Recycled Self Watering Container for Indoor Plants

This easy recycled planter would be a great summer craft for kids but is also a very effective way to keep your houseplants from drying out. Recycled self watering planter with a jade tree houseplant.




  • 2 liter bottle
  • string
  • drill
  • knife and/or scissors

Recycled Self Watering Container Tools



Cut the top off a 2 liter bottle, a little over halfway up. Cutting a 2 liter bottle in half.

Drill a small hole in the cap, large enough to thread some twine through. Drilling a hole through a bottle cap.
Thread twine through cap and tie a knot on the inside to prevent it from slipping through. Cut the twine off with several inches on each end. Run string wick through hold in cap to water plants.
Fill the top of the bottle with potting soil and fill the bottom with clean water. Dip the string into the water to submerge it and set the top in place.

This self watering container is great for indoor plants that don't have a large root structure, or for starting seeds. I use this planter for a jade but I think it would work really well for an African violet also. When the roots reach the edge, I will trim them back and add soil around them so the light doesn't damage the roots.


By Jess from Hillsboro, OR

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July 7, 20160 found this helpful

Would this system work using a five gallon water bottle?

July 7, 20161 found this helpful

Could this system be used with a 5 gallon water bottle jug??

April 19, 20170 found this helpful

Can you do this with a 12 oz. water bottle?


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