Since there aren’t a plethora of “smart” crafting projects/tutorials available, every Friday I’m going to try to find inspiration from other crafts for a weekend project . For this week, we have Michelle Brand‘s Blossom. Blossom is an eco-ambient light made from the bases of plastic bottles and a string of LEDs. It also looks like Michelle painted the bottle bases. So if you’re like me and have a bunch of water bottles lying around, this is a perfect project to create an eco-friendly light for your home. So here’s a rough tutorial: Step One: Using a utility knife, cut the bases off the water bottles. Step Two: Paint the plastic bases to your liking. Step Three: String a set of 4-5 LEDs in parallel. Be sure to add the appropriate resistor to each LED. Repeat this process 4-5 times. After you have your 5 sets of LED strings, wire these to 3.4-3.7 V wall adapter (an old cellphone adapter works perfectly). You can essentially follow the steps from the LED Chandelier tutorial found in Fashioning Technology to learn how to wire a number of LEDs together. Step Four: Cut a hole from the center of the water bottle bases. Slip the LED lights into the center of each base. Using a dab of hot glue, secure the LED into place.
For those of you who are ambitious and want to make this a few month long project, you can always create a lovely room divider. Good luck and have fun!!!