First and foremost, it is important to avoid using plastic water bottles if at all possible. You can recycle them, but as Becky wrote in the Ten Projects for Plastic Bottles post, all of that recycling requires energy and not all bottles can be recycled. In that same post, Becky shared the idea of using a plastic bottle as a votive holder. I had a plastic bottle after hiking this week and decided to make my own version of a water bottle candle holder!
What You Will Need:
1. A water bottle or other plastic bottle
4. Small rocks
5. A candle. I used a flameless LED candle because I didn’t have any tealights on hand. You could even make your own candle using our How To: Rolled Beeswax Tealight Candles tutorial.
How To Do It:
1. Cut off the top of your bottle. I cut off a little bit more than half way.
2. Fill your bottle with sand. I used sandbox sand because my friend had some, but you can use whatever you have.
3. Put your candle into the sand. If you’re using a real candle (one with a flame), put more sand in your bottle so that it pushes the candle above the plastic. (Warning: PLEASE watch your candle and make sure it does not melt the plastic/start a fire. I did not get to try the candle holder with a real candle so please be careful!)
4. Add your rocks.
You’re done! Isn’t it perfect for summer? I can definitely see this on a patio table by a pool or even at a beach wedding! Since I have neither of those, I’m putting mine by this cute aqua lantern!
Are you guys starting to work on an summer crafts yet? Don’t forget to share them with us at The Green Crafts Showcase!