This plastic bottle herb garden project was submitted by Sylvie Leost . Sylvie is a recycling guru who loves to upcycle discarded waste into useful and resourceful items. Make sure you pay her a visit on her Facebook page Not Just Trash to see more of her creative recycling ideas .
This hanging herb garden is also a great way to declutter the kitchen counters, dont you think? Now, empty milk bottles on the ready? Yes? Over to Sylvia for the tutorial- Medina Grillo
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- 2 Pint sized plastic milk bottles,
- 3cm wide wooden baton long enough to fit your window ( I used the slat of an old wooden blind)
- craft knife,
- hole puncher,
- metal ruler
- permanent black marker pen.
How to make this plastic bottle herb garden:
First give your milk bottle a thorough clean with water and remove labels.
Using the scissors, remove the top and handle of the plastic bottle. You can either do this by following the marking on your bottle as I did or by drawing out where you will cut before hand with a marker.
You should end up with a higher and lower side that looks likes this
Using the craft knife and ruler, cut at 2cm from the longer side of the bottle top edge then make two vertical cuts parallel from the center of the bottle. The cuts need to be approximately 4cm long and at 1.5cm from either side of the bottle center (but this depends on your baton size).
Finish the slits by punching holes on the top end of the vertical cuts (this gives the bottles enough space to slide on). Next use the black permanent marker pen to decorate and label each bottle.
To finish, slide the bottles thorough the wooden baton using your pre-cut slits and suspend it from the window sill with your choice fixing.
Place your various herbs inside and watch your bottle herb garden flourish!
I’ve also made some other creations from empty plastic bottles, like these GORGEOUS DOVES and these DIY TOILET BRUSH HOLDERS
If you have any questions about anything at all – please leave a comment below!
Sylvie Leost at Not Just Trash
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Hi I have done the bottles. My parents don’t like it in the kitchen window. Anywhere else in the house, you would recommend? I am just looking for a decent spot. I might try my bedroom window.
Any widow will do or a spot that gets decent lighting!
This is honest due to utilization and uses the plastic bottles that could’ve finished up away where they shouldn’t be. and also the herbs you get from planting on this bottle unit such a bonus! nice job!
This is a very good idea. With this idea, a house can be decorated very well. It is gaining popularity day by day.
I love your content. Because of your DIY plastic bottle idea ming blowing,
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my Goss ! It’s really an amazing Idia. I have done some bottle gardening but this one is looking better.but if you try some colorful can maybe it will look great
What a great idea…I am going to save my milk jugs. Cilantro is the one that has to be constantly replanted and this is the way to go. Thanks
Awesome, now time to use my all wastes bottle for my lovely belcony garden.
Many many thanks for sharing this idea.
This is a great way to recycle and reuse the plastic bottles that could’ve ended up somewhere else where it shouldn’t be. And the herbs you get from planting on these bottle are such a bonus! Great job!
Wonderful creative collection. Thank you for sharing.
I put small pebbles or small rocks at the bottom. That way the water is retained without rotting the roots.
I love any recycle, reduce & reuse ideas.
In your post, Recycled Milk Bottles, Indoor Bottle Herb Garden, you picture a different -size bottle from what instructions tell us to use; twice the size in fact.
How does this one slat actually hold the weight of: bottles+soil+plants+water?
You don’t mention drain holes in the bottom. Won’t your plants need to drain when watered?
Can you use gallon cartons as well? Are you planting in potting soil or just water? I also want to put it out on my back covered patio. Excited to try this.
What would you do in winter for your garden?
What a lovely idea! Thanks for your awesome post.
I think it’s a really great idea but I do have a question. Do you put holes in the bottom of the jugs? Does that mean your have to take it down every time you need to water?
No the herbs pots have holes and drain into the jugs directly 🙂
What do you mean by herb pots ?
Did you mean herbs in pots purchased from store?
This is just a hanger or place to keep the herb pots ? Or can I add soil to these jugs and grow plants directly
It makes me inspired. It is time to grab my bottles from garbage. I have to keep my herbs for this summer. Loved your step-by-step paths.
You need to revise your list of supplies or your picture . Your supply list calls for 2 pint containers . Do you mean a 1 quart container (2 pints = 1 quart) ? The picture shows a 1/2 gallon container (approx 2 liters, and says on container it contains 4 pintss4). Your other directions use metric, so I assume you are more familiar with the metric as opposed to American measurement system. (Frankly, I wish we would go all metric– so much easier!)
yes me too it can get really confusing sometimes! I’ll have to update the post! Thanks!
Please call it a half gallon size.
I love this idea. Question though, why not leave the handle on?
You could leave it on if you’d like 🙂
Can you take the bottle birds off this thread please – sylvie leost did not design these – i did – and at least there should be a credit. I don’t know why you would remove my comment
Hi Claudia. I didn’t remove your comment – they just need to wait to be be approved my myself. I’m a little confused… You are saying that the bottle birds are your picture? If this is this the case I will need to talk to Sylvia to confirm this. My email is [email protected] if you would like to take further.
I didn’t even realise these were made from old milk bottles!!! You take upcycling to another level 🙂
What a great idea…I am going to save my milk jugs. Cilantro is the one that has to be constantly replanted and this is the way to go. Thanks.
Great job! It’s fun to be creative.
I love upcycles, this is such as simple but sweet one.