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Make Your Own Recycled Plant Watering Globe

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This recycled watering globe made from a wine bottle is saving my jasmine from last year's drought.

This recycled watering globe made from a wine bottle is saving my jasmine from last year's drought.

Can I Make a DIY Watering Globe?

Yes, you absolutely can! Watering globes, plant nannies, and other waterers can be expensive. With materials you can retrieve from your recycling bin, you can make your own watering globes. Not only that, but they actually hold more water than those you see in commercials! Plastic water bottles, milk jugs, beer bottles, and wine bottles all make easy do-it-yourself recycled plant nannies.

All watering globes work with the same concept. A reserve of water is inserted into the plant container with only small openings for the water to move through. The small openings keep the water from simply pouring out of the reservoir. As the soil becomes too dry, it pulls the water from the source. When the roots and soil suck up an appropriate amount of water, the pull stops, which means the surplus water remains in the reservoir. Watering globes and the like make it easy to give plants their ideal amount of water without you needing to be there.

Many companies are capitalizing on this cheap concept, but you can make perfectly functional plant nannies out of recycled bottles. Learn how to create a homemade watering globe in just a few simple steps!

Here are the simple materials you need to make your own plant watering globe.

Here are the simple materials you need to make your own plant watering globe.

How to Upcycle a Bottle Into a Watering Globe


  • Plastic bottle with a lid
  • Nail
  • Candle
  • Match/lighter


  1. Light the candle.
  2. Heat the tip of the nail in the candle flame. The heated metal will push easily through the plastic bottle to make the small holes you need.
  3. Poke four to five holes around the neck of the bottle.
  4. Fill the bottle completely with water.
  5. Screw the cap on tightly and turn the bottle over.
  6. Push the bottle in, cap first, into the plant soil.

Watering Globes Made From Plastic Cork Wine Bottles

Screw-cap or plork (plastic cork) wine bottles make ideal recycled watering globes for larger plants. Using a nail or awl and hammer makes quick work out of poking holes in a screw-cap.

  • Plastic corks work well if you can hammer a nail straight through the center of the cork, creating a small opening for the water to be pulled through.
  • After you’ve made small holes for the water, simply fill the wine bottle all the way, invert it, and push it tightly into the plant soil.
  • If the watering bottle tips too far over, it could pop the opening out of the soil and leave your plant to dry out. This happens easily with wine bottles because they are heavy, so stick two stakes in the soil for your recycled watering bottle to lean against.

Watering Globes Made From Regular Cork Bottles

Regular cork wine bottles can also be used to make recycled plant nannies, all you need to do is create a substitute cap with small holes in it. Sticking two-inch pieces of duct tape to each other creates a water-resistant material.

  • Use a nail or awl and hammer to poke holes through the center of the duct tape strip.
  • Fill the wine bottle with water, place the duct tape cap over the opening, and use a few more pieces of duct tape to secure the substitute cap of the wine bottle.
  • This also works perfectly for recycled beer bottles, and the only downside is pulling off the tape and starting over when it’s time to refill.

You don’t need to spend too much money to get a perfect plant watering globe. Recycled bottles (both glass and plastic) make great plant nannies in just minutes. Take a few minutes to make one of your own, and then enjoy taking a few days off from watering!


Hali on June 21, 2020:

so I have a lot of corks around the house but no wine bottles so I used glass beer bottles. I used the foam corks that I already had and pulled off the outer layer of the cork. the first layer that has the brand on It by heating it up with a lighter. I then pulled that layer off pretty easily, I used players to pull the first piece off and then heated the cork again. I was able to pull the rest off by hand, which left just the foam. I cut the cork in half and then used a hammer and a nail to poke holes through. I put 3 to 5 holes in each one. I think that three holes Will work best because the water does not drip out real fast. Then I filled bottle with water, put the cork in the opening and slid it in the soil!! I was so excited to find this post! Thank you it was super easy and so cheap lol!!

sangeeta verma from Ludhiana India on September 02, 2012:

Nice idea,can do this when we have to leave our house for a week or so....

you will never know on May 15, 2012:

wtf man you all love pennis in and around you're mouth

Gsmzhdjjdjd on April 18, 2012:

Do you have a better idea ?but still, this idea rocks

Harry potter on April 18, 2012:

Your idea is the worst so far

Anne on March 29, 2012:

Does this method require the pots to be non-drainage? I am using 2 litre bottles and the soil is sucking up bottle after bottle of water.

Lynn on March 01, 2012:

great idea. plan to try it on potted plants

Ash on May 02, 2011:

I have gathered this idea from my own mind and then looked it up in google to further expand my idea. I am using 5L water bottles from Which I acquire with my spring water. I have poked two holes through the cap of the lid (4 for the pumpkin) then 4 stakes (as the bottles are square) to keep them upright as they are heavy. Rather than having thousands of them all over the garden I selected them for fruit and veg only and only fill them up with nutrient solution. This way I no my plants have a constant nutrient supply along with the normal watering, miracle-Gro fortnightly and a high N(nitrogen) fertiliser which I use for foliar feeding/spraying. The bottles usually lose a quarter straight away when filled from empty but when topped back up it will take around 48-72 hours to release all solution (obviously depending on weather and soil). From this easy watering solution I am already seeing improved results from last year. Tomatoes spurting early April, pumpkin size of football by start of may, raspberry/blackberry flowering in mid April to name a few and all of which are around 2-3 weeks faster than last year. I hope sharing my method comes in useful.

Tah Ash.

Mini Greenhouse on January 02, 2011:

Great Tips here! Thanks for the idea, ill be digging through my recycling!

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on March 19, 2010:

Nice. Good information. Thanks

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on March 18, 2010:

Really good job on explaining this Becca and well done! The weather is warming up so fast I might give this a try..I say might because I have no green thumb!

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on March 18, 2010:

Great idea. I'll try it.

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on March 18, 2010:

A very good tip during this El Nino phenomenon. Thanks BeccaJoy.