Make a scoop from a plastic jug. You can use a milk jug or any other handled plastic jug to make this easy upcycled project. It’s completely free and the only supplies needed are a large plastic jug, a utility knife, and a marker!
We all know what a dustpan is – that flat contraption, usually paired with a little broom or brush, that we use to collect dust and dirt. Some have a hook on the end so you can hang them on the wall.
With four children, it often seems like we have a battle for the dustpans. It’s strange – one day I’m fighting to try to get someone to help me sweep while another day I have four young helpers all insisting on their own dustpan.
And then they get left on the floor.
And get stepped on.
We go through a surprising number of plastic dustpans.
A scoop is different.
Scoops are used to shovel or spoon a certain amount of dry items – rice, corn, or dog food. Some include measurements, but most of the time we don’t need anything that fancy. We just need something to scoop with. They look like the plastic version of a gardening shovel.
So what happens when we want something that works a bit like a dustpan and a bit like a scooper … and we don’t want to spend any money?
Enter the Upcycled Dustpan Scoop. The Dustoop … Doop … never mind, it’s a Dustpan Scoop.
It’s totally free. Won’t cost you a penny.
You’re going to need a big empty bottle. You can use a milk bottle, a vinegar bottle, even a juice bottle. Hey, if you want to make several in different sizes – they’re all free. Have fun.
In fact, if you need a dustpan AND you need a food scoop, you should definitely make more than one. (A huge ick to the idea of using your floor dustpan in the flour bin!)
Now on to the tutorial.
Upcyle a Bottle – Make a Scoop from a Plastic Jug
First, gather all the materials that are needed:
- a big empty plastic bottle of vinegar or anything with a handle on it
- a utility knife
- a black permanent marker or Sharpie
You can totally raid your neighbour’s recycling bin if you make your own vinegar, buy milk in bags, or for whatever reason don’t have big plastic jugs with handles.
Clean the plastic bottle thoroughly with running water. Make sure to rinse the insides of the bottle too. Doing this will remove the unwanted smell from the inside.
Remove the label of the plastic jug while it is still wet. If you can’t get it all off, don’t fret – it should be easier when you’ve cut away some of the jug. You can try soaking it in hot water and baking soda as I explain in how to remove labels from jars – just don’t make the water hot enough to melt your jug!
Draw broken lines around the upper portion of the plastic bottle handle. Draw broken lines around the bottom part of the handle and then trace a shovel shape onto the body of the plastic bottle with broken lines.
Carefully cut along the broken lines that form a shovel shape and remove this section from the plastic bottle. Start cutting from the body, since this part will be softer than the area around the bottle’s handle.
Cut along the broken lines around the upper portion of the plastic bottle handle.
Fully remove the plastic you’ve cut around from the main body of the bottle.
The dustpan scoop should look like this when properly done.
Finished and ready for use!
Once you use this, you’ll find reasons to make more.
Depending on the size, you can use this FREE little scoop as:
- as a dustpan when the children step on and crack the storebought one (again!)
- as a table or counter dustpan when you’re brushing off crumbs
- a scoop to measure out dry dog food
- a scoop to measure out flour
- a sandbox scoop for the children
- make the handle shorter, without a curve, and you have a really large funnel for water (because I can’t be the only one trying to fill big jugs of water from a faucet that doesn’t quite reach the hole!)
- a pooper scooper to clean up your dog’s mess
- a garden scoop for soil or compost