How to make a broom from plastic bottles with your own hands? Tell me, have you ever seen a broom made of plastic bottles? If you read the article to the end, you will not only see, but you can also do it yourself.
Most summer residents who have laid garden paths of concrete or paving slabs know that keeping them clean is not so easy. This is especially true after the rain has passed, since the earth that has fallen off the shoes dries to the concrete. In this case, a broom with stiff bristles will help you. Such copies can be easily found on sale, but they cost decently.
Another option is to cut the willow thickets, take twigs from them and make an excellent rustic broom. But there is a much simpler option - to make a broom from plastic bottles. Let's try!
First you need to understand, what is a broom? This is the base to which the flexible rods are attached. Nowadays, it is almost impossible to find brooms with natural bristles, since synthetics are much cheaper. This is the simplest plastic in the form of a fishing line of various thicknesses, which is attached to the base.
So, to make such a broom with our own hands, we only need the same line.
So let's start with the base of the broom. An old brush is suitable for this, and you can take both a wooden and a plastic base. If you don't have an old brush, that's not a problem either: cut it out of a suitable board, which is 25 to 30 cm long, 5 cm wide and about 2 cm thick.
If you have an old brush selected as the base, this area must first be "shaved", that is, get rid of the remnants of the old stubble.
This operation is easy to perform with a clerical knife. The villi should be cut flush to the base. In this case, you will still have the base of the villi inside the brush, but this is not a problem and will not interfere at all in the future. The main thing is that nothing sticks out outside.
Also, to make a broom from plastic bottles, you will need the main raw material for a broom - plastic bottles.
For this, specimens of almost any capacity are perfect - from 1.5 to 3 liters, but the main condition is that the bottle is not crumpled and has a cylindrical shape in the central part, without depressions, grooves, etc. By the way, for this reason, five-liter eggplants are unsuitable, since they usually have concentric grooves along their entire height, that is, stiffeners.
Keep in mind that the thickness of the bottles is different. Beer bottles are recognized as thicker, but containers for mineral water and lemonade are much thinner.
The thickness largely depends on the volume - with a larger liter, the walls are thicker.
So, take a plastic bottle, remove the label, rinse the inside out and let it dry. Next, using a clerical knife, you need to cut it - cut off the neck with the cork and the central cylinder. You need to cut off the neck below the wide ring against which the cork rests.The bottom and the case itself will not be useful to us.
For waste-free production, the maximum that can be made of them is a bowl and a funnel for your beloved cat.
Now we need to get a fishing line from the cut part for making bristles. To make a good broom from plastic bottles, cut an even strip from the cylinder. This can be done with scissors, but it will take longer and more tedious process. For acceleration, you can make a convenient cutter.
To create a cutter, we need a block of wood with a cross section of about 4 * 4 cm and a length of about 20 cm. You You can also use a piece of a shovel handle that you no longer need. Using a jigsaw or a hacksaw in the upper part of the bar, make a vertical cut in the middle, the depth of which should be 5-6 cm. This cut is needed for cutting, and our cylindrical plastic blank will rotate in it. If you cut less, the bottle will simply slide out, and if you cut it deeper, you will have to apply more force when cutting.
A piece should be cut off from the blade slightly less in length than the width of the bar, inserted into the slot and secured with two screws. Done!
Now the beginning of the strip should be inserted into the cutter, but UNDER the knife. Take the device in your left hand, and with your right you just have to pull the tip of the strip. The bottle will start to rotate, and a flat ribbon will appear from under the knife. It is important that you pull smoothly without any jerking. Hooray! We now have a long polyethylene tape.
Interesting! From one bottle, the capacity of which was 2.5 liters, it turned out 17 meters of fishing line, and from 1.5 liters only 11 meters.
And it would seem that a broom made of plastic bottles with your own hands is not so difficult to perform, but there are some nuances. The ribbon blank is soft enough for a broomstick and still retains its ring shape.
Heat the tape to give it a specific characteristic. This is easy to do with a candle, gas torch, or blowtorch.
The main thing when heating is to choose the ideal pulling speed, because if you pull quickly, the tape will not have time to warm up and straighten, and if you delay, you will burn it, and it will melt and break.
For the above sizes, only 9 panicles were needed. The finished fishing line should be cut with scissors into equal 20 cm lengths. Now you need to take 2 cut necks from PET bottles and glue them together. So, you need to glue the necks, and for this we will use glue like "BF" or "Moment-classic".
Please note , that it is not recommended to use glue like "Super Moment" if it is made on the basis of cyanoacrylate.
You should pay attention to the label where the content of this item will say "not recommended for PET bottles".
After drying, the resulting sleeve should be stuffed with bristles, that is, with already prepared pieces of fishing line. The number of rods that fit into one sleeve is unknown, but it needs to be tightly packed. Next, we fix it in the sleeve. To do this, you need to move it to the middle of the beam, and grease the ends with the same glue that was used earlier to the full depth or a little more.
By the way, instead of glue, you can use a conventional sealant from a tube - when solidified, it will securely fix all the twigs. Next, return the sleeve to the edge of the bundle and leave it alone until it dries completely.
While all the elements for the broom from plastic bottles are drying, prepare the base: screw the screws to it with corks, and 2 screws for each cork, and place them along the broom line. This will ensure that they will not be pulled out when sweeping. Take into account the fact that because of the rings that protrude on the bushings of the panicles, the plugs should not be fixed close to each other, but with a small distance of 0.
They can be placed in one line - then the broom will be thin, or it can be a zigzag, and then the working thickness will be 2 times thicker. When everything is dry, you can collect the broom. To do this, screw them into the plugs that are on the base.
Now all you need to do is attach the handle and you can run the first test!
Important! We do not recommend using ordinary plastic tubes from household mops as a handle, as the base turns out to be very brutal, and the load will be appropriate. For this reason, it is highly recommended to use only sturdy wood cuttings.
After the first use, we can safely say that the broom perfectly cleans concrete and asphalt, and if necessary, it can perfectly clean even snow compacted by the wheels of a car, which even a snow shovel cannot always cope with.
But the making of a broom from plastic bottles with our own hands has not yet ended. The necks need to be cut from the bottle along the bottom edge of the ring, but since the material is too dense in that place, use scissors or a knife.
For ease of combing and acceleration, you can use a simple tool that only needs a cork.
In the center, make a hole with a diameter of 0.5 cm. Insert a bolt of the same diameter into it, insert a hat inside the cover, fasten the cover to the bolt with a nut and enhance the effect with a washer. Now it remains to insert such a template into the drill chuck, tighten the neck and you can easily cut off the excess.
Although it may seem to someone that you shouldn't bother so much for the sake of some broom, the efforts are not in vain. Firstly, this is a creative process and the creation of something new, and secondly, this is just one option for using plastic tape, and such things are much more practical than those that the mass market offers us.
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