Zippy containers

Zippy containers

Zippy containers

Recycle an old plastic bottle to make a handy zippy container!

You’ll need

  • 2 X 1.5L iced tea bottles (or any plastic bottles of your choice)
  • 1 zip the size of the circumference of your bottle
  • contact adhesive
  • craft knife

To make

  1. Rinse plastic bottle, peel off label and scrub off glue residue.
  2. Neatly cut around the circumference of the first bottle, choosing whether you’d prefer a short container or something longer. Cut the second bottle, which will serve as the top (or lid) in the same way as the first. Tidy up any uneven edges.
  3. Wrap the zip around the top edge of the opening on the bottle, cutting the zip shorter if necessary. IMPORTANT: If you need to cut the zip shorter MAKE SURE the zip slider is zipped down towards the bottom of the zip before you cut it, as you won’t be able to reposition the slider on the working section of the zip if you cut the zip and leave it on the piece being removed. When trimming/ shortening the zip leave about 3cm extra as you’ll fold the ends over and glue them down to ensure a neater finish.
  4. Apply glue to the length of one side of the zip and around the edge of the opening of the longer bottle you’ve cut, keeping the glue away from the edge as you don’t want glue to get into the teeth of the zip and jam it up! Let the glue dry for a few minutes then carefully secure the zip around the top edge of the opening. Leave to dry for a few minutes.
  5. Repeat the above steps with the shorter ‘lid’, making sure not to twist the zip. It needs to be flush with both sections of the bottle. Leave to dry. Make sure the zip is free of glue.


Magazine issue date: July, 2017

Joni van der Merwe

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