Fairy Light Flower Garland

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
5 Materials
30 Minutes

I love upcycling and this great flower garland is a wonderful and easy project. It looks great outside on the porch and is quite weather resistant. We're experiencing cold weather right now, so I’m going to hang mine inside, but it’s nice to know I can make this for my porch come spring. Also, it’s a great project you can make with your kids for their bedrooms.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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I used fairy lights, spray paint, an exacto knife, scissors and empty drink bottles. I found that when collecting bottles to do this project that a number of bottles that were used to hold carbonated drinks (like bubbly water) had caps that were made of a much tougher plastic than ones that held plain water. It was much harder to cut through those caps (to attach them to the fairy lights) than the regular caps, and I would recommend looking for bottles with thinner caps.

Step 2: Cut Bottles In Half

I used an exacto knife to cut my bottle about a third of the way down.

Step 3: Make Petals

I cut 5 or 6 slits in each bottle piece to create 5 or 6 petals for each flower.

Then I shaped each petal by rounding off the corners. I found they looked a little better when I tried cutting a little from each side. When shaping the petals I folded them open. It made it easier for me to cut and the flowers looked better with the petals opening up.

Step 4: Make Hole

I cut an X in each bottle cap. This is a nice place to pop a fairy light bulb through while still having enough tension so you won’t need to use anything else to hold them down.

Step 5: Paint Flower

A light spray with a paint that sticks to plastic brightens them right up. I’ve also seen people make these flowers where they left them in their original color. These were pretty blue bottles and would also look lovely as is but this garland is going in my daughter's room and she likes bright colors.

While it was still wet I sprayed the center of each flower (or tried to paint the center of each flower). Painting the second color immediately after the first made some cool marbling effects. Then I let it dry and popped the flowers on the fairy lights.

I think the paint dried beautifully!

And the project worked out so well on the bunk bed. My daughter loves the new fairly lights garlanding her bed frame.

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  • Xoqtox1960 Xoqtox1960 on Jan 01, 2017
    where can i find the fairy lights? i live in bklyn. thanks

  • Debebe Debebe on Mar 25, 2018

    how?to do thie practically

  • Jill Jill on Feb 12, 2019

    Could you use fingernail polish

    instead of spraypaint?

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