The average person in Britain buys three plastic bottles of water each week. Many of these end up in landfill, or in our oceans, despite our best efforts to recycle them. One way we can do more with our plastic waste is by transforming it into handy new contraptions that can help us in our day-to-day lives. We’re here to share with you some of our favourite examples from across the web, and offer some inspiration for you to go on and make your own creations! 

Attention all children! When using hot glue ALWAYS have an adult on hand to help you as it can be dangerous.

The Piggy Bank (Beginner)

We make our bank cards out of plastic, so why not do the same for our piggy banks? The team over at the Craft Factory have produced this helpful video that, alongside instructing you on how to make your own Percy the Plastic Pig, offers a few other ideas.

You will need:

  • 1x 2L bottle
  • 4x Extra Bottle Caps (for the feet)
  • 2x Googly Eyes (for the… eyes)
  • 1x Pipe Cleaner (for the tail)
  • Pink Card (for the ears)
  • 1x Black Permanent Marker (to finish the snout)
  • 1x Knife (craft or retractable)
  • Pink Acrylic Paint
  • 1x Paint Brush

The Organiser (Beginner)

Whether you’re a parent clearing up the pens strewn across your child’s floor, a student with an elaborate collection of highlighters, or a water treatment business with an office desk covered in screws, we all need storage! To help us out, New Zealand YouTuber Ela Gale has put together this incredibly useful how-to.

You will need:

  • 1x Pair of Scissors
  • 1x Pen (To mark where to cut)
  • 1x Ruler (To measure where to mark where to cut)
  • 1x Hot Glue Gun (Though basic PVA should also work if you don’t own one)
  • 1x Roll of Sticky Tape (To make sure you get a nice and neat line of glue)
  • 1x Tube of Glitter (Or whatever else you fancy decorating them with!)

If you’d like to find out other ways you can make a positive impact on the environment, why not check out our piece on The Refill Revolution: Helping The Environment One Water Refill Point At A Time? (If not, no worries! Just keep scrolling to the next amazing creation)

The Jetpack (Intermediate)

The folks over at zouzouniatv have been peering into the future of plastic-based travel, and have come up with this incredible jetpack!

You will need:

  • 2x 1L+ Plastic Bottles
  • 1x Painting Kit (Grey)
  • 1x Piece of Cardboard
  • 1x Marker
  • 1x Pair of Scissors
  • 2x Pieces of Ribbon
  • 6x Pieces of Felt (2x Red, 2x Blue, and 2x Yellow)
  • 1x Glue Gun (Superglue may also work)

Instructions:

  1. Paint bottles grey, and ensure they dry completely before step 5.
  2. Take your piece of cardboard and mark out the slots where the ribbon will go.
  3. Cut them out, and thread ribbon through, tying each piece together to create straps.
  4. Cut each piece of felt into the shape of a flame, in three different sizes, and glue together. You should have two bundles of flame (one for each bottle).
  5. Glue your bottles to the cardboard, with the tops facing downward.
  6. Glue the inside of the bottle-tops, before sticking your bundles of flame inside each.
  7. Admire your handiwork, before blasting off into space!

The Planter

If you are looking for creative new ways to display your plants, or are trying to make the most out of limited space, then these hanging planters are ideal. We have included a few examples this time: a simple planter for the pragmatist, these adorable Gumball planters for the kids (both big and small), and a jazzy hanging garden for those looking to really show off those green thumbs.

The Pragmatist (Beginner)

You will need:

  • As many bottles as you require
  • String
  • 1x Retractable knife (or scissors)

To add a splash of variety, why not do as Instagram user @madhavi_art has done below, and use newspaper to create a paper mache effect? Or even try using different colour bottles!

The (Big?) kids (Intermediate)

You will need:

  • However many 1L bottles you require
  • 1x Scissors
  • 1x Retractable knife
  • 1x Marker
  • 1x Brush
  • Acrylic Paint

It doesn’t just have to be TV characters either, as IG user @niemidesign has shown with these purrrrrrfect planters.

The Home decorator (Hard)

You will need:

  • However many 1L+ bottles you require
  • 1x Retractable Knife
  • 1x Scissors
  • Spray Paint (They use gold here but use whichever colour you desire)
  • 1x PVC Pipe
  • Rope (They use coir but use whatever you can get hold of)

The Cup-and-Ball (Hard)

Though our children are growing up in a digital age, we believe that sometimes good old fashioned analogue entertainment is the way to go. That’s why we’ve picked IG user @anastasijacirak‘s impressive re-imagining of the classic cup-and-ball game (and you get to savour a couple of Kinder Surprises too!)

Flower power

You will need:

  • 1x 1L+ bottle (to make sure it’s wide enough for your bee)
  • 1x Retractable Knife
  • 1x Pair of Scissors
  • String
  • Acrylic Paint
  • 1x Brush
  • 1x Kinder Egg Toy Case
  • 1x Bead
  • 1x Black Permanent Marker
  • PVA/Hot Glue/Superglue

Instructions:

  1. Cut bottle in half.
  2. Cut around the bottom of the top half, creating petal shapes all the way around it.
  3. Paint!
  4. While the bottle is drying, unscrew the top, and make a hole in the cap for the string to go through.
  5. Pass one end of the string through the cap and knot so it will not fall back through.
  6. Screw back onto the bottle when dry.
  7. Using the permanent marker, colour in the toy case.
  8. Open the case, and make a hole in the bottom for the other end of the string to pass through.
  9. Pass the string through, once again knotting it in place.
  10. Make one long slot in the top of the case.
  11. Using the leftover bottle plastic, cut out two small wings and glue into the slot.
  12. Replace the top of the toy case and leave to dry. (You may wish to glue the case together so that it cannot separate during use)
  13. Have fun!

Baby Shark

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You will need:

  • 1x 1L+ bottle (to make sure it’s wide enough for your bee)
  • 1x Retractable Knife
  • 1x Pair of Scissors
  • String
  • Acrylic Paint
  • 1x Brush
  • 1x Kinder Egg Toy Case
  • 1x Black Permanent Marker
  • 1x Red Permanent Marker
  • PVA/Hot Glue/Superglue

Instructions:

  1. Cut bottle in half two-thirds of the way down from the top.
  2. Cut a V shape into the top half to create the mouth (cut slightly further down to start with as you’ll be cutting the teeth in next!)
  3. Cut teeth into the mouth (round them off to avoid sharp points).
  4. Take cap off bottle and paint the belly and teeth.
  5. Paint on the eye.
  6. Flip upside-down and allow to dry.
  7. When dry, cut a slot in the top of the shark’s head for its fin.
  8. Cut the fin out of the remaining plastic from the bottom of the bottle.
  9. Glue the fin into the slot and let dry.
  10. Make a hole in the bottle cap for the string to go through.
  11. Pass one end of the string through the cap and knot so it will not fall back through.
  12. Screw back onto the bottle when dry.
  13. Using the permanent marker, colour in the toy case.
  14. Open the case, and make two holes in the bottom for the other end of the string to pass in and out of.
  15. Pass string through bead, into one hole, and out of the other.
  16. Tie a knot at the base of the bead to ensure it stays in place by the case.
  17. Replace the top of the toy case and leave to dry. (You may wish to glue the case together so that it cannot separate during use)
  18. Have fun!

We hope you have found these examples helpful in your crafting ventures. If you do end up making one (or more!) of these, we would love to see them, so please do send photos onto us either via Facebook message, or email info@adswater.co.uk and we will be sure to plaster them over our Facebook wall!