How cool is it to turn your trash into something useful? From home decorations to fancy mugs, there is so much you can do with plastic bottles. How about you make your own flashlight using old plastic bottles lying around your house for no good reason? Here’s how you can do that.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time Required: 30-45 minutes
- A plastic water bottle
- A pair of scissors
- A craft knife
- A metal hacksaw
- A hot glue gun
- A handful of Popsicle sticks
- 2 feet of 22 gauge wire
- 2 Cells
- LED light
- A big cap
Since everything needed in this craft project can be found at dollar stores, the estimated cost of this project is $12-$10.
There are lots of flashlights available on the market today – models that you click, twist, shake, crank, and more. If you don’t want to pay lots of money for unneeded bells and whistles or none of these flashlights tickle your fancy, you can make your flashlight out of a toilet paper tube and different supplies you can find in your house.
1. Collect supplies! Clear a space to work in and request the family and kids to watch you manage light with your naked hands. You will need:
• 2 D batteries
• 5″ (12.5 cm) long wire
• An empty toilet paper roll
• 2.2 volt light bulb
2. Take the wire and tape it to the negative end of one battery. Ensure that it is tight and not going anyplace or your light will flicker. You can use tin foil rather than wire, but it is a quite less dependable and challenging to work with.
3. Tape the back of the cardboard/toilet paper roll well so that it is entirely covered. You do not want any light to creep through, wasting its strength as it will make the flashlight weak. If you did not use black electrical tape yet, now is the time you do.
4. Embed the battery, circuited end first, in the toilet paper roll. Even if the wired end is fronting the taped back of the roll, the opposite end of the wire would be coming out of the open end. If the wire is not sticking out adequately to come round the corner of the battery, you have to cut your tube.
5. Insert the second battery, negative side at first. The positive side that is already inside will meet the negative side. This connection will continue to flow of electricity from back to front, eventually lighting up your machine.
6. Tape one bulb on the head of the battery. Be certain that there is a sufficient direct connection between the two coverings. Ensure that you can yet see the bottom half of the bulb.
7. Light up your flashlight. Touch the silver part of the bulb with the wire, and it should light up.