10 Ways to Upcycle Plastic Bottles

In a time where environmental consciousness is paramount, upcycling serves as a creative and sustainable solution. 

Plastic bottles, unfortunately, are intended for a single-use existence. Yet, they last forever and trash our planet. It takes plastic 20 to 500 years to completely decompose. Microplastics we can’t see still pollute our earth too.  

At Topgreener, we believe in taking small steps in upcycling or reusing where we can. While a reusable water bottle is preferable, occasionally, plastic gets used. It is difficult to avoid when it is everywhere.

Discover how a simple plastic bottle can be given a second life, reducing waste and making a positive impact on our planet. Together, let’s embrace the power of upcycling and turn the tide on plastic pollution, one bottle at a time.

1. Vertical Hanging Garden

Cut the top off a plastic bottle, add some soil and your favorite plants, and hang it vertically. It’s a fantastic way to create a space-saving garden and bring a touch of greenery to any wall or balcony.


2. Bird Feeder


Cut out windows and perches from a plastic bottle, fill it with birdseed, and hang it outside. You’ll attract colorful birds and provide them with a convenient feeding spot.

Another way to do it is turn the bottle horizontally so birds have an area to perch.

3. Organizer Caddy

Remove the bottom of a large plastic bottle, decorate it, and use it to store and organize small items like pens, pencils, or makeup brushes. It’s a practical and eco-friendly way to keep your space tidy.

4. Pencil or Pen Holder

Cut off the top of a plastic bottle, decorate it, and use it as a holder for your writing instruments. You can make it as simple or as decorative as you like.

5. DIY Sprinkler

Poke holes in the sides of a plastic bottle, attach it to a hose, and voila! You have an improvised sprinkler for your garden or lawn. It’s a great way to beat the heat while conserving water. Click here for a more in-depth tutorial.

6. Upcycled Jewelry

Cut small, colorful sections from plastic bottles, shape them into beads or pendants, and string them together to create unique jewelry pieces. It’s a fun and eco-friendly way to accessorize.

7. Upcycled Luminaries

Cut out intricate patterns on the sides of a plastic bottle, place a candle or LED light inside, and enjoy the enchanting glow that filters through. They make beautiful outdoor decorations for evening gatherings.

You can control those lights using the Topgreener digital programmable timer switch, perfectly suited for outdoor settings. The timer ensures that energy is only used when necessary and is turned off at the appropriate time. No longer forget and leave your porch lights on all night long. 

8. DIY Piggy Bank

Cut a slit in the side of a plastic bottle, decorate it, and use it as a personalized piggy bank. It’s a great way to teach children about saving money while repurposing materials.

9. Herb Garden

Cut the bottom off a plastic bottle, add soil and herb seeds, and watch your mini herb garden grow. Place it on a sunny windowsill or hang it for easy access to fresh herbs in your kitchen.


10. Dog Treat Game

There are several different ways to make a game for dogs with used plastic bottles. An easy way is to make small holes where dog treats can fall out when played with it. Alternatively, follow this tutorial for another idea. 

These are just a few examples of the countless possibilities when it comes to upcycling plastic bottles. By repurposing them creatively, we can reduce waste and make a positive impact on our environment. 

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