How to Use Three-Liter Coke Bottles

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How to Use Three-Liter Coke Bottles
Repurpose a 3-liter plastic Coke bottle in useful items. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Three-litre coke bottles are made of recyclable plastic. Bottles can be deposited into a recycling bin to be recycled by your local pickup service or a service to which you've taken the bottles for payment; or you can reuse the bottle as is to store iced tea, lemonade or other powdered drinks. There are many useful items you can make from a 3-liter coke bottle, such as a funnel, planter or a bucket for a child to use in a sandbox. All of these projects are easy and can be recycled when no longer needed.

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Things you need

  • 3-liter Coke bottle (or other 3-Liter bottle)
  • Dishtowel
  • Scissors
  • Metal skewer
  • Potting soil
  • Plastic plate or shallow pan, diameter larger than bottle
  • Ruler

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    Make a Funnel

  1. 1

    Place a dishtowel, folded to form a pad, onto the kitchen counter or other flat surface. Put the 3-liter Coke bottle on top of the towel on its side. Remove and discard the lid.

  2. 2

    Insert the point of the scissors through the plastic directly above the Coke label on any side. Sharp scissors work best.

  3. 3

    Cut through the plastic around the bottle using the top of the Coke label as your guide. Remove the top of the bottle. The pour spout is the funnel spout.

    Make a Planter

  1. 1

    Follow the instructions in section 1. Set aside the top portion of the bottle (the funnel in section 1).

  2. 2

    Use a metal skewer to poke six holes through the bottom of the plastic bottle.

  3. 3

    Fill the bottle portion with potting soil and plant seeds or seedlings of your choice. Remove the Coke label if desired and discard. Place a plastic plate or shallow pan beneath the planter to catch draining water.

    Make a Sandpit Bucket

  1. 1

    Follow the instructions in section 1. Set aside the top of the bottle (the funnel portion).

  2. 2

    Remove the Coke label by cutting through the label and peeling it away. Discard label.

  3. 3

    Poke the sharp point of the scissors through the plastic, 3-inches from the new top of the bottle (the cut line that separated the funnel portion from the rest of the 3-liter Coke bottle).

  4. 4

    Cut a half circle measuring 4-inches long by 2-inches wide on two sides of the bottle to form two handles for a child to hold onto while using the bucket. Shrink a half circle template to correct measurements on your computer to use as a cutting guide, if desired (Resources). Discard the plastic half circles cut from the bottle.

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