From Bottle to Box in 10 Steps




About: Hakuna Matata!!!

Here's a cool little box you can make from recycled materials. Enjoy!

Step 1: Materials

You will need

A 16 oz/1 quart/2 liter bottle ( I used a 1 Quart)

A metal file

An exacto/carpet knife

A small but relatively heavy bead/rock

Step 2: Remove Label

This is a painfully slow process because you are really trying to remove the whole label instead of what I did. Oops. I also was going to paint the end product but between steps 9 and 10.

Step 3: Cut the Bottle

Cut the bottle in half FROM LID!!! (to bottom)

Step 4: File Down Edge

File the edge down so you can run your finger across it and it is completely smooth.

Step 5: Measure Out Flaps

Measure so there are 5 flaps of even length. This may take some time.

Step 6: Cut and Re-measure

Cut flaps part way and measure to make sure they are close to the same size. Finish off the cut.

Step 7: Round Off the Corners

I used the exacto for this step at first, but then discovered it was much easier with scissors.

Step 8: Crease

Fold in flaps and crease very smoothly.

Step 9: Glue "handle"

Glue on the stone/bead to the widest flap or the flap that you want to be the top flap. I just used super glue.

Step 10: Done!

All done! Hope its useful!



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    7 Discussions


    Funny you should ask :) There's a candy store by my house that sells all sorts of old soda and candy. They even have an old soda fountain from the 40s. It's pretty cool!


    4 years ago

    Slightly faster step toward getting smooth edges: after all the cutting is done, make quick passes of the edges through a candle flame.

    4 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    No, jmwells. PET (polyethylene terephtalate) is thermo-shrinkable, then your procedure will deform the cylinder.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    That's why I do quick passes when I play with that sort of thing. Just enough to take off the burrs, and slightly round the edges. It takes some practice to get it right. I've melted many a bottle.