To decorate the site, you can make a palm tree from brown and green plastic bottles. It is not difficult at all and quite interesting, besides, the bottles will be used profitably, and not thrown into a landfill.
- brown and green PET bottles 2 l;
- 1/2 inch pipe;
- steel bar or wire 4 mm.
Palm making process
At the location of the palm tree, a pipe is driven into the ground. It will serve as a trunk frame. Its height will correspond to the height of the palm tree. Further, the bottom of brown bottles is cut off and from the side of the cut they are cut along.
It is necessary to cut narrow strips 3-4 cm long. Then they are all or in random order with gaps in several strips bent at right angles outward.
Prepared brown bottles without caps are put on the tube to the top. If there are not enough of them, you can install a 0.5 l bottle on the top.
Green bottles are used to make palm leaves. They also cut off the bottom, then they bloom up to the shoulders in 3 or 4 parts. The resulting wide stripes are trimmed at the sides to form a sheet.
Blanks of sheets need to be cut at an angle on the sides to imitate feathers like on a real palm tree. After that, a hole is drilled in the cap of the bottle-leaf corresponding to the diameter of the existing rod.
From a rod or wire, 4 arcuate frames are harvested for palm branches. Bends are made on one edge of the blanks. After that, bottles imitating sheets are put on the rods.
Drilled caps are installed between them, this will reduce the consumption of green bottles, which take a long time to trim.
The protruding edges of the rods on the workpieces are bent down. The result is hooks that are inserted into the pipe of the trunk of the palm tree.
To fix the branches, you need to cut a wooden wedge and hammer it into the pipe between the rods. He will open them, and they will not go anywhere.
If desired, you can refine the transition between the trunk and branches. To do this, the green bottle is cut into strips and tied to the top of the barrel, but you can do without it. You can also decorate the palm tree with small balls or balls that imitate coconuts.
When making a palm tree, it is important to realistically estimate the available stock of material, so as not to overdo it with the height of the trunk, the number and length of branches, since a lot of bottles go. For the palm tree in the example, 14 brown, 40 green bottles and 80 caps are used.