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Hanging Upcycled Soda Bottle Flower Pot

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Looking for a fun and easy craft project that will brighten up your home? Look no further than this DIY soda bottle flower pot is the perfect craft for something fun, easy, and inexpensive to make with the kids. Made with an upcycled soda bottle, this flower pot is perfect for those who want to add a little bit of green to their home but don’t have a lot of space. It’s also great for kids, as it’s a fun and easy craft project that they can help with. Create your own floral conversation starter with this upcycled craft.

upcycled bottle planter hanging in tree with yellow flowers

Soda Bottle Flower Pot

Learn how to make a flower pot with an upcycled soda bottle! This is a great way to recycle old soda bottles and turn them into cute flower pots. You can use any color of paint you want to match your home’s decor. These flower pots are so easy and fun to make, you’ll want to make one for every window in your house and every sunny spot outside. They also make great gifts for friends and family.

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If you want something else that is unique and upcycled, you’ll love this paper straw floating succulent planter or even this rustic twine-wrapped hanging planter.

yellow flowers in green planter made of plastic bottle on white background

How Do I Curl the Plastic?

There are a few ways to curl the plastic. For this case, I went super easy and folded it down and into a small slit on the bottom side of the bottle.

If you want it to look a bit different, you can bend it around a dowel rod or stick and this will give it a small curl. If you want dramatic curls as I have you will want to heat the plastic slightly. You can use a candle but this takes a lot of attention to make sure you are not melting the plastic or burning yourself.

If you want a simpler way or a way that works well with children, you can use a crafting heat gun. These are small hot air blowers that are designed for projects like these. They are easier to use and safer, however, the candle or lighter is a much cheaper option.

green bottle flower planter in front of blue background

What All Can I Use This For?

My favorite is to make these soda bottle flower pots and hang them outside. They can also be used inside the house. They would look beautiful as part of a centerpiece or just sitting on a side table in your living room. They are basic but can be updated and made to be a bit fancier if needed.

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They make a great way to gift someone a plant! An inexpensive but customized planter is easy to make with this tutorial and friends and family will love them.

If you wanted to use them for something other than a flower pot, you could also use them as a pencil holder, paintbrush holder, or even to hold utensils in your kitchen. The options are really only limited by your imagination.

green plastic bottle planter holding yellow flowers over rock road

Do I Have to Hang This Outside?

No! It can sit on a table or even hang from an archway or ceiling inside your home. I love using this outside, but they are equally as nice inside your home as part of your home decor.

What Do I Use to Hang My Planter?

You want to use something that is strong enough to hold the bottle, but also the plant you add to the inside of it. Twine or rope is easy and a common choice, but I also love to use a strong heavy-duty fishing line because it is clear and can easily match anything inside your home. That helps it to not distract from the flower pot while being strong enough to hold it in place.

Another idea is to use colorful yarn. You can make it match the colors of the flower pot. If you are feeling very crafty, you can design in a macrame style. Or, just use a good sturdy string, rope, twine, or ribbon that can hold the weight of your flower pot.

green bottle planter with yellow flowers held by woman in pink

Can I Add More Decorations to My Flower Pot?

You can also add some rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the soda bottle before adding the soil. This will help with drainage. Or, you can just decorate it using a hot glue gun to attach decorations like shells, buttons, or beads around the neck of the soda bottle. Just be careful not to get too close to the rim with the hot glue gun.

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You can also decorate the outside of the soda bottle with stickers, washi tape, or paint. Get creative and have fun with it! Use craft paint to make flowers, polka dots, stripes, or even a few sayings on all sides of the bottle if you want to make it even more unique.

bottle planter with yellow flowers on cobblestone

Supplies Needed

empty bottle green spray paint and scissors on white table

How to Make a Soda Bottle Flower Pot

Remove the label from the soft drink bottle, rinse it out, and let it dry. Then, once ready, use a marker to draw a circle around the base of where the bottle begins to flatten from the top of the bottle.

hand drawing a black line around bottle

Repeat this on the bottom of the flat space, just before it curves downard.

Now, every 1/2″, connect these two lines with a line from top to bottom.

hand drawing lines between circles on bottle

Once those are in place, use a craft knife to make a slit at the top edge of each of these lines, going downward. Leave the stripes intact all around at this point.

Now, cut all but two of the pieces off at the top Leave the two on the sides intact to hold the top and bottom together, leaving the others dangling down the sides.

scissors cutting through plastic on bottle

Now, below the very bottom line of the bottle, add a few angled lines around the bottom, one for each of the dangling pieces above.

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Cut through those slits, just to open them.

yellow and black craft knife cutting through marks on plastic bottle

Now, bend down those dangling pieces, and push them through the slits, so they are angled over each other. Sort of in a spiral around the bottle.

hand twisting and folding cut plastic pieces on bottle

Use the soldering iron to make a hole through the center of the lid.

Once all are in place, and the lid is screwed back on, spray paint the bottle green and set it aside to dry completely.

hand spraying green paint onto plastic bottle planter

After it is dry, string twine through the hole in the lid and tie or glue into place for hanging.

hand threading twine through hole in bottle cap

Then add a flower in the center.

yellow flowers inside green plastic bottle planter on rock

More Easy Plastic Bottle Crafts

If you want to use up the rest of your plastic bottles, look no further than this list! There are tons of great ways to turn that empty water bottle or soda bottle into something unique and new to decorate your home. Make sure that you bookmark these ideas and use them soon. You can also print out the tutorials or even pin them to a Pinterest board.

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upcycled bottle planter hanging in tree with yellow flowers

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This hanging upcycled soda bottle flower planter is so adorable and practically free to make! Easy budget home decor!

Active Time
15 minutes

Additional Time
30 minutes

Total Time
45 minutes

Difficulty
Easy

Estimated Cost
$1

Instructions

  1. Just below the neck where the bottle begins to flatten out straight, draw a line with a marker.
  2. Then do the same, at the bottom of the flat space, just before it curves downward to the bottom of the bottle. black lines being drawn around the bottles
  3. Just below that line, draw another one around the bottle about 1/2″ from the top one.
  4. Now, go around and connect the top bottle line with the bottom ones with stripes every 1/2″ on each side, one per side evenly spaced.
  5. Now, cut through the bottle using a craft knife, and cut around the top line leaving those two stripes intact on each side. scissors cutting through plastic on bottle
  6. Cut every 1/2″ all around the bottle, creating pieces of bottle plastic that are connected on the bottom top line, but loose at the top, all except those two on the sides holding the bottle together.
  7. Now, below the very bottom line of the bottle, add a few angled lines around the bottom, one for each of the dangling pieces above. marker marking on plastic bottle
  8. Cut through those slits, just to open them. bottle pieces folded down on sides
  9. Now, bend down those dangling pieces, and push them through the slits, so they are angled over each other. Sort of in a spiral around the bottle. hand tucking plastic strips into base of bottle
  10. Use the soldering iron to make a hole through the center of the lid. soldering iron making hole in middle of red bottle cap
  11. Once all are in place, and the lid is screwed back on, spray paint the bottle green and set it aside to dry completely. hand spraying green paint onto plastic bottle planter
  12. After it is dry, string twine through the hole in the lid and tie or glue it into place for hanging.
  13. Then add a flower in the center. green upcycled bottle planter with yellow flowers on orange mat with blue background

Notes

Make these with any size bottle you prefer.

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Finished Project Gallery

green plastic bottle planter on white background

Fill with flowers or fake plants and decorate all around your porch!

green planter with yellow flowers in tree

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