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Make a planter with a plastic bottle

I like plants but I’m pretty bad at taking care of them. I was in charge of my mother in law plants when she went on holidays…well let just say I’m happy to have found the same flowers she had to replace them! I can only take care of two kind of plants: cactus because you never need to water them and papyrus cause you always need to water them….anything in between is a problem!
So I wanted to give a try with a self watering plant pot, the kind when you water to much or to little the plants don’t die right away! What better than a recycled version!

 Take a 6L plastic bottle and cut the neck.

Take a piece of fabric and fix it on the bottle neck with a rubber.

Put the neck bottle part inside of the bottle bottom.

Add soil and put your plant in it. Water it, the excess water remains in the bottom of the bottle, and if you forget to water the soil stays wet anyway….well I let you know if it works!

As practical as the bottle planter is, it’s definitively not pretty. So I made a fabric basket, following Haberdashery Fun’s tutorial. And Voila!



If you like the hexagonal tray, the tutorial is here. And for the stars cushions, you can have a look here.



You will find all the tutorials featured in the video on my “Best DIY” page.


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  1. * * * / * * *

    I have the same houseplant dilemma. Looking forward to hearing your results!

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      It's been one week and the plant is still alive….but I think it too soon for "scientific" results! I will let you know how things turn out!

  2. Anonymous
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    This is outSTANDing! Really clever.

  3. Anonymous
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    Does the soil get rotten, or do this actually work? ��

    • * * * / * * *

      It works perfectly, the plant has grown and I move it to a new and bigger planter 2 weeks ago!

  4. Phionah
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    Your a genius Ama, thanks for sharing. meanwhile am in love with all your work. one thing that is for sure your instructions are the clearest of all tutorials I have seen.

    • amaryllis
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      I’m far from genius ;)….but I’m glad the tutorial helps you! Thanks for your nice comment!

  5. Vicky
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    Any ideas for bigger ones I have a couple ferns that need transplanting. But I too have an issue with all the in between

    • amaryllis
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      Hello Vicky, the size of the planter depends of the plastic bottle size you can find…it may be hard to find a big one to fit your fern in. I made an rolling planter using fabric and it’s perfect for large plants…it’s quite simple to make and it turns any ugly plastic pot into a nice decor element. You can have a look at the DIY here. I hope it will work for your ferns 😉