Everybody has drank from plastic bottles. Furthermore, everyone knows that you need to recycle these plastic bottles. Even if the city you live in does not have recycling facilities, it’s possible to recycle plastic bottles. Trust me, the suggestions I have are fun, exciting and creative. It can be very fun to recycle plastic bottles!
Recycle Water Bottles by Creating Pendant Lights
Creating pendant lighting by recycling plastic bottles is fairly simple. Start out with some pendant lights. You can get these at most builders supply stores fairly inexpensively. Get as many plastic bottles as you need pendant lights. I like to use the Flavor Splash water bottles because of their molded design and slightly triangular shape. If you wanted a more rounded look, you could use Aquafina water bottles. If you want a smoother look, you could use Coca-Cola 20-oz products. If you wanted a larger pendant light you could recycle plastic bottles that are two liters in size. The possibilities are endless.
Using a sharp knife, cut the plastic bottle where the label meets the top portion of the bottle. This makes the light cover for your pendant light. When you are cutting the plastic bottle, make sure you make the edges even because you want this to look as professionally done as possible. If done right, people will not be able to tell that these are recycled plastic bottles.
After you have the top of the plastic bottle cut off, get some spray paint. I like using light colors such as yellow or lime green that really make the soft light pop. Spray paint the top of the bottle using your chosen color. Let them dry. After they dry, you can take your recycled plastic bottle pendant light one step further. You can paint fun designs or pictures on them for a real unique look.
Once the tops of the plastic bottles have dried, you can string them on the pendant light. Voila! You have a chic, green, and cheap light fixture that is sure to get plenty of compliments. The best part is, you are being very eco-friendly by recycling plastic bottles.
A word of safety: use light bulbs that have a very low watt. Do not leave your recycled plastic bottle pendant light unattended for long periods of time. You do not want the plastic to melt and catch fire. I use small energy-efficient light bulbs with mine that have the equivalent of 40 watts. The energy efficient light bulbs give off less heat. If you are using a smaller plastic bottle to make these pendant lights, use light bulbs that are smaller than the standard size.
With some pendant light kits and plastic bottles you have created a chic and unique eco-friendly light fixture that will brighten your living space for years to come.