Upcycled Milk Bottle Gift Box Project


milk bottle gift boxEasy step by step instructions showing you how to make your own upcycled gift box by recycling plastic milk bottles. Upcycle your old milk bottles into a functional and appealing gift box!

Most people use milk, and it is a pity that so many plastic milk bottles eventually end up on landfill sites.

Plastic recycling facts

Did you know?

Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.
275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in one country. That’s about 15 million bottles per day. Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic a year, which could be recycled.Before throwing your plastic bottles away, stop, first see if there is a way to Upcycle or recycle it. With this project we turned an old plastic milk bottle into an upcycled gift box, completely transforming the plastic bottle into a new, functional item that you can use.

Follow our easy step by step instructions and see how easy it is to make your own upcycled milk bottle gift box!


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Plastic Cool Drink Bottle Cuff Bangle


Step by step project showing how to make your own plastic cool drink bottle cuff bangle

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Upcycle a plastic cool drink bottles into a fashionable bangle. This plastic cool drink bottle bangle also uses those small scraps of fabric so nothing is wasted. It has a cool crocheted trim that keeps it all together and looking great! This is a satisfying project for beginners to crochet.

This craft is very versatile, so lots of potential to release your creativity

There are a variety of bangle shapes to be found in different types of plastic cool drink or water bottles, so do have fun experimenting; in this step by step we have used the flat piece from a 750ml Coca Cola bottle.

This is a great craft for child to do but there are a couple of steps that would need an adult’s assistance.

Start a new craze at school that's actually good for the enviroment.

50% of plastic is only used once than thrown away, by turning it into a cherished jewellery piece we keep it away from the landfill and our water systems.

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Quilled Milk Bottle Clock

completed recycled clockStep by step project showing how to make your own beautiful quilled clock by upcycling milk bottles.

For any questions contact: Winnie    

With this project we collected plastic milk bottles which would have otherwise ended up in the trash and eventually on a landfill site.
Some brands of milk use bottles that have very sticky labels that are hard to remove, and others have bottles that have ridges up the sides. Look for the milk bottles have labels that are very easy to remove and a large flat central section in the bottle, which is what we primarily use in our upcycling crafts.
recycled plastic milk bottle clock

Recycling and making new and interesting upcycled products from waste materials is quite easy to do with just a little effort and creativity and helps relieve the enormous pressure on our landfill sites, and ultimately, our planet.

We reduced our carbon footprint by recycling used plastic milk bottles, turning them into this beautiful, upcycled clock - a great handmade recycled gift that makes a difference! follow our easy step by step instructions and see just how easy it is to make your own!


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Restraw collaboration


RESTRAW officially started after an epic backpacking honeymoon adventure in 2016, where my husband and I travelled to, and dived in, all sorts of areas around the globe. A very sad reality that hit us time and time again was that we saw just how much plastic was affecting our planet. Our oceans and islands, and just about every area we went to (even the most remote places), had some level of plastic infiltrating and taking over. We realised how out of control the whole situation has gotten. It’s one thing to know about it but seeing it with your own eyes is a another story altogether and really changes something in you.

We came across reusable straws for the first time in Bali and it was so incredibly awesome. They resonated with us from the second we saw them. Not only are they brilliant for the environment but they are pretty amazing to sip through as well. After a long chat with one of our environmentalist friends about the gigantic plastic issues the world is facing, we knew that we needed to bring the straws to South Africa. Once back in South Africa in 2017, we started our mission to bring RESTRAW to life.

RESTRAW is a change in mind-set, it’s a mind shift. Our motto is rethink, reuse, reset. It’s about rethinking the way we do things, reusing and recycling everything that we can, and resetting for a better, plastic-free future.

We hope that our RESTRAWS resonate with you and that you get as much joy from them as we do.

RESTRAW Products

Our products have been carefully conceptualised and crafted to be as environmentally friendly as possible, from start to finish. We use sustainable material as far as we can and produce as much with our South African brothers and sisters as possible.

restraw sleeveOur glass straws are manufactured and branded locally, each one being hand crafted with the utmost care. We have partnered with an incredible company called Upcycle (www.upcycle.co.za) to make our beautiful hemp sleeves. They teach and empower people in various communities to make a living from the resources they have at hand. We use 100% hemp fabric for the sleeves as it is incredibly sustainable, cruelty free, antibacterial and antifungal. Our packaging is made from recycled and biodegradable material. We have requested that our suppliers stay away from using plastic for any of our products and rather use paper if necessary.


Visit (www.restraw.co.za) for more info on getting your own straws






Upcycle getting involved


Thanks to our amazing network of people that donate us all sorts of materials and cool things to experiment with, we have been able to train incredible people that have previously not had work, how to make things to sell at markets to create an income for themselves.

mayWhen RESTRAW came along we didn’t really have a well-established income for the people that where making things to sell at markets so this was a great opportunity for a stable income because for every RESTRAW pouch they sew they get paid for. Teaming up with RESTRAW is a perfect combination, RESTRAW needing the RESTRAW pouches and being able to pay people for the product they were making and Upcycle having a skilled bunch of hard working people that are willing to learn anything new.

Beacause our team are not afraid to learn and understand that you cannot get it right the first time, when people are motivated enough they find a way of doing what they want to do and make it happen. They have spent many hours learning ad growing thier confidence levels and are really keen to take on new challenges.

ur team has been creating new products from all the materials we have been donated and learning how to use the sewing machines without holding back or being afraid to learn. It is an exceptionally refreshing environment when you don’t have to nag anyone to do their job or when people don’t drag their feet every time they have to learn a new skill and this is why Upcycle thrives, we always make the most out of our days, we look for people who are willing to put in the effort and then put all our effort into them.


RESTRAW pouches sold separately or with straws

www. restraw.co.za



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