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DIY Easter Bunny Planters Made From Upcycled Pop Bottles

Pop Bottle Hanging Planter Upside Down

One type of pop bottle planter that has become more popular recently is what I call the upside-down planter. It is fairly simple to make and ensures plenty of water for the plant.

To make this type of recycled planter, all you need is an empty and clean 2-liter soda bottle, a ruler, a pair of sharp scissors or a craft knife, and batting material, which can be found at many craft stores. You could even use a cotton rag instead of batting to act as the wick.

First, measure about 7 inches from the bottom of the bottle and cut the bottle into two pieces. This distance can vary depending on whether you want more room for the plant to grow or a taller planter and more water.

Cut several tiny holes all around the top half of the bottle; this will allow adequate aeration of the plant. Finally, drill a ¼ inch hole in the cap and stuff batting material into the neck, then screw the cap on and thread batting material through it. This will allow water to enter the soil and keep the plant alive. In fact, the plants are self-watering; you only need to add water when you notice the reservoir in the bottom half is depleted.

With your soda bottle planter set up, all you need to do is put some water into the bottom half, place the top half neck-down into the bottom half, and put in soil and some seeds, resulting in a cool and easy planter]!

If you want to hang this planter to make a vertical garden or wall garden, all you need in addition to the above materials is some hanging wire; after cutting two small holes near the top of the planter, you can put the wire through these holes and hang the planter. Just make sure it’s stable so the soil doesn’t spill.

Photo by Squirrel Nation / CC
Photo by Squirrel Nation / CC


Step 2: Cutting Preparations

We’d start by peeling off the bottle labels, remove the sticker and scrape any glue remainings.

Next thing would be filling about 3/4 of the bottle with water, place the bottle on top of a levelled surface and mark the water level from the outside which will be the mark for the glass-cutting.

Now since we are about to cut through some sort of glass materials, we might create tiny fractions of glass during the cutting process. It will be a good idea to have some water current while cutting the glass.

Go ahead and fill a standard plastic bottle with tap water and punch it with the punching pin (~10cm/4in high), the water current will also cool down the diamond bit and prevent some glass fragments from spreading.

Don’t forget to open the plastic bottle, in order to let the air suck in while the punched hole will let the water flow easily.

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Step 4: Wooden Base

This step is all about trial and error, this thing is to find the center of gravity with some wood cutting and stabilizing the bottle with the angled wood base.

Start with a piece of wood similar to mine. I’ve started with slicing the board 45 degrees on both edges.

Then drill/carve the hole for the bottle head also in 45 degrees, then polish it and it’s ready.

You might find it aesthetic to paint some coating material on top of the wood base.

2 thoughts on HOW TO: Make a hanging planter with a recycled plastic soda bottle

  • Anonymous June 5, 2015 at 2:40 am well i put my cherry tomatoe plants in a plastic bottle and followed the recommended steps, in less than 24 hours my cherry tomatoe plants have decided they prefer to go up, all 6 of them have turned from straight tomatoe plants to curly tomatoe plants, dont think i like it, good thing the other 6 are in the garden

  • Jaiprakash Kikan September 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm Interesting , maybe the plants grow equally well upside down…I have used empty 3L discarded milk cans for thew purpose and found them to be suitable,but in the upright position.

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“Measured against the Problem We Face, planting a garden sounds pretty benign, I know, but in fact it’s one of the most powerful things an individual can do–to reduce your carbon footprint, sure, but more important, to reduce your sense of dependence and dividedness: to change the cheap-energy mind.”Michael Pollan