Sunday, 14 October 2012

How to make a two litre milk bottle scoop!

Here is yet another use for a two lite milk bottle!

I needed another scoop for the chook feed - the last one simply disappeared - and while I was looking around for a suitable receptacle my eye fell on the two litre milk bottle that was ready to go into the recycle bin... I wonder, I thought, if I can fashion a scoop out of it. My husband is usually the one to do things like this but as he was safely ensconced at work earning money I decided that if it didn't work - I could afford to sacrifice an empty milk bottle and then I'd simply sic him onto making one when the next bottle became available...

Here's what I did...

Take your average two litre milk bottle... and give it a though wash.

And with a marker pen, mark a cutting line that starts just under the handle and then goes in a "S" shape down to the opposite corner. Mirror that line back up the other side.

Then cut!

And Voila! One free, two second, recycled (or is that upcycled) plastic and very hip scoop! 

I use mine in the chook grain - but I'm sure it could be used for flour or any other bulk food stuff - or even as spades in the sandpit or in the bath! You are only limited by your imagination and your families milk drinking capacity!

Because the scoop is cut with the corner at the bottom, it makes it really easy to fill up the chook feeder - like thus...

My husband make this for the chookies dining pleasure! Pretty cool huh?

This is nice and easy to make! It took me a while to work out that you cant make a flat scoop with two litre milk containers as the handle is on the corner. So I have made a curved bladed scoop. If you need a scoop with a flat blade, try a three litre milk container as the handle is on the side, not the corner! If you are making a sandpit or even a bath toy - the cut off bit will make a smaller handleless scoop that will be just as handy for your child's imagination (or maybe that bit could go in the flour bin for you to play with?) Don't forget to leave the lid on or all your chook food/flour/sand will fall out the back!

Score card:
Green-ness: 5/5 for getting a second use out of a common bin filler.
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for upcycling and not spending a cent!
Time cost: Maybe two minutes...
Skill level: Cutting (no pasting this time!)
Fun -ness: great fun to figure out the cutting pattern without the helpful suggestions of the husband! I think Im quite clever now!


livingsimplyfree said...

Great idea, there are plenty of things you can do with milk jugs. My kids used to make birdfeeders with them each year at school.

Practical Frog said...

Ah - I'd love to see a post for that! We have lots of bird in our yard that might want me to see that post too! - Kxx

Anonymous said...

I want one of your chook feeders please - are they postable?
love mum

Practical Frog said...

Its just a peice of drainage pipe bolted on to the fence!
I will send you pictures of his latest version that works even better! He has also make waterers that work REALLY well so we can go away for the weekend and know the chookies have water and food. - K xx

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