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Recycle empty plastic bottles and jugs into these fun and useful projects.
TEN-MINUTE BIRD FEEDER
Cut four holes 2″ from the bottom on each side of a half-gallon milk jug. Below each hole, make a small hole and poke dowels or sticks through the feeder. Ask an adult to drill a small hole in the cap.
Attach a string or metal coat hanger, fill with birdseed and hang it up.
Cut the top third off a 2-liter plastic bottle. Ask an adult to drill a small hole in the cap. Pass a string through the hole. Fill the bottom of the bottle about half way with water. Place the top upside-down in the bottom and put in your plant. The string will wick up the water into the soil.
BALL TOSS GAME
Cut the bottoms off two 1-gallon milk jugs. Make a ball from rolled-up plastic grocery bags and tape. Enjoy a game of catch.
QUICKER BERRY PICKER
Cut a hand-size hole opposite the handle on a 1-gallon milk jug. Slide the handle onto your belt. You’re ready to pick and hold more berries.
Cut the bottom from a milk jug about 3″ high. Cut three or four 3″ circles from the upper part of the jug. Try to sail the disks into the milk-jug bottom.
GARDEN SCOOP OR BOAT BAILER
Cut a 1-gallon milk jug at an angle as shown. This is great for spreading compost or removing water from a boat.
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