Recycled soda bottles can make great lanterns, either to hold battery operated tea lights, or to hang as is, as Sukkah decorations. While I haven't actually figured out how I'm going to use mine, I am planning to make as many as time allows and then possibly hang them around a large ring, or in mobile like groupings, we'll see!
I do think that the lanterns looks stunning as is, though I may add some of the gold coin fringe I mentioned here, as always I struggle with my modern vs Moroccan/crafty aesthetic!
- Recycled plastic soda bottles
- good scissors
- tissue paper
- white glue mixed mixed with water
- a metal hole punch
- wire, string etc. to hang
Cut off the top portion only to make a lantern with a bottom, or cut off both the top and bottom portions of the bottle to make a cylindrical lantern.
With a brush, apply your decoupage medium or glue/water solution to the bottle, and lay the strips of tissue paper over the glue. Go over the tissue paper with a brush dipped in more glue, and make sure that the tissue paper is saturated. Proceed around the bottle and set aside to dry. Brush with a top coat to seal and create a better adherance to the bottle. Punch holes around the rim as needed for attaching string or ribbon for hanging lanterns.
I just realized that one can also make lanterns using my Recycled soda bottle packages idea, which would also be great mixed in with more translucent tissue paper ones. Enjoy!