3 ways to reuse old soda bottles

3 ways to reuse old soda bottles

Going green can be a fun way to see what you can do with old bottles, papers, and other materials. Instead of just recycling the materials, reuse them! You will get more out of their life and can save yourself some cash in the process.

Vases and planters

Wrap your empty soda and water bottles (or paint them) to turn them into vases for your home. They even make great gifts. You can use old newspapers for the wrapping, ribbons, buttons, and bows to jazz them up, and glue and paint to hold everything securely and prettily. If you have a garden, turn them into planters. You can cut the tops off, decorate the bottom halves as you choose, and plant seedlings in them. Place them on window sills, railings, or the patio for a unique array of potted plants.

Bird and Animal Feeder

Turn those old bottles into animal feeders in no time. You can make humming bird feeders by cutting a small opening toward the middle of the soda bottle and filling it up with liquid, being careful not to let the liquid overflow. Other bird feeders (for seed) can be made similarly, and animal feeders (for squirrels and other small creatures) can also be made out of old soda bottles.


No matter the size of the bottle, it can be turned into a great way to store buttons, bows, bobby pins, Q-tips, safety pins, and other objects that tend to get thrown in the bottom of cabinets and drawers. Turn your soda bottles into something useful and functional for your home in no time and get organized! These are also great to use in kids’ rooms and can be clearly labeled for them to easily use.

What ideas do you have to reuse old soda bottles? Leave us a comment and let us know!


  1. These are great recycling tips. i love to use old bottles to hold craft items.

  2. those are great ideas. It they are wide enough I like using them for craft supplies

  3. Those are some great tips. We always have soda bottles lying around our house.

  4. Those are some great ideas! I love the bird feeder one

  5. Great tips! We have also cut ours into scoops to use in the sand and water table.
    I love the idea of using them one as a bird feeder.
    Super easy to clean and to fill!

  6. Great ideas! I may save some and try to use them as planters.

  7. Love ideas that are green AND frugal!

  8. I always enjoy upcycling and reusing products. Especially products that can get my kids involved. I know they would love to make vases with me. Thanks.

  9. We used to fill them with compost water and push them into the ground upside down to slowly water & feed our tomato plants.

    • This is a great idea, Robin! We just put in new plants and this would help them in the hot summer for sure!

  10. Wonderful recycling tips. Everyone needs to do what they can to think green.

  11. Great tips! I love the idea to use it for organization.

  12. Great tips! I love re-using things around the house that would otherwise end up garbage. Great green ideas.

  13. I like the idea of a birdfeeder as long as the plastic edge wouldn’t cut the birds. A planter is a good idea too.

  14. Šimon Slávik says:

    Well actually, at home we are doing all of these ways.

  15. I love using them for bird feeders!

  16. I like the idea of using them as a bird feeder. Great ideas!

  17. Rachel Cartucci says:

    I made a bird feeder out of one before,great ideas…bet if everyone thought about it we could have a list of at least 20 things to reuse them for.

  18. Thomas Murphy says:

    Great idea’s! I am going to do the bird feeder one.

  19. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I’ve never thought of using these after the soda is gone! Loving the storage idea!~

  20. Meena R says:

    Love these ideas! Whenever I have old soda bottles, or any reusable type containers, I go through pinterest. Someone will usually post a cool picture of something to use it for.

  21. That is a good idea to use soda bottles for storing things. I have alot of pencils that could use some storing.

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