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Quick and easy homestead uses for Plastic Bottles (PET)

by velacreations on February 1, 2009

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intro:

Quick and easy homestead uses for Plastic Bottles (PET)

 

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step 1:

Mosquito/Insect Trap

 

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step 2:

Scoop

 

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step 3:

Handy Holders

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step 4:

Coldframe/Cloche

 

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step 5:

Cookie/Biscuit Cutter

 

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step 6:

Butter Churn

 

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step 7:

Building Brick

 

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step 8:

LED Lightbulb

 

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step 9:

Electric Fence Insulator

 

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step 10:

Ice Pack or Feezer Thermal Mass

 

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step 11:

Additional Ideas

 

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http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick_and_easy_homestead_uses_for_Plastic_Bottles_/

intro:

Quick and easy homestead uses for Plastic Bottles (PET)

In the not too distant past, you would buy milk, sodas, etc. in glass bottles which you would return to the store to be sterilized and used again. Now, with our disposable culture, plastic bottles have replaced this system and have consequently become one of the many banes of the landfills. We need to rectify this wasteful and eco- nomically expensive practice.

The current popular solution to the problem is recycling. However, recycling requires additional energy to process the material into something usable, not to mention the fact that the process itself can have harmful side effects. So a better solution, if you can't avoid the disposable containers altogether, is to reuse them. This requires no added infrastructure costs and concerns. In fact, if you are reusing junk, you are helping to make the initial energy that went into the production of that material last longer and go farther. It's not just about saving money, but more importantly, integrating your lifestyle with what is available for the least amount of cost, be it environmental or financial.

That said, here are 10 simple ideas on how to reuse plastic bottles around the homestead.

Keep updated on our ideas for this project: VelaCreations.com

updated on our ideas for this project: VelaCreations.com step 1: Mosquito/Insect Trap Cut the top (just

step 1: Mosquito/Insect Trap

Cut the top (just before the start of the cone) off a 2 liter bottle.

Invert the cone and place it inside the straight part of the bottle.

Glue the two pieces together, using a glue or silicon.

Add 1 tsp yeast and 1/2 cup sugar to some luke warm water, and pour the mixture into the bottle. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide that you exhale. The yeast feeds off the sugar and emits the same gas, so the mosquito enters the bottle, thinking she will find food there. She cannot then get out.

You can use the same bottle design for a fly trap, but fill it with a putrid smelling liquid. For wasps, use a sugar mixture. For fish, put under water, and add a bit of cheese or bread.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick_and_easy_homestead_uses_for_Plastic_Bottles_/

step 2: Scoop Make a diagonal cut somewhere in the straight part of a 2

step 2: Scoop

Make a diagonal cut somewhere in the straight part of a 2 liter bottle (depending on what size you want it).

You now have a scoop. We use one for the cover material for the composting toilet, and one for chicken feed.

for the composting toilet, and one for chicken feed.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick_and_easy_homestead_uses_for_Plastic_Bottles_/

step 3: Handy Holders

Cut the cone part off a clear plastic bottle, and you are left with a handy holder that you can see inside of. We use ours for nuts, bolts, nails, etc. They are also great for long-term storage of liquids, like water, oil, paint, etc.

long-term storage of liquids, like water, oil, paint, etc. step 4: Coldframe/Cloche When you want to

step 4: Coldframe/Cloche

When you want to start a seedling in the ground a little early, but fear it could be chilly, you need a cold frame. It's like a little greenhouse. Clear plastic bottles work great for this (don't use green bottles).

Cut the cone part off and invert the remaining part of the bottle over your seedling. Push the bottle into the soil, so that it does not blow away. In the middle of warm springs days, it is a good idea to raise the bottle a bit and allow air and heat to escape.

to raise the bottle a bit and allow air and heat to escape.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick_and_easy_homestead_uses_for_Plastic_Bottles_/

step 5: Cookie/Biscuit Cutter

Use one of the cones you have cut off for either the handy holders or the cold frames. It makes a great cookie cutter.

holders or the cold frames. It makes a great cookie cutter. step 6: Butter Churn Use

step 6: Butter Churn

Use a wide-mouthed bottle for this.

Separate the cream from your cow's or goat's milk and allow it to ripen a little. If you allow the cream to ripen a little, the butter will be more flavorful and easier to churn. Do not let it ripen too much or the butter will be sour.

Get the cream to about 60 degrees F.

Pour it inside the wide-mouthed bottle and screw the lid on tightly.

Roll the bottle back and forth on the floor for about 20 minutes, or until the cream separates into buttermilk and clumps of butter. This is a great chore for the kids to do!

Drain off the buttermilk (great for baking or milkshakes or animal feed).

Take the clumps of butter and beat them with a spoon until it s all joined together.

Add salt ? tsp per pound of butter (unsalted butter spoils faster).

Wrap butter in wax paper and put it in the fridge.

faster). Wrap butter in wax paper and put it in the fridge.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick_and_easy_homestead_uses_for_Plastic_Bottles_/

step 7: Building Brick

Fill the bottle with dirt and you have a brick. Dirt is a very cheap building material, but you usually need it to be a certain quality, with a proper sand/clay ratio. However, with the plastic bottles, you can build with any type of dirt. Use mortar in between the bottles, as with any other brick. Be sure to cover the ends of the bottles to avoid seeing them in the finished wall.

Alternatively, leave the bottles empty, or full of air. This will give the wall a better insulation value.

Leave a bottle exposed, and insert a solar garden light in the other end. Instant wall lighting.

step 8: LED Lightbulb

Cut the cone off a small plastic bottle.

With a box cutter, cut the thread off the mouth of the bottle, so that it is smooth.

Take an old incandescent light bulb and smash the bulb. Clean any glass off the screw-in part.

Cut a circle out of a piece of thin card (diameter should fit inside the plastic cone).

Pierce the card with however many holes needed to make the bulb you want. We made 12 VDC bulbs, because our lights run off DC. We made one bulb with 6 white LEDs (which is not very bright, but works for a lamp) and one with a mixture of several white and yellow LEDs. However many lights you want and whatever voltage you need, you will have to make the voltage regulator match.

You'll need a 12VDC voltage regulator, 6 white LED's and a resistor.

Solder your LEDs together, positive to negative. Solder the resistor to the negative end. Solder the ends of this array to the respective leads of the voltage regulator. On the input side for the voltage regulator, solder the positive to the tip of the light bulb base. The negative goes to the side of the screw in part of the light bulb. Glue the plastic bottle to the base.

part of the light bulb. Glue the plastic bottle to the base.
part of the light bulb. Glue the plastic bottle to the base.
part of the light bulb. Glue the plastic bottle to the base.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick_and_easy_homestead_uses_for_Plastic_Bottles_/

step 9: Electric Fence Insulator

Cut a small bottle in half. You can use both halves.

Using one half cut a Z groove on the open end. Directly opposite of the bottle, but still on the open end, cut another Z groove, and make sure to make it a mirror image of the first.

Now, on the closed in, make a slit or large hole for your post to run through both sides of the bottle. Near the slit, make two small holes, either side of the post slit. Use this end to wire to the post, and run the electric fence through the Z groove.

the post, and run the electric fence through the Z groove. step 10: Ice Pack or

step 10: Ice Pack or Feezer Thermal Mass

Fill bottles with water and put them in the freezer. You can use them in an ice chest to keep things cold on the go. You can also put them in your fridge to improve its efficiency. If the power goes off, the ice packs will keep things colder for longer.

goes off, the ice packs will keep things colder for longer. step 11: Additional Ideas Here

step 11: Additional Ideas

Here are some ideas that we haven't put together yet:

Chicken Waterer - this is similar to the hummingbird feeder: Humming Bird Feeder The difference is that you make it much bigger and juts fill it with water, no sugar.

Low-flush Toilet - Since we have a compost toilet, we can't do this one. But for those of you with flushing toilets, this would be great. Just fill a bottle with water and put it in the top tank, out of the way of any moving parts. It will help your toilet use less water.

Bird house - cut a 2 inch hole in a 2 liter bottle, paint it, and hang from a tree. It is a good idea to insert a small wooden dowel for a perch.

Keep updated on our ideas for this project: VelaCreations.com

http://www.instructables.com/id/Quick_and_easy_homestead_uses_for_Plastic_Bottles_/

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bethmwl says:

If you cut the bottom off, you could use the top with or without the cap for ventilation when needed

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Feb 7, 2009. 6:38 AM REPLY

c p n s 7 2 s a y s : Jul 3, 2009. 1:11

cpns72 says:

Jul 3, 2009. 1:11 PM REPLY

good tip!

Thanks.

v e l a c r e a t i o n s s a

velacreations says:

Feb 7, 2009. 8:59 AM REPLY

Yes, that is another way of doing it. It seems to give the plants a bit more room if you cut off the top, but both ways work well.

more room if you cut off the top, but both ways work well. n u t

nutsandbolts_64 says:

May 15, 2009. 7:27 AM REPLY

You live in the Philippines, don't you. I know because of the Sprite which is made in the Philippines by the Coca-cola company.

Btw can you put something der to scoop up dirt?

company. Btw can you put something der to scoop up dirt? s t a t i

static says:

Sprite is available here in North America as well. Generally soft drink are bottle in the country of consumption.

May 25, 2009. 3:13 AM REPLY

c o w s c a n k i l l s a y s

cowscankill says:

May 18, 2009. 10:30 AM REPLY

Toilet one sounds funny - Imma try it!

s c m t n g i r l s a y s : May

scmtngirl says:

May 18, 2009. 9:59 AM REPLY

Great ideas! I plan to implement a few of them.

m i z z o u m i k e 7 6 s a y

mizzoumike76 says:

Feb 14, 2009. 4:49 AM REPLY

I'm glad you added the 'thermal mass" use into this. Many people tend to overlook the amount of energy that is wasted every time they open the fridge or freezer. If you're a bachelor with one jar of mustard and one bottle of beer in your fridge: refill all of your old water bottles, and stock up the fridge. When (if) you buy groceries, just remove the necessary amount of bottles to make room. This can save a considerable amount of money/power!

Thanks!

This can save a considerable amount of money/power! Thanks! i P o d G u y

iPodGuy says:

Ha ha

My fridge 2 years ago

May 17, 2009. 9:55 AM REPLY

: Ha ha My fridge 2 years ago May 17, 2009. 9:55 AM REPLY j u

junits15 says:

Feb 12, 2009. 1:51 PM REPLY

about the toilet thing, the toilets are designed to be able to flush everything with only the water they need, with tht said putting a watter bottle in the tank will force the toilet to use less watter to fulsh and that might leave some "things" behind.

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ceramiceye says:

Feb 13, 2009. 1:11 PM REPLY

thats true, but more often than not, we flush the toilet when it only needs to exchange the water for fresh water, if you know what I mean. If theres going to be a heavy "load" behind, then you could just flush twice.

"load" behind, then you could just flush twice. s t a t i c s a

static says:

Feb 14, 2009. 9:23 PM REPLY

The toilet in my current home is a 1.6 G. per flush unit. Not being the best model available, heavy loads do take 2 flushes, but there is a net saving over the 5 G. per flush unit in the old home. However it doesn't hurt to try the old taking up space in the tank trick, to find out if it's worthwhile.

space in the tank trick, to find out if it's worthwhile. i P o d G

iPodGuy says:

I've got a 1.28 G from Home Depot that does the trick.

May 17, 2009. 9:54 AM REPLY

Home Depot that does the trick. May 17, 2009. 9:54 AM REPLY j u n i

junits15 says:

ok I see

Feb 13, 2009. 4:38 PM REPLY

t w i z t e d r e a m s s a y

twiztedreams says:

May 17, 2009. 8:54 AM REPLY

for flys and gnats, use cider vinegar in the bottle. Some people add a little bit of sugar to the bottle too.

m e r r y k s a y s : May 16, 2009. 6:52

merryk says:

May 16, 2009. 6:52 AM REPLY

would like to build a planter about 2-3 foot tall at the beach with this process. If I use empty bottles, how deep a foundation would I need, keeping in mind my soil is sand?

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solo.card says:

May 15, 2009. 8:53 AM REPLY

Step 11: Bird house

 

Don't put a dowel on it if you do make one

It lets other birds too big for the hole to get to the ones nesting.

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nutsandbolts_64 says:

May 15, 2009. 7:35 AM REPLY

hmm

dirt

sand

 

clay

bits of rocks

garbage

waste

What else?

clay bits of rocks garbage waste What else? n u t s a n d b

nutsandbolts_64 says:

Ohh ya

paper popsicle sticks used band aids and bandages dirty water water unusable tape used fabrics

and many more

May 15, 2009. 7:37 AM REPLY

tape used fabrics and many more May 15, 2009. 7:37 AM REPLY b e c a

becauseican says:

Feb 15, 2009. 3:35 PM REPLY

i did something like this to catch shiners for live bait but instead of sugar,yeast,water, mixture i used stale bread and i submerged it in the local pond.

i used stale bread and i submerged it in the local pond. oldanvilyoungsmith says: how well

how well did it work?

Apr 13, 2009. 2:38 PM REPLY

says: how well did it work? Apr 13, 2009. 2:38 PM REPLY b e c a

becauseican says:

i got 2 or 3 shiners. fish dont like it because it is solid. they like things that water flows through.

Apr 14, 2009. 3:00 PM REPLY