Browse
Crafts, Recipes, Tips,
& Guides
Contests
Enter Contests
Share & Vote
Get Advice
Submit a
Question
Browse>Contests>Ask>Share>Newsletters>Account>About>

Crafts Made with Plastic Bottles

0 0EmailFollow
Pile of Plastic Water Bottles

All kinds of plastic bottles can be reused in a variety of creative projects. This guide is about crafts made with plastic bottles.

Ad

Solutions: Crafts Made with Plastic Bottles

Read and rate the best solutions below by giving them a "thumbs up".

Tip: Craft: Water Bottle Holiday Gift Package

Cookies stacked in 8 oz. water bottle with ribbon and decorations tied around the center.This is a great way to use some of those empty water bottles. Fill them with treats then decorate them up a bit, and you have a great package ready for gift giving.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • clean dry empty water bottle
  • scissors
  • Scotch or masking tape
  • ribbon
  • treats

Instructions:

You can use any size water bottle, I used the 8 oz. size.

  1. Cut the bottle in half with a scissors, but not all the way through, leave about 1 inch still attached.
  2. Fill with treats, something that can be stacked is best, I did cookies. You could do fudge, peanut brittle, etc. It should small enough to stack. I cut down my peppermint brownie cookies with a cookie cutter so they would fit.
  3. Now fill up the bottle as high as possible. Close it up and put Scotch or masking tape over the seam. Make sure the cap is on the bottle. I used a wide wired ribbon tied around the seam and then added a few glitter ornaments. The treats should stay fresh.

By NoRulesArt from Sunny FL

Recycled Plastic Flowers

Flowers made from the bottoms of plastic bottles.I came up with this idea for a school recycling project. It is made out of a any tall container and filled with flowers cut out of pop bottles.

Approximate Time: 2 days

Supplies:

  • hot glue gun
  • craft sticks for flowers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • plastic pop bottles
  • tissue paper
  • newspaper
  • buttons or gem stones

Instructions:

  1. Get a container you want to use for the vase and cut a hole in the top of the container so you can place your flowers in it.
  2. You will need to take the bottom of plastic bottles and cut the bottoms of them out making different flowers.
  3. Then, paint the flowers any color you want them to be. Let them dry for about 1 hour.
  4. Take craft sticks and make stems out of them, you can paint them green to look like stems.
  5. You will want to hot glue the stems to the flowers. After hot gluing the stems, place a button or gem in the center of the flower.
  6. Make an arrangement: stuff newspaper in the bottom of the container so it will make the flowers stay in place. After making the arrangement of flowers, you can decorate the container any way you want to. I decorated mine with tissue paper and broken glass.

Now your project is all completed. This is a wonderful recycled project made out of items you have at home!

By Kaitlyn from Toronto, OH

Upcycled Soda Bottle as Hanging Planter

A hanging bottle planter

A hanging bottle pot is the perfect way to recycle an empty plastic bottle into something useful and creative! Not only does it prevent bottles from ending up in garbage cans, it is also an easy DIY project that can help you hang plants all around your house. Moreover, it takes less than 15-minutes to convert an ordinary bottle into a hanging plant container!

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Approximate Time: 15 minutesA hanging bottle planter

Supplies:

  • 1 empty plastic bottle
  • 1 permanent marker
  • 1 blade/craft knife/scissors
  • rope/string
Ad

Steps:

  1. Using a permanent marker, draw an outline of two windows that you will be cutting on the bottle to provide adequate ventilation for the plant.
  2. A hanging bottle planterA hanging bottle planter
  3. Cut out two separate windows on opposite sides of the bottle, as shown in the pictures. Use a blade to cut the plastic. (I would advise blades over scissors as blades give a neater look.)
  4. A hanging bottle planterA hanging bottle planterA hanging bottle planter
  5. Make 4 holes near the mouth of the bottle using a blade, compass or anything pointy! Now pass your rope through these holes to make two loops using which we'll hang the plant bottle container.
  6. A hanging bottle planterA hanging bottle planter
  7. You've finished cutting the plastic and adding your rope. Fill the bottle with mud and plant any plant that you desire. I've planted a moneyplant which grow really well in hanging plant containers!

    Water your plant and you're done! Now simply hang this wherever you want. I'll update this post later with a picture of my hanging pot when my moneyplant has fully grown.

    You can even paint the base of this hanging bottle pot using acrylic colours to personalise it.
  8. A hanging bottle planterA hanging bottle planterA hanging bottle planterA hanging bottle planter

By advaym [8]

Tip: Cutting Down a Plastic Bottle For Craft Use

Materials:

  • bowl about the height you wish to cut
  • pen or pencil
  • cutting shears or very sharp scissors
  • sandpaper
  • round container like a plastic bottle

Directions:

  1. Turn your bowl upside down. Place your container next to it and make sure this is the proper height you need your container. Take a pencil and roll the container around holding the pencil still in place while marking your area.
  2. PlasticBottleB400x300.jpg

  3. Poke through the plastic and cut as evenly as possible around the area using your lines as a guide.
  4. PlasticBottleD400x300.jpg

  5. Next take your container and swipe it several times in one direction across the sandpaper. This will make the top smooth and there will be no rough edges to cut yourself on.
  6. PlasticBottleF400x329.jpg

  7. Decorate the container however you wish and display your pens and pencils or any other item you might like in it.

By maphisx7 from Gordonsville, VA

Tip: Free Organizer Bins From Recycled Containers

Make do with the abundance of garbage we consumers produce in our own homes, using empties and scissors or a craft knife. Decide where you wish to cut on the plastic bottle by drawing a line or "winging it" and cut into the bottle a little above where you actually want the cut made with kitchen or craft knife. Smoothly finish your cutting with scissors. Add decorative touches if you wish.
  1. 2 liter plastic pop bottle with orange velvet ribbon

  2. Detergent bottle with peel-n-stick cut into leaf shapes and green floral tape

  3. Metallic contact paper covered soup can

  4. Bleach bottle

  5. Mouthwash bottle with green floral tape

  6. Pizza box envelope for inside file box

  7. Shower gel bottle with floral tape and peel-n-stick leaf cutouts

  8. Peel-n-stick paper covered powdered drink canister
All eight of the above are FREE until decorations are added.

By Melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO

Recycled Bottle Fluted Vase

Recycled Bottle Fluted Vase

I saw this done on the internet, a post on my Facebook of someone else who did it.

I decided to try it too. I have no epoxy glue so I can't glue them together yet, but I like the way it turned out. It would be a cute planter due to its little size and design, very lightweight. I plan to just lay it around. It is rather genius, don't you think?

    Recycled Bottle Fluted Vase

    By Robyn [369]

    Tip: Crafts Using Melted Plastic Bottles And Lids

    Crafts Using Melted Plastic Bottles And LidsThis is a way to use any type of plastic stuff: bottle lids, shampoo lids, prescription bottles, aerosol lids, any type of plastic. You take a cookie sheet and line it with foil. Turn your oven on to 450-500 dergees F. You line up the plastic you want to melt. Put some on their sides or stack a larger one on a smaller one. Put in the oven.

    Keep a close eye on them. When they start to melt, they get in different shapes. Don't let them melt to just a flat blob. While the plastic is still hot and semi-molten, you can embed different things in the plastic (small toys, buttons, beads, odd metal pieces) or you can put pieces of crayon or glitter in them.

    I keep a baby wipe box marked "Pirate Treasure" filled with these things. Kids love to look through them or hide and find them. Once my nephew was visiting and I had him melt an orange lid with a smaller one of blue kind off to the side. While it was hot, he stuck a plastic dinasaur in the orange. It made a small diaorama. He put metal loop off the side. This made a neat keyring. When it was cool, I added some glitter nail polish on the blue so it looked like waves. I wish I had a picture of it. It looked like the dinasaur was on a beach by the water.

    Sometimes if the item won't stay in the melted plastic, you can use a spoon to bring the plastic up over the item to hold it in. Of course this is done with adult supervision. The hot things can be placed in water to cool faster. While I used a regular over, a toaster oven might work better.

    By Nightsong from Hay Capitol of the World

    Editor's Note: Be sure that you use proper ventilation when melting plastic as it may create harmful fumes.

    Tip: Make a Sailing Boat from Old Plastic Bottle

    Bottle sailboat, materials, and children playing with the boat.A fab little project for you to make with your children and grandchildren this summer. Make these great little boats and then go sailing!

    You only need a clean plastic bottle, elastic band, a cork, a straw, and some material for the sails. (You could use the plastic from a carrier bag also).

    By Monique from Somerset, UK., Weston-super-Mare

    Tip: Craft: Recycled Plastic Bottle Door Hanger

    Plastic Bootle Door HangerI saw this in my email this past week and I don't remember who it was from, but it is a perfect way to solve your pop bottle build-up that you were saving for "who-knows-what"

    Create a quick pattern from an old business size envelope if you need one, level out the side. (I rounded my corners a little bit). Cut out the circle for the doorknob and you're done.

    I applied a little peel-n-stick deco I cut out and also used foil flowers, decorate them however you want to. I want to use some of these in the garden and yard with small potted plants I can hang in trees or off a fence post.

    I cut part of the bumps on the bottom off to use that way (about the size of the tip of my pinky finger for drainage).

    Source: Craft related email - Forgot who it was from.

    By Melody_yesterday from Otterville, MO

    Zipper Plastic Bottle Container

    Zipper Plastic Bottle ContainerMake a cute, functional container from a recycled plastic bottle and a zipper. This is a guide about making a zipper plastic bottle container.

    Tip: Soda Bottle Sailing Boat

    A boat made from a soda bottle.Kids love to play in the water. And kids especially love to float toys in the water. With this great craft, they can play with a toy of their own making. A soda bottle can be turned into a sailing vessel to be used in a pool, in a pond, in the ocean, on a creek, or merely in the bathtub!

    Materials:

    • Latex Paint
    • Black permanent marker
    • Transparent tape
    • 2 liter plastic bottle
    • Plastic drinking straw
    • 5x7 sheet of plastic (a notebook divider works well)
    • Modeling clay

    Tools:

    • Scissors
    • Paintbrush

    Steps:

    1. Cut the plastic bottle in half, lengthwise, keeping the base and the neck.

    2. Draw designs on the outside of the plastic with a black permanent marker.

    3. Color the designs on the inside of the bottle with acrylic paints.

    4. Draw a sail on the plastic divider. Be sure to draw the sail about 1 inch wider than what you want so that you can attach it to the mast.

    5. Fold the excess sail over, making the fold smaller towards the top of the sail, and secure with transparent tape. You want to create a hollow area to insert a straw but do not want the straw to be able to poke out the top.

    6. Insert a straw into the sail.

    7. Push the mast with the sail into a piece of modeling clay and then place the mast in the middle of the boat.

    All that is left is to float the boat! If you make more than one sailing ship, you might want to have races. This is especially fun if you live near a moving body of water such as a creek or river. If not, create "moving water" by using your body to create waves.

    Additional Ideas: Use some more plastic to create a sailor for the ship. You can even cut out your child's face from a photo so that he or she can be the sailor!

    By Teri Clark

    Give a "thumbs up" to the solution that worked the best! Do you have a better solution? Click here to share it!

    Questions

    Here are questions related to Crafts Made with Plastic Bottles.

    Question: Water Bottle Crafts

    Does anyone have any craft ideas on what to do with empty disposable water bottles? We use so many during the week and I hate to just throw them away.

    Lady of the World from NC

    Ad

    Most Recent Answer

    By Debbie Jennings [2]07/19/2009

    I don't use the disposable bottles anymore. I bought me 3 "green" water bottles. They are dishwasher safe so I always have a clean one. I fill it up with ice and then water and take it with me.

    When I did buy bottled water, I would reuse them. They wash well in the dishwasher (top shelf). But since we got the faucet with a water filter, that is all I use anymore.

    Question: Craft Uses for Small Plastic Bottles

    I've accumulated a few hundred of these little, white, plastic, 2-ounce bottles. Each measures approximately 3-1/4 inches tall and has a little screw-on cap. Energy "shots" came in them.

    Now that I've ingested all of this stuff, I've got enormous amounts of energy to do some sort of craft or project with all of the empties. But I don't have any ideas. Do you? Help put my energy and empty bottles to good use!

    By Ted from Los Angeles, CA


    Most Recent Answer

    By DeBushe [18]07/22/2010

    Why not cover them with polymer clay (Sculpey, Fimo, etc) and give them away for Christmas for people to use for decorative pill bottles. I have made many and sold them to various stores. Since the clay bakes at 250° the bottles won't melt. Here's a picture of one of them. The little dragon is made from polymer clay, too.

    RE: Craft Uses for Small Plastic Bottles

    Question: Plastic Soda Bottle Wind Chimes

    Does anyone know how wide or long the cut needs to be in plastic soda bottle wind chimes. The cut is in the side of the bottle. Does the lid need to be left on?

    Deb from Knox, TN


    Most Recent Answer

    By Tom J. (Guest Post)11/12/2008

    It's silly, cheers, Tom

    Question: Crafts Using Plastic Soda Bottles

    I am looking for creative craft ideas for Coke plastic bottles.

    By Dorothy from Durban, KZN


    Most Recent Answer

    By DIDI 06/15/2012

    Fill the bottom of several bottles with sand/or water. Set them up like bowling pins and give the kids a ball so they can "bowl" like mom and dad. Fun, safe and thrifty. Saw this in a recent magazine. Didi in Denver

    Question: Weaving With Plastic Milk Bottle Strips

    I have been making a project out of using as much of the gallon milk jugs as I can for crafts. I end up with some left over which I cut into very bendable strips. I am wondering if any of you crafters out there have any ideas on what I could weave these into?

    Thank you for any feedback on this.

    By Robyn from Tennessee


    Most Recent Answer

    By Lucinda F.06/21/2013

    Have you tried weaving them into either tall cylinders around 2 liter soda bottle using the bottle as a liner for vases and decorate as you wish, or rectangular or square baskets that can be used outdoors as planters after lining with landscape cloth for patios, decks, porches, back steps, etc. Can also be used to hold pencils, kids crayons, etc. Sky is the limit w/this one.