Upcycled Bottle Planters

This is how the plastic bottle planters were done.
First I cut the plastic bottle in half...
Then I use some cotton thread to make it prettier. I made two holes, wrapped the bottle with a different thread again and use the holes to put the tread through and hang the bottle-pot. This can be simplified and done in many ways I guess. It's all up to you :)
I use S-hooks to hang pots by pushing hooks in between the fence boards, screw hooks can be use too.
Within next few days I added few more bottle-pots and I may keep adding, it's so addictive!
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Suggested materials:

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Threads
  • Plants and soil

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Haley
    on May 5, 2016

    What about drainage?

    • Neva Dew
      on May 5, 2016

      Unscrew the cap? (or 1 or 3 holes in the cap)I would put a stone or 2 in the neck then add the dirt

    • Magdalena
      on May 5, 2016

      Thank you Neva :)

    • Haley
      on May 5, 2016

      Instant replies from all over the world - fantastic thanks!

    • Donna
      on May 5, 2016

      you could also put a piece of coffee filter in the neck area before you put in your dirt, then the dirt stays in and there is still drainage, holes in the cap let out the excess...

    • Mp
      on May 6, 2016

      Take a small nail and poke 4 to 6 holes 1/2" from the cap that should do it.

    • Whitney Lucas
      on May 9, 2016

      Put a piece of thin cloth material in the neck

    • JRS
      on May 21, 2017

      Use some old panty hose then fill with dirt leave caps off or drill some holes for drainage.
  • Donna Leggett Moses
    on May 5, 2016

    Would you explain the type of hooks you put on the fence to hang the planters? The pictures aren't giving me any idea.

  • Jet2115096
    on May 5, 2016

    When you water the plants, do you unscrew the lids?

    • Magdalena
      on May 5, 2016

      @Jettoflo I don't, I just water them :) Why, I should? I am not over watering them. If there will be a big storm I might then unscrew it ;)

    • A Md
      on Mar 30, 2020

      I haven't done this but since they are plastic bottles several small holes could be burned in the lower part of the planter with heated metal such as hanger or poker.

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  • Sandy Meeker
    on Jun 15, 2016

    This is reall y cool, also very pretty

  • Doreen Kennedy
    on May 8, 2020

    I love your pop bottle planters and garden area. I use bottles as mini greenhouses and all sorts of other ways. When my seedlings are ready to go out, I think I’m going to flip my bottles to make pots like yours. I just love how they look on your fence.

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