From water, soda, milk, detergent and shampoo are among the many household items that come in plastic bottles. Most plastic bottles can be recycled, but that doesn't always mean leaving them in a bin to be picked up at the side of the road. Take your pick of the best ones for craft projects. Always make sure to completely wash and dry each plastic bottle before you begin your projects.
A young child first learns to save money by using a change bank, or piggy bank. Make a bank from a clear plastic bottle for your little one. When your child can see how much money they’ve saved, it encourages them to continue. This project is made from any size bottle, but a nice round juice jug without a handle is best. Lay the bottle sideways. Create pig features from construction paper cutouts. Cut two pink dots, to go on the end of the cap, for the nose. Cut eyes and ears as well. Attach them to the plastic bottle with heavy duty craft glue that dries clear or double-sided tape. Use soda bottle lids for legs, on each side, so the bottle won’t roll. Cut a slit in the bottle for change. Try making this bank with accents that depict a cat, dot, bunny or other animal.
Make your own bird feeder out of a 2-liter soda bottle. Poke two small holes at the bottom of the feeder, an inch apart. Thread a 12-inch wire or twine through the holes for hanging. Poke two 1/4-inch holes 3 inches from the top of the bottle on either side. Push a 1/2-inch dowel, 12 inches long, through the holes. This will be the perch birds will stand on while pecking at the bird seed. Poke a 1/3-inch hole 2 inches down from the perch on both sides of the bottle. Unscrew the lid to pour birdseed until the bottle is half full. Turn the bottle upside-down and tie the wire to a tree branch.
Any plastic jug, bottle or jar can be made into a flower or plant pot. Measure 6 inches from the bottom of the plastic container. Poke a hole at the mark and put your scissors through to cut all the way around. Discard the top. Poke five to seven holes in the bottom of the container for drainage holes. Scatter some small stones along the bottom of the pot and then fill it with potting soil. Plant seeds or plants from the nursery. Wrap the pot in a sheet of wrapping paper for a gift. Scrunch the paper at the top and wrap an elastic cord around it to keep the paper in place.
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