Projects & Recipes
I had seen this picture of a broom made from empty soda bottles, and thought to myself, “I can do that, I think”. OK folks here we go. I pulled out a few bottles and rinsed them out, looked at the picture online one more time and then dissected an old mop so I had a broom handle. I know what you are thinking, “why would she make a broom? She has to own at least one broom”. Well I do. Not only do I have one normal broom, an outside push broom, but we also have 3 huge brooms left behind when our home was a school. I would just like a smaller one to brush off the front walk and back patio without having to head out to the garage. Also, I am one of those people that if I see something interesting or eat something new, I take it as a challenge to see if I can do the same or better. And, here is my pop bottle broom 🙂
What you will need:
5 clean 2L. bottles
Wire – something that will not break easy
dowel type handle of some sort
Doing the deed:
Take 3 bottles and cut off the top around the spout and cut off the bottom. When you look at your bottle you should notice a slight line or ridge at the bottom section, just cut there. Next you want to take the bottle and cut up from the bottom toward the top. Cut to the top curvature, this should leave you about 3 inches or so from the top. Make 1/2 inch strips/cuts. These strips ill be the broom bristles once bound. On the 4th bottle, cut off the bottom as already described above, but leave the top with the spout. The spout is where you will insert an old broom, mop or dowel handle. On the 5th bottle, cut off the spout and cut off the bottom of the bottle, about half way down the length. The 5th bottle will be your cover to your broom.
To assemble the broom you simply slide all of your bristle bottles with no spouts, in layers, over the bottle with the spout. Last you slide your cover (the bottle missing the bottom & spout). Next you will need to hold the broom flat so it resembles a normal broom form, and drill 2 to 3 holes. While still holding the broom flat, drill the hole all the way through to the other side and then lace your wire through the hole before letting go. Repeat for another 1 or 2 holes. The wire weaved and tied off will hold the whole broom head together for you.
Last step is to insert your dowel or repurposed handle into the spout. This can be taped, nailed or glued. I was luck, the old mop I tire apart happened to have a green sliding screw on end. And there you have it, a 2 L soda bottle broom.