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After reading this you will never throw a plastic bottle in the bin again: Here are 17 insanely cool ways to reuse a regular plastic bottle around the home and garden.
Americans go through two and a half million plastic bottles every hour! But if every household recycled just one out of every ten plastic bottles they used, we’d keep 200-million pounds of plastic out of landfills each year. Take a look through these 17 creative ways to re-use plastic bottles and commit to trying just one this week. This is what I made.
17 Ways to Reuse a Regular Plastic Bottle
1. Hanging Herb Baskets
Here are three clever ways to use a regular soda bottle as a hanging planter.
2. Bird Feeder
I can’t believe I never thought about this. This is a great way to keep the rain out of the bird seed and give Mother Nature a little help.
3. Arts and Crafts
Did you know that the bottom of a soda bottle is perfectly shaped to make a cherry blossom print. No? Me neither. Take a look at this.
4. Plant Pots
These cat planters are gorgeous and easy to make. My girls would love these hanging in their rooms. If only I could get them to remember to water them!
5. Rocket Blasters
Oh my goodness! This is one smart Mommy. I am definitely saving this idea for the next school dress up or book week.
6. Pencil Storage
Well, Anything storage actually! How handy is this idea for sorting all those craft room goodies? It’s so neat!
7. DIY Vegetable Garden
Such a smart way to grow your vegetables without spending a fortune on pots. This would be a good idea for Christmas presents too. Simply grow plants in bottles and decorate (see #8).
8. Hedgehog planter
This is my favorite Plastic bottle craft ever! I would be so happy if I received this little guy as a gift. He would look so cute in the garden. Definitely on my DIY Christmas Gift List this year.
9. Ocean in a Bottle (and Tutorial)
Keep the kids busy by making (or getting them to make ) a simple ocean in a bottle. Hours of play and no mess. That’s the best part!
10. No Sew Pencil Case (and Tutorial)
This Soda Bottle Pencil Craft from Doodle Craft is the perfect size for bulky stationery items and you can see what’s inside so no more scrounging around looking for that pencil sharpener. The No Sew Tutorial is here.
11. Mobile Phone Charge Station
We could so do with a couple of these in our house. You can get the full Tutorial here from Make It Love It.
12. A DIY lawn sprinkler
Make the kids a DIY lawn sprinkler to play in on a hot day. I had to laugh when I saw this because my husband (the plumber) used this exact DIY trick to put together a makeshift shower when we moved into our old farmhouse. It was late, we were dirty, cold and tired and the shower was broken. Oh boy did I love him so much for figuring that one out. I’ll try and hunt down a photo, but not sure if he will be happy with me sharing it.
13. Water play
What a fun way to let the kids play with water without wasting too much. You can catch it all in a tub at the bottom. The kids will get hours of play out of this one.
14. Watering Can
Take a look at this no mess watering can mod. Get the kids to water plants around the house without water slopping everywhere.
15. DIY Homemade Fly Trap
Every Summer we get plaqued my flies at our place. Maybe it’s the cows or sheep or pigs that attract them or maybe it’s just the time of year. I’m thinking it’s the pigs. This DIY Homemade Fly trap is brilliant. It works effectively and best of all – you don’t need to use nasty fly spray in your home.
16. DIY Show Caddy
Keep shoes neat and tidy by packing them together in a plastic bottle. Pure Genius! And if you want to keep them smelling fresh and avoid mold, just pop a little Kitty litter into a worn out stocking or old sock. Tie with a rubber band to secure and pop in the bottom of the bottle. This will soak up any lingering smells or moisture.
17. Fairy House
It’s hard to believe that this gorgeous Fairy House is made from a recycled plastic bottle. Every little girl will love this!
And One More …. A Plastic Bottle Boat.
For those of you feeling a little ambitious this season or looking for a fun school project. Give this plastic raft / boat a whirl and then if you’re brave enough – take it for a test paddle.