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I wanted to use all of the heavyweight plastic vitamin water bottles that our family was emptying at an astonishing rate and thought that they would ...
SUPPLIES NEEDED:Plastic Bottles!! Heavyweight is good.Pen or pencil.Paper for writing down measurements and for funneling soil into the bottles.For F...
Decide on the size and shape of your box. Measure the area where you plan on putting the box to make sure it will fit.Gather your bottles.Line them u...
This is easier to do now than after you have all of your bottles attached (as I found out the annoying way).
You can actually do this anytime before Step 15.Heat up your soldering iron (or you can use a drill).And melt holes in the bottom of each bottle. I m...
Why? to jump ahead, you will be wrapping your wire around each bottle. The bottle manufacturer conveniently made some ridges and indentations JUST f...
Multiply your circumference times the number of bottles on a side and add six or so inches, just in case.Two sides of my box will be 9 bottles wide so...
I find it easier to work on the ground and use my feet as clamps. It doesn't matter if you start making your short side first or your long side first...
Separate the remaining bottles in two batches.Fold your wires in half, keeping the curve at the end.Take one of the finished Snakes.Loop and twist one...
Measure and mark your wood for cutting.Cut two pieces the length of the Snake side.For the other connecting sides, add 1-1/2 inches to your measured l...
Center one piece of wood along the length of the matching side.Use your pen or pencil to mark the approximate center of each bottle.Do this for all fo...
First, work on the Snake Sides (the sides that don't have the overlap).Start in the center.Match up the center screw against the side of your center b...
Beginning of Step 12: Have the project flat on the ground, mouth of the bottle facing up.Straighten out the connecting bottles that may have been fl...
Turn the box upside down to take a look at the squareness of the corners, make sure the contact is flush and to check out the bottle conditions.One of...
Heat up your soldering iron and start making interior drainage holes. These holes will allow the soil in the bottles to get water without having to w...
Flip your work upside down.Measure the area that you will need to cover. Or, place your work on your screen or hardware cloth and mark off the shape.C...
Carry your box to where it belongs. Put your potting soil in the box.Fold a piece of paper into a cone, leaving a hole at the bottom big enough for th...
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