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Clever Ways to Upcycle Plastic Bottles

Plastic Bottle Crafts for the Little Guys

Photo Credit Craftberry Bush

Plastic is forever and with more and more things being made with plastic, its more important than ever that we recycle. Toddlers and preschoolers or kids of any age might not be that enthusiastic about “recycling”, but they might enjoy working on crafts. Its so cool the things that are made from used materials, and what you can make with old bottles!

Those two liter bottles you used at your Super Bowl or Oscar party are great for making monster containers! Yes, monsters are in season during Halloween, but these are great for holding your son’s art supplies, Hot Wheels, or even LEGOS.

Probably one of the coolest crafts I’ve seen for using plastic bottles to impress a little boy, is this rocket jet pack made from 2 liter bottles (source doodlecraft.blogspot.com)!


Most boys are fascinated by vehicles, especially tractors, so how about making a tractor from soda bottles?

Photo Credit Spoonful

Photo Credit Spoonful

This frog would be great for keeping coins, marbles or bugs (just add some air holes).

Plastic Bottle Crafts for the Little Guys

Photo Credit Spoonful

Don’t have an aquarium, but your kids are fascinated with the ocean? You could have a ball making an ocean in a bottle craft! (source modernparentsmessykids.com)

While re-using plastic bottle for fun crafts for your kids is awesome in itself, what about finding practical ways to reuse plastic for responsible adults? Even better, how can I encourage companies and brands to look into ways to do so as well? Well one really great way is by buying products from The House of Marley. The House of Marley creates quality, earth-friendly products inspired by Bob Marley and is actually family owned and operated. They have a new line of bags, made from reclaimed hemp, organic cotton and recycled water bottles.

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I was recently sent their Lively Up Scout Pack, made of a new fabric they’ve been working on the last two years, known as “Rewind.” The fabric is soft, durable and ready for any adventure you take it on AND “green”. With as much traveling as I do, I thought this would be the perfect way to incorporate some eco-friendliness into my travels and still look really great doing it.

marley rewind lively up scout pack 1 (1)

marley rewind lively up scout pack 2 (1)

Unfortunately, someone else had the same idea and has stolen my “travel” backpack and turned it into his “work/motorcycle” backpack. While my initial reaction was to throw a small fit, I realized – this was actually pretty cool.

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I LOVE the message this photo conveys – bad ass biker dude on a Harley cares about staying eco-friendly. So I guess I’ll let him keep it.

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What’s the coolest thing you’ve done with your used plastic bottles?

Jeana S

Jeana S

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.

11 Comments

  1. March 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm — Reply

    What cute ideas. I love upcycling things & we buy recycled/upcycled as often as possible.

  2. March 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    Those are totally cool ideas! I have never done anything near that cool with a plastic bottle! :)

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