You’ll probably be drinking some sodas by the pool so why not use the empty bottles to make new things for the pool. You’ll never look at a soda bottle in the same way when you see how many fun and/or useful things you can make for any pool. You won’t need special tools, expensive supplies, or a lot of time, to craft anything from a raft to a wallet holder. Got soda bottles? You can get started right away!
Purchase quality duct tape and you can make a fun raft for the kids – or yourself. Lay two, 2 or 3-liter bottles, side-by-side on a flat surface. Tape them together. Lay a third bottle beside the second, and tape it onto the others, starting at the third bottle, going around the first bottle, and back to the third. Continue adding more bottles, in the same manner, until you have a row as long as you want for the width of the raft. Make more rows until you have the length you want for the raft – or thereabouts. To attach the rows to each other, get them all lined up, then wrap tape from the lid of the very first bottle, down to the bottom of the first bottle in the last row. Come back up the other side, and back to the lid of the first bottle. Do that a couple of times, and in each vertical row. Secure the whole raft by wrapping it, this way and that, with more tape. Kids will love playing on the raft but, to make the it more comfortable for sunbathing, lay a piece of thin foam on top.
Cut a slit in a soda or water bottle of any size and you won’t have to worry about losing keys, money, cell phones, and other things. You’ll keep it all waterproof, and nearby, by standing a plastic bottle up, and making a neat slit down one side. To use it, just push slightly on either side of the slit, and the bottle opens up enough to slide your things inside. Set the bottle by the pool to keep your stuff dry, or toss the bottle in the pool, and it can float while you swim. Another option is to make a slit on one side of the bottle, and put peel-n-stick Velcro on the opposite side. Use peel-n-stick Velcro on the sides of an above-ground pool, and the bottles can hold wallets, cell phones, and more.
Do you have a child who is trying to learn how to swim, but you’d like to keep him or her safe while learning? Let a pop bottle help! For a girl, slide the bottle into the back of a one-piece bathing suit. For a boy, have him wear a muscle shirt or other type, and tuck the shirt in. Put the bottle in the back of the shirt. The bottle will let kids learn to do their arm and leg motions without going under. An adult should always be in the pool with a child, regardless of the pop bottle float.
Kids will have fun playing pop bottle games in the pool, too. Toss the bottle and see who can retrieve it the fastest. Or, fill it up, let it go to the bottom, and have kids race to it. Another fun game is to have a group of kids stand in a circle, with their hands behind their backs, have one player swim around the circle, and have that player give the bottle to one of the kids. They all take turns guessing who is holding the bottle (the real holder of the bottle fakes it). The one who guesses is the next player to go around the circle.
Use pop bottles in unusual ways to create helpful and fun things for you and your family. It’s a nice way to keep at least some of those soda bottles out of the landfill.