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Plastic grocery bags and plastic water bottles – those disposable environmental nightmares – have become iconic in the current green revolution. Which is why plastic grocery bags are banned in many states, with many more on the way. Alas, single-use soda and water bottles are still ubiquitous. And even those of us who refuse to buy them, somehow seem to find ourselves in possession of the little landfill disasters.

 

So you’ve found yourself with a stash of bottles, maybe from your Couch-To-5k run, or your company-provided lunch, or that one time you got caught on a long drive in the middle of nowhere. Beverage trash still happens to mindful people! But that’s okay. There’s plenty of ways to get creative and up-cycle them for new and useful purposes. Here are a few fantastic ideas to get you started:

 

1. You can construct surprisingly elegant hanging lights, like this incredible plastic bottle chandelier.

2. You can also make awesome standing lights, like this glamorous floor lamp or this awesome desk lamp.

3. Be a DIY exterminator! Make a bug trap to thwart those summer fruit flies that invade your kitchen.

4. Make an automatic-plant watering system, and never let another plant die due to forgetfulness.

5. While you’re at it, you can fashion a simple, small watering can to keep on hand.

6. Freeze your bottles full of water and use them as cold packs in your cooler, or in your cloth shopping bag to keep your cold items cool on the way home from the grocer.

7. Put them to work in your kitchen. Make a citrus juicer! Or a quick funnel!

8. Cut off the tops and use the bottoms as your seed starter pots for your spring garden’s indoor transplants.

9. Or, cut off the bottoms and use the tops to blow giant bubbles!

10. And don’t forget those caps too! You can use them to make mini stamps.

 

11. Fill them with tap water and drop them in your toilet tank instead of a brick. You’ll save gallons of water each day!

12. Make a DIY lava lamp! So fun!

13. Make a super cute piggy bank.

14. This is NOT just another boring old “plastic vase”. This idea from Dollar Store Crafts for a DIY flower vase is a most elegant-looking use of a plastic drink bottle!

15. This is a pretty boring, but very functional, plastic bag dispenser. You could totally paint or decoupage it to spruce it up.

16. Make custom fashion, like these fun water bottle bracelets.

17. Make a coin purse. .

18. These “flower garland” hangings look so modern and so chic.

19. Save them for the holidays and make strings of stars or icicle ornaments.

20. And finally, for the pros, you can set up a hydroponic window garden.

  

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Plastic grocery bags and plastic water bottles – those disposable environmental nightmares – have become iconic in the current green revolution. Which is why plastic grocery bags are banned in many states, with many more on the way. Alas, single-use soda and water bottles are still ubiquitous. And even those of us who refuse to buy them, somehow seem to find ourselves in possession of the little landfill disasters.

 

So you’ve found yourself with a stash of bottles, maybe from your Couch-To-5k run, or your company-provided lunch, or that one time you got caught on a long drive in the middle of nowhere. Beverage trash still happens to mindful people! But that’s okay. There’s plenty of ways to get creative and up-cycle them for new and useful purposes. Here are a few fantastic ideas to get you started:

 

1. You can construct surprisingly elegant hanging lights, like this incredible plastic bottle chandelier.

2. You can also make awesome standing lights, like this glamorous floor lamp or this awesome desk lamp.

3. Be a DIY exterminator! Make a bug trap to thwart those summer fruit flies that invade your kitchen.

4. Make an automatic-plant watering system, and never let another plant die due to forgetfulness.

5. While you’re at it, you can fashion a simple, small watering can to keep on hand.

6. Freeze your bottles full of water and use them as cold packs in your cooler, or in your cloth shopping bag to keep your cold items cool on the way home from the grocer.

7. Put them to work in your kitchen. Make a citrus juicer! Or a quick funnel!

8. Cut off the tops and use the bottoms as your seed starter pots for your spring garden’s indoor transplants.

9. Or, cut off the bottoms and use the tops to blow giant bubbles!

10. And don’t forget those caps too! You can use them to make mini stamps.

 

11. Fill them with tap water and drop them in your toilet tank instead of a brick. You’ll save gallons of water each day!

12. Make a DIY lava lamp! So fun!

13. Make a super cute piggy bank.

14. This is NOT just another boring old “plastic vase”. This idea from Dollar Store Crafts for a DIY flower vase is a most elegant-looking use of a plastic drink bottle!

15. This is a pretty boring, but very functional, plastic bag dispenser. You could totally paint or decoupage it to spruce it up.

16. Make custom fashion, like these fun water bottle bracelets.

17. Make a coin purse. .

18. These “flower garland” hangings look so modern and so chic.

19. Save them for the holidays and make strings of stars or icicle ornaments.

20. And finally, for the pros, you can set up a hydroponic window garden.

  

Accepting Submission for

April - December NOW!

 

community.humanityhealing.net/group/streetteam

 

Follow or Connect with us Here:

 

Facebook

www.facebook.com/groups/HHStreetTeam/

 

Twitter

twitter.com/#!/StreetHealers

 

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Don't splurge on expensive designer moss balls when you can make them with things found from the dollar store!

 

Crafting is just…Fun!

 

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the flowers look blue but they're purple. pretty good for dollar store craft items, I think...

regular dollar store journal that i covered with a dollar store cleaning towel and a fuzzy duster mit that i cut up, and topped with a dollar store flower.

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This collared shirt and tie is made of one dollar bill. It was pretty easy. I actually made this to tip a one of those balloon/magic guys at a restaurant a few weeks ago. He thought it was cool and said "I'm not going to spend this - I'm gunna keep it!"

 

Tutorial by Homemade Gifts Made Easy

All ingredients at the Dollar Tree store. Pom Poms, styrofoam wreath. Pin or glue on pom poms.

Dollar store craft with remnants of leather and pewter letters available at the dollar store.Blogged Here

This is a camera made from a dollar bill. It didn't turn out as well as I hoped, and I had to use little bits of double-sided, removable tape to hold parts together. Had I used new, crisp bills, it would have held together on its own.

 

This picture shows it's size compared to my camera (this was taken with my iPhone!)

 

Tutorial by W. Park

This is a camera made from a dollar bill. It didn't turn out as well as I hoped, and I had to use little bits of double-sided, removable tape to hold parts together. Had I used new, crisp bills, it would have held together on its own.

 

Tutorial by W. Park

Hedgehog Baby Toy from Dollar Store Car Wash Mitt. More on Maggie Muggins Designs.

It has been said that each of the four leaves stand for something different. The first leaf stands for faith. The second leaf stands for hope. The third leaf stands for love. The fourth leaf stands for luck.

 

Here's the tutorial!

Alien abduction lamp blogged here: dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/03/alien-lamp/

 

And inspired by Lasse Klein's conceptual lamp here: abductionlamp.com/

 

Made with all dollar store stuff!

Alien abduction lamp blogged here: dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/03/alien-lamp/

 

And inspired by Lasse Klein's conceptual lamp here: abductionlamp.com/

 

Made with all dollar store stuff!

Dollar Store Cupcake Chandelier made from DOLLAR STORE cupcake pan, candles, jewelry and wire

Dollar store craft with remnants of leather and pewter letters available at the dollar store.Blogged Here

I took pinecones from our yard, sprayed them with glitter and hung them from our door knocker with silver ribbon. I made a big silver bow with my new Bowdabra. I also made a matching set for my mailbox! This works for winter, Christmas and the New Year!

Close-up of the bluebird needle punch.

 

Category 172 (Punch needle under Embroidery and Crewel)

A candlestick that I E-600'd to a pretty glass dish. Can also be used as a cupcake stand. I will be using it at a craft fair to display rings!

I cut a little branch from my dollar store swag. I made a nest from a small piece of gold foil garland. I wired and glued the nest to the branch. I glued bead eggs inside my nest. The mini dove ornament had a hook in the top that I used as the hanger for my ornament.

Yoda hat made from a dollar store fleece blanket.

Japanese Menko cards purchased at Daiso. Made a pendant:

 

dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/04/menko-pendant/

Another attempt to get back to painting without using my airbrush.

I also used dollar store craft paints only for this.

Shorts made from dollar store dish towel. Part of Make Something Cool Everyday April.

 

Instructions: dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/04/dish-towel-shorts/

Instructions: dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/04/dish-towel-shorts/

 

Shorts made from dollar store dish towel. Part of Make Something Cool Everyday April.

This little wreath cost me about $4.00 to make with items from the Dollar Tree. Join me on my frugal crafting adventure on my blog alyssabeth1.blogspot.com/

Since we don't get too many drafts where I am currently staying in Florida, I decided to make mine multi-functional. When it's drafty, it's a draft dodger. When it's not, it's a microwaveable neck wrap!

 

View the complete tutorial at Dollar Store Crafts!

A close- up of the window scene (that's me in the window!)

 

Category 149 (Canvas item other than listed above under Canvas Work/Needlepoint)

I'm a little late getting my entry up for the "spring" Iron Craft Challenge. My original idea involved a papier mache project that ended up being a much bigger undertaking than I expected. I'm still planning to finish the original project but it's going to take a while! In the meantime, I've been on a card making kick lately, so I made a spring greeting card. I used crepe paper and Mod Podge to create a textured, layered effect on the front of the card. Read more about it on my blog; see the complete tutorial at Dollar Store Crafts.

For the Dabbled.org tutorial on Dollar Store Crafts

Hedgehog Baby Toy from Dollar Store Car Wash Mitt. More on Maggie Muggins Designs.

Make gift wrap using dollar store foam stickers and a rolling pin. Tutorial at my blog: dollarstorecrafts.com/2008/11/tutorial-make-animal-gift-w...

I added Prima paper flowers with rhinestones to one side of the card.

 

Here's the tutorial!

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