The Best Self Watering Planters and How to Make Your Own


With the rise of modern greenhouses, window boxes and terrariums, self watering planters have become a popular way to make your own home garden. They are easy to construct, require minimal materials, and can save you money on water bills! Read on for six different ways you can create a self watering planter in less than an hour:

Use a Mason Jar.

This is a great way to make a self watering planter. You can find mason jars at any grocery store, and they’re super easy to use. There are a number of different sizes, so you can choose one that fits your space best. And if you want to plant different kinds of plants in the same container, there are lots of options for both flowers and herbs!

A Watering Can.

The first thing you need is a way to get water into the planter. You can use a watering can, which is a simple tool that you can use for both filling and watering. The most important part about using this type of watering device is making sure it doesn’t leak, because if it does, then all of your hard work will be wasted!

You can find watering cans in many sizes—from small ones that are good for one plant up to big ones that are big enough for an entire garden (or even multiple gardens). They’re also pretty easy to store since they fold up easily and don’t take up much space. And if you do have an extra large garden or yard with several plants, these small tools are not going cost much money at all.

A Plastic Bottle.

To make a self watering planter, you’ll need:

  • A plastic bottle. You can use any size you prefer, but I would recommend starting with a large mouth. This will allow you to fill the planter more easily, and it will give more room for the roots of your plant.
  • Scissors or a knife (to cut with).
  • A saw (to cut through plastic).

Hanging Planter Bottles.

Making a hanging planter bottle is an easy project that requires minimal materials and time. Here are some tips on how to make a hanging planter bottle, what you can plant in one, and how to water it properly.

  • Materials:
  • a plastic soda/water bottle (or recycled plastic bottles of any kind)
  • a drill or awl
  • rope or twine for hanging the planter
  • How To Make A Hanging Planter Bottle: You will need a drill or awl and some rope or twine for this step. Drill holes in the bottom of your soda/water bottle so that excess water can drain out into your soil mixture when it rains (if you don’t want to use up all your soil mix). Then fill half way with dirt, plant seeds into individual cups made from egg cartons filled with soil mix, cover each cup with clear plastic wrap then place them inside your empty soda/water bottle. Fill the rest of the space around the plants’ roots with more dirt until everything is covered except for their leaves which should stick out slightly above ground level like grass growing through pavement cracks during wet weather conditions but not be exposed directly as they would be if planted directly outside where they could get eaten by pests such as birds or animals due to lack of protective barriers around them.”

PVC Pipe.

PVC pipe is one of the most common materials used in self watering planters. It’s easy to work with and can be found at any hardware store, making it a great choice for anyone who wants to build their own planter. It also has other great benefits, including:

  • PVC pipe is inexpensive
  • PVC pipe is flexible and easy-to-use
  • PVC pipes are available in a wide range of sizes, allowing you to make a self watering planter of any size or shape

Gutter Downspout.

You can use a downspout to create a water source for your self watering planter. The downspout should be able to reach the plant you are watering and then some; you don’t want to have soaked soil, but also don’t want dry ones either. If you have several plants, make sure that each one is getting enough water! To keep the roots from clumping together too much during their growth stage, try moving them around in pots or repotting them into larger pots every few weeks (or even months).

Vegetable Can.

Vegetable Can

What you will need:

  • 1 empty soda can with top cut off, drain hole in bottom of can
  • 3/4″ gravel (you can use any kind of gravel from outside or from the garden section at your local hardware store)

How to make it:

  • Lay out your gravel in the bottom of the soda can and press it into place with a spoon or something similar.
  • Fill up your soda can with water so that there is about an inch between where you want to plant and where there’s no more room for soil (you’ll want enough room at least for a few seeds). If you want to be able to see how much water is left without having to take off the lid every time, use colored plastic wrap so that when it absorbs all its color, then that means it’s time for another watering!

Glass and Clay Bowls.

There are many different options for self watering planters, and glass bowls are a great choice. The most popular option is to plant your herbs in a wide-mouthed terracotta pot with drainage holes in the bottom. You can also use a glass bowl, which may be easier to find than terracotta pots.

There are several ways you can make this work! You could drill a hole in the bottom of your bowl and place it on top of another container (like an old terra cotta pot) that has been turned upside down with drainage holes in it. Or invest in some hydro inserts—they’re basically pebbles that go into the bottom of your containers, keeping them from leaking water out through the holes if they get overfilled or tipped over by pets or children (or yourself).

Self watering planters are not just for professional green thumbs! Anyone can do them, with minimal skill and materials needed!

You don’t have to be an expert gardener to make self watering planters. They are easy to make and can be made with recycled materials. You can use a self watering planter inside or outside, so they are great for green thumbs of all ages!

Whether you want to grow your own food, or just save some money on gardening supplies, these DIY self watering planters will help you learn how to build them without breaking the bank.


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