Oftentimes, many bottles that we use every day are just being put to waste. It’s because we think they are indeed disposable and of no good use anymore. If these are plastic bottles, we remain contributors to the earth’s land and water pollution. The world receives a million plastic bottles per minute. Eighty percent of these bottles end up in landfills. For every plastic bottle, 1000 years are required for the process of decomposition.
Do you want to be an advocate of a healthy environment? Here is a tip: collect all the bottles that you no longer use and turn them into beautiful display pieces in your home! How will you do that? One way is to upcycle. Read on!
What is Upcycling?
Upcycling is the process of restoring an object in a way that exceeds its original quality or value. In upcycling bottles of different kinds, you will need a creative mind if you really want to make a personalized design for yourself. On the other hand, if you just want to work on it and follow some DIY (Do-It-Yourself) procedure to guide you, you can definitely refer to this article for design references.
Today, we will talk about upcycling bottles. There are many varying kinds of craft ideas that you can apply to your discarded bottles at home. Commonly, you can create vases out of it. Some use them for lighting fixtures, while others make them into planters, containers, etc.
You see, you can do so much in decorating your bottles. Choose your favorite design among the ones listed below and try to make your own!
Wine Bottle Craft
You have a vast option when it comes to wine bottle crafts. If you have spare ones, you can actually get inspired by your frugal craft ideas as you prepare these bottles into completely useful and creative objects.
Turn your wine bottle into a pendant light! If you’re wondering what to do with your wine empty bottles, you can use them for kitchen or dining lighting.
You will need the following tools:
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- bottle cutter kit
- safety glasses – to protect your eyes
- gloves – for your hands
- wire cutters and strippers
And the following materials:
- extra-large empty wine bottles
- multi-use 25-40 watt light bulbs
- 12-foot lamp cord with a plug
- 16-gauge galvanized wire
- a phenolic socket with single-leg hickey and screw terminals
The number list below provides a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a pendant light out of a wine bottle.
- Soak the bottles into warm and soapy water. Wash them, make sure that they are clean and good for use.
- Use the bottle cutter and cut each of them according to your preference. Don’t forget to wear safety glasses and gloves as you do this.
- Tap the bottle, apply water and then smooth the cut.
- After that, wire the pendant through the opening of the wine bottle going to the cut part of it.
- Finally, add the decorative touches that will complement your kitchen, dining, or any area wherein you will place this pendant light.
Plastic Bottle Crafts
Plastic bottles are everywhere. You better turn them into something useful than carelessly throw them away. A bottle sprinkler, a bird feeder, and a planter are some of the common upcycled items that can be produced. Here are the top craft ideas for plastic bottles. For the plastic bottle crafts below, we have provided links that will direct you to a step-by-step tutorial for each of them.
An ottoman is a type of chair that usually accompanies sofas in the living area. It can also be placed in a bedroom where it can both function as furniture and aesthetics.
To create an ottoman out of plastic bottles, you can position your one-liter plastic bottles within two circular plywoods or boards. Then you have to compress and wrap it with plastic first, and the styrofoams around. Lastly, pick the best seat cover for it.
This is one of the craziest ideas for plastic bottles! If you really, really have quite a multitude of plastic bottles, you can arrange and form it in such a way that it will serve as a canopy or roof for something, like cars or a shading device for your garden.
All you need to do is collect as many as you can, and ask for family members or friends’ help because you will need a team that will work with you. Arranging, cutting, and sticking the pieces can be a taxing task without people to work with. Never give up until you create a large canopy out of these plastic bottles!
Bottle Cap Wall Decor
Every part of a plastic bottle is useful, so don’t throw the caps away! If you are into wall decors, you can try to apply your artistic skills for a bottle cap wall decor! You can choose an empty wall in and out of the house. Your bedroom wall or any exterior wall can be embellished with caps.
Never put another bottle to waste again! Instead, transform it into something that will benefit your eyes, mind, and your pockets. You can also send them as gifts to your friends and loved ones. Surely, they would appreciate a present personalized and crafted by hand. Happy creating!