Creative Ways To Recycle Plastic Bottles


What do you do with the plastic bottles in your home when the content finishes though?

You probably throw them right into the recycling bin or even dispose them.
Maybe you wait a while to accumulate a bunch before you chuck them out, or maybe you toss them every week.
Either way, you are parting ways with a valuable craft supply. Seriously, you are just not going to believe all of the things you can create using plastic bottles or any bottle supplies!

1. Turn Plastic Bottle Trash Into a Trash Can

A trash-trash can. That has a nice ring to it. There’s no bigger symbolic gesture of going green than creating a trash can out of recycled plastic bottles. Make a statement and create a container perfect for outside trash disposal. Just don’t throw away your other plastic materials inside it.

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2. Build an Outdoor Broom From Recycled Plastic Bottles

If we haven’t already proven that there are multiple useful things made from recycled materials, let’s settle it. You can turn a 2-liter bottle into an outdoor broom in just a few steps. The sturdy bristles make it easy to sweep up dirt and common outdoor items.



3. Make Airplane Toys From Plastic Bottles

Keep your kids entertained during bath time with airplane toys made from recycled plastic bottles. Talk about coming full circle. This project can be completed in a variety of ways, so use your creativity to paint, stick and glue different elements to the outside of the bottle.


4. Reuse Soda Bottles by Creating a Vertical Garden

You may need to recruit some family members to save their 2-liter bottles to knock out this project. Reusing your plastic bottles to create a vast and impressive vertical garden is a simple and low-budget way to beautify your yard. In addition to soda bottles, you’ll need clothesline, twine or picture wires.


5. Craft a Lamp From Your Plastic Bottle Caps

We’ve given plenty of love to the bottle portion of plastic bottles, but what about the all-important cap? After all, it’s saved you from frying your hard drive and spilling on your new carpet. You can create a beautiful lamp from your plastic bottle caps.


6. Recycle Laundry Detergent Jugs Into Toy Cars

Sometimes the simplest toys are the biggest hit with kids. Test this recycling idea out and save yourself some money by repurposing laundry detergent bottles to build toy cars. You’ll need to save some extra caps for the wheels, and a big bottle should leave plenty of room for your kids to decorate.


7. Create Recycled Plastic Bottle Supply Cups

Reuse the plastic bottles to make cups for housing pens and supplies at the office, or craft supplies at home. Impress your co-workers and kids with your sustainable efforts.

Keep your little ones’ playroom organized using a few old plastic bottles, zippers and a hot glue gun. Cut off the top of one 20 oz. soda bottle, and the bottom of another. Hot glue the zipper pieces to both ends and connect them to create your own makeshift colored pencil case.


8. Make a DIY Plastic Bottle Planter

Love plants and sustainable living? Spark your DIY spirit with a simple project that turns 2-liters into a useful and appealing indoor planter. Here are some simple step-by-step instructions for how to make a DIY plastic bottle planter:

Cut the bottom third of a 2-liter bottle.
Paint the bottle white or the color of your choice.
Fill the bottle with seeds and soil.


9. Reuse Coffee Cream Containers for Snack Storage

Looking for a sustainable way to organize your kitchen counters? Repurpose old plastic containers to save space on snack storage. Bottles make pouring incredibly easy, allowing you to take all types of food on the road. Recycled coffee creamers can also be used to store cereals, sugar, salt etc.


10. Upcycle Laundry Detergent Bottles Into a Watering Can

Don’t pay for plastic watering cans. Another creative way to recycle plastic at home is to reuse your laundry detergent containers. Clean out your empty containers, drill or punch some holes in the cap and you’ve got yourself a new watering can.


11. Start a Herb Garden With Empty 2-Liter Bottles

This plastic bottle recycling project gets you extra green points. Upcycling 2-liter bottles into sub-irrigated planters is one of the more creative ways to reuse plastic. Follow these steps to create an herb garden from a recycled bottle:

Remove the label from the bottle and clean the inside.
Take a sharp object and poke drainage holes in the top third of the bottle.
Poke a hole in the side of the bottle about halfway down.
Take a marker and trace a cutting line around the bottle.
Cut along the bottle on the line.
Flip over the bottle top and insert.
Fill the bottle with seeds and soil.



12. Create a Piggy Bank From a Plastic Bottle

Repurposing plastic containers can save you money in more ways than one. Create a plastic bottle piggy bank and start cashing in on your craftiness. Simply put, this is a project that makes a lot of cents.


13. Reuse Plastic Bottles to Make a DIY Sprinkler

Make an easy DIY sprinkler with reused plastic bottles to recreate this memory for your kids. Simply poke holes in a 2-liter bottle and hook it up to your garden hose. You can also recycle ballpoint pens that no longer work to get a more effective spray.


14. Turn a Milk Carton Into a mini garden

Here is the plastic bottle recycling idea that both skim milk fanatics and 2% lovers can agree on: save your milk cartons after use. One of the easiest and most useful projects is to create a mini garden from the empty carton. Whenever you need to plant something in your garden just scoop and toss into the carton.


15. Upcycle a Lotion Bottle Into a Charging Dock

Make it easy on yourself and your guests by creating a recycled cell phone charging dock for keeping phone while it charges. All you need is a lotion bottle, a marker and a box cutter.