crafty corner Home   Training Training   CSI SED CSI   Craft Products Products   commissions Commissions   team building Team Building   media events Media   about us About Us   contacts button Contact Us   facebook button  
crafts Crafts
kids Kids
diy D I Y
recycle Recycle
subscribe to crafty corner Designs
subscribe to crafty corner Subscribe
crafty corner site search Search

Upcycled Hanging Garden

Step by step instructions showing how to make your own super low maintenance, Upcycled Hanging Garden, presented by Crafty Corner

For any questions contact us via email

There is so much we can do with all the items that we normally throw away. With this project we reduced our carbon footprint by turning an old 5l bottle into a garden. We have tons of these gardens hanging on our back wall, and it is possible to grow almost anything in them, making them ideal for those with limited space.

If you live in a flat, why not turn your patio into a hanging herb garden? We're growing chillis, tomatoes, mint and basil in ours! Follow our easy step by step instructions and see just how easy it is to make your own recycled hanging garden!

hanging garden

What you will need:

  • Clean, 5l plastic bottle
  • Crimps and crimping pliers
  • Trace wire (or any strong string)
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Metal washers or old buttons
  • Wick (thick, cotton cord
  • Keyring

Read through all the instructions first before starting this craft.

Step 1

Remove the label and any dirt from your 5l bottle.

Remove label

Step 2

Using a craft knife, make a small slit in the bottle just before the bottle tapers to the top. Insert your scissors into the hole and cut all the way around.

knife hole Cut with scissors

Step 3

Make three holes equi-distant apart (to form a triangle) about 1-2cm from the top of your cut bottle. Use a spiker, nail or a small drill to make the hole. Do NOT make a cut, when the garden is hanging the weight will cause the plastic to tear.

Make hole

Step 4

Cut three equal lengths of trace wire (or sturdy string). The length depends how high or low you want your garden to hang, we recommend anything from 50-100cm.

cut steel trace

Step 5

Fold one of the wire lengths in half and thread it through the washer or button. Thread the two ends of wire through the loop of wire so it "locks" onto the washer/button. This acts as a stopper, preventing the wire from ripping or pulling through the plastic.

thread wire through button

Step 6

Thread the two ends through the hole in the bottle and pull up.

Thread through bottle

Step 7

Thread the crimp onto the loose ends of wire, fold it over to make a loop and pass the ends back through the crimp (don't crimp yet!).

Thread wire onto crimp

Step 8

Repeat Steps 5-7 with the other two pieces of wire.

Step 9

Once you are sure that all three loops are the same length and your garden will hang evenly, firmly flatten the crimps.

flatten crimp

Step 10

Your three strings should now be crimped at the same length. Trim excess wire if necessary and fit a keyring to the three loops.

thread keyring onto loops

Step 11

Make a hole in the lid of the bottle, just big enough to pass your wick through doubled over. Fold wick in half and thread through the hole, from the inside out, so that the loop sticks out the top of the lid with the ends hanging down.

thread wick through lid thread wick through hole

Step 12

Adjust the wick so that the lid is in the middle and replace the lid.

Adjust length

Step 13

Turn the top part of the bottle upside down and place it into the bottom part of the bottle.

place top in bottom of bottle

Step 14

If necessary, adjust the wick so that the two ends will stop just underneath the top of your soil line (approx. 2cm from the top).

adjust wick

Step 15 (optional)

Your pot is now ready to use, but we suggest using some rust paint to give it a rustic feel. Paint the outside of the bottle, but be careful not to get any paint on the inside of the bottle - this will contaminate your soil, not good for anything you plan on eating!

Rust paint

Step 16

Once your rust paint has dried, it's time to fill your pot with soil and the plant of your choice. Once the plant is in, water until the water reaches the halfway mark of the bottom of the bottle - and there you have it, your very own Upcycled hanging herb garden!

completed garden

NOTE: These gardens are super low maintenance. Excess water drains to the bottom chamber, while the plant can suck as much water as it needs through the wick. No water is wasted - I haven't watered my hanging gardens in three months (the rain has topped them up though).

If you live in a high rainfall area, it is a good idea to knock a small drainage hole halfway up the bottom chamber, just to be sure the roots don't flood after a lot of rain.