How to Reuse Your Plastic Bottles for Crafts
23 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 Purse
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 Loom
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 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. Here are the instructions for a funnel made from plastic bottles if you do end up wanting to make this project.
7. Make a Box
This is another crafty and cool way to weave plastic to make art. This plastic box is woven from green plastic.
8. Shrinky Dinks
For safety reasons, you shouldn'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. Here are the instructions for making shrinky dinks.
9. 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. This is similar to how people have been reusing baby food jars for many years.
10. Privacy Screen
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. A Crafty Vase
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. 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!
14. Motion-Ocean Bottle
Fill a bottle 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 an ocean. Here are some more detailed instructions.
15. 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.
16. Paint Trays
When you have a messy project, like painting, the bottom of the bottle makes a nice paint tray.
17. 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!
18. 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.
19. 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 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.
21. 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.
22. Kiddy Aquarium
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.
23. Decorative Cup
What do YOU do with Your Plastic Bottles?
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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