The art of upcycling takes common household objects and gives them new life: wooden pallets become vertical planter boxes, mason jars turn into vases, and fussy old dressers transform into chic home bars.
Despite our best efforts to green our homes, single use plastic bottles are hard to avoid, especially when it comes to our bath products. While we're avid recyclers, nothing beats the satisfaction of turning household waste into something useful. For this project, we decided to make something for our fellow plant parents out there and turned a plastic soap bottle into a chic planter.
How to Make a Plastic Bottle Planter
The shape and size of the bottle you choose for this project doesn't matter too much. Whether it's an empty lotion, body wash or soda bottle, it can be transformed into a home for your plants.
Gather Your Materials and Set Up Your Workspace
Lay out newspaper or kraft paper to protect your workspace from any paint spills. You'll need the following to complete your bottle planter:
- Used plastic bottle, washed out and dried
- Newspaper or kraft paper
- Acrylic paint
- Masking tape
- Potting soil
- Pebbles (Optional)
- Hole punch
- Spoon or shovel for potting soil
- Sandpaper (Optional)
Cut Your Bottle in Half
Use your scissors your bottle in half, and recycle the top portion. If the edges are rough or uneven, you can use sandpaper to file it down.
Paint and Let Dry
Take a paintbrush and color of your choice and decorate your bottle in any way you like. We prefer clean, minimal designs, but the final look is up to you! For our planters, we used masking tape to create a crisp half-painted look. No matter your design, let your planter dry for at least two hours.
Punch Holes and Add String
Use the hole punch to add holes on each side of the planter. Then take your twine and measure out enough slack to make a hanging planter. Double (or triple) knot the ends.
Repot Your Plant
Add holes to the bottom of the planter with your scissors for drainage or add pebbles if you prefer. Add a bit of potting soil and repot your plant.
Hang and Enjoy
Find a spot for your planter, hang, and enjoy. You've got a chic new accent piece!