It’s no secret that we live in a world where plastic is everywhere. From single-use packaging to everyday items, plastic is a dominant presence in our lives. At Phox we are always looking for new and creative ways to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and one way we do that is by upcycling our plastic items; repurposing items for their original intended use. Want to get involved? Your old water filter jug is a great place to start.
Here are 7 creative ways you can upcycle your water filter jug at home:
- Use your jug as storage!
Our granny's knew a thing or two when they used that old, plastic biscuit container to store their sewing kits. You can use your jug to store anything you’d like! From pantry staples, pet food, craft supplies and yes...even your sewing kit!
- Transform your jug into a planter!
For a more creative approach, consider transforming your water filter jug into a planter. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut off the top of the jug to create an opening. The jug can then be filled with soil and plants to make a unique indoor garden. With some paint and a stencil, you can also customise your jug to make a unique planter. This creates an attractive and low-maintenance way to bring a bit of nature indoors. Look at you reducing your carbon footprint and fueling your creative side at the same time!
- Transform your Jug into a garden waterer!
Since we are on the topic of plants, why not use your water filter jug as a watering can for small plants in your indoor or outdoor garden? Simply fill the filter with water and gently pour it over the soil.
- Transform your jug into an outdoor lantern!
If you’re looking for a way to add a unique touch to your outdoor decor, try upcycling your water filter jug into an outdoor lantern. To create this project, you’ll need to remove the lid and cut a few holes in the jug. Then, insert a string of battery-operated lights inside the jug and enjoy the ambient glow.
- Transform your jug into a bird feeder or a bird bath!
Another great project is to upcycle your water filter jug into a bird feeder. Cut a few holes in the jug, fill it with bird seeds and hang it from a tree or post. While you’re at it, why not get in touch with your creative side by adding a few coats of paint or a couple of decorations? For your bird bath simply fill the jug with water and place it in your yard or on a balcony. The birds will appreciate the clean water source.
- Transform your jug into a wind chime!
If you’re a DIY or arts and crafts guru then perhaps the bird feeder and outdoor lantern are not stretching you enough so if you’re feeling a bit more crafty, consider upcycling your water filter jug into a wind chime…yes it’s possible! Start by cutting the jug into several strips. Then, use a drill to attach these strips to a wooden board. Finally, add a few decorations and hang the board from a hook. Just like that, your space will be filled with ambient, relaxing chimes of your water jug.
- Transform your jug into a humidifier or a diffuser!
The benefits of air humidifiers have been studied for years. Humidifiers have aided in the prevention dry skin, irritations and sensitivities and much more - especially during those cold and dry winter months! To create your humidifier simply fill the filter with water and place it near a heat source, such as a radiator, to add moisture to the air. To take that extra step towards self-care and improved health why not add a few drops of natural essential oils into your humidifier, turning it into your very own DIY diffuser? Add sweet and warm fragrances to your home or you can look into oils such as lavender for stress and anxiety, or eucalyptus to help with respiratory airflow… the possibilities are endless!
Upcycling is a great way to reduce plastic waste and be creative. There are countless ways to upcycle your water filter jug, so get creative and make something unique!