Artistic Water Bottles – Make Your Waste Mean More
When it comes to making the most of life – and everything it entails – there’s no reason not to apply the same attitude to your plastic waste. While many may believe that there’s nothing for you to do but throw it away, we disagree. In order to inspire your inner recycling guru, we’re taking a look at some fun and useful projects you can do with your used water bottles.
Make use of your old plastic bottle by tackling an unorganized bathroom. A re-purposed container is perfect for holding makeup, toothbrushes or cotton pads and, by hanging it up on a wall, it doesn’t use up any of your already cluttered counter space, making it a great solution for smaller bathrooms.
Use a pencil or marker to outline where you need to cut on the bottle, leaving the bottom and a side section connected. Paint the plastic or decorate it with fabric to add a little class to the container. Then, using double-sided tape, fix the container to the wall so that you can get to the serious business of deciding what to put in it.
Bottle Lid Art
There is absolutely no reason why you can’t put your plastic bottle lids to good use and create a one-of-a-kind artwork for your home. All kinds of plastic lids can be turned into special elements on a contemporary canvas. This project is also easy enough for the kids to get involved.
Use a pencil and ruler to mark equal squares on a blank canvas. Glue one lid onto the centre of each section, then add another facing the opposite direction, and a third in the original direction.
Layer all shapes and sizes to create interesting effects, and leave the glue to dry. Paint the entire canvas and the lids black and let dry. Lastly, paint each section a different colour. The black paint will show through to create a textured effect. Once you’ve done all of this, glue a flat marble, jewel or a mosaic tile onto the centre of each lid and then hang your masterpiece for all to admire.
Water Bottle Bangles
Rock earth-friendly jewelry that makes use of items you would otherwise throw away.
Take masking tape (the same width as the bangles you wish to make) and evenly place it in intervals around the bottle. Cut along the masking tape lines using a craft knife, and trim any uneven edges with scissors. For each bracelet, you will need two plastic rings.
Cut one of the rings open and create strip of decorated paper the same width but a bit longer. Place the paper between the two plastic water bottle rings and glue the end of the paper together. Measure and cut two pieces of foil tape to go on the sides of the bracelet, making sure to secure it all the way around and smoothing the tape on the inside of the bracelet as best you can. Once you’ve secured everything in place, you can adorn your arm with your earth friendly water bottle bracelets and be the envy of all your friends.