Did you know that plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to completely decompose? Here are a few summer projects that will make you consider transforming those single-use plastic bottles into multi-use reusable items around your home.

Plastic Bird Feeder

  1. Gather one used plastic bottle, an X-Acto knife, 2 chopsticks or 2 wooden pencils, bird seeds, and some yarn.
  2. You will need to place the chopstick like an X through the plastic bottle. Use the X-Acto knife to cut 4 holes on each side of the bottle and insert the chopsticks.
  3. Fill the plastic bottle with the bird seeds.
  4. Cut small holes above the chopsticks so that the birds can easily take the seeds out.
  5. Tie a knot using the yarn on the bottle nozzle to hang outside.

Mini Garden

  1. Gather one used plastic bottle, an X-Acto knife, damp brown soil, seeds of your choice to grow, cotton fabric from an old shirt, water, and a ruler.
  2. Using the X-Acto knife, cut the plastic bottle in half horizontally.
  3. Cut out small holes on the upper part of the bottle.
  4. Turn the upper half of the bottle upside down and place the top directly over the bottom half.
  5. Place 3 cups of damp brown soil inside the top portion of the plastic bottle.
  6. Cut out two cotton fabric strips that are 4 inches long and 1 inch wide. Remove the cap of the bottle and insert half of the fabric in the nozzle and leave the other half out.
  7. Place 1 cup of water in the bottom half of the bottle.
  8. Insert the seeds of your choice and watch your mini garden grow.

Source: DIY How To

Bottle Sprinklers

  1. Gather a large plastic bottle (we recommend the 2 liter bottle), gaffers tape, Power drill or X-Acto knife, and water hose.
  2. Use the power drill or X-Acto knife to cut holes all over the bottle.
  3. Remove the bottle cap and attach the nozzle of the bottle to the nozzle of the water hose. Tape them together using the gaffers tape.
  4. Turn on the water hose and enjoy a fun day outside with your new bottle sprinklers!