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11 Brilliant Ways to Reuse Empty Plastic Bottles

I drink soda, water, and all kinds of juices in a bottle and this results to a collection of plastic bottles piling up in our garage. We probably have a trip to the recycling center once every three months, or more than that, until we filled up all our three medium size bags.

Recycling the empty bottles will put money in the pocket and can help a lot with the expenses. But is there other ways of reusing the empty bottles? Well, let's all see what are the things that can be made out of all these plastic bottles. Makes me wonder how many I can come up with.


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Yes, I was absolutely thinking about using plastic bottles as a vase but I didn't imagine that it can be as nice, I mean as beautiful and creative with this woven plastic vase.

And with the fresh flowers and water beads, it will be such a great design or addition for the living room's atmosphere. With someone who has a creative mind to reuse bottles like this one, this would be a good way to inspire kids to be creative ones as well.

To have a plastic bottle vase with water beads:

  • The vase
  • Water beads

How? Empty a bag of water beads into the vase and add water. Let it soak for few hours or until the beads had reach their full size. Drain the water once the beads is on their full size, your water beads are ready, add the cut flowers and all done.

You might be thinking, "I'm reusing the plastic bottles and now I have to spend money on those beads." I got my water beads from winning an auction on Ebay, about a $1 with free shipping and about 10 bags. But if you are scheduled for a grocery shopping, you might want to check out "99 Cents" store if you have one near you as I found out they have water beads in their store once I went there to buy decorative stones.

Come in! Take a look inside.

Come in! Take a look inside.

Roofing with bottles!

What a clever way of using plastic bottles that most people would either recycle or throw on their blue recycle bins.

Made from the 7000 empty plastic bottles collected, this creation came into existence, a project of The Growing Gardens. The bottles are flattened and made into this beautiful roof.

If only we have a backyard big enough to have a small hut, I would talk my dad into making one with plastic bottles for roofing. I could see myself spending some afternoon time in there watching the hummingbirds enjoying the feeders and investigating the flowers and a bamboo fountain.



This scooper could be used on so many things:

  • To scoop grains (could come in handy especially for vendors)
  • To scoop soils
  • To clean up after your pet


Know about the topsy turvy planters? One would cost about a $1, but if you could use that empty 2 liters of Pepsi or Coke, that would save you a lot. It would save you money, (instead of buying hanging baskets), it would save you time and gas too.

The topsy turvy!

The topsy turvy!

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Another clever photo here that Mr. Google showed me. If you love birds and having them as frequent yard visitors, you might want to try making this feeder, simple, but will save you BIG bucks instead of purchasing one. I don't have bird feeders but this got me curious as to how much does bird feeders cost? I passed by few times at these feeders whenever I go to Walmart and one would cost less than $20 (depends on the style or design.) Then I went on to check Walmart's website and prices ranges from $20-30, not including the shipping.

For your feathered friends.

For your feathered friends.

The plastic bottle building

Of all photos, this was the one that took my breath away. This 3 story EcoARK Exhibition Hall from Taiwan was made from 1.5 plastic bottles. And not only that, this structure can be disassembled and rebuild, that is if they decided they want to move it to a new location.


This parking shade could really be a big help with the hot weather, and if this was my car, I think it was going to say thank you with a big smile.

I hope one day I could spot one like this shade, not for cars but for commuters. I used to ride the bus before and it was boring and hard to wait for the bus to come during Summer and in those rainy days.


I love these planters! What a brilliant idea to grow herbs such as parsley, basil, onions, garlic and flowering plants. I could imagine a lavender growing in there. I would love to try this on our patio. As of now, our place is like a jungle with the chayote which has taken up most of the space, bittermelons which just started climbing, and with other plants we have on our container garden, this plastic bottle hanging garden is a thumbs up from me.

This beautiful hanging garden was from Brazil, presented to a family who was being helped for home improvement by a television show with the help of Brazilian architectural experts.

Who's not going to love gardening if it's as pretty and creative as this?

Who's not going to love gardening if it's as pretty and creative as this?


The flower shaped bottom of the plastic bottles can be made into this. They could either be used as curtains or indoor and outdoor hanging decorations.

And if used as outdoor decorations, these could help on how to attract hummingbirds into the garden. Colored with red, hummers could easily spot the decors as they are attracted to the color red, that way, the little birds could spot your hummingbird feeders too.


This one is what I usually do with an empty plastic bottle: refilling it with filtered water. But not only with water but also with juices, cold tea, and even soda. I can't, and I'm not going to carry a 2 liter of soda with me. So what I do is fill my bottle and carry it, then rinsing it when it's empty so I can use it again.

A gift of light!

A gift of light!

The other half part of the soda bottle, exposed to the sun.

The other half part of the soda bottle, exposed to the sun.

A gift of light

I was wowed when I watched this idea on Philippine television they call 1 liter of light Project where these empty plastic bottles are reused to become solar-powered bulbs and was given to the poor families.

How? A 1 liter of empty plastic bottle with water and bleach, sealed tightly with the cap then sealed into an iron roof's hole, just right for the bottle to fit in is installed into the roof. What a clever way to save money on paying electric bills don't you agree?


MANJUNATHA Pattaabhi Sastry on June 19, 2019:

excellent information

Thelma Alberts from Germany on January 23, 2015:

Wow! This is amazing. I have only done the plastic planters from empty plastic bottles. Thanks for sharing this hub with us. Well done!

precy anza (author) from USA on June 05, 2013:

@ Azrestoexp

Thanks. Wish more people would consider reusing their items too. We could all benefit from it :) Thank you for stopping by.

Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC on June 03, 2013:

Great ideas - who knew. So clever and what an easy way to make a difference.

precy anza (author) from USA on September 14, 2012:

Thanks Agusfanani! ^-^

And you're right about that. They can be used to create many things and helps on saving money too. :)

agusfanani from Indonesia on September 12, 2012:

Great ideas in reusing plastic bottles. We really need those ideas so that we know what to do with them not only see them as useless bottles.

precy anza (author) from USA on June 27, 2012:

@ tasteofmytongue: And thank you for reading and leaving a comment! :)

tasteofmytongue on June 26, 2012:

There are some great ideas here! Thanks for sharing

precy anza (author) from USA on June 25, 2012:

Thanks Bockshiner! ^-^' That EcoARK is really something! :)

bockshiner from Dallas, TX on June 25, 2012:

Great hub. These are really good ideas. I really like that exhibition hall building.

precy anza (author) from USA on June 16, 2012:

@ pinkhawk: And thank you for reading and commenting ^-^'

@ phdast 7: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed looking at those photos :)

@ lovedoctor926: Sure is! That, and the solar bulb are my two favorites! :)

@ Moonlake: Yes. And those families who got one surely deserves it! It might have been made them so happy ^-^'

@geetbhim: And thank you for taking the time to comment :)

@ ElizaDoole: Thanks. Yup, And there's a lot of families who really could used one, would help them a lot. :)

@ Sherrye Barrow: Thanks Sherrye! ^-^' The best one that surprised me was the EcoARK of all these. I didn't know there's such a building. :)

precy anza (author) from USA on June 16, 2012:

@ RTalloni: Thanks! Glad you like those! ^-^' I really like that hanging garden. I might as well try it in our small space :)

@ Wilbar26: Yeah. And I watched it on GMA news. So cool! It would save a lot of money. ^-^'

@ Anamika S: Thanks for dropping by, reading and commenting :)

@ internpete: Loved that one too! A really great idea for those who doesn't have enough space. ^-^'

@ Les Trois Chenes: And thank you for the comment! I just learned about the ecoARK. And that's really something. :)

@ Angelme566: I might as well. We only recycle those bottles. But now I probably start saving the 2 liter bottles and make a hanging garden too ^.^'

@ Gypsy Rose Lee: Thanks! And that's one great thing I like about hubbing, I learn new things while doing it ^-^' I'm even surprised myself a bottle could do a lot of things.

@ Surfraz: Thanks Surfraz! ^-^'

@ Millionaire Tips: Yup. Hope people will start reusing bottles as it has a lot of other uses. :)

@ Natashalh: I know, right?! That's why most of the time we choose to recycle bottles instead. But doing this hub, I saw few that I wanna do myself. ^-^'

@ bushraismail: You're absolutely right about that. Thanks for the meaningful input :) It will reduce wastage and save a lot of bucks.

@ Gypsy 48: Love that idea too. Showed it to my dad and told him we should do it too. ^.^'

Sherrye Barrow from Tucson, AZ on June 16, 2012:

This is a fascinating hub...what great ideas!

Lisa McKnight from London on June 16, 2012:

I liked this it was really interesting and clever, especially about the water bottles used as lights in the Philippines.

sangeeta verma from Ludhiana India on June 15, 2012:

Like this informative hub and thanks for sharing such a wonderful ideas.

moonlake from America on June 15, 2012:

Many good ideas. Love the solar light, how nice. How awful it would be to have live in the dark all the time. Voted Up.

lovedoctor926 on June 15, 2012:

The beautiful hanging garden is a very creative idea. So many ways of reusing empty bottles.

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on June 15, 2012:

Terrific Hub. Thank you for sharing all these great ideas. :)

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on June 15, 2012:

Wow!...this is really cool, useful and very creative. Thanks for sharing! ^_^

Gypsy48 on June 15, 2012:

Interesting hub, very creative ideas. I love the garden wall. Voted up and awesome.

bushraismail from ASIA on June 15, 2012:

This is awesome. Thumbs up. I read some time back on how to make resealable bags out of bottle top and cap. Great! Reading only is not enough gotta make some and reuse. We complain a lot about the economy and the expenditure and not enough salaries, we should think about what we can do to reduce our wastage.


Natasha from Hawaii on June 15, 2012:

Some of these are pretty nifty ideas! Plastic bottles are difficult to turn in to something attractive, but several of these projects definitely accomplish the task. Thanks for putting this roundup together!

Shasta Matova from USA on June 15, 2012:

Wow, these are great ideas. There are so many beautiful ways to reuse those plastic bottles.

Surfraz from India on June 15, 2012:

superb ideas, love to do it for own

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 15, 2012:

Voted up and useful. Wow thanks for sharing. Never knew plastic bottle could be made into so many different things. This is one great hub. Passing it on.

Angelme566 on June 15, 2012:

Wow..what a very rich hub , full of good inputs here , thanks for sharing this , now i will start recycling these plastic bottles .

Excellent hub , super love this one . Thumbs Up !

Les Trois Chenes from Videix, Limousin, South West France on June 14, 2012:

I loved this lensa nd the ecoark is amazing. Many thanks for these ideas.

Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on June 14, 2012:

Great hub and great ideas! I really like the plants in plastic bottles on the wall. Very cool!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on June 14, 2012:

Love your Ideas of Reusing Bottles. Awesome Hub, Voted up!

Wilbart26 on June 14, 2012:

This is very useful and informative, The last one is a bit familiar, it's been done here in our country, and the first who do the light bottles are fellow Filipinos. They use Chlorox and water then put it on the roof to make the home more brighter.

RTalloni on June 14, 2012:

What a fabulous hub! I love the hut, and those solar lights are just amazing. The video tells the story! I'm still smiling at the ingenuity and the improvement it makes for the people. The garden wall and the other projects are all wonderful ideas. Thanks for posting this!

precy anza (author) from USA on June 14, 2012:

Sure. :) That would make a good hub too! And welcome to Hubpages.

precy anza (author) from USA on June 14, 2012:

Thanks Anna ^-^' Now, if only I could see a boat made of bottles!

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