Thursday, 29 March 2012

Adorable DIY decorations ........ using Bottoms of Plastic Bottles!!!!

Aren't these plastic flowers gorgeous? 
Look closer:
 Yup, they are the bottoms of plastic botttles. How cool is that? Can you picture using cascades of these to decorate? 

Or, if you're really creative, you could make one of these:

Michelle Brand's Blossom Project.

Blossom is an eco-ambient light made from the bases of plastic bottles and a string of LEDs. It also looks like Michelle painted the bottle bases.

So if you're like me and have a bunch of water bottles lying around, this is a perfect project to create an eco-friendly light for your home.

So here's a rough tutorial:

Step One: Using a utility knife, cut the bases off the water bottles.

Step Two: Paint the plastic bases to your liking.

Step Three: String a set of 4-5 LEDs in parallel. Be sure to add the appropriate resistor to each LED. Repeat this process 4-5 times. After you have your 5 sets of LED strings, wire these to 3.4-3.7 V wall adapter (an old cellphone adapter works perfectly).

You can essentially follow the steps from the LED Chandelier tutorial found in Fashioning Technology to learn how to wire a number of LEDs together.

Step Four: Cut a hole from the center of the water bottle bases. Slip the LED lights into the center of each base. Using a dab of hot glue, secure the LED into place.

Or, for those of you who are ambitious and want to make this a few month long project, you can always create a lovely room divider.

 Room Divider

Or, you can spend R1, 200 for it!
Doesn't this look gorgeous!!! 
  (I think I'll start saving plastic bottles!)