Picture of Plastic Bottle "Stained Glass" Candleholder
Turn those old soda bottles laying around into beautiful "stained glass" candleholders perfect for your next garden party, or a great gift, and made from materials and tools you likely have laying around the house already and would wind up getting thrown out instead of being turned into a beautiful light.

Remember to never leave candles unattended! We've burned ours for hours on end with no problems- actually we were hoping the plastic edges would curl more than they have, and we feel ours to be perfectly safe to use indoors but I keep an eye on it. You might prefer to use it outdoors because of burning a candle inside of plastic, but it could easily be made into a lamp if you wired a led into it or filled it with Christmas lights.

Also please remember to rate this instructable if you like it, and vote for it in the contest! Thanks!!!

Step 1: What you need

Picture of what you need
2 Clean used clear plastic soda bottles with a compartmentalized base
Sharpie pens of whatever colors you want your project to be
Tea light
Glass tea light holder
Elmer's glue (or any other glue you want) (optional)

Instead of Sharpies you can use Mod Podge and food color to make your own color.Mix Mod Podge with food coloring I use a container with an airtight lid so that way I can save my color and use it for another one or something else. I write the the amount of drops of food coloring I used to make color that way I know how I got that color so I can recreate or edit it. Brush on plastic and let dry on wax paper it will dry clear.


1.pay attention to what kind of Mod Podge you are using it comes in glossy and matte. combining the 2 on different pieces would be cool.

2. try on scrap pieces first

3. another cool technique is to use very super fine sand paper and frost the clear plastic..

scubagal6 years ago
Is anyone aware of other perm methods for coloring plastic other than Sharpies?
You can use alcohol inks make for rubber stamping to color plastic. Or make your own by using Rit dye and rubbing alcohol.

You can make alcohol ink using sharpies. I did this to color ping pong balls. They turned out really nice. Youtube has how to videos. I used vinyl lettering as a resist to put words on the balls.

There's the paint on "stained glass" material.  It's a lot quicker and easier, but too expensive for me :(
I love this! In fact, it gave me another idea for a, save, indoor lamp. Let's see how far I will get...
kukopia5 years ago
What did you cut them with?
With scissors, what else would you cut them with.....your finger
ibaluyot4 years ago
.......i made it. . i've tried to make it on my own
kukopia5 years ago
I'm using this instructable for small hanging lamps.

If I did use it as a candle holder, I'd put some sand in the bottom to make it more stable and hold the candle flatly in the center.
Kool idea! I think I might do that too! These are gorgeous. Instead of real candles though, I think i'll use the fake tea lights... just to be on the safe side.
Meshia5 years ago
Do we only use the bottom part of one bottle? And then cut the top & bottom part off of the other ones?
bauble6 years ago
How beautiful. That's such a great idea using Sharpie pens. I've never seen pretty colors like that so will have to hunt them down. They sound like a simple alternative to glass paint. Thanks.
CrystalStranger (author)  bauble6 years ago
I bought a big pack of Sharpies at Costco one day that has more colors in it than I ever knew they made, hope that helps...
Lucky girl. In my part of the world it is harder to find things. I've tried the big department variety stores with no luck. I can get them at a chain of office supplies stores when I'm near one. They don't have sets though and a limited range of colors. But I'm looking forward to getting my hands on whatever colors I can get. Anyone who's got blue and green fizzy drink bottles could use them to make these candle holders. And I'm sure you've got the LED gurus inspired to rig up their LEDs using your ideas.
CrystalStranger (author)  bauble6 years ago
This looks like the set I bought- more than I paid but look around further on Ebay: Sharpie Pens
Got some. A four pack of Black, Green, Red and Blue. And singles of some prettier colors. I wouldn't buy the Violet again. It is very pale on clear plastic and so is Rose. Magenta, Orange and Lime are all good and Berry is the best of all, very bright. The four pack colors are all good too.
kacy6 years ago
this is very cool, can see many uses both inside and out hanging and table top ... thanks
mmh6 years ago
Recycled, cute & thrifty. What more can one ask for?
NinjaSloth mmh6 years ago
laser beams...
CrystalStranger (author)  NinjaSloth6 years ago
You could always try adding them..... I could picture it.
comodore6 years ago
That's soo nice, i like it. I am a guy that hates plastic bottles... I usually buy water and juses in glass bottles, but this, what you made is soo elegant, you made something so ugly look so beautiful! rate:***** +I added it to my mythbusters group...
How is this mythbusters??
Well, its not that much mythbusters, but when you look at the mythbusters you can see everything from ofcource Science, robotics, electronic, green, art, everything!!!! So this is a little bit mythbusters, everything has a little bit of mythbusters, the question is whether you like it or not to add it to the group...
CrystalStranger (author)  comodore6 years ago
Thanks! I usually buy everything in glass to but I've been sick lately and since I can't do my own shopping I don't complain about what I get! And I guess it was good timing for the contest and all.... What is your mythbusters group? Please send me a link!

here you go, if you like it, join! Feel free to make a new topic! :)
jeff-o6 years ago
You could also stick down masking tape and draw your pattern on that.
CrystalStranger (author)  jeff-o6 years ago
Yeah that would work good- and if you wanted to get fancy you could use the small masking tape that is used for pinstriping to outline it and then remove the tape and have clear spaces between the colors.... I might try that.....
stinkymum6 years ago
These are so pretty!
ChrysN6 years ago
Very pretty!
jeff-o6 years ago
Ooooh - pretty!
fire_weasel6 years ago
Very cool!