If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint and to make the world a greener place, this DIY Self Watering Planter is perfect for you. A great way to begin an herb garden or a simple way to brighten up a windowsill, these plastic bottle planters are simple, quick, and easy. This planter is also self-watering, perfect for a someone who is always on the go.

A pair of scissor and a spool of string

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To begin, you will need:

  • a 2-liter bottle (smaller will accommodate smaller plants)
  • a good pair of scissors
  • a plant or seeds of your choice, such as herbs or succulents
  • soil to match your plant of choice
  • cotton yarn
  • an awl or other device to make holes in the bottle cap
DIY self watering planter

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What to plant?

When it comes to choosing your plant or plants, consider your needs and lifestyle. Looking to enhance your cooking? Fresh herbs are the way to go! Consider seasoning staples such as basil, rosemary, chives, and parsley, or go the sweeter route with great choices like peppermint, lavender, and lemon balm. Hoping to add some style to your windowsill? Consider performing this DIY with a glass wine bottle, if you have the tools, and planting a gorgeous array of different colored succulents. Relatively easy to care for and a definite beauty, succulents would add an air of earthy flair to any decor.

A collection of succulents planted

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How to make your self watering planter

  1. To begin this DIY project, first wash the bottle or bottles you have chosen, making sure everything is clean and free of any labels.
  2. Second, carefully cut each bottle in half, as both portions will be utilized.
  3. Next, poke, drill, or cut a few small holes in the bottle cap to allow for water and the cotton yarn to pass through.
  4. To create the self watering portion, take 3 pieces of cotton yarn at about 6 inches each, and feed each piece through the holes created in your bottle cap. Tie a knot outside the bottle cap to keep it in place.
  5. Plant your succulent, herb, or seeds in the inverted top portion of the bottle, making sure to distribute the 3 strings throughout the soil to promote even watering.
  6. Fill the bottom portion of the bottle with 1 to 2 inches of water, just enough for the knot to dip into the water but not enough that the entire cap is submerged.
  7. Place the inverted top portion with your new plant in the bottom portion filled with water.

That’s it! In a matter of minutes, you’ve created an earth-conscious way to spruce up your living space.

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