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With California in a severe drought and the water companies enforcing strict water usage rules, recycling is a great way to both help the environment and decorate a backyard. In this tutorial you will learn how to make flowers out of plastic bottles.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You will need the following materials:

Plastic Bottles

Scissors

Acrylic Paint

Paint Brush

String Lights (solar or plug in)

Pen

Step 2: Cutting the Plastic Bottle

Cut along the ridge that's right above the water label. Cutting along the ridge will allow you to cut in a straight line.

Step 3: Making the Petals

Cut 5 equally spaced vertical lines. The vertical cuts should be approximately 1 1/2 inches in length.

Step 4: Giving the Petals Shape and Form

Make curved edges between each vertical cut that was made in step 3.

Step 5:

Pull the petals back toward the bottle cap.

Step 6: Paint Your Flowers

Choose your favorite colors and paint your flowers with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry and paint a second coat.

Step 7: Make a Hole OnThe Bottle Cap

Using a pen, make a hole on the bottle cap

Step 8: Decorating a String of Lights

Carefully insert a light into the hole that you made using the pen.

Step 9: Decorate Your Back Yard

Wrap the string of lights around a tree. Whether there's sunlight or moonlight, your backyard will have a beautiful display of reused plastic flowers.

<p>They look like real flowers from the tree.</p>
<p>Very nice! Love it </p>
<p>I really like this idea.</p>
I love these!
<p>These look great!</p>
<p>Wow, I'm going to actually try this! =D</p>
<p>good job </p>
<p>REALLY pretty!!!!</p><p>I like it and IMMA HAVE to try this!</p>
<p>Very nice and creative! </p>
<p>I like this because it is quicker than to plant real flowers.</p>
<p>Very nice i would like to make this in the future. </p>
Great way to use old bottles. And it looks great!
<p>thank you</p>
<p>They look so nice with lights and everything!:)</p>
<p>A great way to make beautiful flowers!</p>
nice...
<p>Very original and clever design idea, especially when using the bottle tops, which most people discard when reusing the material. <strong>NICE</strong>!</p>

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