Plants are great for decorating your home, but they can make it hard to keep up with watering them. If you’re tired of watering your plants every day or week, then this self watering planter is just what you need! You’ll be able to create this project in just half an hour or so. It’s also a great way to reuse those 2 liter bottles that we always seem to have lying around after having parties at our house.
Drill the hole in the bottom of the bin.
Next, drill a hole in the bottom of your container. This hole should be large enough to fit the tube, bottle and lid.
Line the bottom of the bin with plastic wrap.
Line the bottom of your bin with plastic wrap. This will keep the soil in place and allow for better drainage, thus preventing it from getting excessively wet after watering.
Drill a hole in the top of a 2 liter bottle.
Drill a hole in the top of a 2 liter bottle. If you’re using a different sized bottle, make sure to make the appropriate size hole for water to flow out.
Use scissors to cut the 2 liter bottle in half.
- Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the 2 liter bottle in half.
- Make sure that your cut is straight and clean.
- Make sure your cut is deep enough.
Insert bottle into bin.
- Step 1: Place the bottle in your bin, upside down.
- Step 2: Make sure that the bottle is secure and not going to fall out of its hole when you add soil. The best way to do this is by using duct tape around the edges of the bin and on top of where you’re sticking your plant seedlings into soil. This will ensure that they stay put until they’re ready to transplant into larger pots or outdoors!
Fill bottle with water.
Fill your bottle with water. You can use a variety of tools to do this, listed below:
- Use a funnel to pour the water into the bottle.
- Use a measuring cup to measure out and pour the water into the bottle.
- Use a pitcher to scoop up some water and then pour it into the bottle.
- Take an empty watering can, fill it up with water at home, bring it with you when you go on your trip, and then use that can to fill up your self-watering planter on site.
Cut a circle in your fabric as slightly smaller than your lid, and line it with plastic wrap.
- Cut a circle in your fabric as slightly smaller than your lid, and line it with plastic wrap.
You can use a plate, bowl or compass to measure the diameter of the lid. If you’re using string, tie one end to a pencil and hold it taut while you spin the pencil around in a circle on top of your fabric. When you let go of the string, it will leave an arc that represents where to cut your circle (be sure not to cut beyond this arc).
- Fill with potting soil, add plants and water well!
Put potting soil into bin and plant flower seeds.
- Fill the bin with potting soil.
- Plant flower seeds in the soil and water them regularly.
You can use this to water plants so you don’t have to remember to water them!
You can use this to water plants that need water every day, or even every few days. You could also use it for plants that need water only once a week, or possibly even only once every few weeks.
Once you have everything in place, it’s time to plant some flowers! Once your flowers start growing, the 2 liter bottle will fill up with water and slowly drip into their soil. I think this is a great way to make sure you don’t forget about watering your plants or forgetting that they need water at all.