What do you do with your empty plastic bottles once you’ve drunk all the water they contain? Here at Brecon Carreg house, our team love getting crafty and reusing plastic bottles in our DIY projects.
You can make a number of decorative items from our bottles, as well as practical objects too. So, put your creativity to work and do your bit for the environment at the same time by upcycling our plastic bottles and making one of our ten favourite products made.
1. Get Sweeping with a New Broom
Let’s start with something that’s quick and easy to produce. All you’ll need is a scissors, a wooden stick, and some wire or nails to hold all the parts together. Oh, and an old Brecon Carreg bottle, of course.
2. Be Whimsical with a Kitty-Themed Planter
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If you’d prefer to make decorative items from your used bottles, then you’ll love this cute kitty planter. The dimples on our 1.5ltr sparkling water bottles make great paws!
Simply cut your bottle into shape, ensuring the ears are centred above two legs in the base (we would recommend leaving 10cm to 12cm between base and ear tips). Spray the new shape using white paint in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) and leave to dry.
Lastly, use a permanent marker to draw on the face and voila! You have a cute new pot ready for you to plant a dainty succulent.
3. Let Light Shine Through with a Make-Shift Green House…
Let’s be honest, not all of us have thousands of pounds in order to build a greenhouse in our gardens. However, with a little ingenuity you could transform your old garden shed into a light and bright growing area.
That’s exactly what Carmarthenshire County Council did with a number of our unused empty plastic bottles that we donated to their workers.
4. …Or Adorn Your Ceiling Rose with a New Chandelier
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For something a little ‘fancy’, take inspiration from Czech artist Veronika Richterová who uses empty plastic bottles to make these stunning chandeliers. We think they’re beautifully ornate!
5. Flex Your Green Fingers with Bottle Planters
Transforming your garden can get pricey. Pots, planters, troughs, the costs can all add up – and that’s before you purchase the plants to go in them. So, why not save some cash, and do your bit for the environment, by upcycling your used plastic bottles into a nifty hanging garden feature like this?
6. Treat the Local Wildlife with a Bird Feeder
At the same time, give your local wildlife a treat with an easy to make bird feeder.
Simply cut a hole at the bottom of the container and by its lid, then a larger circle on one side (approximately an inch in diameter and half an inch from the bottom). Then poke a hole directly below the feeding hole and push a wooden skewer through until it pierces the other side of the bottle – these will make great purchases. Repeat from a slightly different angle, then tie a piece of string around the top of the bottle ready to hang your feeder.
The final step is to fill your new contraption with bird feed and to hang it near a window or on a tree in your garden. We’re sure you’ll get some feathered visitors very soon.
7. Get Organised Using a Pencil Case
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If you have two empty Brecon Carreg water bottles, an old zip, and a glue gun, then you can whip up this handy craft in a jiffy.
All you’ll need to do for this pen storage is to cut the bottoms of your large bottles into 4” and 2 ½” sections, and the zipper to the length of their circumference. Then use your glue gun to secure the zipper around the cut edge of each bottle being careful not to get glue on the track. Leave to cool and your pencil case is ready to use.
8. Accessorise Your Outfit with New Earrings…
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If you prefer to wear your plastic bottle crafts and show off your eco-credentials to the world, then take inspiration from these recycled plastic hydrangea earrings. Alternatively, you could make a beautiful bracelet or even a broach.
9. …Or, Store Jewellery Neatly with This Stand
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Once you’ve made your jewellery, you’ll need somewhere to store it safely, and this plastic bottle jewellery stand could be just the ticket.
All you’ll need is the bottoms to a few 1.5ltr Brecon Carreg water bottles, a 12” length of threaded rod and coordinating nuts. Plus, a good pair of scissors to cut the bottles to shape, of course.
10. Reflect Your Image with Bottle Top Art
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Last but not least, add some personalised art to your home’s walls with a bottle top portrait.
American artist Mary Ellen Croteau did just that with this huge self-portrait in 2011 which she named ‘Close’. She used more than 7,000 plastic bottle tops over a seven-month period to create this masterpiece, and, while we’re not suggesting you recreate this on such a large scale, we’re sure you could create a smaller image with your recycled caps in a few hours.
Interested in Reusing Plastic Water Bottles Around Your Home?
Here at Brecon Carreg house, we’re not only dedicated to providing you with refreshing natural mineral water that is bottled at source, but we’re committed to sustainability – caring for the environment and our community.
In fact, we use 100% green energy at our factory, have 100% recyclable packaging, and have reduced the weight of our packaging by 30%.
Help us reduce litter when you buy Brecon Carreg water by attempting one of the ten DIY plastic bottle crafts above, and don’t forget to share your photos of your creations with us on Facebook and Twitter!
Alternatively, get crafting with the little ones; read our post: 4 Easy Bottle Crafts Kids Will Love!