10 Ways to Upcycle Plastic Bottles and Bags

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Some of the very best craft and DIY ideas start with items you already have around the home. Not only does that mean you don’t have to spent a lot of money at the craft store for supplies, but it also means that old items that are basically trash get a brand new life! While recycling is great, reusing an item is even better because all the energy and resources that go into the recycling process are avoided. Of course you will be using your own energy as you make your new creation, but that type of energy is actually fun to expend while you let your creative juices flow to make a one-of-a-kind project!

These ten ideas of ways to upcycle plastic bottles and bags take your plastic soda, milk, water or juice bottles or else your plastic grocery bags to make helpful household items or pretty things to decorate your yard. They also make excellent gifts, especially for those you know who appreciate a “green” lifestyle. I know I always appreciate a gift someone has taken the time to make themselves. Knowing that it is made from items that would have otherwise been discarded makes it even better! Check them all out:

Ideas to Upcycle Plastic Bags and Bottles


Plastic Bag Flower Earrings – By- Reuse Grow Enjoy

Plant Watering Bottle – By- Creative green Living

Plastic Bottle Herb Garden – By- Grillo Designs

Soda Bottle Bird Feeder KitSoda Bottle Bird Feeder Kit

Easy Soda Bottle Bird Feeder Kit – Find on Amazon

Plarn Tote – By- Happy Deal Happy Day

Water Bottle Flowers – By- Crafts By Amanda

Plastic Bag Bowl –  By- Couponing For Freebies

Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder – By- Reuse Grow Enjoy

Plastic Bottle Fairy Garden – By- Creative Green Living

Fairy Night Lights – By- Crafts By Amanda

Bottle Cap Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace – By- Reuse Grow Enjoy

Flies Be Gone Soda Bottle Reusable Non-Toxic Fly Trap KitFlies Be Gone Soda Bottle Reusable Non-Toxic Fly Trap Kit

Pet Food and Water BowlPet Food and Water Bowl

Do you have any of your own ways to upcyle or reuse your plastic bottles and bags? If so, please share them in a comment. I would love to know what you’re working on right now!


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  1. These ideas are all so cute. My kids recently made a fairy garden with their grammy and we may have to add some of these adorable houses to it!

  2. The fairy garden night lights turned out so cute. I’m going to have to give that a try! Thanks for sharing.

  3. The fairy night lights are freaking adorable! I may want to do that for our garden!

  4. We are pretty set on using reusable bags now, but still have lots of plastic around. These are going to be some fun things to make with the kiddos.

  5. Desiree Lopez says:

    These are such great upcycling ideas. I would like to try the herb garden. I think it looks so cute and also would give me space back in the garden area.

  6. Some of these are such cute ideas. I could see me making the bird feeder with my boys. Seems fairly simple and could be completed quickly.

  7. Ahhh, these are so cute! I especially love the fairy garden made from plastic bottles.

  8. shelly peterson says:

    These are rely neat ideas. I really love the plastic bottle fairy garden.

  9. Julie Wood says:

    Making earrings and a basket bowl looks like a lot of fun. I would love to make some of these interesting items with the kids!

  10. Really like the plarn suggestions. I’m taking a class in a couple of weeks to learn how to make plarn mats, to crochet for our homeless population to help them have a water-proof mat to lay down this winter to keep their blankets dry. and also to act as insulation. Great use of something that might otherwise be thrown away.

  11. vickie couturier says:

    these are so cool,,,love the way they are recycled

  12. Sarah Mathias says:

    The fairly house night lights are adorable. This is a fun way to teach kids about recycling.

  13. These are cool ideas! Recycling is so important

  14. Mary Gardner says:

    These are some great ideas. This gives the kids and I some fun projects to work on.

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