By StellaBella from Manchester, WA
Camping and picnic season is upon us. If you are diabetic like me, you could separate your sugar free drinks or water in the coolers like this. You can also keep your condiments from rolling around in there this way, too. You can fill them to about 1/2 inch from the top and freeze them, making them the perfect ice chest cooler that won't melt all over everything. I would put them all in the coffee canister before you put them in the freezer as they might expand.
We should all carry water in our cars over the hot months, and this would sit up in a crate a lot better than a gallon jug would. I found that they are pretty tight in there, so even if it rolled around they would not come out as easy.
I can't imagine anyone needing that many buttons or beads for travel, but if you did, they are a lot more reliable than zip locks.
So, how many things can you all come up with to help us all stay thrifty and organized? Tag - you're it!
By Sandi from Salem OR
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
Using packing tape, secure the flap you cut. Cut a piece of card stock and tape it around the bottle. Write a message onto the card stock. Tie a ribbon onto the top of the bottle.
If your mailing it, secure the lid with packing tape. The skies the limit with what you can put into them.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
By Sharon S. from Brenham, TX
Cut off the bottom of any MilkJug right at the line where the rough turns to smooth. From that simple cut you now have a makeshift bucket which could carry water, or to collect stuff in like seashells or berries
If you make two or more, a tossing game can be added. Make a stand from another milk jug bottom, you have a pitcher either for mixing batter for pancakes or to keep those berries in.
There I go, I said I was only going to give you one.
Take a clear plastic soda bottle. Then take several gauges of different plastics, say from milkjugs. Cut then in sheets off the jugs. Create little fish from them and decorate those fish. Now, take a green plastic soda bottle and fashion something that might look like underwater weeds. The green bottle plastic is heavier so it will always stay on the bottom. The fish plastic is light so it will float to the top unless it gets entangles with the heavier plastic which would be a plus.
Now add both of your creations to a clear plastic Soda bottle. You will figure out what size. Add water then a few drops of food coloring. Turn the capped bottle the other way around and you have a plastic fish aquarium. You should also consider hand decorating the outside of your bottle with hand drawings or cutouts.
The best part, and very few people even know, is that a soda bottle stands on its cap very well, and that cap does not leak.
So you just made a toy,a curio or a thinking device. An exercise tool, and most likely many more things which you get to tell others.
To Reuse Is To Be Thrifty
So I cut the end off the bottom of a 2-liter plastic bottle, turn the bottle up-side down so the neck (without the lid) is in the ground next to the plant. Pour water in the wide part of the open bottle and it will keep the plants moist through the day and I don't waste water from the hose.
I also put a stick through the holes into the dirt so the wind doesn't blow the bottle over. This works great. You can add your fertilizer to the water and water and feed plants at the same time. I have several in my garden.
I hope this idea helps others.
By Sharon from Van Buren, Arkansas
He put it on the same rod that holds our humming bird feeder and it attracted a lot of bees. Once the bees found their way in they couldn't get out. Turned out really good for the birds since they got to use the feeder, and the bees ended up in the trap.
Source: My husband
By gem from VA
These 2 liter sized plastic pop bottles also make great little greenhouses for starting seeds and cuttings, just cut the bottom inch off (with scissors or a serrated knife) and after taking the lid off, just set the rest of the bottle over your cutting for a more humid environment for it to root in. Be sure to keep this in the shade or it might get to hot for your cutting.
Another great idea for plastic pop bottles is to use them to keep nasty critters off of newly planted trees. What you do is cut the top and the bottom off of a small water bottle or a 2 liter sized pop bottle, then cut a vertical slice through it. I use this plastic strip to wrap around the base of the tree and I tie the plastic on with a piece of nylon twine or you can nail it on with tacks. You may need to stack one piece on top of the other for added height, but there's no shortage of plastic bottles! I especially like the way these bottles come in clear or green so they tend to blend in with the environment.
Of course you'll first need to remove any labels before you make any of the above projects and if you can't find a use for your plastic bottles, please just rinse them out, remove the label and recycle them! But if you can't find an additional use for the plastic, please buy your water in renewable and refillable containers or buy a filter for your tap Me? It seems I always seem to find a place to use them, especially when propagating.
By Cyinda from near Seattle
By Barbara G from Statesboro, GA
Does anyone have any uses for used plastic soda pop bottles?
You can do a great floating construction for cool water fun activities.
You need:120 plastic 2L bottles, duct tape, scissors, any hard light cover (plastic, plywood, etc, for instance, your old table cover)
Preparation: Make sure all the bottles are empty and caps are put on tightly.
Put 10 plastic bottles on the floor in a row, side to side and stick them together with duct tape. Make 11 more rows - twelve in total.
Make the first level from 6 rows and stick them together with duct tape. Make the second level the same way.
Stick both levels together by duck tape.
Put the hard light cover (plastic, plywood, etc, for instance, your old table cover) on top and tape it on with duct tape to two levels of plastic bottles.
It can hold up to 2 grown up people and will most likely become your best water friend.
check the pictures here: http://livegreenstyle.com/go-green- ... ng-project-from-plastic-pop-bottles/
Is it safe to re-use plastic bottles bought originally with soda in them?
My grandson is 7 and I don't want to use them if it is not safe to do so.
Thanking you for reading.
It isnt safe to reuse the bottles for water or other drinks. Because they cant be cleaned and they will leach thalates into liquids. However they can be used for storing dry foods. The LDS website recommends them for long term storage of dry items... rice, beans etc.
I need ideas for crafting and reusing plastic bottles?
By Geri V.
http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2012 ... things-to-do-with-empty-plastic.html
Hi I ran across this today & thought it might help you, 25 ideas for bottles.
I found it inspirational. Let us know what you make!