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Recycled water bottle crafts: recipe frames

This is an easy but very useful recycled water bottle craft. I have a special notebook, where I glue down or write down my recipes. But some recipes I use lots of times during a month. It’s so easy to spill things over a recipe you use often and pages get torn or spotted.

So, I’ve come up with this crocheted over water bottle recipe frame:

plastic bottle crafts

plastic bottle crafts

Here is a quick tutorial:

You should use transparent plastic bottles, if you want two sided recipe frames made out of them. I just cut out two pieces of plastic out of a water bottle for each recipe frame. Then I make holes on the edges. You may use a pricker or hot nail for this purpose. Then I used recycled yarn to crochet the frames on three sides. One side you leave to insert the recipe through.

plastic bottle crafts

plastic bottle crafts

I have made three crochets into each hole, while crocheting the frame over. Then I crocheted a loop to hang those recycled water bottle  frames by. I have printed out my recipes on both sides of paper and inserted them into the frames. This way, you get your recipes at hand at all times and they are protected from dirt or water. I have used hot glue to put on decorating items onto my plastic bottle recipe frames.

This is a great way to go green, to organize your kitchen stuff and to craft something very useful. You can make a dozen or so of these recycled recipe frames. They look real cute at the kitchen.

Plastic bottle crafts and fabric flower jewelry

Plastic bottles seem to be everywhere. And it is a great idea to recycle or upcycle them into useful items instead of throwing them away. Another advantage of plastic bottle crafts is their affordability. Still, you can create awesome designs using plastic bottles. Check out my plastic bottle baskets for instance.

But here we’ll take a look at creating jewelry using plastic bottles and pieces of fabric.

plastic bottle crafts

plastic bottle crafts

This is a set of handmade jewelry in blue: a plastic bottle crocheted over bracelet adorn with rolled fabric roses and a brooch.

Here is a quick DIY tutorial for the plastic bottle bracelet. Cut out a slice of plastic bottle. Prick or melt holes on the edges of it. Then crochet it over with yarn. Done. It’s that easy. You can use color plastic bottle instead of transparent one. White plastic bottles can be easily decoupaged with napkins to make them look even better.

fabric flower jewelry

fabric flower jewelry

Now you can decorate your plastic bottle craft with flowers and lace. I used blue fabric to rolled these roses of and glued them to the plastic bottle bracelet.

fabric flower broch

fabric flower brooch

Now comes the blue brooch. It’s very easy to make. You cut out a paper circle pattern of the size you like. Then you cut out at least four fabric circles, fold them in four and glue them with hot glue gun or stitch them to the base. Then you may use beads, lace or ribbons to decorate your flower brooch. Glue the pin at the back side and it’s done.


Check out my boards on Pinterest for more inspirations. I have a whole board of DIY fabric flower tutorials there.

Upcycling ideas: flower pots out of baby shoes and plastic bottles.

This is another great and cute upcycling idea. Here in Ukraine we plant onions in the spring at home to grow greens for our salads. It’s very easy, but usually these onion pots do not look good.

Yesterday I found old baby shoes. They are cute and I was sorry to throw them away, so I got this upcycling idea in my head: shoe flower pots. I made them out of plastic bottles. So, it’s another go green project.

cute flower pots

cute flower pots

Here is a quick tutorial on the shoe flower pot for you:

Find two plastic bottles of suitable sizes. Cut the tops out on the level you need to fit into the shoes. Fill them in with soil, water and plant your flowers or stick in the onions.

cute flower pots

cute flower pots

One of these shoe pots has an onion in it and I have planted basil into the other one.  Plus I have decorated them with rolled fabric flowers in shabby chic style. I used pieces of vintage photo album paper to adorn the upcycled shoe flower pots with leaves. So, this is totally go green easy project for you.


25 craft ideas for your inspiration – recycling carfting

25 great easy recycling crafts ideas for your inspiration

I have already posted about 3 reasons to do recycled crafts. Here I would like to offer your attention 25 easy craft ideas you can do using things you usually throw away.

Glass recycled crafts and deoupage ideas

1. Glass bottle decoupage

glass bottle decoupage tutorial

It is an easy way to turn a glass bottle into a decor item. Plus these decoupaged glass bottles are not ornaments. You can make them very practical. I use them to store vegetable oil. Once I buy a sunflower oil, I pour it from the plastic bottled into glass ones. It’s so much nicer to keep the oil in nice looking bottle. Plus, it it s healthy livign tip, too.

2. Glass plate decoupage

decoupage ideas: glass plate decoupage

decoupage ideas: glass plate decoupage

This is another great decoupage idea. If you have transparent plates, you can turn them easily into very fancy looking plates. You can use them to serve food, too.

3. Glass bottle lamp

glass bottle handmade lamp decoupage how to

It’s very affordable way to make a fancy lamp for your sleeping room.

5. Glass bottle torch lamp

glass bottle torch lamp

It’s a great way to recycle old glass bottled and to make useful things for your yard. These look great, when it gets dark.

6. Glass bottle decoupaged tree (decoupage plus crocheting)

glass bottle decoupage

I use this decoupaged bottle as a vase for crochet flower tree.

7. Glass bulb Christmas tree ornament

recycled craft christmas toy

recycled craft christmas toy

That is a great craft idea for kids.

8. Glass mug repurposing

handmade DIY bonsai tree

9. Glass bottle vase

Glass bottle decoupage how to

10. Glass plate decoupaged lamp

glass decoupage picture

Plastic recycled craft ideas

Plastic bottles make great recycling material for crafting. There are many things you can easily craft out of water bottles.

1. Plastic bottle flowers

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

recycling crafts plastic bottle flowers

It takes about half an hour to make such a nice blue bouquet of plastic flowers.

2. Plastic bottle crocheted bracelets

DIY bracelet how to

Your creativity is the only limit to what kind of bracelets and designs you can make out of plastic bottles, if you know little crocheting.

3. Plastic bottle decoupaged bracelets

water bottle handmade vase

Plastic is easy to decoupage. So, you may use any pretty patterns you want for making your bracelets.

4. Plastic bottle vase

plastic bottle flowers and vase decoupage

plastic bottle flowers and vase decoupage

5. Plastic bottle box

recycled crafts: water bottle box

6. Plastic bottle brooch

7. Plastic bottle flower craft project for kids

8. Plastic bottle basket

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

decoupage ideas: plastic bottle decoupage

9. Plastic bottle recipe cover

how to reuse plastic bottles

10. Plastic bottle bag


Aluminum can recycled craft ideas

1. Aluminum can box

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

handmade Christmas gift box made out of aluminium cans

You may find tutorial for this one on my blog.

2. Aluminum can pin

3. Aluminum can flowers

4. Aluminum can ornaments

5. Aluminum can butterflies

Recycling craft ideas: ornaments you can make from old CDs and plastic bottles

This is one of the easy recycling craft projects. It’s a wall ornament made out of used CD and plastic bottle.

recycled craft CD ornament

recycled craft CD ornament

The flowers and the butterfly on the CD are made out of water bottle plastic. You need to print out or draw a paper pattern and then copy it to the water bottle plastic. Then you cut out the  flowers and the butterfly.

I used a piece of old baby sweater for the butterfly. I just cut out the same pattern and glued it to the plastic butterfly. It’s a very easy five min recycled craft. You can make several of such plastic bottle butterflies in have an hour for various decorating purposes.


recycled craft CD ornament

recycled craft CD ornament

As to the plastic bottle flower part of this recycling craft, I cut them out of plastic, then I held them over a burning candle to bend them. When they cooled off, I colored the plastic with nail glue. I assembled the plastic bottle flowers on a transparent thread.

The CD part is very easy, too. I have crocheted it over with organic fiber. Then I used blue yarn to crochet over the CD edges. Then I put the whole thing together. It’s an easy and affordable way to decorate your house and to recycle or upcycle old things, such as CDs or plastic bottles.



Handmade vase: watter bottle craft plus crocheting

I have long thought about making a handmade vase. My recent interest in water bottle crafts has helped me to manage the task.

water bottle handmade vase

Here is what I used for this water bottle handmade  vase project:

– a water bottle

– old crocheted baby dress

– Some blue yarn and crocheting hook

– handmade medallion I’ve made from a plastic bottle

Here is the step by step process of making this water bottle handmade vase:

water bottle handmade vase

I cut off the top part of the water bottle. Then I measured the baby dress against the bottle size and cut the piece out. Since the material is crocheted, the dress can be easily pricked with the crocheting hook.

I crocheted over the side edge of the material. I got a tube made out of it. Then I pulled in onto the water bottle. I pricked the holes with the pricker on the top edge of the water bottle to crochet the material to it.

water bottle handmade vase

Finally, I have attached the medallion and crocheted the chain handle for the vase. I have also crocheted together the bottom part of the material beneath the vase.

water bottle handmade vase

Presently I’ve decided to use this water bottle handmade vase to store my spices in. But it can be also used as a vase, it can hold the water in.

Easy water bottle crafts: DIY plastic bottle basket

Water bottle crafts are great because they are easy, cheap and green. You upcycle things and give them new decorating your house or making handmade jewelry.

Here is another one of my ater bottle crafts: plastic bottle basket:

water bottle craft

It’s a nice little thing you can make with your kids. Here is what you need for this water bottle craft project:

– Water bottle

– Scissors

– Pricker

– Yarn and crocheting hook

– Glue

– Nail polish or other decoration items

Here is what you do:

1. Cut the water bottle. I cut off the bottom and then the middle part ringand a slice of plastic for the handle.

2. Prick the holes in the bottom top edge, on both edges of the middle part ring and in the middle of the handle slip.

3. Crochet all parts of your bottle around separately. You get three pieces crocheted on the edges.

4. Crochet together the bottom and middle parts and attach the handle.

water bottle basket

5. I have made dots with the nail polish on the bottom parts and glues flowers onto the middle part of the water bottle basket. You may decorate your water bottle projet in any way you wish to.

water bottle crafts

The good thing about water bottle crafts is that  your imagination and creativity is your only limit there.