Make your own Self Watering Bottle Planter

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I’m not sure about you but we have seen pretty bottle planters EVERYWHERE so we thought we would try make our own version, with a twist!

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Amazon have these cute little planters, we have been debating whether to buy them but we thought we’d try making our own.

To make your own cute bottle planters

We recycled soda bottles to make our planters. It’s super easy and self watering so what’s not to love??


Materials you need

How to make your recycled bottle planter

The first step is to clean your bottle thoroughly and remove any labels and adhesive.

After the bottle is clean and dry, decide on the monster or character you would like. Draw the protruding shapes on the bottle and cut out to separate the bottom of your bottle.

If using tissue paper, apply a layer of pva glue over the bottle. As you place your tissue over the glue, paint more glue on the top.

If you decide to paint your planter, mix a little pva with your paint to help it stick.

Begin covering your chosen shape until fully covered and leave to dry.

Take a sharp craft knife and cut a mouth around 3cm long and 1/2 cm wide. Make this cut at least 5cm from the bottom of your bottle.

Add Features to your recycled bottled planter

Next comes the fun bit. You need to add other features like eyes, spots, teeth or fur, draw your features on paper, cut them out and pop them on with some glue.

To add other features such as arms you can scrunch up some paper and mould the shapes you need.

Using strips of newspaper, dipped into pva glue, cover your shapes.

Now using some more strips of paper. Lay these strips over the shape you want to make and smooth them out over the shape joining it to the bottle. 

Leave to dry. 

Once everything is dry you can make and add eyes and teeth.

Use a marker pen to draw around your monster to bring out the horns and other areas like its mouth.

Depending on the character you have chosen to create. draw or paint on any extra features you need.

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At this stage you could use your monster to hold pens, flowers or any other small trinkets.

To make your pot into a self watering planter you need to take a piece of thick cotton, felt or whatever material you have chosen, fold this to make a rectangle around 20 cm long.

We cut a circle at one end and a long thin tongue shape coming from it.

This will be used as the tongue of your planter and is the part that will ‘lick’ up the water to water your plant. 

Fill your planter with 4cm of soil now thread the ‘tongue’ through the ‘mouth’ and lay the circle end flat on top of the soil. The thin end should pop through the mouth and be able to lay flat on the table.

Continue to fill up your planter to 1cm from the top with compost.

You can also make compost in a bottle, find out how here

Now your monster planter is ready for your chosen plant.

Once planted you can set aside.

Take your bottle planter to the next level.

Got lots of bottle tops left over?? Turn them into a garden work of art, find instructions here

You could use the top of the bottle to put water in too. Simple cut around it in a zigzag patter and paint this green on the outside to look like grass.

It needs to be 4cm deep and keep the cap on to make it water tight.

You could also scrunch up newspaper into balls to look like boulders, paint these grey and used them around your monster to help it stay stable and look better.

Finally assemble your planter by popping the ‘tongue’ part into the grass cup part or a shallow dish and topping with water.

The water will suck down the fabric/paper as the soil dries our and naturally keep it moist. 

These planters are perfect for houseplants, cactus or even windowsill herbs.

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