DIY Upcycled Plastic Bottle Zipper Case (Easy No-Sew Tutorial)

October 07, 2018

I love DIY projects that use objects that we would otherwise throw away and convert them into something super useful. With two kiddos who love to color, we've a hodge podge of crayons - some bought, some gifted, and some were freebies from restaurants or airplane rides. To replace our near broken crayon box, I made a sturdier crayon case using plastic water bottles, hot glue, and a zipper. The kids love zipping and unzipping the case, and they learn about re-fashioning things we already have into something new. Anytime I don't have to buy something new, I'm super happy.

 

Materials needed:

  • 2 Plastic Bottles
  • Zipper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sharp scissors

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container Materials Needed

 

Instructions:

Remove the label from your plastic bottles. With a sharp pair of scissors, cut the bottles down to the size desired. Since I was making a crayon container, I made mine short and stout. For taller items liked colored pencils, be sure to cut your bottom bottle longer with a short top bottle.

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container Cut with Sharp Scissors

 

Attach your zipper pull onto your zipper (if not already attached). Then cut about 1" of the teeth off the top. 

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container Easy No-Sew Project Attach

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container Easy No-Sew Project Cut Teeth

 

Hot glue the top ends down.

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container Hot Glue Ends

 

Wrap your zipper around your bottle and cut to fit with about a 1/2" overlap. 

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container Cut Length

 

Glue one side of your zipper inside your bottle, with the zipper facing outward. Leave about 1/8" clearance between the zipper teeth and the edge of the bottle so that your zipper has enough space to slide easily without hitting the bottle edge.

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container Hot Glue Inside

 

Hot glue the zipper all around the inside of the bottle, being careful not to get any glue on the teeth. At the end, hot glue the overlapping zipper fabric over the underlying layer of fabric.

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container Hot Glue Attach

 

Now hot glue the other side of the zipper to the inside of the other plastic bottle, being careful not to get any glue on the zipper teeth.

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container Eco-Friendly Project

 

Your zippered plastic bottle case is now done! The added bonus of these containers is that you can easily see what's inside for easy organizing.

DIY Upcycled Plastic Water Bottle Zipper Zippered Case Container No-Sew Easy Craft Project Organizer

 

 

 


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