Well, so many people have been searching my site for the real “how to” instructions for making a flower out of PET bottles, and my last post didn’t really do full justice to the process, so I have made amends below. This is attempt number two. For attempt number one (fluro light cover) see here.
Attempt number two is a solar flower light that I have hanging in the garden.
Wash PET bottles
Cut in half with stanley knife – I found it easy to just make a small cut with the knife then cut the rest with scissors
Cut both the tops and the bottom halves into strips with scissors
Fold the petals back and kind of crunch them up so that they look like flowers
keep any small snipped out bits for the centre of the flowers
spray paint everything in a few colours
poke a couple of holes in the bottom of each of your new flowers to thread wire through
poke holes in the centre bits also – I used a soldering iron for this
thread wire through the flowers, attaching a centre bit or stamen as needed
use the wire to attach to an old piece of chicken wire or fly screen
once you have all the flowers attached to the fly screen, make into circle and secure
then use wire and hang some flowers artistically from the bottom
use curtain ring to make a hanger for the light
I used a small solar bulb made by Nokero (short for No Kerosene) and used another curtain ring to hang it inside the middle of the light
If I had access to solar fairy lights here in Fiji, that would be my first preference.
it really looks beautiful at night, and because I used bright colours, it is also pretty during the day
it took me a morning to figure it out but I am glad I did it. It is one small step to making some use of the bottles that are everywhere here in Fiji, and a small step to getting them out of the environment! The thing is, PET bottles can be recycled, but you have to actually send them to recycling for that to work.
As Mother Teresa once said, “to keep a lamp burning, you have to put oil in it”
TIP FOR NEW PLAYERS: I did think it would look pretty with some fairy lights hanging in it, but even though the fairy lights have the wires insulated, when I turned it on, it did look beautiful, but as I made the frame out of metal fly wire, when I touched it, it gave me a shock, so then I went to the solar version.