Get Organized with Plastic Bottles
What you need to get organized might very well already be in your house… or your trash can! Soda bottles are perfect for making all types of containers to hold goodies. Use them on your desk, in drawers or hanging on the wall! This is another wonderful way to upcycle.
Supplies To Get Organized
- Soda bottles, various sizes. My favorite is the 33.8 oz size.
- X-acto Knife
- Spray Paint (optional)
- Washi Tape (optional)
- Dry Erase Marker (for marking your bottle where you want to cut)
- Mod Podge & Glitter (for glittered container)
- Iron (Optional, for melting edges.)
- Good Gone (optional for removing labels)
Remove the labels on all your bottles. I’ve yet to find anything that removes label residue better than Goo Gone. Takes seconds.
Smoothing Edges with an Iron
You can seal the edges with an iron to give them a nice rounded finish. It’s optional of course but pretty cool and doesn’t hurt your iron one bit!
1. Set your iron on high.
2. Press the cut edge of your bottle firmly on the base of the iron for 5 to 10 seconds until it starts to curve.
Using a black dry erase marker is wonderful for marking your bottle where you need to cut it. Wipes right off when you’re done! Most of these are self-explanatory. It’s the painting or decorating that makes them extra cool! The general directions are as follows:
- Remove your bottle label.
- Measure and mark with a dry erase marker the places you need to cut.
- Cut carefully with an X-acto type knife.
- Trim around the edge with scissors to make it even.
- Round the edge if needed or desired with an iron.
- Paint, or decorate however you want!
Cut and spray paint. Edge with Washi tape or ribbon if desired.
For the covered containers cut two bottles the desired height with the top shorter than the bottom. If you melt the edges ONLY MELT THE BOTTOM section. Melting the top will make it difficult to put the lid on. The key here is to cut a 1″ slit on the top edge of the bottom section. This allows it to overlap a bit so the lid can fit. As I was using mine to hold buttons I had a nice large one I wanted to place on the top. I needed to drill a hole to push the bottom of it through. You could also drill a hole to insert a knob.