DIY Lessons: Creative things to do with plastic bottles

Plastic bottle hacks

Plastic has become an inescapable part of our lives. From bottles, straws, food containers, and beauty products, to plastic houses, shelters, and even some roads, plastic has slowly taken over almost all aspects of organised human living.  While plastic polymers have incredible uses in our day-to-day lives, we cannot ignore the environmental hazard that they possess.

Plastic is non-biodegradable, notes cutmyplastic. What this means is that plastic cannot decompose and return to the earth; it is not made from naturally occurring substances and is man made to benefit us. The key to reducing the plastic footfall on our environment lies in recycling and reusing the leftovers. Instead of merely allowing someone else to collect and recycle your synthetic waste materials like bottles, covers, bags, and so on, you could find some creative ways to enhance your home and life. By doing this you would not only be reducing the plastic in the oceans and landfills, but you would also be contributing towards making the earth a more sustainable place to live in.

Let us help you with this endeavour and share some creative things you can do with plastic bottles as a means to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics.

  1.    Craft supplies holders:

Cut your plastic and soda bottles in half to store pens, craft supplies, stapler pins, and so on. Just heat along the edges to blunt the sides of the container and use reusable tape to secure your craft supplies or stationery. This is a beautiful way to encourage children and young adults to reuse plastics bottles.

  1.    Coffee bottle containers:

Just like ours, we presume your household would also have at least one bottle a month of coffee or tea and creamer. Reuse these bottles (by removing the creamer or product label) and reuse it to store dry snacks like seeds, wafers, or crisps. If you don’t enjoy snacks at your house, you can use them for spice storage, or for salt, sugar, and other condiments. You could also seal and store things in these containers for camping trips or while traveling and for car rides.

  1.    Garden watering can:

Plastic bottles are great for watering plants. Instead of investing in a watering can, just poke some holes into the caps of soda bottles or old detergent bottles and reuse them as watering cans. One word of advice for you – wash these bottles thoroughly before you use them to remove any remnant soap suds.

  1.    Scoopers:

Milk bottles, soda cans, milk cans, and so on can be cut to resemble scoopers. If you have a plastic milk bottle, just cut horizontally (at an angle) till the cut resembles a scoop. You can use these scoopers to clean up after your dog, do some gardening work, or merely thaw the ice on your lawn and steps.

  1.    Small planters:

2-liter soda bottles have rounded thick bases that can be cut off the bottle to make little planters. Cut the bottle two and a half inches from the bottom. Poke holes into the flowery base of the cut portion. Use potting mixture to plant small herbs and flowering plants from the comfort of your window or your patio. Once your plants are big enough, you can transfer them to the soil.

  1.    Charging stations:

Plastic cream and lotion bottles are a nuisance. Use a box cutter to cut the bottle into the shape of a charging dock. This station can help keep your phone and charger wires secured in one spot while they recharge.

  1.    Beach and sand buckets:

Remove the laundry labels on your laundry bottles and cut them off from the bottom. The lesser you cut, the more liquid can be held inside. Laundry detergent bottles have handles that can be used by children while playing on the beach, in sandboxes, and in gardens.

  1.    Garden sprinkler:

Garden sprinklers are the easiest to make with 2-litee plastic bottles. As children, we have all experienced the joy of running around the sprinkler systems in our garden. You can recreate this beautiful memory of playing in the water with your children. Poke holes all around the soda bottle with a burnt matchstick or with cutters. Attach the head of the container to your pipe and turn the water on. You will have an instant sprinkler system without any added costs.

We hope you are able to use some of the ideas presented above and reduce the plastic hazard to the earth. If you would like to share any more innovative and creative ideas, please let us know, and we can share the same with countless others.