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Uses for Plastic Pop Bottles

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Plastic soda bottles get used by many of us on a daily basis. Finding other uses for plastic pop bottles helps prevent them from ending up in the landfill. This is a guide about uses for plastic pop bottles.


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January 15, 2010

I reuse soda bottles that have been cleaned and dried to store rice, oatmeal, cornmeal, and such.

By notwrong

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January 18, 20100 found this helpful

Please don't! Most cheap plastic containers contain the dangerous chemical "Phthalate", according to Dr. Douglas, @ realhealth He says it causes boys to have breasts and worse! He recommends instead to use glass, regardless! Even if you have done this, it's too risky to continue because of this alone, so stop and change over. Here's a copy from his latest newsletter re this problem:

" Conspiracy or no, there's still an all-out assault on the male population. Men are exposed to estrogen at every turn, from birth to the grave - and we're only just beginning to feel the effects. From low sperm counts, to increased testicular cancers, to increased numbers of homosexuals, men are fighting a losing battle.

I've already warned you about soy and BPA. Now, there's another chemical to avoid at all costs.

The latest research links phthalates, a common chemical found in plastics, to abnormal breasts in boys -- a "budding" problem today. (Heck, some of these feminized little lads should be fitted for training bras!)

When researchers compared 40 boys with abnormal breast growth to 21 boys without the condition, they found that the boys with boobs had between 2.8 and 25 times the levels of phthalates than those with normal flat chests.

Because phthalates soften plastics, they're in everything from shower curtains to plastic wrap to food containers. They're also used to stabilize scents -- which means you find them in fragrance-based products like perfume and shampoo.

So what should you do? For starters, the less plastic you use, the better. Whenever you can, stick to products that come in glass containers. And if you're eating food from the perimeter of your grocery store, you won't have to worry as much about the chemicals from the cans and jars.

If you stop purchasing products that contain phthalates, the manufacturers will take notice. BPA is a perfect example of that.

Even though the FDA has refused to regulate this cancer- causing, estrogen-mimicking toxin, more and more manufacturers are voluntarily doing away with it - not because they care about your health, but because they're focused on the bottom line.

But does it really matter why? For you, the end result is the same. -Wm. Campbell Douglass, II, MD. "

I'm tossing all I've collected that are pop bottles, and worse. I hope you will also. Convenient storage containers are not worth the risk of cancer, he says!

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April 7, 2011

I came up with this idea last week while drinking a Pepsi and staring at the bottle.

I tried making one and couldn't stop because they are so much fun and the designs are endless.
Not only are they sturdy yet soft to wear, they are a great way to recycle plastic bottles!

I will provide the general directions to make the bracelet, but the decorations and designs are only limited to your imagination so let it run wild! They are great for boys also. Just use felt in colors they would like and call them wrist cuffs instead.
This is a great craft to do with kids. I just suggest that an adult cuts the strips from the bottle needed for each bracelet.


Approximate Time: An hour or more, depending on what is used for decorations.



  1. Cut off top and bottom of Pepsi bottle. Save bottom and use for mod podge steps. You will only use the middle that has the label on. Remove as much of the label as you can, but don't worry if any remains. It will not be seen.

  2. Decide on how wide you want your bracelet to be. An adult should do the cutting of the bottle. You will need each strip intact as a complete ring. I inserted a cardboard tube from paper towels and sawed a small slit with a dinner knife, just big enough for the scissors tip.
    Cut rings out and trim evenly, if needed.

  3. Cut 2 strips from felt, slightly wider and longer than plastic ring. If making a photo bracelet, paint woodsies, if desired.
    The backs will not show and photo will cover most of the top.
    Pick out photos and resize to fit woodsies. Print and cut out. You will not adhere them to the woodsie until bracelet is finished.


  4. Poke 2 little holes in center of each woodsie. I used the tip of a metal compass to do this. The wood is soft. These are holes you will use to sew them on to the felt.

  5. Decide where you want them on the bracelet and dab some glue on the backs.

  6. Take one strip of felt which will be the top of your bracelet and sew on the woodsies where you choose. Don't make more than 3 passes with thread or it will cause a bump under the photo.

  7. Sew on all other decorations.
    I used several different things such as buttons, beads, letter beads, brads, charms, shapes cut from foam and watch heads. The possibilities are endless.

    Knot all the things you sew on in the back of the felt strip.

  8. Brush some mod podge over inside of plastic strip.

  9. Roll the plain strip of felt slightly smaller and insert into ring, smoothing it out against the plastic until it's flat. You are wanting the plastic ring to be in the center of top and inside felt strips.

  10. Do the same to the outside of ring and lay your decorated strip over it, making sure edges of both felt strips line up. Trim if needed before sewing closed.

  11. Whip stitch both sides and across ends of felt.

  12. If you used woodsies, give them a coat of mod podge and center photo on. Brush on another coat to front of photos.

  13. When dry, brush on a coat of clear polish. Do another if you want a deep gloss look.

By Mary from Palm Coast, FL

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April 13, 20110 found this helpful

What a nifty idea! I love it!


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May 24, 2011

Photo of Plastic Bottle outside of Bucke

I save these wonderful little plastic bottles from teas and "ice" drinks. I also have my friends and family save these wonderful coffee containers. When moving, I found that four fit inside the other, and the brain started thinking.


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September 20, 2010

I recycle plastic bottles by filling them with tap water, freezing, and then using to line plastic grocery bags when I go on a picnic or long car journey. Food and other drinks stay cold and you have extra water for emergencies or to save on buying junk drinks en route.


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July 19, 2011

I cut the top off plastic soda bottles to use them as funnels. It has been a handy addition in the kitchen for me and the garage for my husband. I use the bottoms to start plants, organize my numerous small items in my craft room, or hold change at the end of the day.


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July 23, 2008

When I send out cuttings to friends, of plants that propagate easily, I take a 2 liter cola plastic bottle and cut around the top to make a planter. I drill little holes in the bottom for drainage, tear the wrapper off, and decorate it with permanent markers.


1 found this helpful
January 3, 2012

This past summer our hummingbird feeder was attracting more bees than birds. My husband cut the top off a regular sized soda bottle. 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.


October 24, 20051 found this helpful

Halloween Bowling Game

I made these bowling pins out of empty 24 oz. pop bottles. I used clear and green bottles. Any sized bottle will work.


January 22, 20132 found this helpful

Zipper Plastic Bottle Container

This is a guide about making a zipper plastic bottle container. Make a cute, functional container from a recycled plastic bottle and a zipper.


October 15, 2012

Plastic Soda Bottles as Giftwrap

I thought this was such a neat idea.You can use a bottle to fill with little gifts, or in place of loot bags, or baby shower novelties. You can use a small or a 2 litre, depending on what you're putting into the bottle.


June 26, 2006

10 Ways to Reuse a 20 oz. Plastic Soda Bottle. 1. Cut down to top of soda label. Either spray paint or decorate and you have a small cut flower vase. 2. First, secure long elastic band at bottom of label with glue or duct tape.


October 31, 2007

I lately have been finding many ways to reuse plastic milkjugs and soda bottles. Here are just two new ways we can reuse them.


1 found this helpful
February 16, 2010

Two liter pop bottles are handy for transporting punch or other drinks to a party without worrying about spilling. They can be laid on their side in a refrigerator if there is not room to set them upright. I also freeze water in them for ice for our camper cooler.


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April 2, 2008

If you knit or crochet, an empty 2-liter soda bottle is useful. Cut off the bottom and place a skein of yarn into it, after you've started the skein from the middle, and feed the yarn through the bottle neck.


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February 18, 2009

It is always so hot here in the summer and I like to have flowers and vegetables on my deck and in the yard, but can't afford the water bills to keep them watered between times of rain.


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July 16, 2008

When I'm done with the larger bottles I take a pair of old scissors and cut the top 1/3 off. What I'm left with is a bottom part that I use as a vase or a planter to start cuttings or seeds, and the top half is just the right size and shape to use as a funnel to add oil or tranny fluid to your car.


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December 28, 2007

This is the link for a craft which uses recycled bottles/jugs to make cat litter scoops!


January 30, 2012

You can use the plastic bottles to store homemade drinks in. I use them for storing homemade wine or beer in. Some people prefer glass for this, but it works for me. I have never had plastic explode, as glass sometime will under the pressure of the yeast.



November 14, 201114 found this helpful

This is a great way to reuse plastic bottles and save money on power. In the United States this idea could be used in sheds, chicken coops, or any structure with a tin roof. These plastic bottle lights create an amazing amount of light without any electricity. What a great idea and such a touching story. I hope you enjoy.

By StellaBella from Manchester, WA

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

I reallly did enjoy the story and just a simple solution to a bad problem. I thought this would be a good teaching aid and a fun project to do with my grandson. We could both learn from the project.

Thanks for sharing this video.

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February 8, 20123 found this helpful

Don't throw that soda bottle away, find a way to use it around the house or yard. Here is a video with 8 great tips on other uses for a 2 liter bottle.

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October 28, 20040 found this helpful

Does anyone have any uses for used plastic soda pop bottles?

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January 7, 20080 found this helpful

I have cut the top and bottom of 2-litter pop bottles cut from the top to the bottom to make a large rectangle. On this I paint fishes that I then cut out and hang unto a wire hanger that I rounded up into a mobile for my grandchildren. Use fishing line of different length to hang the fishes. Very bright and colorful. I use patio paint if it is for outside and acrylic paint if it is for inside. You can also paint pretty flowers from your plastic rectangles. Try it.

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August 16, 2012

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.

By Deirdre

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August 18, 20120 found this helpful

Litter Gitter, and I love the idea of using a straw in one! Thanks so much for sharing that!

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February 28, 2016

How do I melt and reshape 2 liter pop bottles?

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April 22, 2012

I need ideas for crafting and reusing plastic bottles?

By Geri V.

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April 24, 20120 found this helpful

http://www.byst  pty-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!

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March 19, 2009

I am thinking of soaking my garden by melting small holes in soda jugs with my leather burning tool ( a flame to a needle or screwdriver might do as well), then sinking the jugs right side up to their necks into the garden dirt near the plants with about 3 inches exposed above ground.

Then I would fill the jugs with water daily, replacing the lids to prevent evaporation. I would just uncap and fill them each day to get a deep soak. I figure the jugs might serve to heat the ground as well, as the air in them warms from the sun. I am opting for soda jugs as they take up less space than milk jugs would. Any thoughts on this? Does it sound worth trying?

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March 20, 20090 found this helpful

As long as you buy the bottles. We have strong winds and if you just place the bottles on top of the dirt, they will blow away once the water level decreases.

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January 23, 20140 found this helpful

Do you have instructions for making a coffee urn drip catcher out of a 2 liter plastic bottle?

By Dorothy

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January 23, 20140 found this helpful

Do you have instructions for making a coffee urn drip catcher out of a 2 liter plastic bottle?

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