Wednesday, September 3, 2008

pop up funnel

Why would anyone buy a funnel when they can make one with a few simple cuts?

Some friends were recently at my design studio helping me cut up soda bottles. We're using the bottoms of the bottles to make soap dishes, the centers of the bottles will become picture frames, so the top portion was the only part that made it to the recycling bin. Then a friend held up the top part and simply stated "funnel".

Of course!


Geekware said...

That's a great idea!

We use ours in the garden to help with watering the tomatoes.

We bury the funnel end in the ground in Spring.

Then we water into the open end, so the water goes directly where it's needed at the roots and doesn't run off.

Annieapples said...

Another idea...I just attempted this with a smaller soda bottle and it worked beautifully...put a small amount of water and soap (more soap than water) in a bowl and dip the end in and blow really big bubbles! You should try this-It is almost 11:00pm and I am alone in my kitchen blowing bubbles!? How strange.

tiffanytomato said...

bubbles! how fun!

annieapples said...

Okay, so the kids tested the bubble blower and found that one would definitely get best results dipping the small end of the funnel in and blowing into the larger end...the bubbles aren't as big but they are easier to "set free".

Linda Susanna said...

If you cut the top end of the soda bottle at an angle and round off the longest part, you could use it as a scoop. The handle is the bottle cap side. Depending on what you use the scoops for, they could last a prety long time. For instance, I scoop dry dog food and organic fertilizer pellets, amongst other things.

If the shape of the juice bottle is angular rather than rounded and there is a sort of handle for you to hook you fingers round when carrying the bottle, the same type of diagonal cut could yield a mini-dust pan to collect spilt stuff from table tops, etc.

I have also taken over my boy's old soldering iron and use that to make holes in plasticware that I want to recycle. The holes made are smaller than drilling and less effort is needed. For example, you could get a small planter for those herbs with shallow roots. Cut an oval shaped opening down one length of the bottle and this will be the top of the new planter. Then make 4 pairs of holes in the opposite end of soda bottle placed sideways and 2 matching holes in another 4 extra bottle caps. Attach the bottle caps to the soda bottle with short lengths of plastic coated wire twists/gardening twine so that they become the legs of the planter. Burn extra holes for drainage, fill up the container with suitable planting medium and, voila, your planter is ready to receive its guests. You could add/glue more odds and ends to turn the planter into an animal shape and maybe turn it into a welcome container of herbs to be kept indoors during the x'mas season.

I live in sunny, tropical Malaysia so I'm not too sure if that would work. Have fun, anyway.