Fairy House Lamp Using Plastic Bottles

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Hello, in this tutorial I show you how I made a fairy house lamp using nothing but coca cola plastic bottles, tin foil, paint, hot glue and paper clay

Supplies:

Step 1: Adjusting the Plastic Bottles

I first cut the bottoms of the large bottles, and adjusted the length of the small one. I then glue the coke bottles together.

Step 2: Shaping the Fairy House With Tin Foil

Build the shape of the house using tin foil and hot glue. This is a fast way to achieve a basic volume that will be the base for our paper clay. You should have the general shape of your fairy house in no time. Next we will draw the locations of the windows and door of the fairy house. Considering it will be a lamp you should draw as many windows as you can so the light will come out nicely.

Step 3: Cover With Paper Clay

You can now cover everything with paper clay. (I used "Das modelling material" but you can use Keraplast or any paper clay or even a homemade paper clay - I have a video about that on my YouTube channel) I use paper clay because it doesn't shrink like normal air dry clay. So don't use natural air dry clay, it will shrink and that will result in a lot of cracks around your bottles.

You can work in one layer or, if you are a beginner you should work in two layers, one for covering the surface and the second one for the details like wood texture, roof tiles, chimney, door steps. After the paper clay is dry you can easily add more details using tin foil and hot glue. For example I added some wood under the little balcony. The roof tiles should be placed starting from the bottom of the roof and working your way up. Let everything dry.

Step 4: Painting and TADA!

I used watercolors and watercolor crayons for painting because I like working in layers and be able to change if I don't like the way it looks. You can also use acrylic paint. It's up to you. In the end you can seal the paint using some matte spray varnish. I placed some battery LED lights under the house. I recommend you use soft lights that will gently illuminate your windows so it looks like a real house. DON'T USE HEAT EMITTING LIGHTS!

I hope you like my project. See you!

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    jjomarie

    7 weeks ago on Introduction

    This is awesome ! Absolutely wonderful and it looks easy peasy too! I can’t wait to make one. I love everything about it. And the materials needed are so simple! I love it.

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    jenmc911

    Question 4 months ago on Step 4

    I'm a new follower, your creations are really spectacular. I was wondering how much clay would you say you used for this project? I have to order my clay online (thanks for the link!) so I want to be sure to get enough but not too much. Thanks.

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    IzzyA4

    Question 10 months ago on Introduction

    What is your favorite blender brand to use for making the paper solution you make out of cardboard, water, and PVA glue? I want to buy a really good blender, as mine wasn’t good. I saw you use a blender to make a brown paper solution for a project making a Humpty Dumpty doll (on YouTube)

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    Maurilio-gm C.CGorettiS1

    Reply 10 months ago

    Cara GorettiS1:

    Não use computador ou navegador Google Chrome (sem complica celular, rs). Abra uma página simplesmente. Clique em cima de qualquer texto do instrutable, escolha Traduzir para o Português, e ... voilá ....

    Leia à vontade, copie para o Word (ou qualquer outro que você queira), corrija as imagens e o texto, e pronto!

    PS: a tradução não é perfeita como a feita por humanos: ocorrem muitos errinhos bobos, como as palavras invertidas ou estranhas ao conteúdo. Aí é só corrigir!

    Depois da 1a triagem, você pode passar o corretor ortográfico.

    Como o corretor do Word obedece à ortografia brasileira, o google segue uma ortografia de Portugal, vão aparecer muitos erros, mas nada que atrapalhe o entendimento.

    Abraços.

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    NarkR

    10 months ago on Introduction

    GREAT TUTE - and pictures!!! thanks for sharing.

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    crossbones47

    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    Where can i find a list of recommended tools/materials etc. that i would need to keep on hand create some fairy homes using plastic bottles? (glue gun, glue, paints, etc.)

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    TeresaM7

    Question 1 year ago

    Are you using a high heat or low heat glue gun?

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    AzureOzma

    1 year ago

    How charming!! This one I definitely have to try! Thank you

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    Bob Stafford

    1 year ago

    Can be made with Pal Tiya. Modelling material for permanent outdoors sculpture/ features for the garden. Go to Pal Tiya Facebook.

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    Padgh

    1 year ago

    fantastic, novel and looks great. Well done!

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    foxuk

    1 year ago

    Great - I'm debating sending a link to my wife as she will want one or fifty six!

    As she hasn't got a birthday until next 18th December I think I'll risk it.

    What clay would you use for outdoors?

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    NonexB

    1 year ago

    I will try to make one in the future, thank you for sharing

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    NonexB

    1 year ago

    WOW!!! you are amazing

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    jaimepm

    1 year ago

    Amazing! Hands down, the best use of those dreaded plastic bottles EVER!! You are more than creative, Creative Mother. You are an artiste! =)

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    rinkishimo

    1 year ago

    that is pretty cool house. i like those silly windows all around :) thanks for sharing.

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    TeresaM7

    1 year ago

    These are beautiful!

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    sue.donim.144

    1 year ago

    neat looking ! and maybe using the flickering type lights will make it look like it is lit by a fire/candles and not electricity. could add cotton colored gray for smoke .

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    TheresaM86

    1 year ago

    really good instructions very detailed