Making a Vertical Wall From Plastic Bottles

4 Materials
$3
4 Hours
Easy

A simple tutorial on how to green up you outdoor spaces by upcycling plastic bottles.
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
Have some empty water bottles at home? Learn how you can create a beautiful green wall out of plastic bottles. All you need are a few bottles, a black marker, scissors, zip ties, water, and some plants. We had bottles of various sizes. It's your choice to used a variety or one size.
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
First you are going to take the labels off of the bottles. Do this step diligently to give the bottles a nice appearance.The finished product is so beautiful and enhances our patio so much!



making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
Mark an oval half way up the plastic bottles to trace where you will cut the area the water is poured into and the plants hang out of.
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
Use one of the other bottles that are still uncut and fill it with water. Carefully pour the water into the bottle that has been cut. You should fill it close to the opening of the oval. See the exact measurement in the video at the end of this post.
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
Slide in some beautiful flowers. Pick your favorite leaves, branches, or stems and get creative. Since there are so many bottles you can mix and match and have some amazing color combinations.
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
Grab a bunch of zip ties and begin attaching the bottle to a patio gate.
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
Secure the bottles one by one and choose a pattern and height that you like. Watch the video below to see how I go about doing it. 
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
Secure the bottles one by one and choose a pattern and height that you like. Watch the video below to see how I go about doing it.
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
Slide in some beautiful flowers. Pick your favorite leaves, branches, or stems and get creative. Since there are so many bottles you can mix and match and have some amazing color combinations.
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
Alternatively, you can use the Bottles as flower planters by adding soil, plants and an a little hole at the bottom of the bottle for drainage.
making a vertical wall from plastic bottles
The finished product is so beautiful and enhances our patio so much!
Here is the whole "making of" video.

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Suggested materials:

  • Empty plastic bottles  (Supermarket)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/EvHenGO-Zip-Ties-Cable-Inches/dp/B01N4GOHZO/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1506626671&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=Cable+Ties&psc=1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=gobuildideas-creator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=11b65a774adfe7a760d61de7d229d228&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cable Ties</a>  (Hardware Store/Amazon)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Plants&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3APlants&_encoding=UTF8&tag=gobuildideas-creator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=2f6568521e0d3b9e7e977074cf2383af&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plants</a>  (From my garden/Amazon)
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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Anne
    on Sep 29, 2017

    I love this idea, and I have a question. How long did the plants last? Did they start to sprout roots/propagate?
  • Liz29551331
    on Sep 29, 2017

    how do you change the water out? or does it evaporate eventually?
    • GoBuildIdeas
      on Sep 29, 2017

      Yeah, thats right! Alternatively , you can use them as proper planters with soil in them.
  • Mary
    on Sep 29, 2017

    Wonder how strong wind and heavy rain would affect this pretty sight, if it is not under roof at all. I love the look and the concept of so many plants in a small area. I wonder what grows best in this arrangement --- carrots, potatoes, ivy, avocado, philodendrum, or what?
    • Barb in Texas
      on Sep 30, 2017

      Carrots and potatoes grow underground, and potatoes turn green if exposed to sunlight while growing. Begonias can be grown and bloom without dirt.

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  • Ria Kuperus-Douma
    on Nov 4, 2017

    I would like to paint the bottle first, because after a while the inside will show dirty or green.
  • Melissa Reichel
    on Feb 23, 2019

    I'm going to paint and use dirt so I could plant some tiny flowers and greens....and attach it to a trellis as a privacy barrier and to block my neighbors messy yard. Thanks for the idea!!

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