Uses for Plastic Pop Bottles

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 Flag

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

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April 7, 2011 Flag

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.
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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.

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Instructions:

  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.

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  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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I save these wonderful little plastic bottles from teas and "ice" drinks, because they are perfect for redoing the condiment shelves in the fridge. They're all the same size, and I write what is in each one on the lids. But, that isn't the tip. 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.

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

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September 20, 2010 Flag

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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January 3, 2012 Flag

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.

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July 23, 2008 Flag

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.

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October 24, 2005 Flag

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

Halloween Bowling Game

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June 26, 2006 Flag

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.

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October 31, 2007 Flag

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

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February 18, 2009 Flag

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 19, 2011 Flag

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 16, 2008 Flag

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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October 15, 2012 Flag

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.

Plastic Soda Bottles as Giftwrap

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April 2, 2008 Flag

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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January 22, 2013 Flag

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

Zipper Plastic Bottle Container

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December 28, 2007 Flag

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

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January 30, 2012 Flag

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.

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November 14, 2011 Flag

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.

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February 8, 2012 Flag

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, 2004 Flag

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

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September 10, 20070 found this helpful

I am looking for a recipe for making Santas out of 2 liter soda bottles. I cannot seem to find the instructions for the clothing which I believe is made from old tea towels and some sort of stiffening agent. I would so appreciate any help anyone can provide. Many Thanks for a great site.

Susan McArthur dmcarthur4 AT cogeco.ca

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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 Flag

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.

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August 18, 20120 found this helpful

I don't reuse plastic containers for anything but craft or office storage. I think something leeches out of those containers. I have re-used them to freeze water in them to use as ice packs for small ice chests but hate to drink out of them after that. I even hate to use 'tupperware' type containers. I use glass for all my storage (saving pickle jars, etc) and even put water in them in the refrigerator to take. I know the glass is dangerous but have not broken one yet!

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

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April 22, 2012 Flag

I need ideas for crafting and reusing plastic bottles?

By Geri V.

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April 23, 20120 found this helpful

I have heard that you can do this:

-Cut a hole at the base, so the wrapper is at the top, but don't throw the top away!

-Peel the wrapper off

-Paint the whole bottle white

-stick a flashlight in the bottle, making sure a hole is cut out for the power button

-tape the top back on, making sure the light can shine through, then paint the bottle white except for the cap part

-take the cap off, and cover it with plastic wrap so the light can shine through.

Tada! Hope this works, I found it on a website a while back.

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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 Flag

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

With the bottle sitting right side up drill a 1/16 inch hole in the side of the bottle below the little collar just below the cap. Cut the bottom off of the soda bottle most have a ring about 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom cut there. With the cap on bury the bottle upside down in the ground up to where the bottle starts getting its biggest roundness if your dirt is real loose you may need to bury it a little deeper. With the bottle sitting up right the drilled hole under the collar keeps the hole from getting stop up with dirt and it lets the water drain on real slow. Doing them this way makes them a lot easier and quicker to fill and not that much water will evaporate. I have tried different numbers of holes at different places but this works best.

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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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February 28, 2016 Flag

How do I melt and reshape 2 liter pop bottles?

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January 23, 2014 Flag

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

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January 23, 2014 Flag

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

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