How to Make a Bottle Garden

Written by ann hudson | 13/05/2017
How to Make a Bottle Garden
Finished bottle garden (Vickie Kapnas)

A bottle garden is sort of mini terrarium. Able to fit on a windowsill, this project can be enjoyed by horticulture enthusiasts and can also provide a useful educational experience for anyone who wishes to teach children about plant growth. Standard, wide-mouth canning jars can work well for this project, as can mayonnaise jars and wide-mouth plastic water bottles.

How to Make a Bottle Garden
Snack container trimmed to fit

Trim the edges of a plastic 113gr applesauce or fruit snack container with scissors, so that it will fit inside the mouth of the jar or bottle.

How to Make a Bottle Garden
Attach snack container with Velcro

Attach coordinating hook and loop fastener (Velcro) squares to bottom of the snack container and inside the jar lid. Stick the snack container to the lid.

How to Make a Bottle Garden
Layer of gravel

Place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the snack container. This will provide drainage and help to prevent root rot.

How to Make a Bottle Garden
Plant and soil in container

Add potting soil and transplant a small plant to the container on top of the layer of gravel. Ferns, mosses and ivy plants work well, but you can experiment with other small plants.

How to Make a Bottle Garden
Jar over plant

Place the jar or bottle, upside-down, over the plant and screw on the lid.

How to Make a Bottle Garden
Attaching lace to jar

Run a bead of hot glue on the jar, about 1 inch up from the jar lid, and attach a length of 2-inch lace for a decorative touch.

How to Make a Bottle Garden
Place bottle garden in a sunny spot

Care for your bottle garden by placing it in a warm, sunny spot and adding water when needed.


A grouping of bottle gardens can make an attractive windowsill display.


Do not place more than one plant in a single bottle garden. There is not enough soil to support a group of plants.

Things you need

  • Wide-mouthed bottle or jar
  • Snack container
  • Scissors
  • Hook and loop fastener (Velcro)
  • Gravel
  • Potting soil
  • Plant
  • Lace
  • Glue gun

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