All kinds of plastic scrap can be repurposed into items for the home.
What to do with a fully intact plastic beverage bottle
- Punch holes around the perimeter in order to conveniently organize and display earrings.
- Store balls of yarn or ribbon in individual plastic containers for tangle-free dispensing.
- Fit a single bottle with Hygienna Solo’s attachable nozzle and you have yourself a portable bidet.
- Layer bright candies inside for spill-proof party favors.
- Make a lawn or garden sprinkler just by outfitting a plastic beverage bottle with multiple recycled plastic pen barrels.
- Make instant ice packs that are ideal for picnic baskets, parties or first aid.
- Fill hundreds of old plastic bottles with rainbow-tinted liquid and attach them to an overhead frame for a surprisingly easy-on-the-eyes protective carport that is design- and planet-friendly.
What to do with a plastic beverage bottle (some modification necessary)
- Tired of pesky critters dive-bombing you at inconvenient moments? Then whip up an indoor fruit fly trap or an outdoor wasp/yellow jacket trap.
- Upgrade your bicycle with a handcrafted plastic fender.
- Fancy up a string of plain Christmas lights by shielding each bulb with hand-decorated plastic bottle shades. Your new-to-you patio lights will then add a festive touch to summertime grilling get-togethers.
- Make a kitchen funnel or multipurpose scoop using the neck of an old beverage bottle.
- Organize and dispense recycled plastic bags a lot more easily with this simple solution.
- Create a better resealable top for foods that are sold in plastic bags by crowning them with recycled plastic bottle caps.
- Add whimsy to your garden by crafting handmade, hanging floral sculptures.
- Green up a bare wall with your very own wall-mounted plastic bottle garden. You can also expand your urban gardening potential by creating a recycled 2-liter beverage bottle-hanging garden.
- Keep various reading materials within reach by mounting them inside a vertical recycled plastic bottle rack.
- Share homemade edibles with lucky friends and family members by presenting them in simple yet elegant-looking recycled plastic bottle packaging.
- Make recycled beverage bottle cloches that will ensure the success rate of your seedlings.
- Turn beverage bottles into recycled plastic bottle cord that can be used for multiple household and craft projects.
- Passively irrigate your garden for crunchy, juicy delicious summertime rewards (apply the same concept to indoor plants anytime you crave vacation liberation).
- Create lacy, incredibly decorative vessels like Caroline Saul. Hard to believe that old plastic can look so good!
- Decorate a window with a hanging triangular shade, a rectangular shade or a fanciful floral curtain (utilizing the reclaimed bottoms of oodles of plastic beverage bottles). Better yet, shield your entire window for optimum privacy.
- Organize small desk supplies with a handmade organizer. Craft supplies can be nicely tamed as well.
- Create a flower vase out of a recycled PET bottle that resembles cut crystal.
- A fashionable bracelet wrapped with fabric bits will keep you on trend, or, if you prefer, make a wider, bangle-style version.
What to do with other types of plastic-based post-consumer packaging
- Slap a magnet on the back of a plastic bottle lid, add some googly eyes and a smile on the front, and you have a cheerful refrigerator friend.
- Adorn a source of indoor light with the frosted glow of a recycled bottle cap shade or an ostentatious chandelier.
- Label this year’s garden varieties with waterproof tags crafted out of recycled salad clamshell containers.
- Wow your kiddies by showing them how to make hand-decorated eco-Shrinky Dinks, Christmas ornaments or simple glistening snowflakes.
- Melt dozens of caps into a decorative bowl.
- Tuck presents inside a homemade, treasure chest-style recycled plastic gift box.
- Try to recreate this rainbow-colored recycled elephant wall sculpture with your children.