Uses for empty water bottles. If you’re deluged with water bottles, you’re not alone! I’ve got so many of these and so little time, but the good news is that finding uses for them is quite easy.
One type I save a lot of is the one liter bottles that contain club soda and seltzer water -as someone trying to keep their soda intake down and consume less sugar by adding a little fizzy seltzer to fruit juice to make it less sweet. Sorry, don’t mean to make this a diet story😁! One of my favorite uses for this size bottle is a water dispensary for my cats.
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You may be familiar with these water dispensers for pets in which you can take a two liter bottle, or two and tip it upside down into the fitted area and it dispenses water continually until it empties, in which case I replace it with a full bottle, usually keep a rotation of about five bottles going.
That’s just one way. Are you ready for more?
Soda Bottles make great tools for kids’ sensory toys
Turn empty water bottles into sensory bottles like these, they can be filled with water, oil and cute trinkets that float around or fall slowly and relax the beholder, or fill them with dry rice and trinkets to create a game of seek and find. Another one is the homemade “lava lamp”, below:
I’ve got the real thing, but I also have a knack for science, and this one is popular to teach kids about how oil and water don’t mix, but they can have some awesome effects when color and fizz is added! For these a smaller 20 oz bottle is a good idea to keep.
The project was fun and a success…you can check out the full scoop right here!
But I especially like the Voss bottles as they are tube-shaped without ridges or contours which makes for some excellent viewing on all sides of all the pretty trinkets, glitter, or beads. So if you’ve got any of these, keep them! You’re welcome 😁 .
The bottoms are great for making flowers
Look at the bottom of most soda bottles and notice they have this distinctive petal shape to them, I’ve seen people cut these off just for the expressive purpose of making decorative flowers. Now the painting part may be tricky, whenever I attempted to paint on plastic years ago it tends to bead up and not take.
I believe this is because soda bottles are made of a type of plastic called polystyrene which is “softer” than the kind of plastic used for other goods -I know this because my paint palettes are made from hard plastic and they get very hard to clean! There is a type of spray paint that does stick to plastic, I think.
The 20 oz, liter size, or even 2 liter size if you wanted, bottles can make great windspinners. You will need an x-acto knife to cut slits all around in the middle (start at the point where the curve of the neck meets the linear middle) and manipulate them so they have a kind of accordion shape.
Then you can decorate them with tape . To hang it, you could still keep the bottle top and drilling a small enough hole to thread it through, construct a ball bearing for stability. Hang them outside and watch them go to town on a breezy day.
Like this vase-wow! If you click on the attribution link you will find the tutorial for it, and how did she manage to paint it so well? Using a layer of tissue paper applied with glue (kind of like the art of paper mache) and then painting it-really good hack if you’ve ever wondered how to paint on plastic.
Image credit: Image by StylenrichDIY
Also the mirror accent is cute, too, really good upcycle idea!
Can you think of any more empty water or soda bottle ideas besides these??