Here’s a great way to recycle your used bottles. How about making a Christmas tree out of glass water bottles?
It’s an original and pretty way to use up your bottles and save money on a Christmas tree. The bottles sit upside down on dowels, with tealight candles on each of them.
If you don’t need to use the glue, you can take it apart to store for next year. Even if you do use the glue, the bottles could come off and the base could be stored in a workshop cupboard.
This project requires the use of workshop equipment, such as a table saw and a drill. If you’re happy with that, have a try!
- Gold spray paint
- Tealight candles
- 13 green glass water bottles
- 6 dowels
- Wooden round
- Glue (if required)
- Drill with 5/8 spade bit
- Use of a table saw
- Primer paint
- Paint brush
To Remove The Labels From The Bottles
- Put the bottles in a dishwasher with the heat cycle off.
- Remove from the dishwasher.
- Take the labels off immediately; the steam should make the labels come right off.
To Prepare The Tree Base
- Rule out 4 lines in a pie grid.
- Mark a 1-inch mark from the outer edges of each line.
- On 4 of the lines, mark 3.5 inches from the 1-inch mark.
- Drill holes at all the 1-inch and 3.5-inch marks all the way through.
- Cut the 8 outer dowels to 9.5 inches.
- Cut the 4 inner dowels to 15 inches.
- Cut the center dowel to 23 inches.
- Paint a coat of primer, and allow it to dry.
- Spray 3 coats of gold paint on the round and the dowels, allowing it to dry between each coat.
- Place dowels in holes; if they’re not a tight fit, use glue to secure them.
- Add a dot of glue to the top of each dowel, then place the bottle upside-down on the top.
- Add tealight candles to the top (bottom) of each bottle with a dot of glue if you wish.