I love turning things from my recycling bin into something we can use. This DIY garden lantern was made from a plastic bottle and it turned out even better than I could have hoped.The lantern was inspired by a couple of garden ornaments that I had seen including these
What you need to make your own plastic bottle lantern
- Plastic bottle and lid
- Sharpies or permanent markers
- Craft knife
- Battery operated tea light or lights
How to make a DIY Garden lantern
First off I set the boys off colouring in the plastic bottle with Sharpies. There is no right or wrong way to do this. The boys went mad and used every permanent marker that I had. You could, however, chose a smaller number of even add a pattern to your bottle.
I then cut lines down the bottle using a craft knife to start and then my scissors. My lines are not all the same thickness, but you could measure them if you wanted too.
Once you have cut the strips then you need to crease the strips. You do this by pushing the top of the bottle toward the bottom. This will cause the slits to collapse. Hold it in place and fold each slit in the center, creating a crease.
Then using a bradawl or a small screwdriver make two holes in the bottle lid, before taking your wire and threading throw to create a loop.
Then I threaded some beads onto some more wire and twisted that on to the cap.
You can easily add your light by pushing the top of the bottle down towards the bottom and slipping it in.
It looks wonderful in the garden during the day and spins as the wind catches it.
However, it really comes into its own as the night starts to fall. The lantern just glows with beautiful colours and I can not capture its beauty in any of the photographs I took.
It really is beautiful.
And it cost next to nothing.
I now want to fill my garden with them!
The boys had great fun making these and we are going to make a lot more so that we can see them all lit up in the apple tree.