What You’ll Need:
Two or three-liter soda bottles
Acrylic paint (optional)
Poles (bamboo, dowels, or pipes)
Flowers look spectacular in your yard but why keep them in your garden? Break some of them out and use them to create an intriguing look for your yard. You don’t have to shop at a home improvement store to have ornamental elements outside. It’s more fun to create unusual and interesting features that will have your guests marveling at your abilities. You’ll particularly enjoy an arrangement where you make elevated plant stands from soda bottles. They look wonderful anywhere in the yard and will last for years.
Pop bottles have been turned into planters for decades. Some people simply cut the tops off and plant the flowers. Others hang the cut bottles to make something a little different. Those planters are okay but not impressive. If you really want a nice, ornamental lawn arrangement, put the bottles on poles. You’ll create elevated planters that look spectacular.
To make a soda bottle planter, the top is removed; usually it’s cut straight across. You can do that but the finished arrangement looks even more awesome if you cut pop bottles at different angles. Cut one straight across, one at an angle, or even cut one with specialty scissors to create a scalloped top. Make just one bottle planter or make a grouping.
Even with the label removed from a soda bottle, paint won’t adhere well. Instead, apply the paint to the inside. Pour some acrylic paint into the bottle, swirl it around, and pour out the excess. With the paint on the inside, rain and other elements won’t damage it.
After the soda bottle is painted, make some holes in the bottom of it. It’s easy to melt holes into a pop bottle when you heat a nail, hold it with pliers, and hold them with a potholder. Make some small drainage holes around the outer circle of the bottom. Right in the center, make a larger hole, to allow for the pole.
A pole can be made from a small-diameter metal pipe, a bamboo rod, or a dowel rod. Slide the pole into the bottom of the bottle and wrap tape around the top of the pole. The tape will keep the bottle from sliding down the pole. On the inside, the pole should be inserted just an inch or so. Tap the pole into the ground and make sure it’s secure.
Fill the planter with dirt and seeds or artificial flowers. Stand an assortment of them – in different heights – in a grouping in the yard. Neighbors and visitors will definitely take notice!