It’s finally starting to feel like summer and now is the perfect time to pull out those fun summer decorations! For those of you who have a little extra time during this season, why not start a new DIY project at home? Today I’ll be teaching you step by step how to upcycle and use ordinary polyethylene milk jug containers to create eye-catching lotus flower votives.
Step 1: Gather materials
Milk or water jugs (essentially, one gallon jug will make one flower, so make sure to plan accordingly regarding how many you’d like to make), paper petal templates, scissors, fine tip black sharpie marker, glue gun, ruler, WD-40 (to remove sticky labels) or “Goo-Gone”, rubbing alcohol to clean off the oily excess, indoor/outdoor purpose spray paint in whichever color you prefer, and a set of three LED Tealight candles (we also sell packs of colorful waterproof tealights)
You will need 8 small petals (2.75 inches each), 6 Medium (3 inches each), and 6 Large petals (4 inches each), and cut out a circle template about the size of the LED tealight
Trace and then carefully cut your template petals onto the polyethylene surface
This is what you should have to begin assembling:
This material is somewhat flexible, so you can bend it in and press on the petals for a more realistic portrayal.
Start by attaching all 8 of the small petals onto the center circle, followed by the 6 medium and then 6 large petals, evenly spaced.
This is how the front and back should turn out:
If you prefer to leave the flowers their original color, then you are finished! Otherwise, the next step is to coat an even layer of spray paint onto the top, bottom and all the nooks and crannies.
The votives do float but only without the tea lights. If you want to place them in a bird bath, you could add decorative stones onto the bottom for the flowers to rest upon. They would also be great accents as center pieces on a outdoor or indoor table as well!
This gorgeous orange, yellow, green and black poppy flower glass painted bird bath is available through our company, you can find it here!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! It’s fun and good for the environment to upcycle materials and turn them into something completely new