This article was originally posted in Instructables and is reposted with permission from Ruud van Koningsbrugge.
Reuse plastic bottles to make these easy, elegant DIY garden lights that cost almost nothing.
After you've gathered the materials and tools, it takes only about 10 minutes to put together this garden light for your property.
Materials and tools you'll need to make one DIY garden light:
Use the hacksaw to cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle as well as a thin slice off the top of the cap.
Make four long cuts with the scissors along the corners of the plastic bottle.
Shape the four parts from Step 3 into leaves by trimming off the rounded corners.
Unscrew the cap from the plastic bottle. If there's an inner ring on the bottom of the cap, remove it with the hacksaw. The goal is to make the cap flat — and open — on the underside.
Cut six rings from the bicycle inner tube. Pull the rubber rings over the end of the broomstick, one at a time, so that they cover each other and form a layered gasket. Make sure the broomstick's end has been built up with enough rubber layers so that the bottle cap can be pushed on only with some effort. You may need to cut more rubber rings if the seal is too loose.
You can paint the bottle cap if you don't like the color of the plastic. I use one layer of acrylic modeling paste and one layer of artist's acrylic paint. Or — easy peasy — cover it with two more rubber rings cut from the inner tube.
Put the bottle onto the rubber-wrapped end of the stick. Insert the broomstick into the ground and place the tea light inside the bottle. You'll find that a tea light fits quite well inside the neck of the bottle. Light the candle by bending one leaf outward.
How many DIY garden lights can your garden take?
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