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Wine Bottle Watering Device With Copper Tubing for Container Gardens

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Going on vacation? Put a few of these together for your container gardens to keep them hydrated while you are away.
The concept of repurposing a wine bottle into a container garden “watering device” has been around for a while. I was intrigued at first, because I love to see glass in the garden, and the idea seemed practical as well as pretty. However, after trying several different methods and contraptions I gave up, until recently. After thinking it through, I made a trip to the hardware store with a very specific idea in mind: use copper tubing to make a wine bottle "funnel."
What You'll Need:
One wine bottle
Glass pearl gems (vase gems) to go inside the bottle *
One 1/2" male copper adapter
One 1/2" female copper adapter
One piece of 1/2" copper tubing (about 24" long)
Black electrical tape
½ x .520 Teflon tape (Plumbing Dept.)
# 67 O-Ring (13/16“ Outside Diameter x 11/16” x 1/16”
Clear waterproof silicone sealant
Permanent marker
Measuring tape
Scissors
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, A few of the basic ingredients Choose a colored wine bottle or a clear bottle and some glass pearl gems Note how the pieces of copper will come together for the final product
A few of the basic ingredients. Choose a colored wine bottle or a clear bottle, and some glass pearl gems. Note how the pieces of copper will come together for the final product.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, The finished products Notice that the necks of the bottles differ one is 3 the other is 4 long and that the copper extensions also differ in length You ll find out why below
The finished products. Notice that the necks of the bottles differ (one is 3", the other is 4" long), and that the copper extensions also differ in length. You'll find out why, below.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, The bottle is buried up to its neck once installed
The bottle is buried up to its neck, once installed.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, I picked up materials to make three funneling devices A three 1 2 copper male adapters B three 1 2 female adapters and two pieces 1 2 copper tubing each about 24 long The copper is made in the USA another benefit
I picked up materials to make three funneling devices: (A) three 1/2" copper male adapters, (B) three 1/2" female adapters, and two pieces 1/2" copper tubing, each about 24" long. The copper is made in the USA, another benefit.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, The Teflon Tape and the O rings Be sure to obtain size 67 as indicated
The Teflon Tape and the O rings. Be sure to obtain size #67 as indicated.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, Waterproof silicon sealant
Waterproof silicon sealant.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, Wrap a piece of electrical tape 1 and turns around base of the female adapter this is the piece that will fit into the mouth of the wine bottle Test to make sure it fits snugly that you haven t used too much tape or too little
Wrap a piece of electrical tape 1 and ½ turns around base of the female adapter (this is the piece that will fit into the mouth of the wine bottle). Test to make sure it fits snugly: that you haven't used too much tape or too little.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, Once you ve determined that it fits snugly remove it and fill the bottle with about a cup of glass pearl gems
Once you've determined that it fits snugly, remove it and fill the bottle with about a cup of glass pearl gems.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, Measure the length of tubing that will go into the soil this will depend upon the depth of your planter For large planters 6 8 is a good place to start Make adjustments for smaller planters COPPER TUBE INSTRUCTIONS NOTES above
Measure the length of tubing that will go into the soil (this will depend upon the depth of your planter). For large planters, 6-8” is a good place to start. Make adjustments for smaller planters. COPPER TUBE INSTRUCTIONS NOTES, above
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, Mark a line with permanent marker to saw pipe with a hacksaw Secure copper tubing in a vise so that you can make a clean cut If you have a large vise be careful not to squeeze the pipe out of shape Cut pipe to length with hacksaw
Mark a line with permanent marker to saw pipe with a hacksaw. Secure copper tubing in a vise so that you can make a clean cut. If you have a large vise, be careful not to squeeze the pipe out of shape. Cut pipe to length with hacksaw.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, Wine bottle necks vary in length usually 3 4 You want the end of the pipe inside the bottle to just reach the bottom of the neck as shown
Wine bottle necks vary in length, usually 3-4”. You want the end of the pipe inside the bottle to just reach the bottom of the neck, as shown.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, With a small flat metal file file any sharp burrs from the cut edges of the pipes so that they can be smoothly inserted into the adapters
With a small flat metal file, file any sharp burrs from the cut edges of the pipes so that they can be smoothly inserted into the adapters.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, Insert the longer piece of copper tube into the male adapter and secure the tube with the electrical tape wrapping it 1 and turns before cutting
Insert the longer piece of copper tube into the male adapter and secure the tube with the electrical tape, wrapping it 1 and ½ turns before cutting.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, Wrap the threads of the male adapter with the Teflon tape NOTE wrap it in the direction as shown stretching the tape slightly so that it fills in the threads as shown Overlap the tape slightly and cut with scissors
Wrap the threads of the male adapter with the Teflon tape (NOTE: wrap it in the direction, as shown), stretching the tape slightly so that it fills in the threads as shown. Overlap the tape slightly and cut with scissors.
  • wine bottle watering device with copper tubing for container gardens, kitchen design, repurposing upcycling, Insert shorter copper tube into female adapter secure with 1 turns electrical tape you may need more so that when you insert tube and adapter into wine bottle tape creates nice tight fit inside bottle s neck Wrap as shown A
Insert shorter copper tube into female adapter, secure with 1 & ½ turns electrical tape (you may need more, so that when you insert tube and adapter into wine bottle, tape creates nice tight fit inside bottle’s neck). Wrap as shown (A)

Have Questions About This Post?

  • NancyMaria
    NancyMaria Elko, NV

    Nice and I am thinking about adding a copper "u" for two bottles and maybe a crutch for addition support if necessary. Great way to feed the roots too.

  • Poelstrad

    Looks nice but too much fussing for me. Why not cut the bottom off the wine bottle and add some glass beads and fill with water, that way if it rains when you are away the bottle will catch the rain drops...........works for me

    • NancyMaria
      NancyMaria Elko, NV

      @Poelstrad only some of us live in high desert, no rain, lol

  • Cherbo
    Cherbo Canada

    There is a product available called a "Plant Nanny" . It comes in 2 sizes and you can use either plastic bottles or wine bottles. I would be curious as to the price to create this kind of watering device. It looks like a great idea.

  • Barbara Wilbur

    Can you use PVC pipes instead? I've heard that Cooper can be harmful to certain plants?

  • Nancy Carlson

    Looks great. The only thing I'd do differently is use a pipe cutter instead of the hacksaw. Much easier!

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