Recycling plastic is good, but finding ways to reuse it yourself is even better. Start collecting your plastic bottles and try out one of these super creative and fun ideas to keep them out of landfills for good!
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A Lotion Bottle Phone Charger
Fashion a phone charger pocket out of an empty lotion bottle. It just requires a bit of scissor work and some decoupage. Make It Love It has step-by-step photos that show you how to cut the bottle so that it can be hung from an electrical outlet.
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These wind spirals are a cinch to make, and they'll look fantastic hanging in your yard. To make a set, just remove the labels from some plastic water bottles. Then, use permanent markers to color every inch of the bottles and cut them into strips.
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A Bird Feeder
Use two wooden spoons and a plastic soda bottle to make this simple bird feeder. Here Comes the Sun has a step-by-step tutorial to take you through the full process.
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Flower Hair Planters
Cut some plastic bottles down to turn them into planters. Then, use pom poms and googly eyes to give them faces. Once you add flowers, your planters will look like they also have hair. Make these with your kids to get them excited about gardening.
DIY Flower Hair Planters from Dip Feed2:48
Make Amazing Planters Out of Empty Plastic BottlesContinue to 5 of 20 below.
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A No-Sew Zipper Case
Turn an empty soda bottle or water bottle into a case for colored pencils, markers, or anything else you don't currently have a case for! The best part about this project: even though this clever case has a zipper, there's absolutely no sewing involved.
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Floral String Lights
Dress up a cheap set of string lights by creating colorful flowers to fit around the lights. All you need is a bunch of plastic bottles and their caps. While this project may look like it requires a lot of skill, it's really nothing more than some cutting and spray painting.
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A Water Bottle Sprinkler
Poke some holes in a plastic two-liter soda bottle, and you have an instant sprinkler for the kids to run through. Clever Crafty Cookin Mama has all the details on the hardware you'll need to connect this sprinkler to your garden hose.
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Cut the bottoms off of a bunch of clear soda or water bottles; then, string them together to create these dramatic curtains.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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A Juice Bottle Watering Can
Punch some holes in the cap of a juice bottle, and you have a great, makeshift watering can. As Cutout and Keep It points out, these are ideal for mixing up fertilizer for your plants, because it's something you can throw away when you're done.
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Soda Bottle Easter Baskets
Transform some soda bottles into these cute Easter baskets. They're the perfect size for a few trinkets and some candy. Use a pipe cleaner or a piece of ribbon to create the handle. Then, snazz them up with permanent marker flourishes, foam stickers, or other seasonal embellishments.
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Here's another fun basket made from plastic bottles, only this one is woven. Just cut slits in the side of a bottle; then, use plarn—that's yarn made from plastic bags—to weave a pattern into the sides. For the best results, use brightly-colored bags.
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A Hanging Milk Jug Garden
Cut up some milk jugs to create flower pots for your herbs. Then, use the handles to hang them. Save enough milk jugs, and you can do a whole vertical garden wall on your porch or patio.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Use an empty soda bottle to make a terrarium. This is the perfect project to tackle with kids. Since the bottles are plastic, you won't have to worry about breakage, and since there's a lid that you can screw on when you're done, you won't have to worry about soil spills.
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A Hummingbird Feeder
Attract hummingbirds to your yard with this homemade hummingbird feeder made from water bottles, drinking straws, and a few other odds and ends. Kids Activities has a quick and easy tutorial to show you how to assemble one. This project would be ideal for a class or scout project.
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A Wind Spinner
Grab a utility knife, and turn a soda bottle into a wind spinner. You can even embellish them with colorful duct tape.
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A Plastic Bag Dispenser
Upcycle a plastic, two-liter bottle into a dispenser for your plastic bags. It can be hung on the wall, in the pantry, or on the inside of a cabinet door. Craft Your Happiness has everything you need to make this, including a Silhouette file that you can use to make the cool, vinyl decal on the front.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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A Fairy House
Make a fairy garden with your kids. These little fairy houses are easy to create from soda bottles. Just grab some paint, fake flowers, and a few other embellishments, and let your imagination run wild.
Plastic Bottle Fair House Night Lights from Crafts by Amanda
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A Drip Irrigation System
Put your plants on autopilot when you're on vacation by creating a drip irrigation system out of empty two-liter bottles.
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Use an empty water bottle, a sock, some bubbles, and a bit of food coloring to create a device that's capable of making these cool rainbow snakes. This is the perfect summer boredom buster for kids.
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Make this dramatic mobile out of plastic bottles. Just cut the tops off a bunch of bottles, fashion them into flowers, and string them together. Creative Jewish Mom has a complete tutorial, including a simple way to add color to the flowers. Spoiler alert: it's decoupaged tissue paper!
Recycled Plastic Bottle Flower Mobile Tutorial from Creative Jewish Mom