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4 Creative Plastic Recycling DIY Ideas
Even though we are urged to live a more sustainable life and adopt ‘greener’ lifestyles and habits, the use of plastic in every household is almost unavoidable. The great thing about attempting to live a greener life is that every problem has a creative solution. You might be using ten times more plastic materials in your home than your neighbor next door, but the trick lies in how you are doing damage control.
Apart from throwing away your waste in the applicable recycle bins and reuse every plastic material product where possible, you can find creative ways of reusing your plastics. Before you know it, transforming everyday plastic products into pieces of art or practical crafts will become a hobby that all your friends will be hearing about!
Let us take a look some of the most creative DIY Plastic Recycling Ideas:
1. Let it Shine
If you like buying filtered water in plastic water bottles, don’t let them go to waste by throwing them away. Collect a few of these bottles and put your creative side to work by making a lamp shade that will look store bought. You will need the following: plastic bottle, drill, knife, glue gun, lock washer, sandpaper, lamp socket, lamp cord, nut, flat washer, smooth-on 305, prescription medicine bottle. When it comes to do-it-yourself, this task is rated as being a bit more advanced.Follow this link to view the 12-step tutorial: Popular Science Plastic Bottle Lamp Tutorial. This one also works as a gift, who wouldn’t be happy to receive such a beautiful addition to their living room interior?
2. Save Some Dough
Another adorable creative idea is to create a soda bottle purse from used plastic soda bottles. This is a relatively easy DIY project, so this is the deal for the beginner crafter. You will need two 20-ounce plastic bottles, Nylon thread, hole-punch, tape, needle, knife and a zipper. Let us explain the process – don’t worry, it’s not that difficult, so this is the perfect start to your new DIY lifestyle!
Start by cutting off the bottoms of the plastic bottle.You can choose how big you want it, but keep it between 2-4 cm in height. Then cut out the auxiliary construction and stick it to the edge of the cut-out bottom with the tape. Now pierce a hole through the bottom where the stitching holes marks the auxiliary constructions with dots, remove the construction. Sew the zipper to the plastic by passing a Nylon thread through the eye of and needle and attaching it to both bottoms, creating one unit. There you have it, your own unique purse made out of recycled soda bottles. You can also play around with different colored soda bottles and even cut the plastic length-wise to make a clutch bag.
3. Bouquet of Flowers
If you don’t have a material shopping bag you probably also have loads of plastic shopping bags hoarding up at home. Don’t even think about throwing them away, there are loads of creative uses for these versatile bags. Plastic bags come in a variety of colors, so you will be able to make your petal look almost like the real thing. Be the “green” boyfriend of the decade by presenting your girlfriend with a bunch of these instead of the real thing, and you won’t be sorry!
To make your own plastic flower petals you will need the following: plastic bags in a variety of colors, green string or parcel string for the stems, a sewing needle, knitting needle, sticky tape and a pen. It shouldn’t be a problem to get your handy on any of this, and then you just have to follow the step by step tutorial right here: Flowers made from plastic bags.
4. Make Your Own Candles
Okay, you might not be able to make candles directly from plastic materials in your house (please don’t try!), but to make candles at home, you will definitely need a mould. If you look through your Tupperware cupboard and find old and used plastic containers, instead of throwing them away, use them as molds for making candles. This way you will be saving money by making your own candles instead of buying them, and find another use for your plastic containers.
These are just a few practical ways in which you can use plastic materials in your home for other means than they were originally created for. Try looking at these items in your home in a different way. Your plastic bags can be crocheted into a arty rug, your plastic spoons can be used to make a lampshade and used straws can easily be transformed into a creative display idea. Do what you can with what you have, and see how this can lead to hours of fun and peace of mind.
Kate Simmons is a freelance writer, blogger and DIY enthusiast currently working for PSI Urethanes.