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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

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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.

By Lourna [4]07/19/2009

Hi, another craft for empty bottles. Fill your bottles with sand or stones and sew dresses of your choices. Like different national dresses oryour own design. Got this idea from the crafts forum challenge in UK. Happy crafting!

By Kayla (Guest Post)09/07/2008

Buy white plastic paint. Paint the bottle then get a black sharpie draw snowman's eyes a nose and a mouth color the top for a hat and wrap a string around for a scarf then you got a snow man.

By Meg (10) (Guest Post)04/19/2008

This wasn't my idea, but you can make these fish out of them. I got this from a American Girl magazine, the April 2008 one I think. You take a water bottle and put some paint inside, then you jiggle it up so that it is all around the inside of the bottle and there are no parts that are clear. Then you glue sequins on them wherever you want. Some people make dots, some people make stripes, some people make one stripe around the "stomach", and some people make their own designs. You also put two for the eyes. Also, you can hang them by string.

By Barbara Grow [2]01/10/2007

Hi...I have sent my grandkids little gifts through the mail in the plastic bottles..they love it...Just cut a slit in the side to fill the bottle and then use clear packing tape and seal and put your address lable over the slit..the postman love them..they get some good laughs...they can be sent for about $2 - $3 dollars...The kids love getting mail and this is a great way to send them something.....

By Jazzylazzy (Guest Post)01/10/2007

If you put a flashlight under a bottle that has water in it, you will get an instant lantern. The bottle does not have to be fulll, but it should be at least 1/4 full. You can color the water with food coloring if you like. This is great for hiking as you need a lantern and your water.

By Jazzylazzy (Guest Post)01/10/2007

You can make a firefly out of the water bottles by using a pipe cleaner for the antenae and paper wings attached with double stick tape. Put a inexpensive glow bracelet in the bottle. Draw a face on the cap with sharpie markers. This is great for camping with children.

By Miz Rosey (Guest Post)01/10/2007

I have two uses for the bottles.

Idea #1:
Fill the bottles approximately 1/3 full of fresh, filtered water. Screw on the lid. Then, lay them on their side in your freezer. When you want to have cool water on the go, simply fill the rest of the bottle with filtered water, and the ice inside the water bottle will keep the drink cool for a couple of hours. (Freezing them upright just doesn't work as well.)

Idea #2:
Disposable bottles make terrific noisemakers for kids. Simply fill the bottle with about 1/4-1/2 cup of beads, gravel, popcorn, etc. Screw on the bottle top, and seal it permanently with colorful vinyl tape or hot glue. Due to the size of contents of the bottles, it is a good idea to limit this project to kids 6 yrs. old and above.

By (Guest Post)01/05/2007

For Halloween decorations (a little off season, I know), I used them to make a "bottle of boos". We made little ghosts from a circle of white fabric around a little styrofoam ball, tied a thread around the neck, drew on faces with a black pen and then stuffed them into the bottle, making sure the faces showed. Presto!! A "bottle of boos!" We cut circles of Halloween fabric or plain back to use to cover the caps (tops) and tied a ribbon around it. Very cute and easy! And fun!!

By sadieJoy (Guest Post)01/05/2007

Those bottles are recyclable-don't throw them out. I buy my drinking/cooking water by the gallon, and refill my bottles. The gallon jugs are also recyclable. I buy/refill my gallon jugs at the grocery store for 39¢ per gallon. As a single person, I get 4-5 gallons @ a time. When I get home, I put one gallon in the fridge, fill bottles with another gallon and put those in the fridge. I take one gallon to work- Then put the rest of the gallons in a cupboard, or the pantry. This saves me alot of $.

By Debra in Colorado (Guest Post)01/05/2007

Glue them together with silicone glue and form them in a circle. When spring comes you will have Walls of Water to put out around your seedlings to keep them warm. Just fill them with water and cap them to retain the heat.

By Susie Buckhead, GA (Guest Post)01/05/2007

I have made toys for kids with these water bottles.
I taught headstart (pre-K) for 6 years and we made many things with them.
*A Tornado in a bottle: fill bottle 2/3 full of water, a drop or two of dish washing liquid, a table spoon of sand, small bits of aluminim foil. Put the lid on tight so the kids can't open and drink it. Twirl the bottle and a tornado will appear. You need to practice the twirling to get it right.
*Ocean in a bottle: fill the bottle 2/3 with water and a few drops of blue food coloring, 1/3 vegetable oil, and small sea shells. Kids love this. The oil and water will not mix and when shaken a bit it looks like waves.
*Quiet bottle: I've had alot of success using this bottle for children who are upset. It also works well with autistic children. Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of white Karo syrup into the bottle, add your choice of food coloring, any kind of sequins,confetti, beads, or anything small. As you roll the bottle around in your hands focus on a certain bead and this can be very soothing. Just make sure that you tighten the lid, You can put a dab or super glue to seal it well.
I have enjoyed these cheap little homemade toys too. I hope you do too.

By Sheila Saey [8]01/05/2007

I re-use my water bottles. I drink Nescafe Iced Java coffee in the morning (coffee syrup mixed with cold milk). I put the Java in the bottle, then the milk, return the cap and shake. It is the ONLY way I don't end up spilling coffee all over myself when I'm drinking my coffee in the car!

I also use the water bottles as paintbrush washing stations. Cut them in half and put water in them for paintbrush clean up. Use them for pencil cups the same way.

Here in "Hurricane world" we also fill them & keep them in the freezer so if we lose power during a hurricane we have water on hand for washing, the dog's bowl, etc.

By joanne [3]01/05/2007

if u like to gardening ,u can use them to start your seeds in,just cut almost in half leave one side attached and put drainage holes in the bottom, add your soul then some water and then your seeds ,
then tape the bottle back up put cap on until u start seeing sprouts then take cap off,but dont let the bottle get hot are the seeds will cook if it gets to warm take the cap off for a while.

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