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HomeMade Modern DIY Herb Garden

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Our DIY hanging herb garden can be constructed for less than $30 in a single afternoon. It would work equally well both inside and outside and can be implemented at a variety of different scales.
 
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Step 1: Supplies + Tools

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Copper Tubing
Purchase at Home Depot
¼” copper tubing is available at Home Depot in a several different lengths. 20 foot long coil is more than enough and can usually be purchased for less than $25. This tubing is soft, flexible, and can be cut with wire cutters or a small pipe cutter. Aluminum tubing is also an option that is silver in appearance. Aluminum tubing can be a little harder to find at your local home improvement retailer but is always available at mcmaster.com.

Glass Cutter
Purchase at Home Depot or Online
A simple $4 glass cutter from Home Depot will do the trick if you construct a simple guide to make sure that the score line around the bottle is straight. A few scraps of wood and a couple of screws will do the trick. A quick Google-ing of 'bottle cutter' will reveal a variety of devices that make this task a little easier. The Generation Green (g2) Bottle Cutter worked really well for me and only cost about $20.

Glass Bottle
Recycle
Not all glass bottles are created equally. Different shapes and types of glass all behave differently. In general I had the best success with wine and liquor bottles. Make sure you have extra bottles since many will break when you try to cut them. At first I broke about 50% of the bottles that I tried to cut. After I while I was able to improve to about a 70% success rate.

Goo Gone
Purchase at Home Depot
Goo Gone will help remove the adhesive used on the labels.

Wire Cutters or Pliers
Can be used to cut and bend the copper tubing. A small pipe cutter will also do the trick.

RYOBI Cordless Drill with a ¼” Diameter Bit
For drilling drainage holes in the corks.

Sandpaper
To smooth out the edges of the cut glass.

Safety Glasses + Gloves
Should be worn at all times.
djohan-13 months ago

I want to make this into a hydroponics system.

stunami made it!4 months ago

I did a little tighter wrap, with a skinnier bottle. I have a larger bottle I cut successfully that I am going to make and gift to someone.

Something I learned though is that I did some pretty deep scoring with the glass cutter in my jig, and did a couple tries dunking after heating, but it didn't separate. It did separate though after a couple thermal cycles and just dropped.

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i wonder if the same copper tubing could be used with wine bottles to make tiki torches?
Probably not sturdy enough to use the copper tubing as a rod for the tiki torch. If you note the copper tubing hangs. It's too weak and malleable to stand up straight. It would bend, in other words. You could try putting a rod inside the tubing, but that might prove difficult.
tacamaral1 year ago
Great instructable!
I'm making another one on a "machine" I built to cut bottles - I've cut lots and lots of bottles, with more than 90% success rate. : )
Anyway, I'd just like to add a tip - if you soak the bottle in a water bucket, most labels will come right off. Those that don't (that is, those that use a different kind of glue), will have to be scraped - but common vinegar usually removes the glue very well.
Very nice !!…
Obviously copper is still cheap in United States…

Thanks for posting !…
Very nicely done! The one thing I do know from doing stained glass work is that you should never score over another score mark, so stop when you go all of the way around and meet the starting score. Also dipping your cutter in oil will help keep the cutter working longer. Wipe the cutter with a paper towel to clean off the oil and shards of glass.
The video was very well done!
You can also spray the copper with Miracle Gro plant food. That will discolor the copper, and instantly age it.

Learned that from Trucks! on SpikeTV.
Zclip1 year ago
Not only does this rock, but you can certainly use the other end of the bottles for drink tumblers!! I would suggest also getting some T couplings and re-routing the last drain into your holding tube, more of an aesthetic than to really save on the copper.
ma3str01 year ago
This is awesome and genius. I'll try this next weekend!
philclowes1 year ago
another addition you might like to think about is to provide a return route from the bottom bottle to the top. either another copper tube or somehow mix in a plastic one, plus a cheap aquarium airpump and the system can cycle constantly
rageflower1 year ago
Gorgeous, fun, and certainly easy to find the materials around this house (huzzah for wine bottles!). You may have solved my "living in an apartment without windowsills, how will I have fresh herbs NOW?" dilemma!
Not only is this a cool DYI, it's also very well presented. 5 stars for the video!
Great project, love your tips, you made me want to do this !
A tip for removing sticky goo from bottles all kinds of things, lighter fluid also works great.
Najwahamid1 year ago
My son Bahaeldeen likes this very much ..! So I liked it too..!!!
onrust1 year ago
Very cool. May I suggest using used copper for a rustic look. A scrap yard will sell back recycled copper.
spylock1 year ago
I like it,and I now have plants coming out good from seed,well the lavender aint doing so hot. I was gonna have my herb garden totally outside,I cant do that now,your herb chain will look too good in the kitchen of my old shack.By the way,Pam cooking spray is bitchin at removing hard to get off label left overs,anywho,good job dude,or dudette.
It's beautiful and unique!
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