How to make a hanging plant pot from a plastic bottle

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Plants look their best when hanging from a height, their green leaves cascading down your bedroom wall. While you can buy plastic hanging plant pots cheaply online, a more sustainable and much more entertaining way to get your hands on this useful plant holder is to make your own “face” plant pot – using your plant’s leaves as hair – out of an empty milk bottle.

What you’ll need

  • A plant (see suggestions below)
  • Milk bottle or any plastic container with a similar shape
  • Scissors
  • Paint primer
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrushes
  • Soil
  • Accessories
  • Wire or sturdy string
  • Duct tape
  • Nail or self-adhesive hook

Method

Step 1: Prepare the bottle

Once the bottle is empty, give it a thorough clean. Flip it upside down so that the cap is facing downwards and cut a few inches off of the bottom – the wide base – of the bottle. Make sure you’ve measured your plant before so that you trim the milk bottle to the right size; your plant’s leaves should be visible when sitting inside the bottle.

Using scissors, cut small holes in the cap. These will be the pot’s drainage holes. Towards the top of the inverted bottle, cut two small holes either side. These are what you’ll thread wire or string through to hold the plant up.

If you want to add accessories like earrings to your plant pot face, cut a small hole on either side of its “face”.

Step 2: Apply plastic paint primer

To ensure the paint sticks to the bottle, you’ll need to spray it with primer first, such as this one. Spray the whole bottle including the lid and leave it to dry overnight.

Step 3: Paint

The next day, the primer should be dry and you’re free to paint it however you want to. Consider the colours of the accessories you are adding to the “face” and use shades that match accordingly. Leave it to dry overnight.

Step 4: Pot the plant

Add earrings and a headscarf at this stage if you want to and then add lots of soil, depending on how big your milk bottle is. Lastly, pot your plant so that most of it is still visible and give it a little water.

Step 5: Make the hanging device

To hang your pot, use wire or sturdy string and measure it from where the nail or hook will be, depending on how low you want the plant to sit against your wall. Thread the wire through one of the holes on the side then loop it around the top of the pot a few times to keep it sturdy. Then bring the wire up and over to the other side of the pot to do the same with the hole on the other side. Secure the wires on either side by covering them with duct tape inside and outside of the milk bottle. If you are using a headscarf or another piece of fabric (I cut up an old top), this covers up the tape entirely.  

Step 6: Finishing touches

To hang your plant, grab a hammer and fix a nail into the wall. I used a simple self-adhesive hook which works well but bear in mind that this wouldn’t be suitable for heavier plants. Voila: your own recycled, hanging plant pot with an edge.

Suggested plants

Fern

To imitate wild, bushy hair ferns are a great choice. Ferns, such as the Boston fern, don’t like lots of light so are the ideal option if you have a room that’s often in the shade. They are easy to care for but require frequent watering so that their soil can be kept moist.

Chinese Money Plant

For a quirky look, the hard-to-kill Chinese money plant is a good option. They have big, round leaves that are a lovely green colour. Water them lightly and only when their soil is dry to the touch. They like a medium amount of light, but don’t enjoy direct sunlight.

String of Hearts

Last but not least, the adorably named string of hearts is a perfect plant if you want your face pot to have long, flowing hair. String of hearts require light watering and can tolerate indirect or bright sunlight.

Franscesca Lister-Fell

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