Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.

Your home will glimmer in the night with these elegant gold and silver DIY path lights. They are made from plastic soda or water bottles, battery operated tea lights and a dowel so they are cost effective, energy saving up-cycles to boot! And they’re so much fun to make. You can make them in a variety of shades and designs and even heights. They are a classier, shorter version of our Outdoor Lighting Torches we made a couple years back. For more outdoor lighting ideas also check out How to Make Chinese Lanterns from Soda Cans!

Path Lights Supplies

SPECIAL NOTE: These are meant to be kept outdoors all the time. Just for special occasions HOWEVER if you want to do so do the following:
1. Drill a few holes in the bottom of the bottles for draining when it rains.
2. Use a water proof glue or epoxy to glue them together.
3. Coat the sticks with waterproof clear coat.
4. Bring in the tea lights before it rains.

IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THEM OUTSIDE IN THE WEATHER

Replace some of the above items with the following

 

Instructions

Gather your supplies.  While Sea Glass paint allows more light to escape from the bottles, any color will look just as amazing.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Begin by removing the labels from the soda bottles.  Use Goo Gone to remove any sticky residue left behind by the adhesive.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Wrap masking tape around the bottle, just below the top bevel.  This will become your cut line.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Using the X-acto knife, cut below the tape to separate the bottle into 2 pieces.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.The bottom portion of the bottle will become your light holder.  If you choose to discard the top portion of the bottle, be sure to save the bottle cap as it will be used later.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Wrap around the top portion of the bottle base with masking tape.   Using a dry erase marker, sketch on the design that you want to appear on your light holder.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once you have your design drawn, use the X-acto knife to cut out the design.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Carefully remove the sections that will be covered in paint, leaving the remaining tape in place to create the design.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Trim up any rough edges as needed.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.When creating the designs, we opted for a chevron, polka dots and angled lines, but the possibilities are endless!
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once the designs have been cut, your bottles are now ready for paint.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.In a well ventilated area, spray the bottles with the desired color.  Let dry.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once dry, remove the remaining tape to reveal your design.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.If using a solid paint, you can see that the design is much more visible and vibrant.  Once the tape is removed, set aside the plastic bottles and prepare your stakes.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.To begin creating your stakes, cut the 36″ dowel into three 12″ pieces.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights. Using a hot glue gun, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the end of a dowel.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Place a bottle cap onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Depending on your color choices, paint the dowel and cap to match your bottle.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Once dry, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the bottle cap.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.Place the base of the bottle onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry.
Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.When complete, add a battery operated tea light into each one and you have a set of inexpensive, beautiful garden torches for your next BBQ or backyard event!

Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.

Make your outdoor pathways shine and glimmer with these elegant gold and silver path lights made from soda bottles, dowels and battery operated tea lights.

Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!

We’re going to show you how to make Chinese Lanterns that you can string up using light strands. We’ve done a larger version of these using tea lights but this small updated version is not only easier to make, they are much easier to maintain. Use them for parties inside  or hang along your back porch for ambient lighting that looks wonderful day or night.

If you enjoy this project, you’ll also like our Elegant Path Lights from Soda Bottles, another great upcycle that lights up your life. And while we’re talking plastic bottles… well, you’ve got to check our incredibly unique Metro Modern Self Watering Planters. As far as we know, one of them is one of a kind!

 

How to Make Chinese Lanterns: Supplies

Instructions

Gather your supplies.  While we opted for a 15′ strand of lights, you can use the length that fits your needs.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Begin by rinsing the 7.5 oz soda cans.  Then fill them with water.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Place the cans in the freezer overnight.  Don’t worry – they won’t explode!  The opening in the top of the can allows for the water to expand without damaging the can.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Once frozen, remove the cans from the freezer and grab an oven mitt or hand towel to hold them with as they will be very cold.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Wrap a rubber band around the top of the can, just below the bevel.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Trace around the rubber band with a dry erase marker.
Repeat the same step around the bottom of the can.  Be sure that the can is dry, as condensation may ruin your marker.  (TIP: Feel free to do this step prior to freezing the can, to avoid damaged markers.)
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Holding the can with the oven mitt, cut between the marked lines with the X-acto knife.  The frozen water gives you a solid backing, ensuring straight, clean lines.  Keep cuts about 1/2 inch apart.  Complete this around the full circumference of the can.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Once cut, set the cans in a sink of hot water and wait for the ice to thaw.  Let dry.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Spray paint the cans your color of choice.  Let dry.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Once the cans are dry, simply press the top and bottom of the can together in order to get the bend.  This may take a few tries to perfect.  Some of the ribbons may bend inward, initially.  Simply reach into the can and bend them back out.  Aluminum is very forgiving.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Depending on the length of your light strand, insert 3-4 lights into the top of each can.  Leave one light out in between each can if needed for spacing.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!Use a twist-tie or white pipe cleaner to attach the wires to the pull tab of the soda cans, ensuring everything stays in place. We used green but suggest you use white to match the lights.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!If using multiple colors, rotate between them as you insert lights.
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!When finished, simply plug in and enjoy!
Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!

Learn how to make Chinese lanterns that you can string inside or outside your home for parties or events. They are wonderful upcycles made from soda cans!

These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

These very unique planters are not only upcycles, they are self watering therefor are much more hands off than many plants. You busy folks will appreciate that! They are made from soda bottles and the gold spray paint really gives them a metro modern feel. If you enjoy these check, out our Touch of Gold DIY Planters that are perfect for herbs and come with free herb markers! And if you enjoy upcycling plastic bottles, when your done here take a peek at our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser!

 

Self Watering Planters Supplies

These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

Instructions #1 HORIZONTAL PLANTER

Begin by placing the rubber band around the top of the bottle, about 1 1/2 – 2 inches from the base of the bottle neck.  Trace around the rubber band with the dry erase marker, creating your cut line.  Repeat on the second soda bottle as well.  (For this project we used tall water bottles with a flat base.  We used the Life WTR bottles, but a few other brands make similar bottles.)
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Remove the rubber band and use the X-acto knife to cut along the dry erase line.  Remember to cut as straight as possible as we will be using both pieces of the bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once the two bottles are cut, draw a 1 inch triangle on one of the bottle edges.  Cut out the triangle.  This will allow the bottle to insert easily into the second bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the bottle base with the triangle cutout into the second bottle base.  There will be a small gap between the two.  Don’t worry!  This will be filled shortly.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Heat the iron to high/cotton.  Take the two bottle tops and gently press them onto the iron, being sure to apply equal pressure to all edges.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.This gives the bottle tops a smooth and slightly rounded edge that not only looks more finished, but ensure you won’t get scraped or cut when tending to your plants.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

Watch this short video on how to round the edge of a plastic bottle.

Take your combined bottle bases and turn so that the gap is facing the bottom.   Push the bottles together until you have the desired length of your planter.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using a soda bottle top, place the mouth of the bottle at the desired location along the top of the combined bottle bases.  Trace inside the bottle opening with a dry erase marker.  Repeat on the opposite side of the TOP of the bottle bases, making sure that both circles are at least 3 inches in from the edges.  We recommend using a ruler to ensure that the openings are directly across from one another.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Remove the bottle tops and trace an outline around the existing circle.  This should be about 1/4 inch around the circle you just created.  This will allow for the soda bottles to be inserted into the bottle bases without being too large that they wobble around.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using the X-acto knife, cut along the outside line you just drew.  Then simply wipe away any remaining dry erase marks.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.To ensure they fit, pop the bottle tops, neck down, into the holes along the top of your bottle bases.  This should be a somewhat snug fit, allowing you to squeeze the widest ring on the mouth of the bottle into the hole.  When turned upside down, the bottle tops should not fall out.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.The finished product thus far should look like this.  Notice that the bottle tops are aligned directly across the top and the gap on the combined bottle bases is facing directly down on the table surface.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using a drill bit, drill a hole through the center of each of the bottle caps.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.This will allow for self watering.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.
Now to handle the gap at the bottom of our combined bottle bases.  Use a clear, silicone, water-proof caulk in order to ensure that the planter doesn’t leak but still appears clear.These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Begin by turning your combined bottle bases upside down to access the gap.  Pull the bottles apart about half an inch from your desired length.  Using the silicone, fill the gap with a substantial amount of silicone.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once filled, place a line of silicone along the edge where the bottles connect.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Next, push the bottles back together about 1/2 an inch or so to ensure that the silicone is pressed in between the two bottles.  There will still be a substantial amount of silicone on the exterior.  Using your finger, begin wiping away the excess silicone.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Complete this around the bottle until there is a smooth, clear coat along the seam.  Don’t be afraid to add extra silicone to the gap if needed.  Keep in mind that the gap will be on the bottom of the bottle and does not need to be as ‘pretty’ as the smoothed seam.  Let dry 30 minutes, or the amount of time recommended on your brand of silicone.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.
Once dry, prepare for painting by wrapping masking tape around each edge of the bottle, roughly 3 inches in.  Cover the center portion of the bottle with a paper towel to protect it from over spray.  (TIP: Wipe off the soda bottle ends thoroughly prior to spray painting.  Unseen finger prints or residue will cause the spray paint to pool or not cover evenly.)These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.To create the self-watering system, use a highly absorbent string or yarn.  We’ve found that 100% cotton works wonderfully!
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Cut 4 pieces of yarn, approximately 6 inches long.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Take the bottle lids and feed 2 pieces of yarn through each of the drilled holes.  Once inserted, tie a knot to prevent the yarn from pulling back through the lid.  The knot should be tied about 2/3 of the way up the string.  This allows the longer portion to absorb water, but still plenty of length on top to feed the plants in the 2 inch bottle tops.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once the knots are tied, place the bottle lids back onto the two tops.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.NOTE: FYI: The pebbles or stones in the bottom should keep it from rolling but you can also hot glue on four clear beads to each corner to act as “feet” to help balance it! Sorry we don’t have a picture of that. If was an afterthought. To add weight and style, pour pebbles, rocks or stones, in the color of your choice into the combined bottle bases.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Shake them to evenly disperse along the base.  This will also cover our silicone filled gap at the bottom.  Be sure to rinse your pebbles or stones thoroughly prior to placing them in the container!
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using the same pebbles, pour a tablespoon full into each of the bottle tops.  Pull the strings up through the pebbles to ensure that they are drawing water up and into the soil.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Add potting soil on top of the pebbles in each bottle top.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the desired plants into each bottle top to create a unique and eye catching planter, suitable for any room or decor!  Be sure to add a little water to the soil at first, to moisten the strands of yarn so that the self-watering process kicks in.  Need to refill the water in the base?  Simply lift out one of the bottle tops, pour in additional water, and reinsert your plant.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

Instructions #2 VERTICAL PLANTER

Wrap the rubber band around the 2 liter bottle.  Using tape, hold the rubber band in place so that the front is about 3 inches lower than the back.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Once secure, use the dry erase marker to trace around the rubber band.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Remove the rubber band.  Using the X-acto knife, cut along the dry erase line.  Be sure to cut as cleanly as possible since we will be using both pieces of the bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.When complete, your bottles should look like this.  Clean up the rough or uneven spots with scissors.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the top of the soda bottle into the bottom to make sure that your edges are parallel.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Be sure that the mouth of the bottle is facing directly down to the center of the bottle base.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Spray paint the top portion of the bottle only.  Being that the bottle cap will be setting in water, it is not necessary to paint the cap.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Using a drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the bottle cap.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Be sure that the hole allows for 3 pieces of yarn to fit snugly through it.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Use a highly absorbent string or yarn to create the self-watering feature.  We recommend 100% cotton.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Cut 3 pieces of yarn, roughly 10-12 inches in length.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Insert the 3 pieces through the bottle cap.  Leave about 2/3 of the string hanging out of the top of the cap.  Tie a knot to prevent the string from pulling through the hole.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Place the bottle cap onto the painted portion of the bottle and tighten.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Spread out the 3 strands inside the bottle.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Add pebbles or rocks to keep the strands upright.  This also provides drainage for your plant, ensuring that the soil is not over-watered.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Fill the base of the bottle about 1/3 full with water.  Gently insert the top portion of the bottle into the base.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.The longer strands of yarn should puddle into a loop at the bottom of the water.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.Next, add potting soil and insert your plant.  Don’t forget to add water to the soil on the first day.  This will moisten the tops of the strings and allow the self-watering action to kick in.  Need to refill the water?  Simply lift top portion of the bottle out, refill the base with water, and reinsert.  Now you have a stylish, low-maintenance self-watering planter that will look amazing in any room.
These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.These metro modern self watering planters will catch everyone's eye. They're low maintenance plant care disguised in classy uniquely upcycled soda bottles.

 

 

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! These are perfect to use for starting plants and especially for herbs on the window sill. In fact we’ve provided a sheet of  pretty printable herb markers you can cut out and glue onto craft sticks. Start a few herbs for your neighbor and take them over as a gift complete with the tags! You’ll also want to check out our Metro Modern Self Watering Planters. They are gorgeously unique! And for a little Spring fun make some Heart Shaped Seed Bombs!

 

DIY Planters Supplies

Plant Markers Download

 pdfDIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Instructions #1 ROUND CONTAINER

Begin by removing the labels from the plastic bottles of your choice.  For the two planters pictured, we used a 2 liter soda bottle and a 2 qt. apple juice bottle.  Once the labels are removed, spray the remaining adhesive with Goo Gone and let set for 1-2 minutes.  Then wipe away the glue to leave a clean working surface.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Wrap a rubber band around the 2 liter bottle about 1/3 up from the base.  Using the dry erase marker, trace around the bottom of the rubber band.  Carefully remove the rubber band.  This line will be the base line for the three holes you will cut.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Cut a 3 inch circle from a piece of scrap paper.  This will be your stencil.  Place the circle along the base line and trace it with the dry erase marker.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Repeat this outline two more times around the bottle for a total of 3 circles.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
On the average 2 liter, the circles will be roughly 1 1/2 inches apart. DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Cut out each of the 3 circles with an X-acto knife.  When complete, simply wipe away the remaining dry erase marker.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Now we’re ready to paint!  For this project we used Rust-oleum Metallic Bright Gold spray paint.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Prepare for painting by wrapping a piece of masking tape around the bottle, just below the cutout circles.  Repeat this step just above the cutout circles as well.  To ensure that no paint covers the center portion of the bottle, cover the space between your two masking tape rings with a piece of paper or a paper towel.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Spray paint the top and bottom of the bottle with gold spray paint.  Be sure to paint the soda bottle lid as well.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Once dry, begin prepping for plants by adding pebbles or rocks to the bottom of the bottle.  This will provide drainage for your plant.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!
Cover the pebbles with potting soil.  Be sure to leave room for your plant’s root ball.  DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!Insert your plants into the soil through each of the 3 circles and fill the remaining space with potting soil.
DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Instructions #2 SQUARE CONTAINER

For the apple juice bottle, using the dry erase marker, draw an arched opening on the top half of the bottle.  Keep in mind that this opening should be as wide and tall as possible so that you can fit your hand through it in order to insert your plant.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Using the X-acto knife, cut out the opening and then simply wipe away the remaining dry erase marker.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

Mask off the portion of the bottle that you want to paint, being sure to cover the clear portion with paper or a paper towel to protect it from over spray.  Don’t forget to paint the bottle cap.  Once dry, remove the tape to reveal your design.  As with the 2 liter planter, be sure to place pebbles or rocks in the base of the bottle prior to filling with soil and plants.

DIY planters never looked so good! But then a touch of gold makes everything better! They are perfect for herbs using our free printable plant markers!

 

This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!You know how we love upcycles around here. Well, this matching bathroom set, which includes an awesome cup dispenser, is upcycled from three soda bottles, believe it or not! You can paint it any color you want and the labels are a free download below. The cup dispenser could actually be made alone and placed anywhere you like or need to have some disposable cups handy. (Like the side of the fridge during summer time.) See the full directions below and if you’re looking for more great upcycle ideas, you might want to hop over and check out our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser or making Cloches Made From Soda Bottles.

Cup Dispenser Bathroom Station Supplies

NOTE: You can use a variety of small soda bottles for this project. The important thing to remember is that for the cup dispenser, the end must be able to be trimmed so that the cups are barely able to be pulled out.  We made ours to fit the 3oz. bathroom cups. Depending on size you prefer, you could also use a 5 oz size cup.

  • 3 plastic soda bottles. (We used the straight sided 17 fluid oz bottles of soda Walmart carries. The 20 oz Aquafina you see would likewise have worked.)
  • Spray paint of choice
  • Dry erase marker (to mark your bottles)
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Glues (Hot glue can be used for part of the project. I’d suggest spray adhesive for the labels and a strong, quick dry glue for the lid tab though hot glue can be used if you’re careful to not use too much.)
  • Filler Flat Marbles, pebbles or sand
  • Small piece of craft foam, for lid
  • 1″wood ball for lid
  • Labels (free download below)
  • Packing tape (used for laminating labels)
  • Iron (for rounding edges of two bottles if desired)

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You can use a variety of soda bottles. We used the slimmer style on the left purchased from Walmart.

This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

You will need three bottles, one for the cup dispenser, one to hold toothbrushes and one to hold the floss sticks. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Using a dry erase marker, mark one bottle up from the bottom to where the toothbrushes will stick out about 3″ or so.  The exact size is noy too important. You will also be adding a few clear filling marbles to give it stability, so keep that in mind. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Mark the bottle that will hold the floss sticks. It will also have filler marbles inside. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

For the cup dispenser you will cut off the bottom of the bottle. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

If needed, trim with scissors to make it even. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Take one of your cups that you will be using and put it over the TOP of the bottle and trace around using your dry erase marker.This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Cut carefully above where you traced, towards the top of the bottle. Cut evenly. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Now that you have cut off the end, you will begin testing to see if your cups can be pulled out easily.This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!You will need to place your cup inside the top of the dispenser and see if it can be easily pulled out without falling out.

If not, you begin to carefully trim minor slivers off the exit end with scissors, retesting. If you take off too much they will fall through and you’ll have to start over with a new bottle. Make sure to test by adding a pack of cups inside also. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

FINISHING TOP EDGES

This is an optional step but gives two of the bottles a nice finish. It should be done on the Toothbrush and Floss holder. Doing it on the cup dispenser could make the cups not fit in properly depending on the size of your bottle.  This does NOT leave anything on your iron and gives your bottle a nice rounded edge. Lightly push the end of your bottle EVENLY against the end of a high heat iron for a few seconds. 5 to 10.

This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

It will round the end and give it a nice finish. We have a 3 minute video you can watch and see it done in detail.This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Next, spray paint your bottles. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Print out the free labels. Use packing tape to laminate them. It works great and protects them from water! Cut out your labels and glue them on to the appropriate container. Spray adhesive works fine or any other quick dry glue. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

The lid for the cup dispenser is made from a piece of foam and a 1″ round wood ball we painted white. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

We have three round patterns you can use for a lid, however, if none fit simply find a cup or something to use to trace to make a lid that is slightly larger than the top of your container. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Cut a small tab and glue it on. We glued our onto the back of the bottle as a hinge using hot glue, but be VERY CAREFUL and only use a SMALL DOT OF HOT GLUE. It can melt the soda bottle.  Glue the ball on top and it helps to hold the lid down. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

To hang your dispenser, you need to punch a hole in the top back for a nail. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

We then also affixed a command strip below to allow for all the pulling. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Add your filler flat marbles to the brush and floss holder. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels! Hang your dispenser. If you look close you tell we rounded the top edge of the brush and floss container, before painting, using the iron technique. This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels! This matching bathroom set, complete with a cup dispenser, is made from three slim soda bottles. Paint them any color you like and use our free labels!

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Have you been searching for those unique valentines crafts ideas? Well, here’s one we bet you’ve never seen before!  That’s bold statement to make now a days! It’s two halves of one heart made from plastic soda bottles and it’s the perfect gift for a couple.  Then we thought, what more perfect couple to give this too than good old mom and dad. I mean it’s their two loves that make you whole… or is it their two halves of love that made you a whole… well, you know what we mean. In any case they certainly deserve something special on this day so we think they are perfect candidates for a set of these. You can put something dad likes in one side and something mom likes in the other, add one of our free printable tags, and let them know just how glad you are that they both came together. Just like these soda bottles did! #lame  But the gift works for any couple or for that special person of your own.  And if you like this you just gotta check out our Pretzel Arrows Valentine Gift Idea which is placed inside our Clear DIY Pillow Box made from , you guessed it… a soda bottle!

 

Half Hearts Valentines Crafts Supplies

  • Two Clear Straight Sided 32 oz Soda Bottles
  • Two small pieces of sturdy white poster board
  •  GOOP Glue We tested hot glue but it just didn’t work well. You need a thick, clear glue of choice. GOOP worked great.
  • Wipe off marker
  • Red paint for lids
  • Template below
  • Tag of choice below

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You’ll need two 32 oz bottles.

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Print out the download template and cut off the top section.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Wrap the template around your bottle with the base touching the table. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Tape it into place. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Using a wipe off marker trace around the top curved part. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

The two bottles, marked and ready for cutting.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Carefully cut as straight as possible along the lines you made.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Get two pieces of sturdy white poster board, large enough to set each bottle base onto. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

You’ll need some thick glue. Hot glue was tested and didn’t work well for us so we used GOOP. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Place a line of glue on the cut rim of your bottle. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Very carefully, and without bending the bottle, place it down on the poster board. Assuming you cut the bottle straight it should touch all the way around. It will need to sit this way until it dries. NOTE: Every so often I would go in and lightly press down on the bottle to make sure it was firmly adhering to the poster board. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

After it dries you will cut the poster board off around the edge of the bottle. You will also be cutting off any excess glue that may have spread out too far.

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle! You will see glue around the edges which is fine. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

If there happens to be any gaps because the bottle was not cut straight you can fill them in with a little extra glue if you desire. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Paint the bottle lids red.Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Fill each side with any candy that will fit inside the bottle. Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

You can use each person’s favorite if you know what it is. M&M’s are also a great choice!Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

Looking for unique Valentines crafts? Here's one we bet you've never seen before. It's a two halves of one heart gift container made from a soda bottle!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

A pillow box is a nifty little invention that’s perfect for putting a small gift in. They are magically self closing and most are made from cardstock. But we’re going to show you how to  make one from a plastic soda bottle! It’s easy and fun. Plus pillow boxes aren’t the only thing you can make from a soda bottle. (Not to brag or anything, but we kinda consider ourselves soda bottle gurus over here.) First, you gotta check out these other awesome Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Soda Bottles (though you can use them any time of year of course.) Next, well… where to start… I’d have to say one of our more popular soda bottle posts is our Geometric & Confetti Plastic Bag Holder & Dispenser. It’s an upcycle that not only looks great but is useful!

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When your finished, use the pillow box for a Valentines Gift idea!

These tiny pretzel arrows take seconds to make. Use our pillow box tutorial and attach one of our cute free tags and you've got the perfect Valentine gift!

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We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

I use a dry erase marker for making all my cutting lines because it wipes right off afterwards. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

If you’re lucky there may be a line already near the bottom of your bottle. There was on this one so I used it as a cutting line. If not, you’ll have to measure up to cut off the base just where it stops curving in. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

After I cut the bottom off I then measured up and marked the bottle using my dry erase marker where I would cut it on the top. Go as high as you can before it starts to curve.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Cut along where you marked. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Wipe off your marks and you should now have a cylinder. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Carefully flatten the cylinder and crease it on two sides.  Press is with your hands and fingers to start but you will then need to use something to get a crisp crease on each side. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

I use a bone folder which is made for the purpose of creasing paper and card stock. Its actually made out of bone and very strong. You can use pretty much anything, however, that will give you a good crease. The handle of a butter knife for example should work well. Just make sure to get a good crisp crease all the way to the ends. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

You will now cut a curve around each end. To do this you need to find a cup, bowl or plate that fits your bottle end as shown. You want a nice gentle curve as shown, with very little being taken off. You want the bowl to barely touch the top of the end.

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Mark it with your dry erase marker as shown. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Cut off the end where you marked and do the same on the other side.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

This is the part is a little tricky. Take your bowl and face it the OTHER way on each end. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Make sure to score it with the knife all the way to the corners. As the scoring will not go through to the back side, you will need to flip the container over and do the same thing to the back side, then repeat the same thing on the other end.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Carefully bend down on the crease you made with the knife and fold it inward. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Pinch the crease some if needed to help it bend inward.We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Once pressed in, it should stay. You can pop it out to do the other side. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

To close your container you close one flap in, then the other. Do this on both sides. We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

Fill them with whatever you like and wrap a ribbon around them!We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

We also used this container for our Pretzel Arrows Valentines Gift Idea.

These tiny pretzel arrows take seconds to make. Use our pillow box tutorial and attach one of our cute free tags and you've got the perfect Valentine gift!

We'll show you how to make a pillow box from almost any size of soda bottle. Wrapped in ribbon they are a perfect unique way to give a small gift or treats!

 

 

 

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20If you’re always on the lookout for unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas, we’ve got some that will blow you away! Whether it’s for a small gift for a family member or a next door neighbor treat, the packaging will put a smile on the face of the receiver as much as the contents. They are made from plastic soda bottles and are as cute as can be. We have three versions, a clear square and a small petal flap and a tall mixture of both. We’ve also got some fun ways to fancy them up. If you’d like one more awesome way to use a soda bottle for gift giving, check out our other Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas! FYI we put our Quick Healthy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe in one of ours!

 

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We have three styles! You can just start on down the list or click on of the links to jump to the one you want.

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Style 1: Tall Mixed Style Container

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We used a typical 2 Liter bottle for this one. Many of these have lines around them near the bottom or top. We use those as a base line for measuring, depending on how tall we want our container to be.  Mark your container circle into four equal parts. Then mark it where you will be folding it at.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold straight down to your marked area on each “corner” area. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Once you fold one side you can easily fold the other straight across from it. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

When you are finished you will have a perfect square on the top. The bottom of the container is the bottom of the bottle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Cut each corner down to where you marked it. This will be how “high” the container will be.  My bottle is still too high so I’ll end of trimming the petal flaps even more. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Keep in mind that the points where you cut are VERY SHARP. They will poke and draw blood. You’ll be fixing those in a minute. But be careful in the meantime. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold the flaps over to the inside and crease the edges sharply using a bone folder tool or the handle of a metal butter knife to press them down.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!      You will now pop the flaps back out and trim them down, curving the edges. The flaps will most likely be too long. Keep trimming them evenly until they fall halfway to the middle of the container. They can barely overlap each other or almost touch.  Make a nice curved shape on the edges so they won’t poke anyone. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This shows a completed curved edge.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

You can overlap the flaps one at a time to close them.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift! They should stay closed on their own. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

You can also punch a hole in two of the flaps for tying them together. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

The container can be held together this way also. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

 I used ours for a 3 ingredient  Chocolate Fudge Recipe you can get here. This is a perfect holiday neighbor gift. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

To make it even more special, I happened upon these ornament cards from Shutterfly and fell in love with them.  They are 50% off and typically stay that way during the holidays. There are many choices and you get to customize both sides and even add a photo if desired, which I did. Attach one to your gift and it doubles as a card/tag for neighbors and friends.  (I love it when companies make me look good for a low cost.)These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Hey, who’s that good looking dude I’m with?  This is the back side of the Shutterfly card /tag. Their online system lets you design it up very easily. You can add all kinds of text in a huge variety of styles.  (FYI, the tag I used is called “Merry Chalkboard Berries”.  Again, it’s one of their Ornament Cards.  Brilliant idea. christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-44blank630x20

 

Style 2: Small Petal Box

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I used a tall slim 32oz bottle for this one though any size will work. (Walmart has a wonderful slim tall 33oz size in their own brand that I use for quite a few crafts for 88 cents each.) Mark the bottle as high as you want it and cut around. In this case I cut off quite a bit as I wanted a fairly short gift container. The flaps themselves will only be 1.5″ or so long. The rest  will be the height you wish the bottle to be.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

For the petals you need six flaps, so measure around and divide the bottle into six even sections and mark accordingly. (Finally… that math you took in school comes in handy!)  In all honesty it does NOT have to be exactly even. I eyeballed it to tell you the truth. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Remember, because we are making a short bottle we used the line that was already at the base of the bottle as our guide line  to cut down to. Had that not been there we would have measured and marked around it with a dry erase marker. If you wanted the container taller you would just need to measure up from that line and cut higher.

Cut down to your base line. Also remember that those edges are sharp until you curve them! The petals will need to fold over about half way into the middle of the bottle. Trim them if they are too long. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Bend over each of the six flaps to the inside and press firmly with a bone folder, as you see me using, or a butter knife handle to get a nice clean edge. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Pull the flaps back out and trim around the sharp pointed edges making rounded petal shapes. You can draw on with a dry erase marker first if you’d like a pattern to follow. Remember, dry erase marker wipes right off when you’re done!These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

After your petals are trimmed and creased you can fold them one at a time, overlapping each, and they will close over the top. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This is the finished container.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

It can hold not only treats but small gifts. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Since we made this at Christmas time, the more we looked at this one the more we thought it resembled the bottom of Santa’s pants. So we added a black ribbon belt. We toyed with the idea of a big red pom pom or a white bow. The bow won out.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

We  painted black on the four bumps to signify the boot parts and added a paper buckle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-using-soda-bottles-38

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Style 3: Square Box

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This next container was made from another tall 32 oz bottle though you’d never know it!  Measure and cut off both ends of your bottle making it the size you want. Then measure around making four even marks using a dry erase marker and crease each one as shown on above bottles. Make sure to get a nice sharp crease. I love using my bone folder for that but anything hard will work.

These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

This shows two of the the nice creases. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift! Now you’ve got a complete square. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

For the bottom flaps you need to measure up on each corner. For my small container I measured up about 1.5″  then cut.These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Fold them over like the top part and crease. Again, remember the points are very sharp. Overlap them to close and seal. The bottom could actually be glued if desired to keep it together. Round the very tips of the pointy parts for safety. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Curve the four top flaps either on just the edges or you can also make petal shapes if desired. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Overlap them to close the top. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

  We added a bit of gold Washi tape around the middle. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

Two small holes were punched  in two of the flaps to tie on a matching gold ribbon and bell. These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!blank630x20These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!These upcycled plastic soda bottles make unique Christmas gift wrapping ideas and are perfect for our healthy chocolate fudge recipe as a neighbor gift!

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This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using the lid from a plastic bottle you can make it any color or style you want! Great for keeping pins handy and putting pins back as you pull them out.  Give them as gifts with a matching set of pins.

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Note: The pom pom must be large enough to squeeze into the lid and give a nice puffy, thick surface. The 1″ size is too small. The one’s shown measured about 1 3/8″ which “might” be considered 1 1/2″ size. (I purchased mine  in a large bag of mixed sizes.) The  lids come in a variety of colors or you could also spray paint them if desired. The ones shown were kept as is.

 

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Place a large glob of hot glue in the bottom of your cap. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

Squeeze and push your pom pom down into it firmly.  This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

Decorate as desired. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

Measure your elastic. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

Glue the elastic onto the bottom. This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20DIY Finger Pin Cushion 14blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using the lid from a plastic bottle you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20 This tiny 10 minute pin cushion is a huge help for anyone who sews. Made using a lid from a plastic bottles you can make it any color or style you want!blank630x20

 

Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do! blank630x20

amyLooking for a more modern plastic bag holder you can make? We’ve got two of ’em! These Mid Century Modern bag dispensers (the ones you get at the grocery store) are made from a 2 liter soda bottle and a DVD or CD. Add spray paint and a few stickers along with our free label below and you’ve got not only a modern function piece to hang on the wall or inside a cupboard but also a great upcycle.

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We’ve got a pdf label you can cut out or a .studio3  file if you have a Silhouette cutting machine.

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Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!

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2 liter plastic soda bottle with the label removed.

Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Measure for your bag opening. You want about a 2″ opening. We use a dry erase marker for marking our bottle as it wipes off easily. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Cut along the lines you made.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Cut the bottom of the bottle off at whatever height you want your container. Our bottle had a natural line on it so we followed that. WE made our second dispenser shorter to allow it to fit inside a cupboard door. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Trim the ends with scissors to even them out if needed.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

If desired, you can use an iron to round the  top edge. Set the iron to high and press the top end against it for about 15 to 20 seconds until it starts to round.  Only do this to the larger opening.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Heating the end gives it a very nice rounded edge.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Spray paint your bottle. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

For the first bottle we applied a Silhouette label. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

We used black electrical tape to make the triangle shapes. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Spray paint a DVD or CD. Glue on a small piece of ribbon to use for the hinge.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Attach your lid.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

For the second dispenser we used a cut out label. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Spray adhesive was used to apply the label. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20 Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

For the confetti design we used colored dot labels. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20 Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Paint the CD.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Apply the ribbon hing.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Sticky two sided Command Strips work wonderfully to attach your holder to the wall. You could also attach a ribbon to each side and  hang it up or use a hole punch to hang it on a nail. Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Fill your dispenser with plastic bags.Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20

Completed plastic bag dispensers!Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do!blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do! blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do! blank630x20Create this Mid Century Modern Geometric or Confetti plastic bag holder from a 2 liter plastic bottle and DVD. A wonderful upcycle that anyone can do! blank630x20

 

 

 

Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time! blank630x20

Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size!  They’re not just for Easter! Use them as a gift basket for any occasion for kids, teens and adults. Our Clay Chick Easter Gift would be a perfect addition to this gift basket. Or if you’re looking for more basket ideas check out our unique “Carrot Garden DIY Easter Basket“.blank630x20

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  • Plastic bottle of any size. (We used 32 oz size.)
  • Utility knife, scissors, dry erase marker (to mark bottle cutting lines.)
  • Glue gun
  • Decor items: Paint pens, permanent markers, stickers, ribbon, beads etc.

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Measure and mark where you want to cut your bottle. Using a dry erase marker works wonderfully as you can rub it off when you’re done.

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Cut a thin strip for the handle. You can make it any width you want. Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20

If you’re doing scallops on the edge you can mark those ahead of time and then cut.Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20 Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20

I chose Sharpie Paint Markers for one of my baskets, making dots around the edge.Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20 Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20

Glue your handles in place with hot glue. A clothespin is helpful to hold them in place until they dry. Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20

For my second basket I lined the edges with ribbon and added buttons where the handle attaches to the base. Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20

The sky is the limit on how you can decorate these. I added some appliques I had on hand and also a butterfly to one of my baskets and tied a name tag onto the other with raffia. Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20 Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20 Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20 Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20 Pretty little custom DIY Easter baskets you can make in minutes using a plastic soda bottle of any size! Use for Easter or as a gift basket for any time!blank630x20

 

 

Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20Finally… a human sunflower seed dispenser!  Aside from all the health benefits of sunflower seeds they’re plain old fun to crack and eat.  But there’s always the problem of the shells, especially if you’re inside.  Well, now you can eat your seeds anywhere and you’ve got a built in shell holder.  After snacking and using the attached holder for the empty shells,  just dump them into the nearest trash bin and screw the dish/lid back onto the container. Genius!  (Visit our other awesome plastic bottle crafts.)

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Sunflower Seed Dispenser Supplies

The type of seed dish you want will depend on the supplies.

  • One plastic bottle.  16 to 28 oz works best (larger openings are easier to fill).
  • For plastic bottle container: One more plastic soda bottle that is LARGER than the first.
  • For plastic dish container: a small plastic dish from the Dollar Store in a size that works for your bottle.
  • Hot glue gun or other strong glue
  • Craft knife
  • Iron (optional, if you want to round the edge of your soda bottle seed dish)
  • Printable labels below

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Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!

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I used the small plastic drink container and the smaller soda bottle as containers. The large bottle you see was used as the seed dish for one of them.

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SODA BOTTLE SEED DISH
Cut off the bottom of the larger plastic bottle for your seed dish.  2 inches works nicely. Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20

You can use it like this or you can round the edges which makes a nicer container.Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20

To round the edges of your soda bottle press it firmly against a hot iron for approximately 10 to 20 seconds, watching it carefully until it rounds a little bit. For normal heavier plastic bottles this works wonderfully and doesn’t get anything on the surface of your iron. Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20

The final result. Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20

SEED DISH
Glue the lid inside the dish.Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20 Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20

PLASTIC BOWL SEED DISH
You can also use a small plastic bowl for the seed dish. I bought mine at the dollar store.Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20

  For whichever seed dish you use you then glue the cap of the bottle into the center of it. Use a LOT of hot glue or another very strong glue to hold it. Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20

Press down the lid into the center of your dish. This now allows you to screw the seed dish onto the top of the bottle. Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!

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Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20 Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20 Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20 Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20 Make this fun human sunflower seed dispenser with an attached shell holder! Snack, toss the shells in the trash, screw the top back on. Genius!blank630x20 The benefits of sunflower seeds.blank630x20

 

 

 

 

Getting rid of fruit flies can be done quickly and kindly with a DIY fruit fly catcher made from a plastic bottle. Just add some ripe fruit for bait!blank630x20I’m sure you’ve met these little guys… they show up when you leave bananas or other fruit out on your counters a little too long and they are “buggers” to remove.  Well, getting rid of fruit flies is not all that difficult and you can do it quickly and humanely. Catch and release, baby!

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  • Plastic soda bottle (16 oz. to 33 oz. size is great.)
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Drill (optional)
  • Small piece of fruit, the more rotten the better. (banana peel, slice of apple etc.)

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Getting rid of fruit flies can be done quickly and kindly with a DIY fruit fly catcher made from a plastic bottle. Just add some ripe fruit for bait!

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Cut your bottle into two pieces about 2/3rds to 3/4ths of the way up from the bottom. Place a small piece of ripe fruit in the bottom. Turn top piece upside down and place into the bottom piece. Set it on your counter overnight.  The next morning take your bottle outside away from the house and release the flies. If it did not get all the flies set it up again.

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  • Make sure there is nothing else to attract the fruit flies in your kitchen. You want them to focus on the bottle only.
  • If you find the fruit flies are flying out of the larger hole of the bottle you can drill a smaller hole, big enough for them to easily enter into  in the bottle lid and screw it on.
  • Do NOT leave the trap unemployed for over a day because any eggs in it will hatch. (A single fruit fly can lay up to 500 eggs!)blank630x20

Getting rid of fruit flies can be done quickly and kindly with a DIY fruit fly catcher made from a plastic bottle. Just add some ripe fruit for bait!blank630x20

Add some ripe fruit into the bottom. Banana peels are great! Getting rid of fruit flies can be done quickly and kindly with a DIY fruit fly catcher made from a plastic bottle. Just add some ripe fruit for bait!blank630x20

Set it on your counter for a full day or overnight. Getting rid of fruit flies can be done quickly and kindly with a DIY fruit fly catcher made from a plastic bottle. Just add some ripe fruit for bait!blank630x20

Take outside away from the house and release the flies.Getting rid of fruit flies can be done quickly and kindly with a DIY fruit fly catcher made from a plastic bottle. Just add some ripe fruit for bait!blank630x20Getting rid of fruit flies can be done quickly and kindly with a DIY fruit fly catcher made from a plastic bottle. Just add some ripe fruit for bait!blank630x20 Getting rid of fruit flies can be done quickly and kindly with a DIY fruit fly catcher made from a plastic bottle. Just add some ripe fruit for bait!blank630x20blank630x20 The Smallest Act of Kindness is Worth More Than the Greatest Intention - Oscar Wildeblank630x20

Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20If you’re working on a healthier life and are losing some pounds, a weight loss tracker can add some visual fun to the process! We’ve got six different styles in a variety of sizes and you can make them from pretty much anything you can count! Use one of ours or make your own using some of the ideas we’ve provided.  If you need a little more help on your journey check out our post Stop Those Cravings Tips to Reduce Appetite It’s got some great ideas!blank630x20
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Weight Loss Tracker Supplies

  • Two clear containers of any shape and size
  • Fillers for your containers (see list below)
  • Ribbon, raffia, colored string etc.
  • Hot Glue
  • Printable tags below

Jar Filler Ideas

You can use anything that you can count to fill your containers from beads to ping pong balls! Determine how many pounds you need to lose then match the items with the size of container you pick.

  • Pom Poms
  • Ping Pong Balls
  • Marbles
  • Flat Marble Fillers
  • Stones
  • Cotton Balls
  • Buttons
  • Straws
  • Artificial flowers
  • Sand (by the scoop!)
  • Seashells
  • Nuts
  • Pine cones
  • Dry Pasta
  • Bells

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 Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!

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Use whatever clear container you like, making sure your items fit into it well depending on how many pounds you want to lose.

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Cut out the tags you want to use, then attach them to your jar with some ribbon.Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20 blank630x20

Make your weight tracker jar or container any size you want!

 Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20

Cotton balls are a great counting item! The details for making this soda bottle container with lid can be found on our Get Organized with Plastic Bottles post.

 Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20

Use colored sand to track your progress. Use a small scoop to measure the sand. 1 scoop equals 1 lb of weight.  Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20

Mason jars are perfect for tracking weight loss.  Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20

These are two small caper bottles we washed out.   Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20

Shot glasses and beads. Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20

Two small tea light candle holder with beads.  Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20 Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!blank630x20  Make these fun weight loss tracker jars to give you a great visual to your progress! We've got six different styles you can make using a variety of items!

Make this simple but Humane Bug Catcher from a soda bottle. It allows you to kindly catch them at arms length, then take them outside and set them free. blank630x20If you’re a kind soul whose sensitivity extends to even insects, this humane bug catcher might be just what you’ve been looking for. It’s an  inexpensive and quick insect removal apparatus you can make with a handful of simple items. It’s perfect for certain types of bugs such as spiders and beetles. If you’re sneaky enough you might be able to catch a fly with it!  It allows you to trap the bug at arm’s length, then take it outside for release into the wild.  There’s step by step instructions and also a video showing you how to make it.

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Humane Bug Catcher Supplies

  • 33 oz. plastic soda bottle with straight sides
  • Sturdy but thin piece of cardboard
  • Craft knife
  • String
  • 2 washers
  • 1/2″ PVC pipe cut to about 30″ long (Cuts easily with any small hand saw)
  • Small cork that fits into the end of the PVC (optional)
  • Drill  (if you use the cork)
  • Masking tape
  • Clear packing tape
  • If you’d rather not make one you can always buy this one.

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Though it has several steps, the humane bug catcher is very easy to make. We’ve provided some detailed photos and also a video.

CUTTING THE BOTTLE

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SHAPING THE BOTTLEMake this simple but Humane Bug Catcher from a soda bottle. It allows you to kindly catch them at arms length, then take them outside and set them free. blank630x20

MAKING THE LIDMake this simple but Humane Bug Catcher from a soda bottle. It allows you to kindly catch them at arms length, then take them outside and set them free. blank630x20

MAKING THE HANDLE

OPTIONAL CORK STEP: You will generally use these for larger bugs. If you decide to try and catch tiny ones and are concerned about them going into the tiny PVC opening you easily prevent this using a cork as follows.

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ATTACHING THE STRINGMake this simple but Humane Bug Catcher from a soda bottle. It allows you to kindly catch them at arms length, then take them outside and set them free. blank630x20

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Make a fun family time capsule using plastic soda bottles and our free printables! We'll give you labels and ideas for other items to add into your capsule. blank630x20Time capsules are fun to make and even more fun to open! We’ll show you how to make one from plastic soda bottles.   Fill them up with things that remind you of the current time including the filled out sheets we give you below. Seal your capsule, label it with the included label and set it in some out of the way place with a reminder to open at a designated time. We suggest at the very least one year but the longer you wait the more fun it is!  You can make one as a group or one for each family member. It’s a wonderful way to preserve the past and see how things have changed in the future!

Supplies for Time Capsules

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There are pages for adults and children.  (pdf)

Make a fun family time capsule using plastic soda bottles and our free printables! We'll give you labels and ideas for other items to add into your capsule.

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Content Ideas

  • Newspaper clippings or headlines cut out
  • Small magazine
  • Photos from family activities during the year.
  • Family photo
  • Hand print or outline
  • Receipt from local grocery shopping.
  • Article of clothing
  • Artwork or drawings
  • Money with current date.
  • Music CD
  • Small Inexpensive Flash Drive filled with videos and any of the above!

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Measure and mark your bottles with a dry erase marker as it rubs off when you’re done. Exact measurements are not needed. Just make them the size you want them to be. Each side can be the same size. Cut your bottles and then trim with scissors if needed. Cut a 1″ to 2″ slit on the top of one. This is the bottom piece and overlapping the slits a bit allows the top piece to slide on snugly.

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Cut out the label you want to use and fill it out. Use packing tape to cover it completely around the bottle to seal it.

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Place your time capsule in an out of the way place until the date you set to open it. Make a fun family time capsule using plastic soda bottles and our free printables! We'll give you labels and ideas for other items to add into your capsule.  blank630x20

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Soda Bottle Candle Holders

I love upcycle crafts where it’s hard to tell what the original item was. In my opinion, this one qualifies for that quite well. These DIY candle holders are made from plastic soda bottles. Typical taper candles fit snugly into the tops. You can paint them any color and decorate them for any occasion or holiday. We’ve given you four different ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

IMPORTANT: These are meant as decor items only. DO NOT light candles in these plastic holders.

 

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Supplies To Get Organized

  • IMG_8577Soda bottles, various sizes. My favorite is the 33.8 oz size.
  • X-acto Knife
  • Glue
  • 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)

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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.

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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!
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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:

  1. Remove your bottle label.
  2. Measure and mark with a dry erase marker the places you need to cut.
  3. Cut carefully with an X-acto type knife.
  4. Trim around the edge with scissors to make it even.
  5. Round the edge if needed or desired with an iron.
  6. Paint, or decorate however you want!

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Cut and spray paint. Edge with Washi tape or ribbon if desired.

Get organized with plastic bottles! You can cut them, paint them and decorate them to hold all kinds of things. What a great way to upcycle!

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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.

Get organized with plastic bottles! You can cut them, paint them and decorate them to hold all kinds of things. What a great way to upcycle!

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Get organized with plastic bottles! You can cut them, paint them and decorate them to hold all kinds of things. What a great way to upcycle!

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Get organized with plastic bottles! You can cut them, paint them and decorate them to hold all kinds of things. What a great way to upcycle!

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Get organized with plastic bottles! You can cut them, paint them and decorate them to hold all kinds of things. What a great way to upcycle!

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Get organized with plastic bottles! You can cut them, paint them and decorate them to hold all kinds of things. What a great way to upcycle!

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Get organized with plastic bottles! You can cut them, paint them and decorate them to hold all kinds of things. What a great way to upcycle!

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Get organized with plastic bottles! You can cut them, paint them and decorate them to hold all kinds of things. What a great way to upcycle!

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Here’s a great DIY Outdoor Lighting idea! All you need is a soda bottle, a dowel and some small battery operated LED lights that you can pick up at any Dollar Store. Not only will it brighten up your yard but it’s a wonderful Upcycle too!  blank630x20

Illuminate your yard with these simple outside lighting torches made from a soda bottle and a dowel.  Plus it’s an upcycle project which is a double bonus! They are quite classy looking in the yard at dusk or evening as you can see in the very bottom photos.

 

Supplies Needed for Outdoor Lighting

  • 1 Skinny soda bottle.
  • X-acto type knife.
  • 1 36″ dowel (1/2 to 7/8″ in diameter)
  • Glue Gun
  • Goo Gone (Optional. To remove labels on bottle if needed.)
  • Tea Lights or Battery Operation LED Tea Lights (Most Dollar Stores have them.)
  • Washi Tape, or Paint for Decorating
  • Iron: Optional for rounding edge of bottle.

Visual Tutorial

IRONING EDGE: You can use a normal iron to round the edge of your bottle.  It does not leave residue on the iron. With the iron on high, press the top of the bottle against the iron firmly for 5 to 10 seconds until it starts to curve the edge. This is optional but gives a nice finish. (NOTE: Do this at your own risk and please be careful!)

INSERTING INTO GROUND: These need to be inserted into softer ground. You can soak the spot a bit with water before pushing the dowel in. You can also slightly sharpen the bottom of your dowel if desired to make insertion easier.

HOLDING TEA LIGHT IN PLACE: If your bottle is completely flat on the bottom inside you don’t need to put the dab of glue on the bottom of the tea light. Mine was raised a little so I needed it to hold the light in the center.

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Here’s a great DIY Outdoor Lighting idea! All you need is a soda bottle, a dowel and some small battery operated LED lights that you can pick up at any Dollar Store. Not only will it brighten up your yard but it’s a wonderful Upcycle too!

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Here’s a great DIY Outdoor Lighting idea! All you need is a soda bottle, a dowel and some small battery operated LED lights that you can pick up at any Dollar Store. Not only will it brighten up your yard but it’s a wonderful Upcycle too!
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I’d seen these cute little upcycles before and wanted to try my hand at one. It was much easier than I expected! I especially love the little container that can be used for pills or vitamin though I put Xylitol gum in mine. If you want to keep your stuff private you can spray paint your bottles first.  I chose to keep mine clear and decorate the gum containers in various matching ways. Learn how to make this little soda bottle purse below.

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Supplies

  • 2 32 oz bottles. You could use a larger ones I’m sure.
  • Nylon zipper long enough to go around the bottle. (Can be trimmed if needed.)
  • X-acto knife
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Chain for pill holder. (Optional)
  • Drill if you’re putting a hole for a chain in your pill holder.
  • Ribbon for handle and inner edge.
  • Fine edged saw for cutting thread tops off bottles for pill container.
  • Buttons, gems, paint, stickers etc. For decorating tiny case.

 

Visual Instructions

The steps are shown using a dark blue zipper. But as you will see you can use any color zipper you wish with matching ribbon. We also used gems, stickers and buttons to glue to the lid of our pill case. You could also paint designs on it!

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Make a handle from the ribbon and attach it to your purse at the back. zipper.pouch.pill.holder.7blank

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Glue the tops together with lid sides out. Drill a small hole if desired to put a chain through.zipper.pouch.pill.holder.9blankFinished pill /vitamin / gum holder. Below you will see a variety of ways you can decorate these to match your zipper and ribbons.zipper.pouch.pill.holder.10blank This little wristlet and pill gum case accessory set is as cute as can be and all you need is two tiny plastic soda bottles. It’s an upcycle and fashion statement all in one! Carry these around and you’ll have people asking you how you did it! Who knows… you’ll maybe inspire others to do some upcycling themselves!  blank This little wristlet and pill gum case accessory set is as cute as can be and all you need is two tiny plastic soda bottles. It’s an upcycle and fashion statement all in one! Carry these around and you’ll have people asking you how you did it! Who knows… you’ll maybe inspire others to do some upcycling themselves!  blankMake a fashion statement with this tiny soda bottle purse... a wristlet and matching pill or gum case. It's the cutest upcycle every!blankMake a fashion statement with this tiny soda bottle purse... a wristlet and matching pill or gum case. It's the cutest upcycle every!blank Make a fashion statement with this tiny soda bottle purse... a wristlet and matching pill or gum case. It's the cutest upcycle every! Make a fashion statement with this tiny soda bottle purse... a wristlet and matching pill or gum case. It's the cutest upcycle every!blank blank

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Soda Bottle Carry Alls

Here’s an upcycle that also helps you get more organized! Turn plastic soda bottles into carry all’s for storing all kinds of things! The scrap fabric is glued onto the bottle, though some minor sewing is done for the part the tie goes into. Ü   blank630x20

Fun little carry all containers for storing just about anything that will fit! Another wonderful way to upcycle those plastic soda bottles.


 Supplies Needed

  • Plastic Soda Bottles, straight sides preferred. Aprox. 32 oz size is shown.
  • X-acto Knife
  • Goo Gone
  • Material
  • Pull string cord of some type.
  • Glue Gun
  • Sewing Machine to hem fabric. You could also do it by hand.

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Remove the labels on all your bottles. After doing so use Goo Gone or something similar to get rid of the residue without marring the surface.

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Here’s a wonderful and practical upcycle project! We’ve got three different types of planters you can make using plastic soda bottles! One is even self-watering. Ü There’s also a FREE DOWNLOAD.blank630x20

Here are three pretty ways to upcycle soda bottles and convert them into lovely planters! Using various sizes of bottles there are a whole variety of indoor plants you can use these for. There’s even one that waters itself! They take no time at all to make and can be a pretty edition to your kitchen or anywhere with some light that allows them to flourish!
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Supplies Used

  • Various size soda bottles. 2 liter, 32 oz,  and a tall skinny one. The straight sided ones are best. Walmart has their own soda brand that works great.
  • X-acto knife
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • String
  • Goo Gone
  • Free printables if desired (below)
  • Black dry erase marker (to mark bottles for cutting)
  • Thick water absorbent string or cord (for self watering planter)
  • Permanent makers (used for decorating if desired)
  • Drill (for self watering planter)

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BOTTLE SIZES

This shows an example of the 32oz bottle and the tall skinny bottle I used in addition to a normal 2 liter size.

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 REMOVING LABELS

Remove the labels on all your bottles. After doing so use Goo Gone or something similar to get rid of the residue without marring the surface.

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Trough Planter

This planter looks so awesome with a few cut out graphics attached to it. I used a 32 oz bottle. You can grab a download of the graphics seen or use your own. This would make a terrific gift!

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Cut an opening on one side of the bottle as shown.

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Herb Planter

Cute standup herb planter. You could have a whole row of these in the window sill.  I used a tall skinny bottle for this but any size would work.
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Draw an opening on the side of your bottle with a dry erase marker .

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I used a permanent marker to make designs on the bottle.  Put some stones and soil in. Add your herbs.

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Self-Watering Planter

For this planter I used the larger standard 2 liter size bottle cut approximately 5″ up from the base.

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Take a thick jute type cord that will absorb water and feed it though the lid making a knot on the inside to keep it in place. Make it about 14″ long for this larger bottle. self.watering.planter.3blank

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Place water in the bottom portion and place the top upside down into it. Add some stones for drainage, your soil and your plant or seeds. IMPORTANT: You MUST water the plant yourself at first as the soil needs to start out damp.  After that it should pull water up the string into the soil on it’s own. Make sure it never dries out of the water will not seep up the string.

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Ok, this might be a little weird for some of you. I’m a gum chewer. I chew Xylitol gum regularly because it prevents and can heal tooth decay. However I like to chew gum and not have a burst of flavor each time so I’ll save my gum over a few days for re-chewing.  Those who do this “get it”. Those who don’t are likely grossed out at this point.

gumI used to stick my gum in odd places. I have photos of my desk through the years  and if you look close you will see my gum sitting somewhere covertly like  “Where’s Waldo”. The most common spot was the base of the fan that I always gum.on.deskhave on the desk.  Needless to say it would get fairly grodie after a while and I’d have to grab my Goo Gone and remove all the gum residue. I started putting a piece of foil on the base of the fan to lay my gum on but it wasn’t a good solution.

I finally came up with the idea to use a cap of a bottle. It worked great! Being someone who likes to make my home and spaces special and unique, I decided to fancy up my cap a little. So for all you gum chewers and savers out there… this one’s for you!

Supplies

  • Soda bottle lid
  • Paint or fancy paper.
  • Jewels etc.
  • Glue Gun
  • Foil

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Cut a strip of fancy paper to fit around the edge of your cap. Hot glue gems on.

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You can also paint the lids. I spray painted mine then added some dimensional puffy paint.

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I cut a small piece of foil (wax paper would also work) to place inside the cap. I can then change it out if it gets too icky. A small dab of hot glue will hold it in place yet allow you to remove it fairly easily.

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We’ve got a few simple upcycle things you can make with soda bottles! I use these myself regularly and they are awesome! Some work best with specific sizes of bottles.

Basic Supplies

  • X-acto Knife
  • Glue Gun
  • Goo Gone
  • Dry Erase Markers (Perfect for marking the bottles)
  • Various Sizes of Soda Bottles

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These are some of my favorite bottles. I get them from Wal-mart and they have straight sides and are great for crafts! But use whatever type and size you like. Some will work better for some projects than others.

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Remove the labels on all your bottles. After doing so use Goo Gone or something similar to get rid of the residue without marring the surface.

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Pasta Spaghetti Holder

Make this nifty and quick holder for your spaghetti! This one requires two skinny tall soda bottles. I get mine from Walmart. This would also work for pencils, paint brushes or any other tall slim items you can think of. Making these shorter would allow you to use them for other things. Any size bottle will work for that. The skinny ones just happen to be perfect for this use.

Cut your bottles 6 1/2 inches up from the bottom. Cut a 2 inch slit up the bottom of ONE of the bottles. This allows you to overlap the bottom a little so it fits inside the other half.

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Put your spaghetti in and stick the side with the split into the other side.  It will push down snugly.

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Drip Catcher

This prevents water from dripping or spilling onto the floor if you have a liquid dispenser with a spout that is similar to the one shown. I used a 32 oz bottle for this. You can mark with a dry erase marker and then cut as shown.

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Mark an oval with a dry erase marker and cut out. This will be what fits over the spout. Measure accordingly.

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Scoop

I’m always in need of a scoop for one thing or another. You can make various sizes quickly with soda bottles. The thicker bottles work best.Cut as shown. Decorate with stickers, paint or makers. I had some leftover stickers I used for mine that matched the green bottle.Soda Bottle Scoop 1blank630x20 Soda Bottle Scoup 2

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These fun little Halloween craft creative treat holders are perfect for Halloween or even a party with an alien theme! All it takes are soda bottles. The cyclops also used an old CD. Add a few extras and come up with your own creatures.  Fun for any age!

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Supplies for Halloween Craft Treat Holders

  • Soda bottles, any size.
  • X-acto Knife
  • Spray paint
  • Old CD or DVD
  • Construction Paper
  • Permanent Marker
  • Chenille stems
  • Jiggle eyes
  • Puff balls
  • Goo Gone (to remove label residue)
  • Glue

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.

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Smoothing Edges with an Iron

You can seal the edges to give them a nice rounded finish with an iron. Its optional of course but pretty cool and doesn’t hurt your iron one bit!
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For the cyclops guy I used 32 oz bottle. Any size will work depending on the vase you want. Cut the top part of the bottle as high as you wish.

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 Hot glue the center part of the cd and stick your bottle on it. You can cover the hole with a small amount of cardboard if you want but I just glued around it.

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Alien Monsters

This is another craft that is fairly self-explanatory.  Cut your bottles with an X-acto type knife and spray paint them your color of choice. Add eyes, mouths, antenna etc. using construction paper, jiggle eyes and markers. Below are just a few ideas we came up with.

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Black Kitty Cat

Cut your bottle with some ears left on top and then spray paint black. Add chenille stems for whiskers, a puff ball for the nose and some jiggle eyes! Our little spider is just a puff ball with chenille stem legs and jiggle eyes.soda.bottle.containers.4

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You can make a very beautiful string dispenser in minutes! Use any size bottle you wish. I used a plastic 16 oz coke bottle because I liked the curved design. Talk about a great upcycle!

String Dispenser Supplies

  • Plastic 16 oz bottle
  • Drill
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Ball of twine

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You will need to remove the labels on all your bottles. After doing so use Goo Gone to get rid of the residue without marring the surface.

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Cut a door in the side of your bottle that’s large enough to put your ball of string into.

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Drill a hole in the lid.

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After inserting your string or twine tape the end onto a dowel or pencil to help feed it through the top of the bottle.

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Feed your twine or string through the lid.

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Now comes the fun part… decorating it! Here is what I used.
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Tie it around the bottle making a bow in back. Add some of the smaller ribbon around the lid.

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I added a fake flower I had. It actually came off an old hair band!

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soda.bottle.bracelets.9aYou won’t believe what these beautiful bracelets are made from.  A plastic soda bottle and some scraps. I could have made about 50 of them they are so quick and easy.  Ahhh… I can see it now.  A whole wardrobe of colorful bracelets to match any outfit. (If this were food my mouth would be watering.)  Its a wonderful way to upcycle those soda bottles. Kids and adults alike will love them!

Want more awesome jewelry ideas? Check out our Pixel Heart Necklace and our Spice Lid Upcycled Locket.  And don’t forget our Good Vibe Necklace!

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I found these are perfect for closing your bracelets though there are a variety of ways you can do that.  The 15 to 16 mm size Crimp works quite well. They are aprox. 5/8″ wide. If you’re making very thin or very thick bracelets adjust as needed as they come in a variety of sizes. I found these items are much cheaper purchased separately. You can get a package of each at craft stores or any department store with a craft area.

 

 

 

Tutorial

Remove the label from your bottle. (It does not have to have all the residue removed for this project.) Cut even strips for your bracelets. I made mine about 1/2″ with some a little smaller and some a little larger.

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You can either cut or tear strips of material. I made mine about 1/2″ wide.  Make them a long as possible but you can add pieces easily if you need more .
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There are two ways to attach the material to your bracelet. I found the hot glue method works great. Just put some hot glue on the inner end and attach your fabric. Wrap and secure again at the other end.
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You can wrap the fabric two ways. Flat as shown above or by rolling the fabric as you go as seen below. Both look great.
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Once you’re finished you can trim the ends a little bit if needed and add your pinch crimps on each side.

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If you like creative gift wrapping ideas, this one will be remembered by the receiver as much as the gift itself!  It’s perfect  for giving a set of small items such as office supplies, makeup, jewelry, etc.  They are fun to make and can be decorated in a variety of ways for any occasion. We’ve  included some printable tags and adornments below but there’s no limit to how you can decorate these. Let your imagination run wild!

Creative Gift Wraping Ideas Supplies

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Visual Tutorial

Remove the label from your bottle. There is always some residue that will not come off.   I’ve yet to find anything that works as well as Goo Gone. Rub a little on and in 4 seconds the hard sticky stuff wipes right off!

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Cut a vertical slit in the side of your bottle large enough to accommodate whatever you will be stuffing into it.

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Now these are creative gift wrapping ideas!For unique, memorable gift wrap ideas for small items, grab a plastic soda bottle, cut a slit in the back and stuff in your goodies! Add ribbon, tags etc.blankFor unique, memorable gift wrapping ideas for small items, grab a plastic soda bottle, cut a slit in the back and stuff in your goodies! Add ribbon, tags etc.blank For unique, memorable gift wrapping ideas for small items, grab a plastic soda bottle, cut a slit in the back and stuff in your goodies! Add ribbon, tags etc.blankDecorate your bottle and fill with anything that fits!

For unique, memorable gift wrapping ideas for small items, grab a plastic soda bottle, cut a slit in the back and stuff in your goodies! Add ribbon, tags etc.

blank For unique, memorable gift wrapping ideas for small items, grab a plastic soda bottle, cut a slit in the back and stuff in your goodies! Add ribbon, tags etc.blank

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A fun yard toy that can be used two ways! You can put a dowel into the ground and stick it on that or you can also hang it from a tree. Either way, when the wind blows it spins like crazy! You can see it in action below.

 

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Supplies

  • 2 Liter Soda Bottle with straight sides
  • X-acto type knife
  • Wipe off marker
  • Goo Gone
  • Acrylic paint
  • Dowel 5/8″ diameter, 36″ tall or longer.  (for staking into the yard)
  • Nut and bolt and fishing line (for hanging rather than staking)
  • Drill if you’re hanging it.

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REMOVING LABELS

Remove the labels on all your bottles. After doing so use Goo Gone or something similar to get rid of the residue without marring the surface.

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Roy designed this for me as follows:

1. Marked around the bottle in 4 even spots for where the cuts would go. He used tape but its not necessary.
2. Roy made a nice pattern to cut the opening with. You can also just use a nice curve. If you want to use his pattern you can download it here as a pdf.
3. Trace the pattern at the 4 spots you marked around the bottle. You are only tracing ONE side though he cut a full pattern. The pdf above is only one side.
4. Using an X-acto knife cut out the designs you traced.
5. Fold the design flaps outward. We found that two tongue depressors work well to help with this so you get a straight fold.
6. Fold back the flap.
7. Step 7 below shows the flap pulled out though it’s a bit hard to see. This allows it to catch the wind.
8. Paint on any desired designs you wish.
9. For placing on a dowel in the ground hot glue the lid upside down inside the bottom of the bottle. You can use the dowel to help get it in place.

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If you wish to hang your spinner rather than place it on a dowel in the ground do the following:
1. Drill a hole in your lid.
2. Place a nut and bolt in it as shown. The hole needs to be larger than the bolt to allow for spinning.
3. Attach fishing line to the bolt for hanging.

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Hammer your dowel into the ground. You can whittle the end to be sharper if the ground is hard. Place your bottle over it making sure the end of the dowel goes into the lid that is hot glued inside the bottle. wind.spinner.10blank
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Soda Bottle Flower Stamp

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The bottoms of soda bottles make great stamps for fabric or paper. I made a quick wall hanging using them. You have to make sure you get a bottle that has a more flat surface on the bottom area or else you’ll just get dots for petals!  I used a mid-sized plastic Canadian Dry bottle for mine and it was perfect. I didn’t even take the soda out of it first!

Supplies

  • Soda bottles with flatter feet.  Any size you wish.
  • Paint
  • Whatever item you want to stamp on

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This is the Canada Dry bottle I found that had a great bottom for this purpose.

soda.bottle.wall.hanging.3blank630x20blankDo some testing with your bottles on scrap material. This shows the how the stamp can work if you have a bottle with too small of feet and one with flatter ones.

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