3 DIY projects using 2-liter plastic soda bottles

Confession — I love soda. Specifically, Diet Coke.

Yeah yeah, it’s terrible for you. I know this, but it’s my vice.

The good news is that there are a great many DIY projects that can utilize empty 2-liter soda bottles. The following three projects are some of my current favorites.

plastic bottle bird feederPlastic bottle bird feeder

There are lots of great ways to turn a 2-liter soda bottle into a bird feeder, but this has to be one of my favorites! Sustainablog a sweet rundown of 5 upcycled bird feeder ideas, but they saved this one, from FaveCrafts, for last.

This bird feeder has a nice, natural-looking design that uses the same kind of two-liter soda bottle. They used bark strips to make a roof and even included a sweet “Welcome Home” sign on the front.

The list of materials needed for this project is fairly extensive, but most of them can likely be found around the garage or junk drawer of any homeowner — and the few that can’t, simply require a quick trip to the hobby and crafts store.

I think this bird feeder is a great use of a plastic bottle, while also adding major style points to your backyard, balcony, or even fire escape.

What do you think about this epic bird feeder?

Drip irrigation system for your garden

New Zealand homesteading blog, Provident Living, shares this method where all you have to do is punch two holes in the bottom and two holes in the side and plant the bottles in the soil next to your plants.

Fill the bottles with water and the plants in that area should get a slow steady watering for up to a week as water leaches into the soil. [Via Lifehacker]

plastic bottle irrigation system

Soda Bottle Broom

This plastic 2-liter bottle idea might be one of my favorites — simply because it is so creative! I sweep out my garage daily to keep ahead of the debris that inevitably gets tracked in from the great outdoors (this practice also motivates me to keep it clean and organized).

I will most likely undertake all of these projects, but this one is first on my list, personally. Again, from Lifehacker,

Permaculture weblog, Permaculture Ideas, shares this method used in some third-world areas. Take a 2-liter soda bottle, remove the label, and cut off the bottom. Use a pair of scissors to make ½-inch strips most of the way up the length of the bottle, and remove the neck of the bottle with scissors. Do the same thing again, except leave the neck on this one. Finally, cut a bottle 3-4 inches from the top. To assemble the broom slide the bottle with the neck left on to the wooden dowel, then slide the bottle without a neck on top of that, and finally the bottle top. Drill a small hole through all layers and run a wire or string from the bottom layer through the hole and around the broom. This will help keep the broom from coming apart.

plastic bottle broom

Which of these projects is top on your DIY list?

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