Sellable things to make out of bottles

Plastic and glass bottles are cheap and readily available. With a little effort and some decorations from your local craft store, those bottles become the centre of a craft project. Use the projects to make sellable items that put extra money in your pocket. Sell your bottle crafts at craft fairs, flea markets, bazaars and anywhere else people shop for gifts and home decor.

Piggy Banks

Wash the bottles carefully with warm water and soap. Turn the bottles upside down and let them dry overnight. Cut two ears from a piece of brightly coloured construction paper. If you do not like the cap colour, then paint it pale cream or white. Cut two small slits in the top of a plastic bottle and push the ears through the slits. Create a corkscrew from a piece of pipe cleaner and poke it through the bottom of the bottle to make a tail. Glue thread spools painted white to the bottom of the pig to make the legs. Paint the pig's nostrils with pink paint and make his eyes from black paint. Cut one slit into the top of the pig for the change.

Bottle Christmas Tree

Turn 33 clean glass baby food jars upside down and paint them with a glitter or metallic spray paint. Screw on the lids and poke a hole through each lid. Arrange the jars in pyramid to form the tree shape, then make the base from the remaining jars. Use hot glue to secure the jars together. Insert a light from a string of Christmas tree lights in the holes in the top of the jars. When plugged in, the lights bounce off the paint and give the tree a soft glow.

Jewelled Vases

Turn small bottles into jewelled vases with the addition of fake jewels and decorations. After cleaning and fully drying the bottles, use a hot glue gun to attach decorations to each bottle. Fill the bottles with fake or dried flowers to show potential customers how the vases look with flowers.

Food Ideas

Take your favourite cookie, cake, bread or dessert recipe and mix everything together except for the wet ingredients, like eggs, milk and butter. Pour the dry mix into a glass jar and attach a small tag that tells customers how to finish the mix and bake it. For a more organised look, layer the ingredients in each bottle. Tie a ribbon around each jar or wrap a piece of fabric around the lid to give it a more colourful look.

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Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.