The drought in South Africa is still a thing, but even if (hopefully when!) the rains come, we should still do our best to conserve water in any way possible.
One of the best ways to save water is to make sure that perfectly good drinking water doesn’t go down the drain unnecessarily. Most people have buckets in their showers to collect the otherwise wasted cold water while they are waiting for the hot water to come through. In our household, we also collect water from the sink while waiting for the water to heat up. For this, we use 2l juice bottles.
It has become clear that these bottles are going to become a permanent feature in our bathroom. But here’s the thing. They’re really ugly. I mean, as juice bottles they look great, but when they’re empty and lying around the house… not so much. Now, I could throw them away and go out and buy some prettier looking plastic bottles. But that would cost a lot of money, and it would just be a waste.
So this week, I decided to give our water collection bottles a quick DIY update. Read on to learn how you can do the same.
For this project, I used empty juice bottles, acrylic paint in different colours, an assortment of paint brushes, masking tape, a stencil and clear lacquer.
I used the 2l juice bottles made by Faircape, but you can use any coke, juice or milk bottle. Use a bottle you would otherwise have thrown away. Make sure you can fit it underneath your sink tap if you’ll be using it like that.
You can also decorate your bottle in any way that you like! I used colours and stencils to match our bathroom decor, but you can really let your imagination and creativity run wild with this.
Watch the video below to see how I transformed these juice bottles, or read the step-by-step instructions that follow afterwards.
Remove the labels from the bottles.
Using masking tape, cover a strip running down or diagonally across the bottle. This is so that you have a clear strip to see how much water is in the bottle when you’re using it. You can also map out a design with the masking tape. Go crazy!
Paint on your desired colours. Use stencils, stickers, spray paints, acrylic paints, whatever your heart desires!
Once you’ve finished painting and the paint is dry, spray your bottles with clear lacquer to give it a professional finish.
Start saving water in style!
Although the one bottle came out looking like a milk bottle, I’m pretty happy with the result. The bottles now look like an intentional and permanent part of the bathroom, rather than just some rubbish lying around.
- Bottles: R 0.00. Because we bought the bottles for their contents, the bottles themselves were technically free.
- Paint: R0.00. This paint was lying in a cupboard since the stone age. I’m lucky it was still useable.
- Masking tape: R0.00. Also ancient. You might be noticing a trend here.
- Stencils: R0.00. Ditto.
- Clear lacquer spray paint R0.00. *Hides face in shame.*
All in all, these water collection bottles cost me absolutely nothing to make. By making use of old supplies and repurposing certain materials, I was able to give something we use every day a fun facelift without breaking the bank.
Got some water saving tips and projects?
What are you doing to save water? No matter how big or small, I would love to hear about it in the comments below! Remember that something is always better than nothing: the little (and big) things add up.
Thank you for reading this post, and I will see you in the next one!