10 Amazing Ways to Upcycle Plastic Bottles


A lot of products that we use today are made from plastic and believe it or not, people throw quite a lot of plastic bottles when they’re done with them. In the United States alone, about 28 billion of jars and bottles are being disposed of with many dumpsites already overcrowded with these materials. Although having your plastic bottles recycled properly to minimize your contribution to the growing amount of trash in dumpsites, you can also repurpose your empty plastic bottles to use around the house.

For those who are wondering what to do with their plastic bottles, here are some ideas that you can use.

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  1. Sink extender. For households with kids, extending the spout of the faucet is necessary so your child can easily wash their hands. Cut a plastic battle to attach it on the faucet so that the water will flow closer to your child’s hands when reaching in.
  1. Leaf lamp. Green plastic bottles can be upcycled into a lamp. Simply cut the plastic bottle into the shape of a leaf and attach them around a source of light. You can add other colors as well to create an interesting decoration.
  1. Magazine holder. Large plastic bottles that are taking up space in your garage or basement can be cut up to hold magazines. They will certainly help keep your magazines in places while at the same time act as decorative pieces for your home.
  1. Ribbon dispenser. For those who love crafts, converting your plastic bottles into ribbon dispensers will certainly help you keep your craft materials organized. Just cut open one side of the plastic bottle, insert a pole to hold your ribbons and that’s it. You can stack your ribbons on top of the other so you can simply pull the ribbons you need.
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  1. Planters. If you want to transplant some seeds or would like to grow more plants, converting the bottom part of your plastic bottles into planters is a good way to repurpose them. You can even hang them on poles or walls for a vertical garden look if you like so you will have more space to work on in the garden.
  1. Pen organizers. Plastic bottles can be converted into pen organizers for your desk. You can remove the bottom half to hold your pens and pencils or you can cut up some shapes then paint characters on your bottles to make them more interesting.
  1. Jewelry stand. Another creative idea to upcycle your plastic bottles is to make a jewelry stand out of them. Cut the bottom part of the plastic bottles and screw or glue them on stand to stack them one on top of the other.
  1. Bird feeder. If you’re garden has been attracting birds, why not convert your plastic bottles into feeders? Simply insert some spoons in between the plastic bottles, pour some seeds into the bottle and hang them.
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  1. Christmas tree. Need to add some Christmas cheer on your table? Get some green plastic bottles and cut strips to create the leaves. Paste them around a pole or roll of tissue paper to build your tree.
  1. Decorative butterflies. This DIY project will require some nail polish and scissors. Start by cutting some plastic bottles to draw your butterflies on. Pain the design that you have made using your nail polish. Once dried, cut the outline of the butterfly so you can decorate your walls with them.

As you can see, livening up your space doesn’t have to be that expensive. With some empty plastic bottles and creativity on your part, you will be able to build something new out of them.