Don’t Toss That Plastic Bottle! Make a Lava Lamp!


Photo Courtesy of

At least 50 million plastic bottles are thrown away and are not recycled stated If we keep producing and failing to properly dispose of plastics at predicted rates, plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish pound for pound in 2050 according to

Every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it and ten percent of the plastic manufactured worldwide ends up in the ocean as stated in Finding creative ways to recycle and reuse plastic products save the ocean and produce fun and creative crafts and maybe even gifts.

Packaging for Cookies, Cupcakes, and Macarons from Paper, Plate, and Plane

Homemade cookie and macaron container:

Here is what you will need:

~Two water bottles

~Washi tape or double-sided tape and a ribbon

~Utility knife

~Cookies or macarons

1. Trim the bottom of two plastic bottles to preferred length.

2. Stuff it with either cookies or macarons.

3. Attach the plastic bottles together with tape.

Mini cupcake container:

Here is what you will need:

~One water bottle

~Washi tape or double-sided tape and a ribbon

~Utility knife


~Mini cupcake

1. Cut the bottom of one plastic bottle to preferred height.

2. Outline the cut of the water bottle on cardboard and cut out cardboard circle.

3. Deposit cupcakes on cardboard circle and cover with bottom of plastic bottle. Make sure the plastic bottle sits on top of the cardboard circle.

4. Attach tape around the plastic bottle and cardboard circle.

Bottle Piggy Bank from Martha Stewart

Here is what you will need:

~1 liter soda bottle

~Construction paper

~Double-sided tape

~Empty thread spools


~Utility knife

~Hot glue

1. Cut features (eyes, ears, nostrils) from construction paper.

2. Attach with double-sided tape.

3. Tape patterned paper around body.

4. Hot-glue empty thread spools on for legs.

5. Cut a slot at the top for coins, and a hole in back to insert a pipe-cleaner tail.

Wasp Trap from Apartment Therapy

Here is what you will need:

~2 liter soda bottle

~Honey or sugar water

~Utility knife


1. Cut the bottle near the top.

2. Insert the top part upside-down into the bottom part and staple.

3. Pour honey or sugar water into the bottle to attract wasps.

4. Place near area where wasps are.

DIY Lava Lamp from Lil’ Luna


Here is what you will need:

~Plastic Bottles

~Vegetable Oil

~ Water

~ Food Coloring

~ Alka-Seltzer/ Salt

1. Put in the plastic bottle halfway with vegetable oil.Fill the rest until about one inch from the top with water.

2. Add 10 drops of food coloring of your choice

3. Break your Alka-Seltzer into quarters and drop it into

Note: Continue adding the Alka- Seltzer into the lava lamp for it to continue

Jellyfish in a Bottle from BhoomPlay

Here is what you will need:

~Plastic grocery bag

~Water bottle


~Food coloring


1. Lop the handle off and trim the bottom part of the grocery bag.

2. Split into 2 sheets by opening the sides.

3. Take one sheet, make a tiny balloon by bending from the middle, and secure it with thread–but leave a small opening to put a little water in the head.

4. Pierce the remaining bag with scissors to make tentacles.

5. Insert water through the hole left in the head so the jellyfish sinks.

6. Fill the water bottle with water, add a couple drops of blue food coloring, insert the jellyfish, and screw on the top.