If you drink a lot of soda, you have a wealth of material for craft projects at your fingertips. Making items from bottles recycles them and keeps them out of landfills. It also provides simple solutions for common storage or planting needs. These crafts can be modified and personalised, making them simple enough for preschool children (with adult help, of course) or sophisticated enough to serve as modern apartment art. Most of them can also be completed in less than an hour.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Empty 2 litre plastic coke bottles
- The following items vary by project:
- Craft decorations and glue
- Soldering iron
- Sand or gravel
- String or rope
- Planting mix
- Utility knife or Xacto knife
- Hot glue
Prepare you bottle. For all of these craft projects, you will need to fill your empty plastic coke bottle with hot tap water to melt the label adhesive. Remove the label and pour the hot water out. This will leave you with a clean, blank canvas for crafting.
Make a decorative bowl. Begin by filling a saucepan with water and setting it to boil on the stove. While you wait, cut the bottom of the soda bottle off, approximately one inch higher than the height you wish for your final bowl to be. You can discard the top or use it for another project. Dip the ends of the bowl in the boiling water and quickly remove. This melts the plastic just enough to be shaped. Shape the bowl in any way you like, dipping it in the hot water again if more pliability is needed.
Make a Pencil Cup. If you have a mountain of pens, pencils and markers on your desk, you can easily make a storage system for them using soda bottles. Measure the height you wish your container to be, and mark it on the bottle. Cut the top of the bottle off at this mark. Decorate the bottle with stickers or craft supplies, if you would like to personalise your pencil cup. These can be screwed to the wall to create an interesting storage wall decoration.
Make two planters. Cut the bottle in half. For the first planter, using a solderer with a pointed tip, make holes in the bottom of the bottle to allow water to escape and air to enter. Fill with dirt and use to grow plants in your home. For the second planter, take the top of the bottle and use the solderer to poke holes around the neck of the bottle. Remove the cap. Carefully feed a plant through the opening where the cap would screw on. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with dirt. Poke holes in the top of the planter to thread string through. You now have a hanging inverted planter.
Make a candle holder. Measure three to four inches from the bottom the bottle and mark. Cut the bottle in half at this point. Discard the top or use it for another project. Fill the bottom with craft sand, aquarium gravel, river rocks or other media. Place your candle on top and nestle it into the fill.
Make a savings bank. Hot glue or super glue the cap onto the bottle. Using a utility knife, cut a slot in the bottle 2 inches wide by 1/4 inch tall, wherever you want the coin slot to be. Glue pictures of your goal item on the side of the bottle to remind you of what you are saving for.
How to Make Crafts Out of Old Plastic Coke Bottles
Tips and warnings
- Always use caution when soldering or using boiling water, to avoid burns.