Nancy at Craft Your Happiness
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Elegant Path Lights From Soda Bottles

8 Materials
$3.00
20 Minutes
Medium

These mini torches are upcycled from 7oz plastic soda bottles and look lovely lining a path or walkway. They use battery operated tea lights so they're super safe. You can make them any color you like. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS
elegant path lights from soda bottles
We used a Pepsi 12oz size bottle. It had nice curves for the project.
EDIT: I had to add these tea lights I just found. Waterproof with a remote! http://amzn.to/2oI7l9s
elegant path lights from soda bottles
Wrap masking tape around the bottle, just below the top bevel.  This will become your cut line. Using the X-acto knife, cut below the tape to separate the bottle into 2 pieces. The bottom portion of the bottle will become your light holder.  If you choose to discard the top portion of the bottle, be sure to save the bottle cap as it will be used later.
elegant path lights from soda bottles
Once you have your design drawn, use the X-acto knife to cut out the design.
elegant path lights from soda bottles
Carefully remove the sections that will be covered in paint, leaving the remaining tape in place to create the design.
elegant path lights from soda bottles
elegant path lights from soda bottles
When creating the designs, we opted for a chevron, polka dots and angled lines, but the possibilities are endless!
elegant path lights from soda bottles
In a well ventilated area, spray the bottles with the desired color.  Let dry.
elegant path lights from soda bottles
Once dry, remove the remaining tape to reveal your design.
elegant path lights from soda bottles
If using a solid paint, you can see here that the design is much more visible and vibrant.  Once the tape is removed, set aside the plastic bottles and prepare your stakes.
elegant path lights from soda bottles
To begin creating your stakes, cut the 36″ dowel into three 12″ pieces. Using a hot glue gun, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the end of a dowel.
elegant path lights from soda bottles
Place a bottle cap onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry. Once dry, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the bottle cap.
elegant path lights from soda bottles
Depending on your color choices, paint the dowel and cap to match your bottle. Place the base of the bottle onto the hot glue and hold in place until dry.
elegant path lights from soda bottles
elegant path lights from soda bottles
THESE ARE NOT MEANT TO BE KEPT OUT IN ALL WEATHER. IF YOU WISH TO DO THAT USE THE FOLLOWING
Replace some of the above items with the following.
  • waterproof glue
  • Wood Sealer for dowels
  • Drill or something to Polk small holes in bottom of cuts to allow for draining
  • Water proof tea lights with remote ( http://amzn.to/2paryrx )

Suggested materials:

  • Plastic soda bottle (We used Pepsi 12oz size)
  • Dowels 1/2" 36" long cut into three 12" sections
  • X-acto knife
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Barbara Klish
    on Apr 17, 2017

    Is there a glue that will withstand hot or freezing weather better than hot glue? We have both of those and hot glue will pop off or soften.
    • Brittany N
      on Jun 26, 2019

      E6000 works wonders! Maybe try an epoxy? Or even an epoxy resin since there’s so many different types ?

  • PHIL
    on Apr 17, 2017

    HOW LONG DOES THE TEA LIGHT BATTERIES LAST?
  • Tami Stone
    on Apr 17, 2017

    Since the candle is glued on to the cap, how do you turn it on/off?
    • Pat whitmus
      on Jun 30, 2018

      The remote was if you would like to leave them outside all year and came with further instructions as to appropriate changes that also had to be made.

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