DIY Plant Watering Globe

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DIY Plant Watering Globe
Who is going to water the plants is no longer a question when you use DIY plant watering globes. (David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

If you are planning to go away on vacation, you don't necessarily need to have someone come over to water your plants. One approach is to purchase aqua globes that create a decorative form of drip irrigation for each plant. Another approach utilises what is likely already available around your home. You can easily convert glass vinegar or oil bottles, wine bottles or even plastic bottles into plant watering globes in a few simple steps. Give your DIY watering globes individualised personality by decorating them with paint and accessories.

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Things you need

  • 295ml. oil or vinegar glass bottle
  • Measuring cup
  • Baking soda
  • Funnel
  • White vinegar
  • Dowel rod
  • Paint
  • Decorative accessories
  • Adhesive glue
  • Drill with 1/4-inch drill bit

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  1. 1

    Remove the lid and plastic liquid restrictor plate from a 295ml. bottle, such as one that was used for oil or vinegar. Place the funnel on top of bottle and pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the bottle. Fill with water and let it set. Place the lid back on and shake the bottle to thoroughly clean it out.

    DIY Plant Watering Globe
    Use glass bottles of all shapes, sizes and colours for this project. (glass bottles and phial image by Maria Brzostowska from
  2. 2

    Remove the lid and pour out the contents into the sink. Place the bottle, restrictor lid and plastic lid into a sink with warm, soapy water. Clean the bottle inside and out along with the lids. Remove any labels by scraping them with a scrub brush; if any residue remains, treat with white vinegar until the label is removed.

    DIY Plant Watering Globe
    Warm, soapy water will help you remove the label off the bottle along with some elbow grease. (Morgan_dishes1_070307 image by TMorgan from
  3. 3

    Place the bottle on a dowel rod outside to dry. Decorate with paint and/or accessories such as marbles, seashells or stones. Let the decorations completely dry.

    DIY Plant Watering Globe
    Decorate the bottles with leftover paint from other projects. (kids paint craft image by Christopher Hill from
  4. 4

    Place the plastic lid on a hard surface. Drill two holes in the middle of the top plastic lid with a 1/4-inch drill bit.

    DIY Plant Watering Globe
    An old wooden board is a perfect work surface when drilling the hole in the lid. (old wooden board image by AGphotographer from
  5. 5

    Fill the bottle with water and place the restrictor lid back on the bottle. Place the remaining lid on the bottle and push the bottle down into the soil at an angle.

    DIY Plant Watering Globe
    Put the bottle back together after filling it with water and push it into the soil of the container or garden. (golden bottle image by Leslie Batchelder from

Tips and warnings

  • You are not limited to glass bottles for this project; use plastic containers, such as 2-liter bottles, wine bottles or even a burnt-out incandescent light bulb.
  • Remove the bottom from the plastic bottles so they can be filled while still in the soil; if you do this, place sand in the bottle before adding water.
  • Test your watering globe out to make sure the water is coming out at a rate that it is needed. If the water is not moving quick enough add more holes in the lid or enlarge the holes.

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