Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Plastic Soda Bottle Floral Candleholder

 We all know plastic soda bottles are basically trash no matter that you toss them in the recycle bin. But who said plastic soda bottles can't be made into something decorative and useful at the same time! Something creative and  treasured, too! Like a plastic soda bottle floral candleholder! Imagine one casting a warm inviting, colorful glow in the shape of a flower in your home! 

Welcome to this month's Sustainable Craft Challenge Blog Hop hosted by Julie @Sum of their Stories! This month's theme is Trash to Treasure! The challenge is all about sustainable crafting with a different theme each month!  The projects must have some sort of a sustainable element to them. This could be an upcycling or recycling element, or something that reduces waste, uses leftovers, etc. 

Materials used:

  • Plastic soda bottle
  • Craft knife/scissors
  • Clothes iron
  • Flower petal template
  • White foam sheet - thin 3mm (19"x19")
  • Mod Podge
  • Parchment paper
  • Paint brush/sponge brush
  • Rolling pin (for shape)
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Flameless color tealight

How to:

Let's begin by removing the label, and washing and drying a 2 liter, clear plastic soda bottle.

Once the bottle is dry, using a craft or utility knife, cut off the bottom portion following the ridge around the bottle or the imaginary line from the label that was once there.

I wanted the bottom portion of the candle holder smaller so I cut off .  .  . 

a bit more, slicing it vertically and then .  .  .
horizontally around. Next, seal the edge with a clothes iron to give it a nice rounded finish. (I forgot to take a picture of this) Here's how to do it: First, set your iron on high. Then press the cut edge of the plastic bottle firmly on the flat portion of the iron for a few seconds until it starts to curve, giving it a nice clean finished edge. Doing this will not damage the iron in any way.

For the floral look, I found a flower clipart online which I copied and saved. 
Then I  printed out one of the petals that I enlarged to about five inches. I estimated that I needed fourteen petals. So I was able to put two petals on a sheet of paper to print.

Next, I took a large foam sheet and painted on a layer of Mod Podge and .  .  .

laid the petals on top of the Mod Podged foam sheet, smoothing them out. Then added a coat of Mod Podge on top of the petals to seal and let dry!

Once all the petals were dry, began cutting out the individual petals.

Since I wanted the flower image on both sides of the petals, I flipped the image on my computer and printed out fourteen more petals to be .  .  .

mod podged to the back of the first foam sheet petals.

The front and back petals fit perfectly together!
Once the double sided petals were dry, placed the individual petals on a hot iron (not shown) and then wrapped each petal around a small rolling pin to get the curved shape for all the petals.

Here, I laid out what I had in mind for attaching the petals to the plastic soda bottle base.
 Then began adding hot glue to the bottom narrow piece of a petal .  .  .
and attaching it to the plastic soda bottle candleholder.

First one row near the top and .  .  .
and then the second row.
How cool does this look!
Like a blooming flower!
And with the inserted flameless color tealight!
Lit in purple!

I hope you enjoyed how I made my Plastic Soda Bottle Floral 
Candle Holder - 
A Trash to Treasure Upcycled Sustainable Craft!

Be sure to check out all the creative Trash to Treasure Sustainable Craft projects from my fellow crafters listed below:

Julie @Sum of Their Stories  - Upcycled Strawberry Vase

Gail @Purple Hues and Me - Plastic Soda Bottle Floral Candleholder

Terri @Our Good Life - Recycled Altoid Tin for the Perfect Fathers Day Gift

Mel @Decor Craft Design - DIY Raised Pot for Summer Decor

Christine @Christine’s Crafts - Create a Cute Basket from an Aerosol Lid

Allyson @Southern Sunflowers - DIY Shell Mirror for Coastal Decor

Shelly @Mimi – A Great Name for Grandma - DIY Upcycled Yard Skeleton

Jo @A Rose Tinted World - How To Make A Crumb Quilt - Make A Scrappy Quilt Block


  1. This looks amazing with the tealight lot! The petals are so realistic, they are definitely worth the work of doing both sides. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much Christine! I tried how the petals would look without the underside and that didn't look too good. Glad I did both sides!

  2. Very pretty Gail. Love how it looks up lit up. Very creative and resourceful.

    1. Thanks so much, Linda! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment. You are one busy lady creating your beautiful tablescapes and parties!

  3. Looks beautiful and fancy! Love the purple so much!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments, Mel! It was fun making this in my favorite color!

  4. Great tutorial on how to make your floral candleholder - very easy to follow. Your project looks amazing as they always do!

  5. Wow, is there any limit to the creative things you can do with old plastic bottles and craft foam? This is so beautiful and such a clever idea.

    1. Thanks so much, Julie! I think I might be a two subject crafter, lol! Just kidding! I will miss this hop next month! Have a great time vacationing!

  6. What a pretty result, amazing ways of reusing old bottles. And I LOVE the colour!

  7. Gail, this is absolutely beautiful! It is amazing what you come up with using plastic soda bottles! I would have never dreamed of such a stunning end product....the shade of purple is so rich and beautiful! You truly did create a great craft with out theme of trash to treasure! I am pinning so I can try this. I know you stated the iron wouldn't get ruined when pressing the plastic bottle, but did you need to use any protective covering when you did the petals before rolling them?

  8. These are so dramatic and Art Deco. I love the purple, too. Plastic soda bottles and water bottle need to always be so beautiful!

  9. Stunning! I love how you curved each petal to give your flower dimension - so realistic! I do have one question: What kind of printer do you use?

  10. Wonderful! I adore how you realistically bent each petal to give your flower character!


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