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

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


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

  3. I Love those ideas

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

  5. Do somthing COOLER

  6. TOO SIMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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


  10. i thought the bird feeder is a good idea

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