12 DIY Gifts Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

DIY Gifts Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Did you know that you can make beautiful, unique and interesting gifts made from recycled plastic bottles?

Recycling plastic bottles into artistic gifts symbolize transformation and renewal. It’s a reminder that beauty can be found in unexpected places and that small actions, like recycling, can make a big difference in the world.

It can also spark conversations about sustainability and the importance of recycling. This gift choice may inspire others to consider their own environmental impact and encourage them to support similar initiatives too.

Henceforth, if you have the time to spare, here are creative gifts you can make from recycled plastic bottles – things that would otherwise end up in landfills.


1. Piggy bank

A piggy bank is indeed a thoughtful and practical gift for children. It is a subtle way to introduce them to the concept of saving money. It encourages them to start saving their coins and learn about the value of money from a young age.

Indeed, having a piggy bank encourages responsibility and accountability. Children learn that they are responsible for taking care of their money and making decisions about how to save or spend it.

It can also foster family involvement and bonding. You can help your children set savings goals, track their progress, and celebrate milestones together!

Here’s a cute piggy bank made from an old soda bottle. Follow the instructions at TOCK Crafts.

Gifts Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles - piggy bank
Image from TOCK Crafts

And here’s another from Looknam Ribbon Art via YouTube

2. Handbag

Giving a handbag as a gift is a thoughtful and generous gesture that combines style, practicality, and sentimentality. It’s a perfect choice for showing appreciation and making someone feel loved and valued.

Handbags are functional accessories that serve a practical purpose. They provide storage for essentials like keys, wallet, phone, and makeup, keeping them organized and easily accessible. Giving a handbag as a gift shows that you care about the person’s needs and want to provide them with something useful.

You can even personalize the bag by doing it on your own, and from recycled plastic bottles!

Just take a look at this gorgeous creation from AUTODESK Instructables.

Here are other samples that I found on YouTube. You’ll find them practical and useful!

3. Keychains

Giving a DIY keychain as a gift is a meaningful and thoughtful gesture that allows you to show your appreciation and affection for the receiver in a unique and memorable way. Whether it’s for your husband, children, parents, relatives, friends or colleagues, it is sure to be a cherished and useful keepsake that brings joy for years to come.

Making it yourself also gives it a personal touch that instantly increases its sentimental value. It shows that you took the time and effort to create a customized gift specifically for them, making it more meaningful and memorable.

Here are various keychains you can make out of plastic bottles. And my… they’re adorable!

Here’s a flower keychain from i Creative Ideas.

Gifts Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles - flower keychain
Image from i Creative Ideas

Keychain pendant from Viola Art via YouTube

Heart keychains from Abhaya’s All in One via YouTube

4. Jewelry

Jewelry is often associated with special occasions and emotions, making it a meaningful way to commemorate milestones. The sentimental value attached to jewelry can make it a cherished keepsake for the recipient.

Plus, when you make it yourself, each piece of jewelry has its own story, making it a distinctive and thoughtful gift!

Just take a look at these earrings crafted by Happy Family Art. You wouldn’t believe these were made from plastic bottles!

Gifts Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles - earrings
Image from Happy Family Art

You can also make a necklace from recycled plastic bottles. Here’s one from Craft and Fun!

Gifts Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles - necklace
Image from Craft and Fun

5. Coin purse

Coin purses serve a practical purpose by providing a compact and convenient way to store loose change, small bills, and other small items such as keys or lip balm. They help keep essentials organized and easily accessible, making them a useful accessory for everyday use.

While a coin purse may seem like a small and simple gift, it can convey thoughtfulness and consideration for the person’s needs and preferences, especially when you made it yourself!

Here are coin purses made from recycled plastic bottles!

6. Decorative lanterns

Decorative lanterns create a warm and inviting ambiance in any space. They add a touch of coziness and can instantly elevate the atmosphere of your living space, whether indoors or outdoors.

Also, lanterns often double as decorative pieces, adding aesthetic value to any space. Whether placed on a mantle, patio, or dining table, these can enhance the overall decor and make a space feel more polished!

Lanterns often symbolize light, hope, and positivity. By giving people a lantern, you’re metaphorically offering them light in their lives, whether it’s through brightening their surroundings or uplifting their spirits.

It makes it even more special when you make it yourself. So check out these decorative lanterns that you can give as gifts, all made from plastic bottles!

Solar Lights by Color Me Thrifty

Gifts Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles - solar lights

Fairy House Night Lights by Crafts by Amanda

Gifts Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles - fairy house night lights
Image from Crafts by Amanda

DIY Garden Lantern by Mum in the Madhouse

7. Wind chimes

Wind chimes are often associated with positive symbolism. These symbolize harmony, peace, and balance, making them suitable gifts for occasions like housewarmings, weddings, or birthdays.

They are also versatile decorative pieces for indoor and outdoor spaces, adding visual interest and can complement different styles of decor.

Most importantly, the gentle tinkling or melodious tones produced by wind chimes can create a soothing ambiance which you’ll find calming and relaxing. They can help mask unwanted noises and provide a serene atmosphere, especially outdoors.

Here are wind chimes that you can make from empty plastic bottles!

DIY Bird Wind Chime by AUTODESK Instructables

Plastic Bottle Beaded Wind Chime by diy n crafts

plastic bottle beaded wind chime
Image from diy n crafts

Whimsical wind chimes by happy hooligans

Whimsical wind chimes
Image from happy hooligans

Plastic lid wind chime from Crafts by Amanda

Plastic lid wind chime
Image from Crafts by Amanda

8. Pencil holders

Pencil holders help keep desks organized. They provide a designated spot for pens, pencils, markers, and other stationery items, making them easily accessible when needed.

While called “pencil holders,” they can also hold other items like paintbrushes, scissors, rulers, and even small plants. This versatility means they can be used in so many different ways. So, giving a pencil holder demonstrates your consideration for the person’s needs and interests, even in small everyday details.

Here are gorgeous pencil holders you can make from plastic bottles!

Milk bottle pencil holders by Eat Drink Love

Milk bottle pencil holders
Image from Eat Drink Love

DIY pencil holder by AUTODESK Instructables

Caterpillar pencil holder by diy n crafts

Kids will surely love this, but I think even an adult would love to receive something like this too! I sure do!

Caterpillar pencil holder
Image from diy n crafts

Easy DIY pencil holder again by diy n crafts

Easy DIY pencil holder again
Image from diy n crafts

9. Cute gift boxes

A cute gift box elevates the presentation of even a simple gift such as nuts, chocolates and lollipops, making it feel more special and thoughtful. It shows that you’ve taken the time to package the gift thoughtfully. It also adds a personal touch to the gift-giving experience.

Delight children (and even adults) with simple gifts placed inside these cute gift boxes, all made from recycled plastic bottles!

DIY gift boxes by Red Ted Art

DIY gift boxes
Image from Red Ted Art

Cute gift boxes by My Poppet Makes

Cute gift boxes
Image from My Poppet Makes

Festive treats containers from soda bottles by Creative Jewish Mom

Okay, this one doesn’t necessarily look like a box. But you see, the context is the same (use it as a container for giving gifts & treats), so I decided to include it in the list!

10. Candle holders

Candle holders surely add a decorative touch to any room, enhancing the ambiance and creating a cozy atmosphere.

They also serve a practical purpose by holding candles securely in place. This makes them not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional additions to any home. This is probably why candle holders are a popular choice for many gift-giving occasions.

Now why not create one for a more personalized gift? Here are beautiful candle holders that you can make from empty plastic bottles!

Classy soda bottle candle holders by Craft Your Happiness

Water bottle candle holder by Crafting a Green World

Candlestick holders by Library Arts

Candlestick holders
Image from Library Arts

DIY concrete candle holders by DIY Candy

You will peel away the plastic bottles for the finished product. But as you can see, the designs are already there! Brilliant!

DIY concrete candle holders
Image from DIY Candy

11. Baby Rattles

Rattles have a long history as traditional baby gifts. They can also serve as cherished keepsakes, often being saved as mementos of a baby’s early years.

Handling a rattle helps babies develop their fine and gross motor skills. Grasping, shaking, and passing the rattle from hand to hand enhance hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

It also stimulates a baby’s senses of sight, sound, and touch. The colorful designs and noise-making aspects capture a baby’s attention, encouraging sensory exploration.

To make your baby rattle gift more unique than others, why not make one from plastic bottles? It is very easy to make one (probably the easiest in this list). Check these out!

Water Bottle Rattle Craft by All Kids Network

Water Bottle Rattle Craft
Image from All Kids Network

DIY Rattles & Noise Makers by Playing House in Maryland

Homemade Baby Rattle by Newborn Hub

Homemade Baby Rattle
Image from Newborn Hub

12. Game Pieces (using bottle caps)

If your receiver is a board game enthusiast, giving game pieces can enhance his/her gaming experience. Unique game pieces, such as ones from plastic bottles, can make playing board games more enjoyable and immersive.

By giving game pieces, you also encourage social interaction and provide an opportunity for your receiver to create new memories with friends and family.

Here are game pieces you can make using plastic bottle caps.

Designed Plastic Bottle Caps for Board Games by Early Learning Ideas

DIY Chess Set from Recyclart.org

DIY Chess Set
Image from Recyclart.org

Enjoy giving your newly crafted gifts made from plastic bottles!

So, have you taken your pick already?

Indeed, giving gifts made from recycled plastic bottles aligns with and promotes a sustainable lifestyle. It can encourage your receivers to think more about sustainability in other areas of their life.

More importantly, these gifts made from recycled plastic bottles can serve as a tangible example of how everyday waste can be transformed into something useful and beautiful. We all want that, don’t we?

Looking for other practical things you can make from recycled plastic bottles? Check these out!

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