Introduction: Plant in a Glass Bottle

About: I am a teen librarian at the Indiana Free Library. My teen group loves to make unique and fun crafts.

The theme for this summer’s reading program was “Dig Deep, Read!”  So I figured we better do some type of project with dirt and planting.  I decided to try to make a unique planter using a glass bottle that could be hung or set on a ledge. 

Things You'll Need: 
Clear glass bottle (I used Snapple bottles because they have a big mouth)
Small pebbles or pea gravel
Sphagnum moss
Chopsticks or thin wooden skewers/small tongs
All-purpose potting soil
Small plants

Wash your glass bottle thoroughly, especially if it contained food substances or liquids. Rinse away all traces or residues of soap and dry the bottle.

Tie yarn around the mouth of the bottle, under the lip.  If you want to make sure it is secure use hot glue or other adhesive. 

Add 1-2 inches of pea gravel to the bottom of your bottle. 

Next you will add the moss, about 1 inch.  You can press this down with the end of a large dowel rod or with your chop sticks. 

Add your potting soil.  You will want to fill your bottle about 1/3 of the way full.  You want enough soil to cover the roots of your plants. 

Using the chop sticks, make holes in the layer of soil for your plant. 

Place your plant in the bottle with the tongs.  Press the roots into the soil and fill the hole using the tongs and/or chop sticks. 

Add a small amount of water to the bottle.  Do not overwater your plant. 

Hang your plant in a bottle up or set it out for all to enjoy!