Millions of plastic bottles are thrown in the trash every day in the United States. Here are some DIY ideas to make use of empty plastic bottles so that they reduce the negative impact on the environment and also save your money.
Cat Shaped Planters
Do not throw away your 2-liter bottles ever again! You can transform them into cute little planters to decorate your indoors. Here is how to do it.
- Cut the top 2/3rd portion of the bottle.
- Use the color of your choice and paint the remaining portion.
- Cat’s ears can be made from the cut portion of the bottle (The bottle can also be cut in a way that the ears are left along with the 1/3rd of the bottle)
- Draw the cat’s face and other features
- Fill it with soil, plant seeds and keep it indoors where light is available.
Empty bottles can be used to make supply cups. You can use them to keep small items and hence keep your home or office clutter free. They are excellent for keeping kids’ items such as pencils, crayons, etc.
- Cut and remove the top 1/3rd portion of a bottle. Take another bottle, and cut its bottom. This is going to be the lid.
- Connect the two portions by using a zipper so that the smaller portion forms a lid which can be opened and closed easily.
Snack Storage Containers
Empty bottles of coffee creamers make excellent containers to store snacks. They are airtight, and they allow easy pouring of the snacks from the bottle. They are also good for carrying snacks while traveling.
Empty lotion bottles are ideal to make stylish charging docks. Cut the upper portion of the bottle in such a way that it resembles a carry bag or basket with just one handle. You can hang your cell phone in this dock and charge it.
Laundry detergent containers with handles can be reused as beach buckets. The process is so simple as you have to just cut it in half. Keep the lid intact and use the portion with the handle as a bucket to scoop sand. Kids would love to play with this on a beach!
Playing with water sprinklers is something which every kid would like to do. Why waste money on sprinklers when you can easily make it at home using an empty plastic bottle? A somewhat big bottle (2 Liters or more) would be ideal for this. Just poke holes in it, remove it lids and attach a water hose to it. Turn the water on, and there goes the sprinkler! Let your children play to their mind’s content!
Watering cans for Garden
Large sized laundry detergent bottles can be used as watering cans to water your plants. Once it is empty, wash it thoroughly. Remove the labels and punch a few holes in the cap, Fill the bottle with water, close it tightly with the cap and use it to water your garden!
Try these ideas to reuse the bottles! They are all so simple!