you buy and how to use it when it's finished. Thanks for sharing:-)

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      WinWriter 5 years ago

      Great ideas on this lens. I especially loved the woven crystal vase. *Blessed *

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I am in awe. First I loved the coin purse, but the knitting loop is just what I've been wanting. I kept eyeing at Wal-mart, but I didn't want to buy something I might not use. Now I will make one and it won't matter. Perfect. Thanks for the ideas. Blessed.

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      These ideas are ingenious! I really like the Privacy Screen (#12).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the window blinds I have huge windows, no money and nosey neighbours. Will start collecting those bottles again I think. thanks for sharing this!!

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      Great job@! Thanks for not keeping it bottled up.

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      jcrandall100 lm 5 years ago

      awesome lens

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Great ideas! Very creative! B : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow really great ideas, now i can do many things

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      This was such a useful lens! will try to make a hanging garden with plastic bottles!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, you've added so many cool ways to reuse plastic bottles. I don't use too many of them but this gives me ideas instead of just recycling them!

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      duslan 5 years ago

      I love these ideas!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Clever ideas! I'm always looking for ways to recycle and re-purpose old things into new, useful items.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I never realized there were so many uses for plastic bottles!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are the best ways to reuse plastic bottles that I have seen, returning with an angel blessing.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      This is truly an inspirational page for crafty people. If I get plastic bottles, usually from other people's recycling bins. I put holes in them in the side and use them to catch flies, wasps, and fruit fly, They last for years and can be redone over and over. The flies don't care about reusing them. *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Great collection of ideas for repurposing plastic bottles. Love the creativity. That privacy screen gave me an idea for creating insulating screens for my cabin windows. Should help keep out those winter drafts (and save energy). Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What amazing finds you have here! I love the privacy screen, change purse and crystal vase.

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      JodiFromFlorida 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens!

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Great ideas! I make stuff with plastic bottles, too. http://www.wizzley/recycle-plastic-bottles-for-mak...

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      I see way too many cool ideas not to put this into favorites to come back to! I love the first one and the idea of making the bracelets....I have 3 granddaughters who would love them.

      I also can't help but also give this lens a Squidoo Angel Blessing.

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      Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Great lens...Number 12 is awesome!

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Tons of ways to reuse plastic bottles. You did a great job. Blessed by a Squid Angel.