Introduction: How to Make a Plastic Bottle Cutter / Tutorial

Step 1: To Do a Plastic Bottle Cutter You Need!

How to make a rope out of a plastic bottle?
We often need a strong wire or rope at rest or at the cottage. For example, you need a linen rope, and there's nothing suitable at hands. Don't worry! It is possible to make a long and strong rope out of an empty plastic bottle.

Step 2: You May Get 4-5 Meters of a Strong Plastic Tape of One Plastic Bottle of 0,5 Liter.

If you need a stronger rope, you may entwine a few tapes together, for example, in bunches. Here is a simple way to find a solution in some complicated situation. And we have this done again with the help of plain plastic bottle.

Step 3: Plastic Tape Is Useful for Another Crafts As Well: Basket Wickerwork, Hand Made Decorations.


lulustudent made it! (author)2017-02-13

We were able to make it but as soon as e put the plastic bottle in and pulled we werent able to do it. What should we do? Please help.

PJRoberts made it! (author)2017-01-24

This is a great idea which I'm interested in making. For me it would be helpful to have the step-by-step instructions which are described in the video voiceover, alongside each of the photos above.

Kala Krause made it! (author)2016-07-01

Very handy, thanks for posting. Pity that people use the comment section to to try and make someone else look the fool.

Edgar made it! (author)2016-05-24

Glad you've made it to make an Instructable, and make some more. A link to this is on my Blog:

Lorddrake made it! (author)2016-05-14

Is there a reason you used the design from (

as you primary image without crediting them?

LorriAnneK made it! (author)LorriAnneK2016-05-18

Probably because he doesn't have to credit his own stuff. That is his page and that is his video.

Lorddrake made it! (author)Lorddrake2016-05-18

the video is from his youtube channel .. but the image (the blue plastic bottle on the laser engraved cutter) in the intro step is not

LorriAnneK made it! (author)LorriAnneK2016-05-18 from where he posted it as on so to me, it sure seems to be his own stuff. I used to work for Google's Leapforce and we were taught how to check things like this out, and I would say everything posted here belongs to him.

Lorddrake made it! (author)Lorddrake2016-05-19

everything you linked to is posted by Ian Polianskii of Versailles France, not Roman Ursu of Russia. So unless he changed his name and moved to a different country....

LorriAnneK made it! (author)LorriAnneK2016-05-18 and

LorriAnneK made it! (author)LorriAnneK2016-05-18 from where he posted it as on so to me, it sure seems to be his own stuff. I used to work for Google's Leapforce and we were taught how to check things like this out, and I would say everything posted here belongs to him.

supercawa made it! (author)2016-05-17

I made a cutter like this ( This design is simple in realization and allows to obtain a plastic tape of different sizes. Sorry for my English.

Mex5150 made it! (author)2016-05-17

I've seen quite a few of these bottle cutters in varying designs recently, and this may be a very silly question, but why? What is the use of the plastic strips?

electronhick made it! (author)electronhick2016-05-17

One use I have found for them is to wrap it around the handles of old tools and hit it with a heat gun for a couple minutes. It stays tight and adds grip.

Can also be used on tools that don't normally come with grip such as crescent wrenches. Another thing to note is if you do this with milk jugs or other HDPE containers they are able to withstand solvents and gasoline which is what wrecks most handles that your replacing.

Dgidgi made it! (author)Dgidgi2016-05-17

Here you can see 2 exemples of the use of those stripes to make organizing boxes, Mex5150.

pete.hohensee made it! (author)pete.hohensee2016-05-17


LittlestWorkshop made it! (author)LittlestWorkshop2016-05-17

It can be used as an *extremely* strong cord which can also be heat shrunk. Some of the videos show the applications.

rnagy made it! (author)rnagy2016-05-17

Also useful for making lanyards, baskets, back-packing straps, waterproof tie-downs, camping / tarp tie downs, (canoeing, boating, etc,) waterproof draw strings, wicker chair replacements, woven mats, survival & hunting snares ...

-The list goes on & on & .... ;)

Nice design!

Dgidgi made it! (author)2016-05-17

Very clever, thanks for sharing!

Jafhar12 made it! (author)2016-05-15

Could one use this for 3D printer?

wheeets made it! (author)wheeets2016-05-17

I don't know if you could use this exactly as it is for 3d printing, but there's a guy giving free plans and instructional videos at, who shows you how to make the 3d printer filament (ink), from an assortment of plastic and bottles and stuff.

ChanC6 made it! (author)ChanC62016-05-17

yeah that would be cool

Rokosz made it! (author)2016-05-17

Works for me. Thanks a lot for the idea.

JenjaP made it! (author)2016-05-17

great, simple and effective.

Stan1y made it! (author)2016-05-15

a lot of talk on how great and useful plastic bottle string is but the pictures alone are not enough for me to figure out the detail of how this works

Gelfling6 made it! (author)Gelfling62016-05-16

The concept is fairly simple, as you fit the wall-side of the bottle into the slot, and begin turning against the blade, it begins cutting a continuous strip, as the bottle is rotated. (kind of like the old rotary apple peelers) The idea, is to create an emergency piece of cord, out of the PET plastic.. (recycling the plastic into a binding string) The commercial one pictured 1st, shows how the string remains fairly uniform, dependant on how far down the blade slot is cut.. Granted, his version is more primitive, fixed at roughly (6mm)~(1/4"), but that's still equivalent of a binding strap to a piece of thick hemp twine. Though I wasn't impressed by the sudden 'jump-on and call-out' of a couple of comments below, Yes, romanursuhack, it is good open-source practice, to credit source of your design. Still, a good job!

sanjaykray made it! (author)2016-05-14

absolutely amazing ! Great job.

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