How to Make This Fantastic Plastic Bottle Terrarium

A Fantastic Plastic Bottle Terrarium

We are delighted to be back this year celebrating Earth Month.  The theme for the series this year is upcycling and this fits in very well with our thrifty and ‘make it yourself’ ideas.

Like many other families, we sometimes end up with a variety of plastic bottles and tubs during the year.  We do try to reduce our waste and I am slowly replacing plastic containers with glass or pottery ones.  But what to do with the plastic bottles we already have in the home.

So we made a Plastic Bottle Terrarium which was not only fun to make but looked good too!

Plastic Bottle Terrarium via Witty Hoots

How to Make Your Plastic Bottle Terrarium

You will need these simple tools and materials:

  • clean plastic bottle
  • scissors or a craft knife
  • pebbles
  • sand
  • soil or compost
  • plants


First, you will need to decide how you want your terrarium to look.  You could cut the bottle in half, cut the top off the bottle or cut it length ways.

Next, add a layer of pebbles and then a layer of sand until it is about a third full.  Then add the compost and then arrange the plants.

To finish off your terrarium you could add some pebbles, cork or bark chippings onto the top of the soil to make it more interesting.

Water occasionally and place in an area that suits the plants you have used, either near a window for sun-loving plants or on a table for those who thrive in shadier places.

Once you start making these novel little gardens you will be surprised what you can make.  Try different plants, coloured sands or pebbles to create something a little more interesting.

Earth Month – Recycling and Upcycling

We join other global bloggers to celebrate Earth Month Series organised by Kara Carrero and we all have some great ideas on how to recycle and upcycle common household materials and items.


Why not check out the different ideas for using plastic from the posts below?

Using Plastic Containers for Seed Starters from Kara Carrero

Plastic Masks from Milk Jugs from Crafty Mama in ME

How to Build a Juice Jug Greenhouse from Nemcsok Farms

Upcycled Plastic Suncatchers from Books and Giggles

Next week we will be creating something interesting from……  PAPER & CARDBOARD

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