Self-Watering Herb Planters Made From Upcycled Plastic Bottles

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This past weekend it was gorgeous outside so I tried to soak up the warmth and sunshine as much as possible. While doing so, I thought about everything I wanted to do to prepare our outdoor area for the summer including hanging flowers on our front porch, getting a new seating area for our back porch and getting a cute welcome sign to put by the front door. One of the other things I really want is to have a garden. Growing up we always had a garden and I love the idea of tending to a garden and being able to make meals with something I’ve grown.

Unfortunately, since we live in a condo, we can’t plant things in our backyard so we have to go the route of container gardening. I decided that this year I was going to start my container garden with herbs and then maybe next year expand to other things like peppers, tomatoes and strawberries. I started with a few herbs and have plans to plant more before summer comes. Having considered a number of containers, I chose to start my herb garden with single serve drink bottles. These plastic bottles are small enough to sit on the counter ledge behind my kitchen sink and they are also easy enough to move outdoors if I want to bring them outside to get better sunlight.

The first thing I had to do was gather some empty plastic bottles. Let’s be honest- this is the easiest part, especially when all I have to do to get an empty bottle is enjoy a cold Honest® Tea on a warm day. While any plastic bottle would work for this herb garden, Honest® Tea is both delicious to drink and comes from a brand that cares about our Earth’s resources. I figured it just makes sense to use bottles from a company that promotes organic agriculture, fair trade, and landfill reduction among other things, when I’m doing an upcycled DIY project to celebrate Earth Day.

The other materials you need for these DIY self-watering herb planters are potting soil, seeds, scissors, string and water. One other thing you might want is something to label the containers so you know what herb is in each container. You can use a marker for this or make fancier labels if you prefer.

Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies, take the label off of your empty bottle, rinse it out and let it dry. Then use your scissors to poke a hole between 2/3 of the way to halfway up the bottle depending on how deep you want your planter’s dirt top to be. Then cut around the bottle horizontally, from the hole, until the top comes apart from the bottom. You’ll also want to poke four holes, that are just large enough for your string to go through, in the plastic near the lid.

Once your bottle is cut, measure two pieces of string that are about the length of the bottle. You’ll then put each of the strings in one of the holes and out the other hole across from it.

The next step is to fill the bottom of the bottle with water and then place the top of the bottle upside down on top of the bottom piece. You’ll want the strings to be hanging and immersed in the water.

 Once you have the top set in place, fill halfway with soil, add in your seeds and then add another layer of soil. 

You’ll want to place your planter in a sunny spot and check the water level every few days. These self-watering planters are perfect for busy moms because you don’t have to remember to water them everyday which I love. You can even buy small herbs that have already started growing and transfer them into these self-watering planters if you don’t want to go through the hassle of planting seeds (which is what I did with a couple of my herbs to save time).

Want to make your own planters? Head to Kroger and grab some Honest® Tea bottles. I found a variety of flavors, including the NEW Unsweet Peach Ginger flavor, in the refrigerated drink cases. I really like this new flavor because, even though it’s unsweetened, the peach makes it just a tad sweet. Their tea is brewed with real tea leaves, has no added sugar, and is also organic and Fair Trade. Now through 4/22 you can even save .25 off 1 bottle at Kroger and Kroger division stores with this coupon. (Coupon can be used up to 5 times in one transaction.)

What herb will you plant in your self-watering bottle planter? Find more inspiration for upcycled crafts and tasty recipes here.


  1. That is such a cool idea! I’m going to give this a try. They’re perfect for me because I travel so much.

  2. These are so fun! Such a perfect upcycling idea and anything that makes life a little easier is always a great thing.

  3. That is a great DIY for getting your gardening urges taken care of. I think it is great to have the watering taken care of and just add the love and watch them grow.

  4. I love this! What a fantastic idea!

  5. Reesa Lewandowski says

    What a great idea! I am sharing this with my husband so we can make this with our plants!

  6. What a great idea. Even better since Honest Tea is my favorite kind of tea, but I do love the idea of reusing the bottles also.

  7. That is such a great idea. I love it. I need to try this out the next time we have some extra bottles.

  8. I love this idea. We live in an apartment so we have limited space and even if I wanted to plant outside, our “yard” has no grass. It’s all concrete. This is perfect!

  9. I have got to try this. It would be great to have fresh herbs on hand.

  10. Claudia Krusch says

    I am planning on planting some herbs for the summer. These are a great way to recycle and have a great planter. Definitely worth a try.

  11. I never remember to water my plants. I will have to try this on the weekend. I would love to have fresh herbs to use for cooking.

  12. Kim @ 730 Sage Street says

    I love this idea! My husband is on the road a lot and goes through a lot of tea bottles, I really like finding ways to recycle them in a useful way.

  13. What a great idea! My kids would love to make one of these and just in time for Earth Day!

  14. That is such a great idea! This is something that I would like to attempt for my own plants. I might actually be able to keep them alive!

  15. This is absolutely amazing!! Such a great idea to recycle!! Would love to try this!!

  16. Nice DIY, it is really a great idea for making a self-watering planter.

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