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.

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8 Comments

  1. February 19, 2015 / 12:08 am

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

    • February 19, 2015 / 2:49 am

      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
    June 16, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    This is outSTANDing! Really clever.

  3. Anonymous
    June 20, 2015 / 1:50 pm

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

    • May 4, 2017 / 11:25 pm

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

  4. Phionah
    October 18, 2017 / 11:26 am

    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
      October 19, 2017 / 8:51 pm

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

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