Friday, February 8, 2013

DIY: Hanging Plastic Bottle Planter

I love finding new uses for items you'd ordinarily throw away or toss in the recycling bin.  Let's face it--pots and planters generally aren't cheap.  So why spend money on a planter when you could easily make one at home with materials you can find around the house?  

The other day, I wrote a post on ideas for turning plastic bottles into planters.  I've found dozens of similar ideas online.  But honestly, the majority of ideas I came across weren't nearly as pleasing to the eye as the ones I showcased in my post.  Which is all well and good; some gardeners are more about function than form.  Right on.  More power to those gardeners.  However, I like a little of both in my garden.

 I wanted new hanging planters, and had several two-liter bottles on hand after hosting a party at my house.  So I got to thinking--how would I go about creating a stylish but functional hanging planter using two-liter bottles?  I had it: duct tape was the answer.

And I owe it all to my 11-year-old niece, Leah.  Leah has been obsessed with decorative duct tape over the last year or so.  Duct tape comes in every color and pattern you can imagine these days, and she's been making everything from necklaces to wallets with the stuff.  In fact, for her 11th birthday last year, the only thing she asked for was duct tape.  Not knowing any better, I wondered aloud whether she was a serial killer.  Turns out she wasn't a killer; she was crafter.  *ba-dum-pish*  I'll be here all night, folks!  I digress.

I figured I could cover my two-liter bottles with eye-catching duct tape, making them nearly unrecognizable.  I am pretty pleased with the results, if I do say so myself :).  What I like about using duct tape is that, since you can buy it in any color or pattern, you can coordinate it to go with the rest of your garden decor. Shout-out to Leah for inspiring this idea!

  • two-liter plastic bottle 
  • decorative duct tape (purchased at an office supply or craft store)
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife (optional; if you don't have one on hand, a pair of scissors should do the trick)
  • hammer & nails
  • string
  • potting soil
  • plant

  • Remove the label from your two-liter bottle.
  • Turn your bottle upside-down (nozzle facing down), and carefully cut the bottom off with an X-Acto knife (or scissors).  
  • Artfully wrap duct tape around your two-liter bottle.  When covering the top portion of your bottle, where the plant will go, you can do one of two things:
    •  Cut the excess tape off with scissors, so that the remaining tape is flush with the edge of the bottle opening; or
    • Fold the excess tape over, so that it covers the inside of the bottle opening edge.  I opted for the latter of these choices because I wanted the extra layer of tape to reinforce the holes I was about to create.
  • Using a nail, poke a hole one inch below the edge of your bottle opening.  Poke another hole directly across from this hole.
  • Flip your bottle upside-down again, so that the nozzle is facing up.  Carefully use your hammer and nail to make a few drainage holes on your bottle cap.
  • Flip your bottle upside-down again (nozzle facing down), and thread string through the holes you've created.  As you can see from the pictures, I doubled up on the string in both holes for added support.
  • Hammer the nail into your desired surface.  Hang your new planter up.
  • Fill your new planter up with potting soil, and pot up your plant.

I hung my new planter on my wooden HVAC unit cover, which is a total eyesore! Maybe after I hang a few more of these planters on it, it'll be a little easier on the eyes.  

So there you have it.  Here's a cheap and easy way to make use of your vertical space...or maybe cover up an eyesore in your garden!


  1. Good idea. I will try it once I used up all my hanging pot.

  2. Good ol Leah, haha. I was a little wary about finding a "real" use for patterned duct tape, but this is hella cute!! Tho! I figured I'd comment since I'm currently on your blog trying to find some info on succulents, hehe :)

  3. Thanks, RB! The duct tape is holding up great!

  4. Very well said. These tips are really amazing. I appreciate it for sharing them.

    Plastic Ducting

  5. Very cute! I once saw a whole wall of these on Pinterest. But I like yours better because you decorated the bottle & it looks like a cute planter instead of a bottle :-)

  6. Hi - what is the plant you have creeping and growing across your fence?

  7. Great Idea w/ duct tape. thx for sharing. luv it.

  8. Love the duct tape idea. I also have a couple of articles on pop-bottle planters. I would love if you could post a link! THanks!


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