How to Make a Plastic Bottle Chandelier - for 20 Bucks

I find this plastic bottle chandelier interesting, in an inelegant yet cheeky yet environmentally friendly kind of way. And for 20 bucks, why not give it a try?

All you need:

  • a strand of icicle-style Christmas lights with 100 bulbs
  • a leather bracelet a-la 90's rocker style (although my suggestion would be a couple of white zip ties)
  • 2 ceiling hooks, like they use for hanging plants
  • 10 1-liter plastic soda or juice bottles
  • an X-acto knife or a very sharp bread knife

All you do:

Cut the bottom 1/3 off the bottles with the X-acto knife, then remove the bottle’s lids and discard. Slip 2 icicle light strands through the tops of each bottle and hold all the strands together with the leather bracelet or zip tie. You can fashion a loop with the additional zip tie (threaded through the first zip tie) to hang the chandelier from the ceiling hook. Hang fixture from ceiling, and you're done.

The original poster suggests that you shouldn’t leave the chandelier unattended, just in case the plastic bottles melt (!). To forestall meltage, I’d look for LED icicle lights, but they would increase your investment.

Via Readymade.

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Laila on Feb 16, 2014:

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Anonymous on Feb 07, 2012:

I would love to have seen a photo.

DIY Maven on Jan 31, 2012:

@Mayeen--you'll have to get in touch with Readymade for permission. 

Mayeen on Jan 31, 2012:

Hi, im a student doing a ICT controlled assessment, is it okay if i use this idea and your image? it would be very helpful if i can becuase the rules state i cannot use any images with copyright on them. the coursework is based on up-cycled items and they are very hard to find, i will credit you and anything else that is needed, please reply asap.

Thank You


kids tops on Dec 08, 2011:

This is a good idea. You just need to bring out your creativity, and it is very affordable and eco-friendly.

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