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cold.dinner
« on: September 24, 2011 07:31:43 AM »

Too many plastic bottles hanging around so...



Plastic bottle lanterns! A breeze to make and they look cute too. All you need is plastic bottles (i like colored ones), some glue, a stapler (optional), scissors and duct tape. Will do a tutorial if anyone is interested.  Smiley


First you get your bottle and cut out the smooth bit (usually the part where there is the label).


Cut it out and get a piece like this but don't throw away the rest of the bottle yet!


From the piece you cut out, roughly cut them into 1.5cm strips (you can also cut them more thin or thick depending on your own preferences.). Now cut out other strips(rings) from the rest of your bottle, 2 of 1cm strips(rings) and 2 of 0.5 strips(rings).


Fold your 1.5cm strips into half and fold 0.5cm on each end.


Glue your 1cm strips to form a ring each(once again, the size of the rings depends on you but the bigger the ring, the more strips you need to fill it.)


Apply glue to the 0.5cm tabs.


Glue them to the ring, space them out evenly.


Glue them to the other ring and in this case, I also stapled them after gluing for extra security.


Take the 2 remaining 0.5cm strips, snip a little in the middle (not all the way through!) fold the ends until it fits in the base of the lantern and glue or staple it.


Slot in the second strip where there is the cut and affix it.


Duct tape the top and bottom. I used only a piece of duct tape; I covered the front first then folded it back.


And you are done! You can also fix a chain to it to hang it around. I used a pushpin to poke (and widen) 2 holes in the sides, got a chain, opened one and push it through the holes.

I hope this tutorial is somewhat clear. Feel free to ask me questions.

Now that I made this tutorial I feel like making orange ones for Halloween... hmmm...
« Last Edit: September 25, 2011 10:05:31 AM by cold.dinner » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011 08:42:06 AM »

How clever! Yes I would like a tutorial.
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angelxwing
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2011 10:10:19 AM »

tutorial please ! Smiley
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Linda P
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2011 12:59:28 PM »

These are just awesome! Tut would be wonderful!
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ziplkd
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2011 02:04:42 PM »

I would like to jump on the tutorial bandwagon as well!
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2011 05:41:27 PM »

and me!
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http://pinterest.com/sasha_tilson/

glitter it, no seriously, just add glue and glitter, no one will notice
cold.dinner
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2011 03:55:02 AM »

Now with tutorial! Smiley
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chocolateandcrafts
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2011 08:45:21 PM »

This looks really cool! Although I'm wondering if the plastic melts or anything? Or is the heat more...not to hot? I'm sorry, I'm not very good at explaining things :p
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