Plastic bottles riddle our lives and more often than not, we pop them in the recycling and think nothing more of them – but do we have to? They actually have a lot of potential! Just check out these 13 awesome ways to reuse them and make bottles into something beautiful and creative for your home.
2. DIY jewellery stand
- 2 x one litre bottle
- 2 x 600ml bottle
- 1 x 12-inch threaded rod + bag of same sized nuts and washers
- Cut the bottoms of the bottles with a knife and trim further with scissors
- Drill holes the same thickness of the rod in the centre of each tray
- If you want the lowest tray to hang your bracelets on, you’ll need to cut between the ‘petals’ of the bottom of the bottle to separate them.
- Put each tray between two washes and two nuts and thread through with the threaded rod.
- Glue a bead on top and you’re done!
3. Bouquet lamp
- 25 plastic bottles of the same size
- Heat proof glue or staples
- Cut bottle bottoms off, 2 or so cm from the bottom.
- Once all bottoms are cut off, arrange them in the pattern in the picture and glue together or staple
- Mould the shape into a sphere and add the bottoms one at a time to keep the shape
- Leave a gap for the bulb and make sure it can rest on the lamp once fitted
- Secure in place with glue or tape
4. Coin purse
- 2 x plastic bottles
- embroidery needle
- regular sewing thread
- nylon thread
- adhesive tape
- Cut the base of each bottle
- Create a paper guide for the zipper stitching by measuring the circumference of the base – it should be the same length as your zipper.
- Cut two pieces of paper the same length as the bottle base around.
- Mark evenly spaced holes around the whole length of paper.
- Attach to base with tape and make sure straight.
- Use the thick needle to poke holes through where you’ve marked, all the way around and repeat
- Pull off the paper and get ready to put the zipper in place
- Unzip the zipper and attack with tape as you thread the needle through the holes
- Overlap the fabric zipper at the ends
5. Curtains/room dividers
- 30-50 plastic bottles (same size and colour)
- Metal rings or nylon wire or tag ties
- Curtain rod and rings
- Cut the bottom of the bottles to look like plastic flowers
- Use the needle to make holes in the four edges of the bottom
- join the bottles using the metal rings/nylon wire/tag ties
- When you finish the size you need, tie the curtain rings to the top and hang on the rod
6. Bathroom containers
- Knife saw
- Clothes iron
- Saw the bottle at the desired height – you can make your containers as deep or as shallow as you like
- Trim edges with scissors to even up
- Put iron on maximum temperature and then place the bottle edges on the iron very briefly to get a rounded edge
- Fill with cosmetics
7. Owl vases
- 2 x plastic bottles
- white and black acrylic paint
- 2 x paint brushes, one thick and one thin
- Cut the plastic bottles in half
- Paint one white and one black
- Draw the owl pattern in the photo with the opposite colour
8. Creative gift wrapping
9. Plant holder
10. Phone charger holder
- push pin
- bamboo skewer
- 1 x clean, empty 2L soft drink bottle
- 3/4 inch female x 3/4 female swivel hose adapter (from plumbing section)
- extra hose washers
- Rinse the bottle and take off the label
- Put one of the red washers inside one side of the adapter (the side that is going to fit over the bottle lip) and secure tightly
- Take push pin and poke 8 holes along one side of the bottle and then take the skewer to widen each of the holes
- Attach the the garden hose!
12. Plastic crowns for your grandchildren
- 1 x 2L plastic bottle
- glitter glue
- Cut a 7cm high cylindrical piece off the plastic bottle
- Using two pieces of folded tape, put your crown template behind the plastic
- Trace the outlines of the template – don’t trace the details
- Cut the inside of the lines you trace so you’re just left with the shape
- Use glitter glue to trace over the details
13. Candle holder
- Plastic bottle
- Glass/ceramic paint
- Paint brush
- Cut off the top of the bottle with the knife
- Make even cuts uses scissors and use ruler if it helps to get it accurate
- Paint all around and let semi-dry then sprinkle glitter on
- Place candle
Which is your favourite? What do you do with your recycled plastic bottles? Share more creative tips below.