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21 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, and milk jugs can all be reused in creative ways.
Here are just some of them!
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.
Two-liter bottles can be reused or repurposed by turning them into this awesome terrarium. This is a perfect craft for kids.
3. Aqua Spikes
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.
4. Coin Purses
This clever reuse of plastic bottles to create a coin purse is ingenious. It reminds me of a little monster that could be adorned with eyes and a nose.
5. Knitting Looms
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!
6. Plastic Bottle Funnels
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. Here are the instructions for a funnel made from plastic bottles if you do end up wanting to make this project.
7. Woven Plastic Boxes
This is another crafty and cool way to weave plastic to make art. This plastic box is woven from green plastic.
8. Pen Holders
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. This is similar to how people have been reusing baby food jars for many years.
9. Christmas Stars
Who would have thought that a plastic bottle could be used for home décor? This Christmas star hardly looks like a plastic bottle. String several together to make a festive Christmas star chain.
10. Privacy Screens
A beautiful reuse of plastic bottles in the home is to make a privacy screen. At first glance, it is hard to believe that this is plastic since it looks so much like glass.
11. Crafty Vases
This cloth-covered vase makes a cute decoration with homemade appeal. Any size plastic bottle would work for this project, from pop bottles to two-gallon vinegar bottles.
12. Toy Shakers or Juggling Pins
You can reuse your plastic bottles to make juggling pins. 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.
13. Ice Packs
You should never refill plastic bottles to drink from them. However, 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.
14. Paint Trays
When you have a messy project, like painting, the bottom of the bottle makes a nice paint tray.
15. 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!
16. Plastic 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.
17. Baby Rattles
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 that is great for stimulating babies' senses.
Peel off the label and cut off the top of a bottle. 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 bottles to get organized.
19. Water Jug Storage Bins
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.
20. Kiddy Aquariums
You can make an adorable little "aquarium" for your little ones by collecting some items and placing them in a reused soda bottle. Here's more instructions on how to make this craft.
21. Decorative Cups
Why You Should Reuse Your Plastic
Here today, here tomorrow! Our children will inherit our plastic. In the early 1900s, a fellow named Baekeland invented plastic. Plastic was long-lasting and inexpensive to make. 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.
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Comments About These Ways to Reuse Plastic? Leave Them Here!
Karen on September 13, 2018:
Great use of the bottoms with the window treatment/curtain. They could be colored for a different look.
LILY STEPHENSEN on July 25, 2018:
very AWSOME AND VERY CREATIVE BUT IT IS TOO HARD TO DO
Richard Lindsay from California on March 29, 2016:
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.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 29, 2015:
Awesome ideas. I love each and every one of them. Two thumbs up and voted up for awesome!
Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 17, 2013:
There certainly are many uses for plastic. I use mine to make crafts and am always looking for new inspiration, thanks for the ideas.
PhilVardy on May 06, 2013:
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 :)
anonymous on April 30, 2013:
I love them but there's one problem.............they need MORE IDEAS!!!!!!!!!
Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on March 30, 2013:
Hi thanks for sharing these great reuse ideas for plastic bottles.
TapIn2U on March 27, 2013:
Loved your ideas! Thanks for the tips! Sundae ;-)
anonymous on March 20, 2013:
Awesomely simple ideas! Thanks, I can't wait to try!
laurenrich on February 28, 2013:
Great lens. Great ideas and tips. Thanks
Lisa Auch from Scotland on February 24, 2013:
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!
ChenB on February 13, 2013:
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!
Plush LM on January 28, 2013:
I love your lens! Thanks for sharing.
Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on January 16, 2013:
Great ideas! I especially like the coin purse and the wall of planters. I feel a project coming on...
cmadden on January 16, 2013:
It's pretty amazing to see what people come up with!
srsddn lm on November 07, 2012:
I never thought of reusing except that my son did for preparing some models as school assignments. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful ideas.
anonymous on October 24, 2012:
on the one ,the guy is doing it a vase like a tulip. how did he keep the strips to stay on the bottle?
pimbels lm on August 27, 2012:
I used to make Terrariums. Great ideas, thank you.
WendyKaye on August 17, 2012:
I love the coin purse! Wonderful lens. Thank you for sharing;)
fathomblueEG on August 04, 2012:
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:-)
WinWriter on June 22, 2012:
Great ideas on this lens. I especially loved the woven crystal vase. *Blessed *
agoofyidea on April 20, 2012:
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.
Mary Stuart on April 19, 2012:
These ideas are ingenious! I really like the Privacy Screen (#12).
anonymous on April 12, 2012:
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!!
futurefocus57 on April 12, 2012:
Great job@! Thanks for not keeping it bottled up.
jcrandall100 lm on April 10, 2012:
Beverly Lemley from Raleigh, NC on April 02, 2012:
Great ideas! Very creative! B : )
anonymous on March 21, 2012:
wow really great ideas, now i can do many things
LouisaDembul on February 20, 2012:
This was such a useful lens! will try to make a hanging garden with plastic bottles!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on February 18, 2012:
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!
duslan on February 16, 2012:
I love these ideas!
Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on February 10, 2012:
Clever ideas! I'm always looking for ways to recycle and re-purpose old things into new, useful items.
KimGiancaterino on January 27, 2012:
I never realized there were so many uses for plastic bottles!
anonymous on January 24, 2012:
These are the best ways to reuse plastic bottles that I have seen, returning with an angel blessing.
norma-holt on January 14, 2012:
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
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 25, 2011:
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!
anonymous on October 22, 2011:
What amazing finds you have here! I love the privacy screen, change purse and crystal vase.
JodiFromFlorida on October 05, 2011:
adamfrench on September 28, 2011:
Impressive lens, thumbs up
Sheilamarie from British Columbia on July 13, 2011:
Great ideas! I make stuff with plastic bottles, too. http://www.wizzley/recycle-plastic-bottles-for-mak...
marsha32 on December 16, 2010:
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.
Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on November 25, 2010:
Great lens...Number 12 is awesome!
kimmanleyort on November 16, 2010:
Tons of ways to reuse plastic bottles. You did a great job. Blessed by a Squid Angel.