How to Make Things Out of Plastic Bottles

More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in our landfills and incinerators daily according to the Container Recycling Institute. Finding ways to reuse plastic bottles before you toss them will help reduce the waste that ends up in the landfills and water streams. Making new things out of your old plastic bottles also saves money. Before replacing an old household item, consider making that item out of the old plastic bottles found around your home.

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Replace common household items using plastic bottles.

Flower Planters

Step 1

Clean an old plastic 2 liter or gallon sized plastic bottle.

Step 2

Cut the bottle in half, reserving the top half for another project or the recycling bin.

Step 3

Use the bottom half of the plastic bottles and punch holes to encourage proper drainage.

Step 4

Add soil and push the seed inside, water and watch the plant grow from your plastic bottle.

Pumpkin Luminaries

Step 5

Cut the top of an old two liter water or soda bottle.

Step 6

Carve the decoration into the bottle as you would a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern.

Step 7

Paint the old bottle a color that compliments your Halloween decor

Step 8

Add a tea candlelight inside the bottle.

Household Cleaner Solution Bottle

Step 9

Find an old, clean one or two liter plastic bottle.

Step 10

Fill the clean bottle with your homemade household cleaner solution or a commercial cleaning solution.

Step 11

Attach a spray head to replace the typical bottle cap.

Step 12

Reuse or recycle the old bottle cap.

Step 13

Use the bottle as you would any other bottle with a cleaning solution.