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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.



Saturday 22nd of September 2018

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


Monday 24th of September 2018

Hello Vicky, the size of the planter depends of the plastic bottle size you can 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'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 ;)


Wednesday 18th of October 2017

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.


Thursday 19th of October 2017

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


Saturday 29th of April 2017

How did it work out??

Ama Ryllis

Thursday 4th of May 2017

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


Saturday 20th of June 2015

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


Tuesday 16th of June 2015

This is outSTANDing! Really clever.