How to Make a "Strawberry Jar" From a Re-purposed Plastic Jug

Introduction: How to Make a "Strawberry Jar" From a Re-purposed Plastic Jug

About: I like to make things; whether it be out of wood, metal or soft things like fabric, yarn or food.

 I've been looking for another Strawberry Jar, but don't care for the high price tag. I thought  "You know, I bet I can make one out of stuff I have at home."
So, I did, and I don't think it turned out too badly.
The plastic is all re-purposed and the  only other materials I needed were some small screws, caulk (both of which I had on hand) and paint (which was on sale).

Step 1: Materials and Tools


Large plastic jug 
Plastic bottles or cups if that's what you have available
1/2" screws
Paintable caulk
Paint forplastic


Tape measure
Heat gun or hair dryer
Kitchen shears
File/Rasp combination
Drill and 1/2" drill bit
Caulking gun
Clamps Blocks of wood
Scraps of wood for wedges
Miter saw

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Step 2: Remove the Jug Handle and Cut the Holes

 The first picture is the type of jug I used. (Picture #1)
Remove the handle by cutting one end of the pin that holds it in. Use the handles for some other project. I made a handbag with mine.
Use a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the labels to remove them.
Turn the jug upside down and cut out a rectangle, leaving an edge all around. Mine had a raised edge, so I just followed the crease. (Picture #2)
Mark off where you want your holes placed on the jug, measured according to the size plastic bottle/cup you have. I made sure mine were staggered all around, so all four sides are different. (Pictures #3,4,5)
Cut the holes out on the sides and top only, using a SoniCrafter or whatever you have that will cut this tough plastic. Then cutoff the top 2/3 , leaving the bottom 1/3 to attach your bottle/cup to. (Picture #6)
At this point, I scored along the bottom, so the flap could be bent inward.

Step 3: Cutting the "pots"

 This is the type of plastic bottle I used. (Picture #1)
Use the miter saw to cut off the top of the bottle. (If you are using plastic cups, you can skip this step). (Picture #2)
Clamp boards to the miter saw to make a jig to cut the bottles in half top to bottom. (Picture #3)
This is what you'll end up with. (Picture #4)
Finish cutting the rest of the way with a kitchen shears.

Step 4: Adding the "pots"

 This what you'll have at this point. (Pictures #1&2)
Use a file/rasp to take off the splinters left behind from cutting. They don't have to be totally smooth. (Picture #3) 
Set your half bottles/cups in the holes of the planter.  The top of the "pot" should be just a little above the top of the hole, just so it doesn't slip inside. Cut of any excess bottle/cup. (Pictures #4)
Drill a hole a little smaller than your screw through each bottle/cup half  bottom and the flap on each hole. Screw each cup to each flap. (Picture #5)

Step 5: Caulking the "pots"

 Measure the space between the top of the holes to the bottom of the "pots" and cut a scrap piece of board to fit in and use as a wedge to keep the pots up against the planter. (Picture #1&2)
Caulk around the outside edges of each "pot", sides and bottom.  Caulk on the sides of each "pot" on the inside.
This is what you'll have, minus the peanut butter which I used to get most of the residue from the labels off. (Picture #3)
After this has dried, you'll probably need to check it over and recaulk any areas you missed. 
Let cure for time advised and drill drainage holes in the bottom of the planter. (Pictures #4&5)
Sand it just to roughen it up a bit and wipe it down. You are now ready to paint.

Step 6: Painting

 Here is my finished "Strawberry Pot" in my makeshift painting booth. (Picture #1)
If you're not fussy, you could use it like this, but I wanted a more finished look.
Paint with a spray paint made for plastic. I used Rustoleum Universal in a brown hammered finish. I thought this would look the most planter like.

Step 7: Finished and Planted

 Here is the finished "Strawberry Jar" (Picture #1)
And here it is all planted. I'm sure it will look much nicer once the plants are established. (Picture #2)
A round Strawberry jar painted with strawberries.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool. Would like to see a picture of it now. How did the strawberries like it?


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Unfortunately, at this time of the season, the strawberries are withering. It did fill about twice as much from the image shown here.
    If you want to see a pic of it a little later, you can check it out here:
    The strawberry jar did require A LOT of watering, which was accomplished mostly by the rain we got this summer. Unfortunately; I got out of the habit of watering everyday because of all the rain, that when it stopped, my plants began to wither. I did use water crystals in the pot to help, but I think some type of regular irrigation setup would work better.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, potted plants are like pets... you have to take care of them all the time. I like your strawberry pot and if any strawberry pot should work... yours should!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! I will make some planters using your Instructable. Thanks!