- Looking for a cost effective and fun way to entertain the children this summer?
- Make beautiful garden lanterns with your family on a budget
- Jen Walshaw from The Mad House shares her passion for getting crafty with her children with us in her guest blog for LV=
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 really well. The lantern was inspired by a couple of garden ornaments that I had seen including these water bottle wind spirals and this plastic bottle wind spinner.
Jen is passionate about crafting and cooking, and can often be found in the kitchen teaching her boys (aged 8 and 10) to make pizza dough, or making homemade gifts for family and friends. When not up to her eyes in flour or paint, She can be found writing about living a creative family life at www.muminthemadhouse.com.
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
Instructions part one
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.
Instructions part two
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.
Instructions part three
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 centre, creating a crease.
Instructions part four
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.
Instructions part five
Then I threaded some beads on to some more wire and twisted that on to the cap.
Instructions part six
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 in to its own as the night starts to fall. The lantern just glows with beautiful colours and I can’t quite capture its full beauty in any of the photographs I took.
They are beautiful, easy to make and it cost next to nothing
I now want to fill my whole garden with them!