How to Make Flower Votives
Did you know: not only can you recycle a plastic jug, but you can upcycle it too!
Here is how to turn an ordinary polyethylene container into an eye-catching lotus flower votive.
Gather the needed materials. For this project, you will need: a milk or water jug, paper petal templates, scissors, fine tip black sharpie marker, glue gun, ruler, indoor/outdoor purpose spray paint in whichever color you prefer, and a set of LED Tealight candles or colorful waterproof tealights.
Side note: a one gallon jug will make one flower, so make sure to plan accordingly for how many you’d like to make.
Make the paper petal templates. You will need eight small petals (2.75 inches each), six medium (3 inches each), and six 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
Start by attaching all eight of the small petals onto the center circle, followed by the six medium and then six large petals, evenly spaced.
This material is somewhat flexible, so you can bend it in and press on the petals for a more realistic look.
If you prefer to leave the flowers in their original color, then you’re finished! Otherwise, the next step is to coat an even layer of spray paint onto the top, bottom and all the nooks and crannies.
These votives make great accents as center pieces on a outdoor or indoor table.
Not only is it fun to upcycle materials and turn them into something completely new, but it is also great for the environment!