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How To Make 2 Planters From Recycled Materials [Plant Pot Ideas]

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  • Empty plastic bottles (from cleaning supplies)
  • Stiletto
  • Clothes iron
  • Spray paint
  • Leather strip
  • Power screwdriver
  • 2 Hex screws
  • 2 Hex nuts
  • Acrylic paint
  • Baking soda
  • Paintbrush


Recycling empty bottles and turning them into amazing plant pots is super easy and you should definitely give it a try. I'll give you two plant pot ideas that look amazing and people would never say they were plastic bottles, to begin with. In one of the flower pots, we're going to use a painting technique that makes any material look like ceramic with a grainy texture. The other one will be a plant holder that you can hang on a wall. Shall we begin?

8 hoursDifficultyEasy

Step 1: Gather the materials

The base of your planters will be made using empty plastic bottles, stiletto, and an iron. For the faux ceramic plant pot, you'll need acrylic paint, baking soda, and a paintbrush. And for the hanging planter, you'll need spray paint, a leather strip, a power screwdriver, 2 hex screws, and 2 hex nuts.

Step 2: Cut the base to make the plastic plant pot

Decide the height you want your plant pot to be and cut the empty bottles.

Step 3: Soften the edges of the plastic bottle

Using the warm iron, soften the edges of the plastic bottles. Rub the edges of the plastic bottle gently against the iron so they don't get deformed.

Step 4: Faux ceramic pots for plants

To make the faux ceramic plant pot you'll need to mix one part of acrylic paint to one part of baking soda. The aspect of it should resemble a paste.

Step 5: Paint the plastic bottle

With the paintbrush start painting the bottle with the paste you made, covering the entire surface. Start painting the inside of the plastic pot and after it's dry, turn it upside down and paint the exterior.

Step 6: DIY hanging planter

You can use the same technique from the faux ceramic planter for this tutorial. However, I've opted to paint it with spray to make it easier.

Step 7: Drill the holes

On each side of the planter drill a hole one centimeter from the top. Drill a hole also on each end of the leather strip, one centimeter from the edge.

Step 8: Add the screws

To attach the leather strips, add one hex screw on each side and put the hex nut to keep it in place.

Step 9: Final result

This is the final result of both plant pot ideas. They are amazing! I love upcycling cheap materials and making them look expensive.

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