DIY Home + Garden Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Published on July 10th, 2014 | by Julie Finn


Spotted: Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Know a big group of kids in search of a big service project?

Check out the plastic bottle greenhouse that kids in Scotland built out of approximately 1,500 2-liter bottles, and read their detailed pdf instructions for the project here.

If you’d prefer to use 1.5-liter water bottles, however, instead use Ana White’s plastic bottle greenhouse plans (pictured above).

Because you need SO MANY plastic bottles to construct this greenhouse, this project would make an excellent one for a school or club. I could see this being done in 4-H or Girl Scouts, at the Boys and Girls Club or in a food pantry’s youth or garden extension programs, at Maker Faire or Strange Folk Festival or Lollapalooza.

Want to start just a *little* smaller? Look through these other recycled plastic gardening projects, and see if something strikes your fancy

1. 2-liter plastic bottle hanging planterDon’t just use plastic bottles only for seed starting; you can keep your plants permanently in this hanging planter.

2. CD case greenhouseIt turns out that you can cobble together quite a serviceable little greenhouse using only plastic CD cases.

3. in-ground plastic bottle plant coverCaught out by an unexpected freeze warning, just after you’ve got all of your delicate plant starts in the ground? You can use plastic bottles as individual greenhouses right in the garden.

4. miniature plastic bottle greenhouseYou need just one plastic bottle to keep your favorite plant happy.

5. plastic bottle seed startersThis little greenhouse provides the perfect warm and moist environment for starting seeds from scratch.

6. plastic salad container greenhouseA plastic salad container is the perfect size and shape to grow a crop of microgreens.

Do you know any local group that’s completed a large-scale recycling project like this? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments below!

[plastic bottle greenhouse image via Ana White]

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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