Recycle empty bottles and jugs into these fun and useful projects.
1. Ten-Minute Bird Feeder
Cut four holes two inches from the bottom on each side of a half-gallon milk jug. Below each hole, make a small hole and poke dowels or sticks through the feeder. Ask an adult to drill a small hole in the cap.
Attach a string or metal coat hanger, fill with birdseed and hang it up.
2. Self-Watering Planter
Cut the top third off a two-liter plastic bottle. Ask an adult to drill a small hole in the cap. Pass a string through the hole. Fill the bottom of the bottle about half way with water. Place the top upside-down in the bottom and put in your plant. The string will wick up the water into the soil.
3. Ball Toss Game
Cut the bottoms off two one-gallon milk jugs. Make a ball from rolled-up plastic grocery bags and tape. Enjoy a game of catch.
4. Quicker Berry Picker
Cut a hand-size hole opposite the handle on a one-gallon milk jug. Slide the handle onto your belt. You’re ready to pick and hold more berries.
5. Flying Saucers
Cut the bottom from a milk jug about three inches high. Cut three or four three-inch circles from the upper part of the jug. Try to sail the disks into the milk-jug bottom.
6. Garden Scoop or Boat Bailer
Cut a one-gallon milk jug at an angle as shown. This is great for spreading compost or removing water from a boat.