Environment Recycling & Waste 10 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Plastic Bottles By Kelly Ladd Writer University of Central Florida Before Ladd became a full-time artist, she was a parade performer at Disney World and an editor and prop stylist for Parenting magazine. our editorial process Kelly Ladd Updated May 17, 2020 There are plenty of crafty DIY projects you can create with plastic bottles. Share Twitter Pinterest Email Recycling & Waste Plastics Zero Waste Sure, you toss your plastic bottles into your recycling bin instead of the regular trash, but did you know you can go one step further by upcycling? Here are 10 creative and easy projects that will add a homemade touch to your living space. 1. Self-Watering Water Bottle Garden Don't worry about water your plants again with this little gardening hack. Handmade by Kelly Do you forget to water your plants? Here's a cool way so you don't always have to remember. Thread a string through the bottle cap and cut the bottle in half. Water goes in the bottom half. A plant and soil goes in the top half. A full set of instructions are at Handmade by Kelly. 2. No Sew-Zipper Bottle Plastic bottles as containers make for a crafty and cheap way for kids to travel with crayons and markers. Make It & Love It Organize your pencils and kid's crayons with this recycled DIY. Cut two water bottles, using only the bottoms. Then hot glue a zipper to plastic and store away! Get the how-to at Make It & Love It. 3. Bottle Mobile This mobile turns plastic bottles into hanging flowers for a patio. Creative Jewish Mom Add some color to your back patio with a flower-styled plastic bottle mobile. Cut the tops off of your bottle and shape them so they look like flowers. Then glue tissue paper on them. Decorate the tips of the flowers with silver duct tape and hang with a piece of yarn. Creative Jewish Mom has the complete details. 4. Milk Jug Votive Candleholder Show off your small candles with these elegant-looking holders. Bliss Bloom Bug Your friends will have no idea these chic lotus candle holders are DIY. Simply cut the different sized petals from a milk jug and glue to an electric tea light. You can make one lotus per gallon milk jug. A step-by-step process is available at Bliss Bloom Blog. 5. Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder You'll need some old wooden spoons to finish this bird feeder project. Heck Fridays Transform your water bottle into a bird feeder. Simply add old wooden spoons as perches by cutting holes into the sides of the bottle and sliding the spoon through. Then fill the bottle with birdseed. Heck Fridays provides more details. 6. Soda Bottle Sprinkler While great for keeping a garden watered, the water bottle sprinkler is also ideal for some warm-weather fun. Housing a forest It's spring, and that means it's time to water the garden. Simply drill holes in a soda bottle and duct tape it to the end of a hose. What you get is ingenious. The complete instructions are at Housing a Forest. 7. Soda Bottle Lantern A plastic bottle lantern makes for a chic night light. Oh Oh Blog Give a soda bottle a new purpose by converting it into a sophisticated lantern. Cut off the top of a clean 2 liter bottle, and then fill it with twinkly lights. Wrap the bottle with a few layers of cut paper. More information is available at Oh Oh Blog. 8. Recycled Wind Chimes These wind chimes are a cute addition to near a child's window. Happy Hooligans Teach your children the importance of upcycling with this adorable and whimsical wind chime. Paint your water bottle and hang colorful beads and buttons from it. Then simply let the wind do its thing. Happy Hooligans has all the steps you need. 9. Cellphone Charger You won't trip over your charging cable again with this handy little DIY project. Make It & Love It Reuse a lotion bottle by turning it into a charging station. Cut the bottle so it has a "handle" large enough for your charger. Then mod podge fabric to it. Once dry, you can charge away while hiding those obnoxious cords. Read the complete instructions at Make It & Love It. 10. Bathroom Organizer Achieve an organized bathroom with plastic bottles. A Little Craft In Your Day Organize your toiletries by taking old colorful spray bottles and cutting them in half. Then press a hot iron to smooth the jagged edges. Get the how-to at A Little Craft In Your Day.