Making a Self Watering Pot

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May 19, 2015

plant inside of self watering potSmaller potted house plants need more attention especially during the summer or 'plant sitting' if you go away on vacation. Also, both under and over watering can become a problem.


There are now self watering larger outside pots that utilize this same wicking principle as this mini houseplant version I created.

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • cute larger can with a nice color graphic (my recycling bin is my craft shop!)
  • smaller can that can fit within the larger can
  • a milk or other bottle cap to separate the larger from the smaller can
  • yarn or macrame cord
  • scissors
  • potted plant
  • water
Self Watering Pot


  1. Cut, then separate your macrame cord length and thread through holes in your plant's pot.
  2. Self Watering Pot
  3. Place second largest can into the largest pot (or can) open side facing down. Place small cap on top of that can inside the largest can.
  4. Self Watering Pot

  5. Add water to the can. The can inside will float a bit, that's OK. Your plant will hold it down eventually.
  6. Now drop in your potted plant with the wicking macrame cord or yarn hanging down (into the water ultimately).
  7. Self Watering Pot
  8. I lightly top watered my plant to get it started, but the water reservoir below and the macrame cord wicking will draw the water up into the soil of the plant for much longer without my interference! The point is to keep the pot with the plant "out" of the water in the bottom since plants need air too. That's the reason for the small cap on top of the bottom can.
  9. The wick does the drinking for the plant!
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