Keep your plants well-watered this summer with this amazing, easy-to-DIY automatic plant waterer using only recycled materials.
I’ll admit it, sometimes I can be a terrible plant waterer as I have a tendency to neglect watering the poor flowers in my backyard. It starts out with the fact that we get a lot of rain here, so we don’t usually have to worry about watering at all, but we do have dry spells every once in awhile. Then when you add in a busy week that leads to us not going back there much, our little plants just don’t stand much of a chance. I actually had to re-plant one of the containers on the back deck because the flowers in it died out completely. That’s pretty embarrassing to admit, especially when I spent so much time looking forward to planting season in the winter this year!
Oh well! Life happens!
This is a great solution, whether you’re busy and forgetful like I am, or if you’re just going to be away on vacation and want to make sure your plants will still have water.
How to Make Your Own Automatic Plant Waterer!
Start out with a wine bottle that has a screw-on top. I used this chardonnay bottle because I just really liked the pretty green color of the glass. If you’re having trouble getting the label off completely, this trick always works for me!
Drill a few holes in the top of the lid with a fairly small drill bit.
Next, fill your bottle with water, screw the lid back on, and invert it into the soil next to your plant, making sure that the top few inches of the bottle are buried into the dirt pretty nicely. As the soil dries out, your DIY plant waterer will slowly drip water down to the roots of your plant, keeping it happy and healthy!
And It Looks Good Too!
I love this solution because these bottles actually look quite pretty tucked in next to your plants or in your flower pots and they’re so quick and economical to make. If you have a lot of plant pots and you’re not planning a giant wine tasting party any time soon, I’m sure you can find a few neighbors who would be more than happy to give you their empty wine bottles for such a good cause. 🙂
I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for some pretty wine bottles to make a few more of these!
Have you tried making your own plant waterers before?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.