This is an easy way to up-cycle a plastic bottle. With very little effort and time we can easily create a simple planter with a drainage reservoir.
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Step 1: Get Hold of an Empty Plastic Bottle
Any size should work. Rinse bottle to prepare for next step.
Step 2: Cut Bottle Into Two Pieces
Take a sharp tool of your choice and slice the bottle in two. How you divide the bottle is up to you. Try experimenting and see what works best. Make sure to leave enough room for your plant, soil, and most importantly the bottle spout.
Step 3: Reassemble and Test the Fit of the Planter
Flip the top half over. Insert the top into the bottom. Consider testing the fit before planting to ensure the two pieces fit properly.
Step 4: Add Drainage Holes and Plant
At this point we need to add holes to the cap for drainage. Alternatively you can remove the lid if a larger drainage hole is desired. The type and size of soil or rock will likely help you determine which solution is best for your planter. After you finish the drainage hole(s) proceed to fill the top portion with your choice of soil, rock, and plant. Great job you made your first up-cycled planter! We would love to see how your planter turned out. Take a photo and share it with us. ;)