Plastic bottles are perhaps the bane of this century. And yet, the literal soda pop culture of today ensures we have a steady supply of these at home. So, what’s a girl to do? With the bottles, that is… go artsy and use them creatively, quirkily, and even strategically with these 10 creative DIY ideas!
10. A bird lover? Make a feeder
One of the easiest crafts and also one that will make the birds love your garden, is a bird feeder. Poke two holes near the top half in a slanted position facing each other, and insert a wooden spoon or ladle such that the hollow of the spoon is facing up and tilted down a little. Repeat the same step near the bottom half of the bottle, making sure the spoons are at a 90 degree angle to each other. You can choose to paint the bottle as you’d like. Finally, insert a thread in the cap, pour in the birdseed, and hang it up on a tree or hook of your choosing. Now watch the birds eat…
9. Quirky planters for the house
Simple, nifty, and non-messy—plastic bottles make for excellent planters. Using a sharp knife, cut the bottle into two equal halves. The bottom half can simply be painted and planted, so as to speak. For the top half, keep the cap screwed shut and then paste it onto an old CD and you have a goblet planter. Paint as you’d like.
8. A floral jewelry stand
This one uses the flower-shaped end of bottles. Cut off four ends of similar colored bottles and insert a thin steel rod into three of them, keeping the cups up and into an inverted position. Stick it onto a heavy cardboard piece for stability. Use nuts and bolts to hold the cups in place.
7. Nifty organizational holders
The simplest thing that can be done with plastic bottles is to use them to organize and store things. You can cut them up, paint, and decorate as you wish and use them as a pen holder. Another cool idea is to insert in eyebolts, cut an access hole big enough for your hand, and then hang up these holders. Put in what you like.
6. Green thumb? Try a wall garden
5. Zippered cases for kiddie storage
4. Cell phone holder in a pinch
3. Themed piggy banks
There are plenty ideas of piggy banks that can be made with plastic bottles, but this airplane is simply adorable. The only toss is that when the kid wants to cash in his savings, this will have to be destroyed!
2. Flowery curtains of yore
1. Left with caps? Try a mural
A lot of these ideas use the bottle and leave the cap. So what you can do with the caps is collect a whole lot of them and then go creative with a mural. The photograph is inspiration enough!
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