I searched high and low for some simple containers for my herb garden. I looked at glass, clay, plastic, metal and everything in between. Not only did I want something that was functional, I wanted them to look nice and not cost a fortune. In the end, I ended up making my own out of empty water bottles.
Why did I pick these bottles?
- Easy to drill holes in
- Height of 9” gives the plants room to grow (7” was my minimum requirement)
- I bought a plastic clamshell that was meant to hold long stem roses. I cut them in half to use as trays for my containers. The containers I picked had to be thin enough to fit inside them 4” wide clamshells
- Easy to find
- Modular. I can always add or remove containers as I need them.
- 1 water bottle per number of plants/desired containers
- Drill or large needle
- Painter’s or masking tape
- Stone textured spray paint
- Saw or scissors
- Level (optional)
Cost: Under $20
- Drink the water
- Fill the water bottle with the hottest tap water possible. This will assist with pulling off the label with minimum glue residue
- Peel off the label
- Using the drill, drill several holes in the bottle of the bottle for drainage. I drilled 3 medium sized holes. If you don’t have a drill and are using a needle, I would suggest 10-15 holes.
- Using the saw of scissors, cut off the top of the water bottle, leaving 9” at the base. (TIP: if you are using scissors mark the cut line with tape)
- Using the tape, mask off the areas that you would like to stay “clear”. I eyed it but you can use a level to make the design consistent.
- Spray the exposed areas with the stone textured spray paint. Let the paint dry and repeat if necessary
- Remove the tape.
- Fill with dirt, plant your herbs, and enjoy!