Upcycling

Man turns plastic bottles into vibrant “plant lanterns” to revamp old walls

May 5th, 2021

Looking to utilize that unused wall or give it a little bit of decoration? No1 Garden on YouTube shows you how to create the cutest plant hanger with materials that are probably already in your house. Not only is it an amazing look to spice up your living space, but also very sustainable.

With some paint and plastic bottles, you can kickstart a vibrant vertical garden today.

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Grab your bottles.

In the video, it shows him with three bottles. You’re welcome to use as many or how little you want. One bottle will make one flower pot. He uses one-liter bottles in the video, but I’m sure you can use whatever size you wish it to be.

You’re going to grab a box cutter or something sharp enough to remove the labels off of your bottle. Make sure to get it all of it off.

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Outline the top, bottom, and in between them with a permanent marker.

With your permanent marker of choice, you’re going to outline two lines one on top and the other on the bottom. You can use the picture from the video as a reference. These are going to be part of your guidelines for cutting.

Using the ruler as a guide make a straight line to connect the two circles you previously drew before. Then you’re going to repeat that process making those lines all around the bottle. Again you can use the video or picture as a reference.

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Now use the boxcutter to begin the cut and use the scissors to finish cutting the longer lines.

You’re going to cut a slit along the long lines with your boxcutter. Make sure you don’t cut below that first bottom line you drew. This is going to help you start the cutting process without making any mistakes.

Use the scissors to finish cutting the lines up to the top line you drew first. You’ll repeat this process with all the bottles. This will create small slits all up the bottles.

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Before folding the bottle, pour rubbing alcohol on a towel and clean up the marker.

You’ll then drill about an inch diameter circle into all the bottoms of the bottles. Make sure to take your time when you do this so you don’t get hurt.

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Now fold the bottle and shape it into a pot.

You’re going to fold the top of the bottle into the middle of the cut slits. Then you’ll begin flipping all the slits around to create the lantern shape. It’ll look something like shown above and screw the cap back onto the top.

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Drill small holes in the top, then decorate.

You can get spray paint at your local hardware store. Using whatever colors you chose carefully spray paint your pot. Attach something to hold it so you won’t get it on your hands dirty and it will be easier to turn it around getting a spotless paint job.

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Let it dry and drill small holes to insert the string to hold them.

Once it’s had the time to completely dry you’re going to drill two small holes across from each other on the top. Get two strings and make a little knot on the end. String each one through the drilled holes. Then take the ruler and measure each string marking it at 27 centimeters.

Put another knot through it and take that string to repeat the process with another lantern.

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Hang up pots and put the plants into their new home.

You’re going to take your adorable newly made lanterns and hang them up. Make sure the top of the bottle is facing down creating the perfect little pouch for your plant friends to sit in. Put some soil in them and then put the plants of your choice into your new beautiful upcycled flower pot.

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What do you plant in a vertical garden?

According to Miracle-Gro, if you’re looking to plant flowers it’s best to choose annual flowers or vines because they don’t require much soil if any. Plus you have the option to start fresh with different flowers every year.

Another option is planting edible plants that have shallow roots like herbs. You can also choose among a variety of foliage that lives in dryer conditions like succulents or more shad-loving plants, like a fern.

If you don’t have much outdoor space and your garden happens to be indoors, plants that thrive in low light conditions are a perfect option, such as orchids or air plants.

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If you’re looking to create more recycled pieces to add a poppy of color to a beautiful garden you can check out No1 Garden’s YouTube for more videos. You can make your own upcycle-themed garden from his channel. Don’t forget to water them.

Check out the full video below to create your own vertical plant lanterns. It’s easy!

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Source: YouTube – No1 Garden, Miracle-Gro

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