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Six projects to do with plastic bottles and jugs

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Recycle empty bottles and jugs into these fun and useful projects.


1. Ten-Minute Bird Feeder

Cut four holes 2″ 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 2-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 1-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 1-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 3″ high. Cut three or four 3″ 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 1-gallon milk jug at an angle as shown. This is great for spreading compost or removing water from a boat.

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25 Comments on Six projects to do with plastic bottles and jugs

  1. good, i’l use those

  2. i like the first 2 they recycle and help the environment

  3. i like the self watering planter thats awsome

  4. Ismell A. Lot // January 2, 2009 at 11:24 am // Reply

    I thought the SELF- WATERING PLANTER was interesting.

  5. What about a fish feeder using half of a empty milk jug. Poke/drill a hole in the cap, crumble the food, put food in top of jug, watch fish eat.

  6. Awsome

  7. card board orange juice cartons r better for bird feeders ’cause if they fall they decompose

  8. cool im in cubscouts i think we should do it

  9. willtron 4000 // November 1, 2008 at 4:37 pm // Reply


  10. We need something kooler like traps

  11. basketball101 // October 13, 2008 at 9:02 pm // Reply

    i did the second one today

  12. That is way too simple do something alout cooler!

  13. i really like the second one

  14. awsome i will do all 6

  15. eagle or bust // October 1, 2008 at 6:33 pm // Reply


  16. That self-watering planter was a great idea!

  17. I Love those ideas

  18. really cool i like th idea of the berry picker holder

  19. Do somthing COOLER

  20. TOO SIMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. i think all those 6 projects are good to do

  22. You have bright ideas in recycling used plastic jugs into practical use. Regards from the Philippines.


  24. i thought the bird feeder is a good idea

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