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Hope you’re enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, fellow MacGyvers. As the holiday draws to a close and the charcoal briquettes from your barbecue turn into smoldering embers, you’ll probably be left with some plastic soda bottles. Do not throw them away! I repeat, do not throw them away. At least not without seeing what crafty things you can do with the humble vessels first…

soda bottle

Via: The Daily Green/iStock

soda bottle hanging planter

I’d love to take on these hanging planters found via Poppytalk. With flowers this pretty, no one will notice that they’re suspended in soda bottles. And if they do, they’ll just congratulate you for your ingenuity. Love how the caps match one of the blooms, too.


soda bottle standing planters

If planters are your thing but you like them sitting on sills and surfaces instead, check out these self-watering soda bottle planters from Skruben. They look so easy to make, even I could attempt them and did someone say SELF-WATERING? Bonus! (Soda bottles also make great terrariums, as seen on Juggling with Kids.)


soda bottle birdhouse
Warm weather means all of our feathered friends should be returning. Invite them back to your yard with a soda bottle birdhouse like this one from Heidi Borchers via favecrafts. The welcome sign is a perfect touch.

soda bottle organizer

Soda bottles aren’t just for the birds, though. You can use them indoors as a colorful organizer. Make this version from Craft, then display atop a desk or add to a junk drawer to corral clutter like twist ties and rubber bands.

soda bottle stamp

Finally, here’s a craft for all the tiny MacGyvers-in-training out there: Turn the bottom of a soda bottle into a stamp! These pretty cherry blossoms from alphamom are fit for framing, wouldn’t you say?

Need more of a challenge? Try your hand at projects inspired by these pretty blossoms by Michelle Brand. And if you do, don’t forget to send us the link to your blog!

Which project is your favorite? And do you have any requests for this MacGyver? Shout ‘em out in the comments below.



16 Responses

  1. rick says:

    i think is all fake just another tv show

  2. Rueben says:

    Cool! I like the self-watering soda bottle planters and the hanging planters.

  3. Grantley@HGTV says:

    So creative!

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  6. millie says:

    every thing is beautiful and great. I have a question. How can I post my handmade craft?

    • Briana@HGTV says:

      Millie, feel free to leave a link to your craft (whether it's on a photo site like Flickr or on your own personal blog) in the comments section! I'd love to check it out.

  7. Heidi says:

    I like your ideas with plastic bottles, but in Germany, we give them back to the shop. You get 25 Cent/each back, if you bring them back. So we dont work with them….

    • Briana@HGTV says:

      Oh, that's interesting. We have some recycling incentives like that here in the States, but they differ from state to state and usually require you to take all the bottles and cans to a deposit/recycling center to get the cash back, which can be tricky if there's not one nearby.

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