Eco-Friendly Self-Watering Planter

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Let’s RETHINK & REPURPOSE our plastic consumption to plant seeds of change!

Why Make A Self-Watering Planter?

There are 3 reasons why we are all about this eco-friendly DIY:

1. Low maintenance - if you are new to having plants this is the perfect introduction because the plant will water itself and only takes as much water as it needs.

2. Plants improve your environment - plants naturally purify the air, improve your mood and lift up your spirit.

3. Reduces plastic waste - plastic pollution is real and single-use plastics are a large part of it. In the U.S., we buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total. However, only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled. We may not be able to eliminate all plastic consumption, but through small acts like these we can help reduce our eco-footprint!

Craft Materials:

plastic water bottle (any size!)

scissors or box cutter

permanent marker

small plant





Step 1 - Take your marker and draw a line in the middle of the bottle. This marking will be a guide as you cut the bottle.

Step 2 - Cut the plastic bottle in half using your scissors or box cutter.

Step 3 - Use box cutter to cut an X into the bottle cap. Use fingers to push down into cap to create a small opening.

Step 4 - Cut yarn into a 6 inch piece. Thread the string through the hole you created in the bottle cap until there's half (3 inches) on each end of the cap.

Step 5 - Fill bottom half of plastic bottle with water. Fill up to 1/4.

Step 6 - Connect the two bottle pieces. Flip the plastic bottle upside down and place top bottle into the bottom half of the bottle. (The bottom yarn should be in the water. Check to see if the top yarn is now wet - this means the yarn is absorbing the water up into the top bottle).

Step 7 - Fill the top section with some soil and add the small plant. Add more soil once plant is inside to secure it in place.

Step 8 - (Optional) Decorate your self-watering planter with ribbon or decorative tape.

Step 9 - Refill water in bottom section whenever empty

"To plant a garden is to believe in the future."