Our family is really big on recycling. In our house, we’re constantly sorting used things into the appropriate plastic bins so they can be reused in different ways rather than just disposed of. Home recycling is just one small step you can take to reduce your environmental footprint, but it’s one that we take very seriously. Hand in hand with recycling, we’re also total obsessed with upcycling! As avid crafts and DIY enthusiast, we recognize that there are plenty of ways that we can use our skills to repurpose all kinds of use things into new tools that we’ll actually find useful or new décor pieces that we’ll actually enjoy.
What’s our favourite thing to upcycle, you ask? Well, lately we’ve been finding and thinking of all different ways to reuse plastic water bottles! We have a huge supply of them because, even though we try to reuse whenever we can, we’re a household of busy people and sports players, so it’s inevitable that we end up with plastic bottles of all kinds on a regular basis. Rather than throwing them out, here are 15 different DIY projects we’ve tried turning them into!
1. Water bottle snack toppers
This might be one of the easiest upcycling ideas on the whole list, but it also actually might be the one of the ideas that we use the most. Upcycle a la Mode remind you that you can upcycle different parts of your plastic bottles separately or in pieces to maximize the use you get out of them. They suggest turning the tops of your old water bottles into “snack spouts”, making it easier to pack little baggies of snacks in your family’s packed lunches without having to tie knots in the top so they struggle to get into them. Being able to screw the top of the bag on and off also makes it less likely that the snacks will spill and easier to save the rest for later! Simply cut the top of the bottle, feed the top of the bag through the opening, fold the bag down over the spout, and screw the lid on. Their tutorial walks you through it!
2. Water bottle yarn holder
Are you an avid knitter crochet enthusiast, or other yarn craft lover who is constantly working with balls, skeins, and cakes of yard? Then you know just as well as we do that, even if you’re very experienced and very careful, sometimes knots and tangles in the yarn are just inevitable. That’s why we think this water bottle yarn feeder is such a cool idea! Joann Fabrics shows you how to make an opening in the bottom of the bottle that a small ball of yarn will slide right into, as well as how to thread the end of the yarn through the top of the bottle so it can be pulled as you knit or crochet, feeding through without snags.
3. Pretty painted decoupage bottle
The example used in this beautifully painted decoupage tutorial from Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse might be glass, but this fun cut-and-paste craft could easily be done with plastic bottles too! Their tutorial shows you how to use embossed paper, cut patterns, all-surface paint, and glue or Modpodge to decoupage pretty flowers or whatever design you please onto the surface of an empty bottle. it makes great porch, window sill, or side table décor.
4. Melted bottle plastic flowers
Have you been scrolling through our list so far looking for an option that’s a little bit more artsy and abstract? Perhaps you’ve always just loved crafting using unconventional methods. Then we have a feeling we’ve found a project that will definitely hold your attention! Re-Creations Project guides you through the process of making bits and pieces of cut up and layered water bottles into pretty flowers by melting and painting them so they have a bright hue and a wavered shape that resembles petals.