Ordinary orange juice containers can lead to hours of entertainment for your kids this summer. That’s right, hang on to your OJ container because I’ve got plenty of creative ways you can reuse an orange juice bottle. Whether by gardening or making toys, your kids won’t be bored when they work on one of these projects. Have fun.

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1. Create an I-Spy bottle.

Via Pinterest

This is perfect for road trips! Fill a bottle with rice, small toys, and beads, and create a checklist (visual or text) for kids. Have kids cross off items as they find them.

TIP: Use super glue to keep the cap tightly screwed if you’re worried your child will dump out all the rice and toys.


2. Watch something grow in a miniature garden.

Via Sante Nutrition

These juice-carton planters work really well if you have limited space and no room for a traditional garden.


3. Build a two-story dollhouse.

Via Joyful Mama’s Place

Cut out windows and doors first, then cover the carton in paper mache (paper dipped in glue or a flour/water solution) to create a non-waxy surface to paint on. Once dried, use white latex paint as the base coat before adding the final layer of color to your dollhouse.



4. Create a custom recycled rocket.

Via No Time for Flash Cards

Paint a clean, empty OJ bottle and help your child hot-glue juice container lids, wings cut from toilet paper rolls, and other recycled materials to their nearly-free aircraft.


5. Make a snorting pig planter.

Via eHow

Use spray paint made for plastic, a few decorative materials like pipe cleaners and craft foam from Amazon, and hot glue to create a snorting pig planter. When your orange juice container has been transformed into a pig, just fill the container with potting soil and a couple of rocks to help weigh your planter down and help with drainage. Finally, choose a plant that looks great when grown from a pig’s nostrils.


6. Create backyard bowling pins.

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For weight, fill 1/3 of your bowling pins with sand, and use a soccer ball to knock the pins down.


6 Insanely Creative Ways to Reuse an Orange Juice Bottle