Instructables user bfgreen makes small, lightweight, waterproof containers like this by sawing off plastic soda bottle necks right below the lip, flattening the cut edges on a file, applying cyanoacrylate glue, and clamping. Since these bottles are usually PET, they could also probably be solvent-welded with acetone and other common solvent cements.

Commenters on bfgreen’s post have responded with their own versions of the same idea. This small case for holding airgun pellets, above, is by Instructables user CaseyCase. Below, a micro spud-gun ignition chamber from bloke2022.

Update: Contrary to what I suggested above, experiment has proven that acetone does not effectively solvent weld PET in this application. I haven’t tried DCM or DCE yet. Heat-welding the joint does work, but its effectiveness compared to super glue is questionable.

PET bottles reused with style

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Brian Green

    Glad you liked it. You can see the original here: Plastic Soda Bottle Lid Capsule | Brian’s Backpacking Blog

    • plastic buckets

      Thanks Brian! Looking for some super glue sticking process with photos. It will help me to figure out hot to cut edges and stick them together.

  • Yuliana Yuli Rahmawati

    got to try this one… :D

  • Anonymous

    I’ve used gallon milk jug tops  The final containers are very light weight.  Cut off one top off a jug so it still has a lip flaring outward.  Trim to fit the second lid.  It can be super glued into the second lid.  Only one lid opens, but that is fine.  Put them through the dishwasher to get rid of the glue odor.  If you make several, use puffy type paint on the lightly sanded lids so they can identified by touch (for when you are rummaging in your pack). 

  • Anonymous

    A friend of mine who is a teacher was once annoyed by his students texting short messages during class, and later he bought a portable cell phone jammer, then all the students were confused that their cell phones cannot receive any signals even if it was the most advanced one.My friend said he bought it from online , and I checked some sites about that certain item. It’s so funny that I’m thinking of purchasing one as well.

  • 123 123

    Looks really great…and green )))) BTW, is there any way to make a case for cell phone jammer (here is the list of jammers ) I want to make a custom case so the device will look somehow different and thus no one understands what it really is.