DIY wine bottle self-watering planters

Bring your empty bottles back to life with this foolproof DIY!

Don’t let your old wine bottles go to waste! Learn how to turn them into adorable self-watering planters with the help of lifestyle expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault’s guide to cutting and styling glass bottles.

Does the sound of cutting glass make you nervous? Don’t worry—Leigh-Ann has a solution that is simple and safe, so keep on reading to find out more. From cutting the bottles, to constructing the planter, and crafting your own hand-stamped plant markers, this guide takes you through the entire process step-by-step. Get ready to DIY!

What you’ll need:

Bottle cutting

  1. Collect a bunch of glass wine bottles. If you don’t have enough empties of your own, you can buy them here.
  2. Start by soaking bottles in water to remove paper labels. 
  3. Use a sticky label remover to remove the adhesive. (Check out this adhesive remover from Amazon here). 
  4. Once bottles are clean, score each on a bottle cutter contraption. (Find a bottle cutter from Amazon here).
  5. Place scored bottle in plastic bin and pour hot water on the seam.
  6. Immediately move bottle into ice bath to break the glass along the score line.
  7. Sand the bottle edges to make them smooth.

Safety tip: Don’t forget to wear safety glasses and gloves when you’re cutting glass.

Constructing the self-watering planter

  1. Cut a piece of cotton rope and tie a knot in one end.
  2. Using black pantyhose, cut a 2” round piece and make a small hole in the middle to pull rope through.
  3. Place the rope through the neck of the wine bottle so it hangs out of the bottle mouth and the pantyhose and knot sit inside the bottle neck.
  4. Plant the herb of your choice inside the bottle neck half, and fill the bottom half of the vase with water.
  5. Allow the rope to absorb water and travel up to the plant.

Plant markers

  1. Using cutlery from the thrift or dollar store, hammer spoons and forks flat.
  2. Using a metal stamp set, hammer letters into the face or handle of the spoon. (Get your own metal stamp set from Amazon here). 
  3. Using a black paint pen, cover the stamped letters, then immediately wipe off to darken the font.