15 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottles

Posted on May 31, 2012 by Mikey Rox

15 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bottles
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Do you ever get that nagging feeling that plastic bottles will soon cover more earth than actual earth? 

It can happen.

In the U.K. alone, about 15 million plastic bottles are used each day. That’s not good news considering that plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.


While it’s highly recommended to avoid plastic bottles at all costs, it’s not always possible. But instead of tossing them in the trash (which you should not be doing at all) or recycling them (a much better alternative), there are ways you can repurpose them. Repurposing plastic bottles will not only keep them out of landfills but the practice will save you money on whatever you turned it into that you might normally buy.


Here are just a few of the many ways you can reuse plastic bottles.


1. Weights

Why pay for a gym membership when you can work out at home for free? Refill plastic bottles with sand to make instant dumbbells.


2. Funnel

If you need to funnel liquids or fluid solids into a larger container, cut a plastic bottle in half and pour the contents through the cut side of the bottle.


3. Make-Ahead Party Bevs

When you’re throwing a party, prepare drinks for guest in clean plastic bottles with the labels cleanly removed. Put the bottles in a tub for guests to grab when they’re ready. This trick will help you reduce the amount of time you spend making drinks so you can have more fun with your guests.


4. Baby Rattle

Fill a small plastic bottle with beans, tighten the lid, and give it to a baby to use as a rattle.


5. Hummingbird Feeder

Just tell me that this idea on how to make a hummingbird feeder from a plastic bottles and spoons isn’t one of the coolest things you’ve ever seen. Most of the items you already have, but you’ll probably have to buy the hummingbird feeder online.


6. Party Lights

 First, spray paint old plastic bottles bright colors and let them dry. Then drill a small hole in the bottom. Stick an LED Christmas light through the hole in every bottle and string the lights. Plug ’em in and you’ve got instant mood lighting.


7. Flower Vases

If you have any odd shaped plastic bottles, you can make neat vases by wrapping the bottle in raffia or your favorite string, yarn or lace. Be sure to overlap your wrapping material of choice a little bit so none of the bottle shows through. Glue as you go along. Super simple.


8. Chandelier

Who says that beautiful chandeliers have to be expensive? For this homemade — and extremely cool — version, you’re going to make flowers out of empty plastic soda bottles by cutting off the ends and cutting them into flower shapes with scissors. After that, you’ll paint them in super-fun colors before using wire to fasten them together. To see the rest of the instructions on how to make a plastic bottle chandelier, check out this tutorial.


9. Coin Purse

I’m more and more amazed at what you can do with plastic bottles with each entry into this post. Take a look at this clamshell purse fashioned out the ends of two green plastic bottles (but you can use any color). You can use it for change, candy, paper clips — basically anything small that you want to have handy.


10. Bottle Cap Art

I used to collect contemporary beer bottles caps (which sold for a pretty penny on eBay, FYI; there’s a market for everything), but this idea for making art out of colored plastic bottle caps and other hued plastic is much more fun. The sky is the limit with this idea, and when you’re finished you’ll having something spectacular to hang in your home or give as a gift.


11. Lady Bug Accessories

One crafty mom turned plastic milk-jug tops into cute ladybugs. I would even suggest that you can take this idea further and turn these into wearable items by gluing safety pins or hair clips to the backs.


12. Potpourri Dish

Freshen up your home by placing potpourri in the cut-off bottom of a plastic bottle. Make it more aesthetically pleasing and elegant by wrapping the bottle in nice ribbon and gluing it in place as you go along.


13. Money Bank

Paint a plastic bottle white; decorate it with markers, paint and other objects; cut a slit near the top to deposit the coins; and wait until it fills up. This is a great way to keep a rainy day stash of cash.


14. Candle Holders

Cut the tops off a couple of plastic bottles and insert a candlestick through the mouth of the bottle. To give this idea some pizzazz, consider spray-painting the plastic-bottle candleholders with a glossy color that will make your table pop. But don’t light the candle for safety reasons — it’s only for decoration.


15. Bug Trap

Get rid of unwanted flying pests by making an organic flytrap. Be sure to keep it away from your house, however — this won’t smell very good.


Have more ideas on how to reuse plastic bottles? Let me know in the comments below.


What Others Are Saying

  1. michael October 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the post, you can also make a green house out of old bottles :)
    Or even flavored oils i.e. garlic oil.
    also a very cool trick if your going away and need to water plants you can cut the bottom of a old 2lt bottle and make a small hole in the ground next to the plant and make a small hole in the lid and fill with water it will run down slowly (make sure you use a stick to keep the bottle up right :)

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  3. Ann Lockey November 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    My kids and grand kids have used bottles to plant seeds in cut the tops off add compost seed and water and watch them grow, add a few holes near the bottom for drainage. The two litre bottles with the bottoms cut off also make good mini green houses to put over smaller bottles with seedlings in. Thanks for sharing the recycled projects.

  4. Louise June 2, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Thank you. My son has a Teachers Challenge at his school, reduce reuse and recycle being the motto. Creating something out of a plastic bottle and creating a project.

  5. Poundy June 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Hi, Louise! What an excellent challenge for high school students. Hopefully some of our tips gave him some inspiration.

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