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Chances are,
you have a bottle of water sitting on your desk, in your car, or bag.

Fifteen hundred bottles of water are consumed in 1 second in the US!

  • Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist.
  • 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year.
  • Bottled water costs 1,000 times more than tap water. Drinking 2 Litres of tap water a day only costs 50 cents per year.
  • Plastic leaches toxins into the water, which have been linked to health problems such as reproductive issues and cancer.

from TreeHugger.com

It makes sense to recycle your empty bottles, but you can use some of them to make inexpensive fun craft projects. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Find two bottles with five bumps on the bottom. Cut the bottoms from two of them, one a little deeper than the other so one can slide into the other.

To make an apple, fill the little container with pretty fabric in red, gold or green. Glue or tape the two parts together. Cut a pair of leaves from the sides of a bottle and use a pipe cleaner to make a stem. You can paint the plastic with acrylic paint or use permanent markers.

Make a small gift package or party favor. Instead of gluing the top and bottom together, use a pretty ribbon to tie them together. Beads or pretty candy are quite attractive in this almost free but unique package.

You can make turtles, frogs, fish, birds, or crazy critters by cutting and gluing various parts together. Enjoy the flying fish below!