decoration, DIY

Plastic bottles upcycled into cacti lights

September 22, 2016

I saw this picture by artist Veronika Richterova and I knew I wanted to make cacti just like that. Why didn’t I think of that?! That’s always the questions when I see a good idea. Do you know that feeling?

Well anyway, you know what they say: steal from an artist. Or was it steal like an artist? Obviously I can’t remember and these plastic bottles upcycled into cacti don’t mind. And I gave credit, so it’s ok, right?

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I turned this plastic bottles into cute plant lights to go with my growing collection of indoor plants. I have to admit though that the ones by Veronika Richterova are much better looking. But hey, I did my best and that’s all that matters.

DIY upcycled plastic bottles cactus lights | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

What you need:

  • plastic bottles (green and colored ones)
  • scissors
  • a scalpel
  • a drilling machine with different sized drills
  • fairy lights

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Take the green bottle and cut the mouth piece off.

DIY upcycled plastic bottles cactus lights | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

Drill holes into the bottle to assemble the look of a cacti. On one bottle I carved little triangles into it and bend them outwards. This version even stings like a cactus but it took me much more time.

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Cut the top off the colored bottle and slice it with the scissors so it assembles a flour.

DIY upcycled plastic bottles cactus lights | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

Make a hole at the top of the green plastic bottle and attach the flower. You only have to stick it in.

DIY upcycled plastic bottles cactus lights | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

Now put the fairy lights into a planter, put the plastic bottle cacti on top and you’re done!

DIY upcycled plastic bottles cactus lights | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

As I mentioned mine are not as creative but I was limited to these 3 green bottles. I don’t really drink that many sugary drinks (I like to make the drinks myself) and getting all these PET bottles was therefore quite hard.

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Now that they’re up I’m quite pleased with this upcycling project. I had to redecorate my shelf though but it makes for a good #shelfie now.

DIY upcycled plastic bottles cactus lights | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

But now I’m curious: How do you like this project? Yeah or nay?

Now. Carry on!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Claire September 25, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Love this idea, great cactus craft. I am pinning to my cactus board for later. Good photos too! Thanks

    • Reply sarah September 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you, Claire! I’m so glad you like tgem as much as I do! 🌵❤️

  • Reply Ivory September 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    You are very creative and talent. I would never thought to do this in a million years. Thanks for the ideas.

  • Reply Rosy | Love Decorations October 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Huhu liebe Sarah 🙂

    Mit diesem DIY hast du bei mir genau ins Schwarze getroffen – Kaktus-Liebe und so *-*
    Deine Flaschen-Kakteen sehen so mega aus und ist mal was ganz anderes!

    Wünsche dir noch eine schöne Woche und alles Liebe,
    deine Rosy ♥

    • Reply sarah October 4, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Hallo Rosy,

      das ist ganz lieb von dir! Ich bin froh, dass sie dir gefallen – ich war mir ja unsicher, auch nach der Reaktion meines Umfelds aka mein Freund. 😉

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