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How to Make a Planter With a Plastic Bottle

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Learn how to upcycle a plastic bottle to make a self watering planter. Useful, cost effective and easy project!
I like plants but I'm pretty bad at taking care of them! I can only take care of two kind of plants: cactus because you never need to water them and papyrus cause you always need to water them....anything in between is a problem!
So I wanted to give a try with a self watering plant pot, the kind when you water to much or to little the plants don't die right away! And of course, nothing better than a recycled version!

If you are looking for other upcycling planter ideas, you can have a look at the ones I made with milk carton and this other planter made with a bucket!

Take a 6L plastic bottle and cut the neck.
Take a piece of fabric and fix it on the bottle neck with a rubber.
Put the neck bottle part inside of the bottle bottom.
Add soil and put your plant in it. Water it, the excess water remains in the bottom of the bottle, and if you forget to water the soil stays wet anyway....
As the plastic bottle doesn't look pretty, I sew a fabric bag to put the planter inside! It looks pretty cool, and as I used the same fabric as my kitchen blinds, I now have a matched planter :)
You can have a look at my blog for more details and pictures.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Fabric
  • Rubber
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To see more: http://www.ohohblog.com/2015/02/make-planter-with-plastic-bottle.html

  • Dfm
    Dfm Cascade, IA
    on Mar 7, 2017

    hum... dont have 6 l bottles......thinking up planting seedlings .....and .5l bottles

    • Ama Ryllis
      Ama Ryllis Mexico
      on Mar 8, 2017

      It works with any size bottle! I just wanted a planter big enough for my plant! So, 5L bottle will work perfectly ;)

  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Mar 7, 2017

    Such a great idea! Looks so pretty :)

  • Michaelene W
    Michaelene W Meadville, PA
    on Apr 29, 2017

    A lot of small bottles would look great for kitchen herbs you could paint them or what ever thanks for the great idea

  • Victor Ortega
    Victor Ortega Whittier, CA
    on Apr 29, 2017

    I'll be trying that soon!

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
    Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey Castaic, CA
    on Apr 29, 2017

    How cute! Great share, thank you. ☺

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