Have some empty beverage bottles lying around? Try sprucing them up with some paint or decorative paper and use them as candy jars or a vase.
I asked my mom to save her Starbucks bottles for me to use as candy jars. At first I thought about covering the caps with paper, then I decided on paint, because I wanted a very specific color. For the caps, I added 4 coats of paint and let each coat dry for about 30 minutes. To seal the paint, I used a spray enamel.
The tough part was pulling the sticker off. I let the bottles soak in warm water, then peeled off the sticker. Some residue was left behind, so I used some dish detergent and the rough side of a scrub sponge to remove it.
What projects have you done with recycled bottles?