When you’re done with that plastic drink bottle, don’t just throw it away, use it to make something awesome. Check out these 20 low cost, creative and functional craft projects that will transform the humble plastic bottle into everything from useful storage to great home decor.
Turn your old plastic bottles into useful and sturdy no-sew zipper cases that will help you organize your life, for almost no cost at all. You can use them to store all sorts of art and craft supplies. This is also an awesome back-to-school craft idea for kids. To make one, cut the plastic bottle, glue a zipper to it, customise the decorations and you’re done. You can learn how to make these creative zipper cases from plastic bottles here.
2. Soda Bottle Sprinkler
If you want to keep your outdoor plants happy but don’t have a sprinkler to water them, all you need to do is poke holes in a 2 litre plastic soft drink bottle, insert the hose into the bottle and wrap some tape to fix the hose to the opening of the bottle. Turn on the tap and the homemade sprinkler is ready to go. Learn how to make a DIY sprinkler to water your garden here.
3. DIY Recycled Bird Feeders
If you live in an area that has many birds, a strategically placed DIY recycled bird feeder will allow you to view the pretty feathered creatures up close and personal. Taking just a little time and very little money, you can make one out of materials you might have otherwise thrown away — a plastic bottle and a couple of wooden spoons. Here’s how you can make one in less than an hour.
4. Bottle Cap Mosaic
If you want a gorgeous and eco-friendly piece of mosaic art for your walls, start gathering plastic bottle caps. If you don’t have enough, collect from friends and neighbours. You don’t need to bottle up your artistic talent — open it up with this bottle cap mosaic, an environmentally-friendly craft project you will love doing. Here’s how to make one.
5. Piggy Bottle Bank
Not only does this simple project recycle a plastic bottle and make an adorable piggy bank, it also encourages kids to starting saving and recycling from a young age. Just cut the bottle appropriately and then have fun creating these super cute designs that will look great on your shelves too. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a pig; be creative and make all sorts of little animals! Get the instructions to make one here.
6. DIY Kitchen Storage Containers
Old plastic bottles can make excellent storage containers. Take back your kitchen space with this really cool and very affordable kitchen storage solution. Making repurposed containers out of your old bottles is fun and super easy, plus you could save yourself some money by crafting something you need instead of having to go out and buy it. A little time, a pair of scissors and the instructions here are all you need!
7. DIY Greenhouse
Here’s a great practical project for the whole family — turn used plastic bottles into a greenhouse, and then enjoy the chance to grow your own food once you’ve finished. A great way to turn trash into something really useful, this project is time consuming and takes a bit of effort, but you get an eco-friendly structure at a fraction of the economic or energy costs of a traditional glasshouse. Learn how to make one here.
8. Quirky Recycled Owl Vases
If you have some empty plastic bottles then it is time to turn them into these quirky owl vases. Use them as planters, flower vases, pencil holders, toothbrush holders, or anything else that you can think of. Here are the steps to make a cute little DIY owl decorations.
9. DIY Eco-friendly Ottomans
Instead of throwing out old plastic bottles make a custom ottoman for your home from recycled bottles. It’s simple and easy to do, and you won’t have to spend a fortune either on this project, which repurposes throwaway bottles into basic furniture. Here’s how you can do this amazing DIY project.
10. DIY Jewellery Stand
Here is a beautiful project to make a jewellery stand from plastic bottles, which looks great and can hold and hang tons of small jewellery for a clear vanity. And it doesn’t even take long to make. Cut the bottoms of plastic bottles, fix a metallic rod through them and see your craft turn into a beautiful jewellery organizer. Hereare the instructions.