Clever uses for empty plastic bottles

We’re all trying to reduce our reliance on plastic – and by recycling and reusing what we already have it’s possible to make a difference.

Single-use plastic bottles are unavoidable at times; but the good news is, there’s plenty of clever ways to put them to good use around the home and garden.

Heres a few of our favourite clever uses for empty plastic bottles…

Make a sprinkler

Cool Ways To Recycle Plastic Bottles

Take an empty water bottle and use a sharp knife to poke slits around the bottom of the bottle. Then, attach your garden hose to the bottle opening and turn on. Water will fill the bottle then start shooting out of the holes. This is perfect for cooling off pets or grandchildren, and can also be used to water the garden.

DIY bird feeder

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Old plastic bottles can also make brilliant and simple bird feeders. Take two small wooden spoons, and poke holes in the plastic bottle for the spoons to slide through. Fill with seed. Secure some twine around the neck of the water bottle, or if you have one, screw in a small eyebolt and attach the string to that. Then, it’s ready to hang on a branch in your garden!

Simple storage for your kitchen or caravan

45 Creative Ways To Reuse Plastic Bottles At Home

Bottles make brilliant, simple storage solutions for your kitchen, and work really well in caravans and when packing for camping trips, too. Take two bottles the same size and cut in half, leaving the bottom of both bottles. Fill one with anything from flour to rice and pasta, then place the other overtop to create a lid. If you’ll be will be travelling, secure with some tape until it’s ready to use.  For even smaller trips, you don’t need to cut the bottle open – simply fill it and use the bottle cap to keep everything secure.

DIY snack bowls

Inna Nuts Bowl from a Plastic Bottle | Reciclaje de botellas plasticas, Botellas de plástico vacías y Reutilizar botellas de plástico

Similarly, you can cut the bottom of a bottle to make a quick and simple snack bowl to use for a picnic or when camping.

Make a piggy bankRecycled nature craft ideas – Dickinson County Conservation Board


This is simple and fun craft to try with grandchildren. Start by cutting a small slit in the bottle for the coins to go into. Paint the plastic bottle, or wrap in paper or felt to cover. Slice two wine bottle corks in half to make legs, then decorate with eyes and ears.

Make a toy for a puppy

You don’t need to but expensive toys for young pus.  Take a small empty plastic bottle, fill it with very small dog treats, secure the lid tightly and you have a noisy ‘shaker’ like toy to keep your puppy entertained.  Always supervise your pup when playing and ensure the lid is very secure to avoid any choking hazard.


Do you know any other clever and fun uses for plastic bottles? Share your wisdom in the comments below! 

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2nd Aug 2020
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I have been making scoops and funnels from plastic bottles for many years now - very useful, effective and free.........
2nd Aug 2020
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I make use of them when planting out young plants, they make great little greenhouses if you slice the top off.
2nd Aug 2020
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Cut bottle in half, poke some holes in the bottom of the bottom half and you have a good flower pot substitute. When potting on you may need to cut down the side to get the root plug out but hey it was free anyway.
2nd Aug 2020
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Take the top off and cut the bottom off. Invert and partially Bury in soil near to a plant. When watering fill the bottle with water. This ensures water gets to the roots and doesn't run off or evaporate. Especially handy for tomatoes and courgettes as you can top up throughout the day without wetting the leaves.
2nd Aug 2020
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Cut the bottom off large plastic bottles and remove lid, you can use them to place over seedlings to protect them from slugs and snails. If they managed to get in the top put some mesh or piece of old stockings over the top.
31st Jul 2020
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About the plastic water bottles. I got my money’s worth out of a 5L one. I has mislaid my salt funnel for the dishwasher and while I was racking my brains to try to find it my eyes landed on that bottle and then this happened. I cut the top part off with my trusty old bread knife after taking the top off. And hey presto! I had my funnel and it worked fine. I used the blue handle which was quite hard to get off as it had teeth holding it on, to thread a hand towel through the round hole so that it couldn’t slip out and used the handle to hang it from a cupboard door handle. The bottom part I used for a little waste bin . I was so pleased I had to stop myself from looking for other projects !! But how easy.. that funnel could be used to pet water in the car or any job which needs a funnel. I liked the bird feeder tip .

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