Plastic Bottle Planters





Introduction: Plastic Bottle Planters

Around here we are always trying to find a second (or third or fourth) life for things before we recycle them or turn them into papercrete. I haven’t achieved the Johnson family’s success on not taking things into the house in the first place but a girl needs an aspiration! I came across this planter idea earlier this summer and just absolutely loved it! It’s reusing a plastic bottle and giving it a new life.

Step 1: Materials Needed


Xacto knife (I prefer it to scissors- but be careful!)

measuring device (a ruler would qualify)

plastic bottle (it’s a no starter without one)

muslin fabric (about a 2″ diameter circle)

rubber band

Step 2: Instructions

1. Mark 1/2 way on the bottle (this does not have to be exact, just somewhere close to the middle).

2. Cut the bottle on your mark

3. Take the cap off

4. Take the muslin and cover the mouth of the bottle. Secure the fabric with the rubber band around the neck of the bottle.

5. Take the top half of the bottle and fill it with dirt about half way up.

6. Take a small plant and put it on top of the dirt. Take more dirt and fill in around the edges. Make sure you have about 1″ of space above the dirt to the top of the container.

7. Put the top 1/2 of the bottle into the bottom 1/2.

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    One thing I will add is that these planters have a tendency to topple. I would recommend weighing down the bottom somehow or taping the top and bottom together.

    Also, I find that soda cans can replace the bottom, which is another way to do it.

    i recommend adding some cotton string that will soak the water in the basin and take it up to the top.
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    i've built a bunch of these and they've worked out well.

    I did that at first but it didn't seem to do much. I live in a very arid climate and the plants were drying out. Great suggestion- I think I'm just an exception :)

    just a thought would it maybe work to try to put them in pots with the plasic maybe

    love it !

    I have several of these planters that I made with 2 liter bottles but my wife doesn't like them because they're......well......ugly. I really like the wine bottle version. It's a much more visually appealing. Think my wife will go for that.
    Thanks for the tip.

    Be artistic and paint them different colors.