Some Practical Creations from PET Plastic Bottles.

Plastic Bottles of Soda Drinks.

This hub shares ideas on how to utilize used-pet-bottles for practical uses. Activities in this projects are also positive for family education from which people not to mention students can get ideas and encouragement what to do with their plastic bottles instead of   dumping them directly to environment.

Based on complexity in the making, I divide the projects into three (3) categories :

Easy, Medium , and Difficult.

Tools and Materials.

Scissors

Cutter

PVA Glue

candle and lighter (for heating process)

Water

Old paper, thin paper, tissue paper (for pasting).

Brushes (for pasting and coloring)

Paints

Ornaments, like beads, beach sand, colored paper, etc.

Basic Instructions

All projects in this hub basically use the same instructions like cutting, pasting, smoothing, coloring/painting, and putting on ornaments. Step-by-step of those instructions can be read in my other hubs :

A seeling pot made of the lower part of a PET bottle
A seeling pot made of the lower part of a PET bottle
I've made many seedling pots from PET bottles. You can see those seedlings grow well, right ?
I've made many seedling pots from PET bottles. You can see those seedlings grow well, right ?

1. Seedling Pots (easy)

We can use plastic bottles as seedling pots and they are easy to make.

Cut the bottle into three parts : the bottom (X) , middle (XX), and top parts (XXX).

Make some small holes on the bottom part (X) for the drain when we water it.

Make some holes on the lid then put it back on  part (XXX). The holes have the same function as water drain. Put the top part (XXX) on the middle part (XX) but in up-side-down position. Now you can make two pots out of one bottle.


Fig 1: A bird house at a mango tree, in front of my house
Fig 1: A bird house at a mango tree, in front of my house

2. Bird House (easy)

We can also create something useful like making a bird house from a PET bottle. A big, 1.5 l volume PET bottle is cut at 1/3rd part from the bottom to make "the door" of the bird house (look at fig.1). If you think it's necessary, you can make other two smaller holes for the windows above the door. Give a small bar across the house for the birds to perch.

Fig 2: A cricket house
Fig 2: A cricket house

3. Cricket House (easy).

We need a 1.5 liter bottle for this part. Let the cap on, cut the bottle at 1/3rd from the bottom. we'll use this hole for either the cricket's entrance or for feeding gate. Don't forget to cover the hole with a net fabric like a gauze when the crickets dwell their house to keep them alive with sufficient oxygen (fig 2). When you need one or two crickets to get out ( as you need to feed your pet) you can do it through the capped hole. By doing this way then you can control the number of crickets which may go out of their house. To make the cricket house stay still, you need pedestal which can be made from a carton box..

Fig 3: A flower pot made of upper part of a PET bottle.
Fig 3: A flower pot made of upper part of a PET bottle.

4.F l o w e r p o t s (medium).

Flowerpots are different from seedling pots that they involve additional steps in their creation to make the pots more spacious. To start this project, first do some instructions given in project 1 (about making Seedling Pots). The next steps are :

Make 4 downward cuts on the wall of the pot walls, the cutting down to around 5 cm above the bottom.

Using another plastic material, make some small pieces of 3 cm x 6 cm size. We use this pieces as connectors to intercept gaps of the cuttings on the pot walls.

Place one piece of those small pieces between a gap of the cut wall, stretch the gap so that we can make wider room in the flower pot. Put the connector on the wall and be fixed by stapling it onto the left and right of stretched sides. Do it all the same way on the other three gaps.

You can see the result like fig 3.

Fig 5: A pencil holder
Fig 5: A pencil holder

5. Pencil Holder (medium-difficult)

Cut the bottle into two parts, we'll use the bottom (1/3 part of the bottle) as the pencil holder.

Paste with thin/tissue paper around it. You can use light(diluted) PVA glue to stick the thin paper or tissue paper for pasting around the PET bottle. Two or three layers pasting is usually enough and let it dry. It normally takes one to two days to completely dry.

You can go to next step after it's dried including coloring, painting, putting ornaments, etc.


An Aladdin-lamp tissue holder
An Aladdin-lamp tissue holder

7. Tissue Holders (Difficult).

There are some designs one can make tissue holders out of PET plastic bottles, all depends on his/her creativity. Here I give two examples of tissue holder designs : A simpler design which looks like a champagne bottle and a more complicated Aladdin Lamp design.

Please check the following links to know how to make each of those designs :

Another tissue holder made of pet-plastic bottle.
Another tissue holder made of pet-plastic bottle.
Here are some indoor ornaments made of PET bottles. Some are functional as vases or pencil holders
Here are some indoor ornaments made of PET bottles. Some are functional as vases or pencil holders

8. Indoor Ornaments (Medium-Difficult)

We can make various forms of indoor ornaments from used PET bottles. Here I give examples of some of them. Instruction like cutting, pasting, coloring or painting still becomes the basis of making indoor ornaments, those instructions are mostly applied in the projects given above.

One step which is used in making one of the ornaments and not used in other projects is heating the PET bottle using candlelight to create artistic shape. This step is done after cutting the bottle  before pasting, coloring or painting, and putting ornaments on.

Children should be under parent's supervision and assistance when doing this project, especially when they work with cutter, scissors, and when they do the heating.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

great hub! wonderful ideas....have to give these a try! wishing you a very happy new year too..


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Bbudoyono 6 years ago

Another valuable hubs. I suggest you to inform this to some handicraft producers in Yogyakarta or Bali. They are in need of new designs.


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

@myownworld: Thank you for your comments. Happy New Year to you too. May more success be always with you in 2010.

@Bbudoyono: I really appreciate your suggestion Pak, thank you for your visit too.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

You are certainly all into recycling...and that is WONDERFUL. Very creative uses for what many people just use one time and then dispose. Keep it up!


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you for your encouraging words Peggy W.


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hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

Good innovative ideas. The way population is increasing and resources are dwindling, such hubs would promote recycling and discourge waste.

Thanks for a good hub.


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you mr hafeezrm for both your comment and support.


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

Hi Agus, I always love your ideas of making a great things from trash :) The seeding pot is the only one I did with the plastics and the rest I usually give them to people who collect them, hope they will have the same ideas as yours.

In my town, there are many recycling groups specially from students group and I start to see people wearing some t-shirt that say : Avoid Plastic, well, in my daily life, it's really hard to avoid plastic, but I will work on it, thank you for sharing your precious ideas, keep up your good work! Give my regards to your team too!


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Another freat hub! Thanks.


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

@febriedethan: Thank you for your support, yes hopefully these small steps will give people ideas in recycling plastic bottles.

@tim-tim : Thank you for your visit and nice comments.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Great ideas for making art objects out of these old pet bottles. We don't have a lot of the shapes that you show but I'm sure that we have some similar. I have used these bottles for seed pot as well. Very useful Hub!


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you for visiting this hub, agvulpes.

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