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You don't need to go out and purchase fancy planters for your home. Instead, you can use 2-liter bottles to create appealing recycled plastic planters that can be painted to match your home décor and your own personal interests. This means you could make something designed uniquely for you that you'd never be able to find in any store and it doesn't even take long to do!
First, cut the bottom third off a 2-liter bottle.
Paint the part you've cut off in the color of your choice to match your home.
Use parts of the rest of the bottle to add extra designs to your planter.
Fill the bottle with soil.
Add seeds or a plant of your choice.
Charging your phone is an unfortunate frustration of everyday life, if only battery life lasted longer than just a few hours! Luckily, you can make it easy for yourself and others by creating a cell phone holder/charging dock so your phone never has to be far away!
Start by finding a bottle large enough to fit your phone. You'll want a lotion bottle, a shampoo bottle, or any other type of bottle that's more flattened rather than circular.
Remove the labels and thoroughly clean the bottle inside and out.
Hold your phone against the bottle to mark where you want the opening to start.
Use a box cutter to cut out the design you've created. You should aim to have the back curved upward so when you plug your phone in, you can keep it connected to the charging dock.
Design your charging dock by using paint or fabric to create a design you'll love.
There's no better way to go green than to create a trash can out of recycled plastic bottles where you can throw out all your other trash-but, not plastic, of course!
You'll need to start by collecting a bunch of plastic bottles of the same kind.
Cut the bottom of the bottle to put another bottle in it to create a firm exterior.
Drill to make a hole in the bottle to thread a wire into the bottles to skewer them.
Continue this until you've made enough skewers for a whole trash can and then put them into a steel frame using tweezers to tie the bottles.
The bottle portion isn't the only part of the plastic bottle that can be useful after your drink is done. You can use the cap to create a bottle cap lamp. It's a time-consuming project, but it's a creative and pretty way to use recycled materials.
Gather together a lot of plastic bottle caps, as many as you think you'll need.
Hot glue them together into four equal squares to create your lampshade design.
Hot glue those squares together and stick them to a lamp socket.
Place a bulb in the socket and turn it on to see your creation in action!
Save up your 2-liter bottles and reuse them to create a vertical garden as a low-budget way to make an urban garden even if you don't normally have the space for one! All you'll need is a bunch of plastic bottles, scissors, a clothesline, washers, and the plants of your choice!
Cut out a large hole in the side of the bottle for your plant.
Make two holes at the bottom of the cylinder and two at the top and put your clothesline through the holes.
Add washers at the end of the string to keep the bottle level and secure.
Add smaller holes to irrigate the water.
Add your favorite plants and be sure to water them!
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