Recycled Plastic Bottle Projects to Make

Back to School Craft, recycled bottle craft

There are tons of cool things you can make from recycled plastic bottles, and let’s face it, they are one of the biggest components of our landfills today.  One of my favorite projects using them is this adorable DIY apple treat cup pictured above that Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday shared with us last year.  I wanted to bring it back in case you missed it since it would be a fantastic back to school teacher gift, or party favor for you fall flings.

For tons more ideas, check out our 50+ plastic bottle projects roundup!

Do you have any  projects you have made using recycled plastic bottles that you want featured?  Let me know!

Plastic Bottle Kid Safe Trick or Treat Lantern

Make a kid safe plastic bottle #HalloweenDIY lantern for trick or treating by Supermom Moments, featured @savedbyloves

Bettijo at Supermom Moments teaches you how to create this cute, kid safe lantern for your kids to take trick or treating.  What a great way to keep the evening illuminated.  The idea came from mason jar lanterns, but uses plastic jars so the kids aren’t running around with glass.  Brilliant!

Upcycled Apple Treat Cups

Upcycled apple treat cups

Need a fall party favor or teacher gift for back to school?  Today’s guest has you covered with these precious apple treat cups.  Not only are they adorable, but they are eco-friendly, made from plastic bottles.  Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday makes me happy.  How did she know I love apples?  If you are new to this talented creator of vintage lovelies, you are in for a treat.  I could spend hours browsing her projects, and her recipes usually make me drool on my keyboard.  Thanks for sharing with us, Malia!

Hi There, Saved By Love Friends! My name is Malia and I blog over at Yesterday on Tuesday, where I like to share craft projects, recipes, vintage finds and more.


Johnnie is one of my favorite bloggy pals so I was psyched when I got the opportunity to blognap SBL for a day while she’s on vacation.

Upcycled Apple Treat Cups - Yesterday on Tuesday
I am a BIG crazy upcycler. It bugs me to see things go to waste so before I toss something in the recycling or trash I am always thinking… WHAT CAN I MAKE WITH THIS?

With school coming up, and apples in season, I had a hankering to make something apple-themed… so the idea of these apple treat cups was born. These would be cute for a back-to-school party or autumn gathering.

Supplies Apple Treat Cups - Yesterday on Tuesday

Supplies: 12 oz plastic drink bottles, red spray paint, a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, leaf punch, green cardstock, green pipe cleaner or twist ties, red candy, clear treat bags, glue or glue dots.

Punch 2 leaves per “apple” and set aside.

Bottle Cut - Yesterday on Tuesday

Find the seam on the bottle, stick the knife or scissors in and cut all the way around.

Plastic Cups -  Yesterday on Tuesday

The plactic won’t be sharp but you can go around again with scissors to even it out.

Spraypaint - Yesterday on Tuesday

Spray paint the “cups”

Spraypaint Bottoms - Yesterday on Tuesday

Don’t forget the bottoms!

Red Plastic Cups - Yesterday on Tuesday

It might take a few coats.

Red Hots Treat Cups - Yesterday on Tuesday

After they are all dry… it’s time for the fun part. Fill the treat bag up with red candy, use a snippet of pipe cleaner or twist tie to close it and secure the leaves on there with a drop of glue or a glue dot.

Red Hot Apple Treat Cup - Yesterday on Tuesday

Any kind of small red candy will do!

Apple Treat Cups - Yesterday on Tuesday

Ta-Da! A cute Upcyled Apple Treat Cups. “Pick” one or two or three!

Thanks for letting me hang out with you today and thank you Johnnie, for having me.

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