Recycled Bottle Cactus Planters

Plastic bottle plantersRecycled plantersI'm a little cactus obsessed this season! They're adorable and nearly maintenance free since they don't need watering very often. I recently helped makeover a youth room and the main accent colors we choose where orange and yellow neon. I wanted to add a few plants to the room so this is my inexpensive and color—coordinating solution. I saw a similar project in an anthropologie store and thought it was so cute. Here's how I made mine…Recyeled planter tutorial1. Supplies: cleaned plastic bottles with the labels removed, yarn, scissors, cropodile or heavy duty hole punch, mini cactus plants and (not pictured) more (cactus friendly) dirt. 2. Use scissors to cut off the bottom 1/3 of the bottle. 3. Punch holes around the bottom lip of the planter, about 1/2 inch from the rim. 4. String the yarn through the holes and around the cap of the bottle. Braid and/or tie off the tops. Fill with dirt and replant cactus in its new home.Little cactus plantersCactus plantersI love how these turned out! As the cacti grow I will probably need to replant them eventually but it's no biggie as these bottles were needing a new purpose anyway. 🙂 xo. Emma

  • These are so cute 🙂 I need to make some

  • No offense, but what?!

    If you can’t pull off an original idea, then please try to do better than what you’re copying.

    Maybe showing these hanging up would have conveyed the concept better?

  • It’s just too bad the flowers on the cacti are straw flowers hot-glued to the plants.

  • only you could make plastic soda bottles look this good! such an inspiration!

  • Great idea! I did something kind of similar but no recycling involved 🙁 Fun for summer though!!


  • OMG I love this so cute! Makes my potted cacti look boring!

    Becky, K.

  • Cute! Ha- the only thing I can think of when I imagine them in a youth room is boys catapulting them at each other (picture lesson of David and Goliath?!)…maybe it’s from years of working with youth! 😀

  • This is a great idea! I’m just thinking of all the color possibilities!

    xoxo Sarah

  • super cool idea! Especially for apartment dwellers/people with limited space 🙂

  • FUn & colorful!

    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • Great Idea !
    It’s a “Beautiful Mess” ! 😀

    xo ,
    Ana Catalarrana

  • Cute beginnings of an idea! The best thing about these posts are your reader’s clever addition ideas {those that offer them}– its like watching your creation bloom!

  • These are not cactii… they are a colored sort of succulent added onto a cactus base.

  • I like the whole idea, again very creative! too bad you can hardly see the cactus.

  • you guys have THE most creative ideas ever! I love this idea, just might try it out!


  • i made those when i was 9 at school 🙂

  • I saw your photo on Instagram and I was wondering what you would do with these gorgeous cacti. They look awesome. Love the colours.

  • Haha! Oh My! Very wierd but yet so creative and cool.

    Love your blog by the way! It’s amazing.

    Greetings from a brand new reader.

  • so clever! this is one of my very favorite things y’all have made and shared here :o)

  • Emma your such an earthy girl. I love it. And I’m not the biggest fan of cactus but I do love suculents, which would look great too.

  • I live in AZ so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing, Emma!

    xoxo Kate

  • Great way to reuse plastic bottles. – I bet you could do this with glass jars, too.

    – tianna 🙂

  • It’s a good idea. It’s kinda hard to see the cactus with the color of yarn and the multitude of yarn but I’d like to try it.

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