Love the idea of re-using and recycling? If so, you’ll love these 10 DIY ideas to recycle old and empty bottles! Whether you have old pickle jars, water bottles, cold drink bottles, pill bottles, wine bottles or oil bottles, it is possible to re-purpose them all. What we have here are simple tips to put all of these old or junked glass, plastic and ceramic bottles to good use… again!
1.DIY Soap Dispenser
A standard dispenser top, available in some stores, will screw onto any glass bottle with the right sized top.
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These would also include your favourite whisky bottle which could be turned it into a customised soap dispenser that looks so much more attractive than a cheap plastic alternative or an expensive dispenser from a trendy store.
2.DIY Jewelry Stand
You can use mountain dew green plastic bottles for a simple and cute jewelry organiser. You'll need two 2lt bottles, one 1lt bottle, and one 200ml bottle.
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Buy a12 inch threaded rod and a few coordinating size nuts and washers. Drill holes that are the same size as your threaded rod in the centre of each tray. Remember to sandwich each tray between two washers, between two nuts and voila, an instant multi-layered jewellery stand!
3.DIY Stationary Organizers
Cut up old water bottles into whatever shape you like, and use them to sort pencils, pens, markers, colours and more for your desk.
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This can prove to be extremely handy for sorting things out in home offices or even in the kitchen for neatly spacing out your cutlery inside a drawer.
4.DIY Bottle Vase
Paint a bunch of various sized bottles in white and convert them into matching window sill vases. You could also choose to paint a variety of bottle types and sizes in multiple colours and position them together to form an eclectic looking decor piece on a table.
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Another option is to wrap different bottles in pretty hued yarn to match a bottle vase to every room’s colour theme!
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5.DIY Makeup Organizer
Collected a lot of prescription pill bottles? You’ll find the size of these bottles make them perfect for your beauty products and tools, like your brushes, eyeliners and mascara. Keep your dresser nice and tidy with this little trick. Paint the bottles the same colour and create a custom configuration to display your prized makeup accessories.
6.DIY Hanging Garden
These days it seems quite easy to end up with a collection of Pepsi, Coke or Miranda bottles. The PET plastic that most of these bottles are made of is resilient, flexible, transparent and food safe thus making it a fairly useful material.
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By slicing off the bottom and sealing the top off with a cap, you can hang these on the wall and turn your trash into a hanging vertical garden!
Using just the bottom of large 2lt bottles of Pepsi, Coke or other such bottles, you could put together a simple but very pretty looking chandelier.
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Cut off the bottom 3-inch section of plastic bottles. Glue, screw them together or connect them with transparent twine in a semi-circular shape centred around a light bulb fixture or just hang a bulb inside and that's it; a pretty DIY chandelier!
8.DIY Garbage Scoop
Now here's an ingenious idea that turns a phenyl or oil can style plastic container into a garbage scooper.
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By cutting out the handle and connected bottom portion (in a triangular shape) of the bottle, you could also use this as a mini shovel in your garden.
9.DIY Tea Light Candles
Use the cork of wine bottles to make your own colourful tea-light candles, while the bottle itself becomes a pretty vase.
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By cutting a wine bottle in half you can place a thick candle inside to give it a windbreaker for outdoor usage. You could also position a few of these together and use them as an outdoor or indoor chandelier.
10.DIY Bird Feeder
This one is perfect for all you nature enthusiasts; turn an old plastic bottle into a handy bird feeder for your garden by simply hanging it up by a tree and poking holes in the plastic.
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Use wooden or plastic spoons as seed holders by showing them through the holes so that the feed can trickle out each time the tray is empty. It's simple and a great way to help our feathered friends.
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