How to Make a Recycled Plastic Bottle Planter

This is a cute and easy project for gardeners or even for kid projects that gives you lots of extra planters for all your newly seedlings or propagated plants!


Uses bottles from recycling.

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 plant
  • 1 cup potting soil or dirt
  • 1 pre-washed recycling water bottle
  • scissors or X-acto knife
  • a drill, awl (not shown in pic)
  • or cotton ball (not used in my sample)


  1. Use scissors or X-acto knife (be careful!) and cut your plastic bottle in half.
  2. You may either drill a hole in the cap, use an awl punch and punch a hole in the cap OR remove the cap completely and stuff a cotton ball in the neck of the bottle.
  3. Turn the top of the bottom upside down and fit it into the bottom of the bottle as shown.
  4. Fill the top section with soil.
  5. Add your plant, water gently and your done!
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