High Quality Cups From Recycled Water Bottles





Introduction: High Quality Cups From Recycled Water Bottles

This Instructable will show you how to craft high quality drinking cups, from used Water Bottles.
As inhabitants of the Earth not owners, we have the obligation to maintain and uphold the integrity of it. Start thinking sideways people. Start re-using,
re-cycling and up-cycling any way you possibly can. Before it's too late.

A great place to start would be the plastic bottle. Simplistic in design, but plentiful in opportunities to intergrate it into different applications.

This is a entry to the "Keep the bottle" contest. Please take the time to vote if you think the idea, is worth me getting a prize for it. I would really enjoy the prize, so please vote.

Step 1: What We Will Need

We will only need a few basic items.

~ Water bottle

~ Cardboard

~ Sticky tape

~ Stove

~ Frying pan

That's it, lets go!

Step 2: Trim the Bottle

Take your scissors and cut the top of the bottle.

We will make one rough cut to start, then another to trim the lip square.

Make sure you get this as straight as possible.
It will need to be straight as to ensure, when we turn the lip it ends up correct.

Step 3: Constructing the Jig

To allow us to turn the lip on the pan we need a jig.

Take you cardboard and wrap it around the open end of your bottle.

Make sure it is not to tight as to inhibit the bottle turning.

Use the tape to secure it in place.
Ensure the tape will not come in contact with the pan.

Step 4: Turning the Lip

Turn your stove on and place the pan on the element/flame.
Heat to medium warm to hot.
Start gradually.

We want it at a temperature that will not burn the plastic, yet simply heat it.

Place you bottle lip down with the jig inplace and spin the bottle whilst grasping the base and jig.

Do not let the bottle sit for too long or it will melt too much.

Check the bottle every 5 seconds or so to see the progress.

Once the plastic has fully curled, your lip is finished.

(This method may be used to make support ridges for many applications with bottles. Try this on your own project. Once the lips is on the bottle, it then may be heated in boiling water to reduce its size... really cool stuff actually. I hope others use this method with your "keep the bottle" projects)

Step 5: Your Done!!

Wasn't that easy?

No cost, minimal labour and a new set of fancy up-cycled bottle drinking cups.
What more could you ask for?

I don't know about you, but i am going to go have an ice cold beverage in my new cups.



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    In 'Firefly', they drink out of cups just like this, not sure which episode, but its at the bar fight

    I believe there was a film in '95 called "Tank Girl". I recall seeing them in that movie and also a couple of other places. Maybe "Water world" also.

    Ah just seeing the name of that wonderful movie makes me laugh, good old waterworld

    would you plan to wash these by hand or in the dishwasher? are you concerned about the plastic leaching chemicals into your drink as it degrades? Could you coat the inside or the lip with something sturdier?

    I would hand wash them because it may release harmful chemicals such as bpa that might increase your chance of cancer. When you put it in the dishwasher, it will heat up the water alot which will make it more likely to release said chemicals into any drink you put in the cup. Hope this helps.

    BPA is not a concern with this type of bottle. Only polycarbonate bottles have that problem. The dishwasher may partially melt them, as dodo91 pointed out.

    Yes definatley.

    if you put it in the dishwasher, it will shrink/melt. HANDWASH ONLY!

    By hand. No I will through them out after some use. The lip is solid and rigid.

    This is great. I will use them for camping.