Old Wine Bottles Become Plant Water Feeders With This Clever Tutorial

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Gardening is a wonderful hobby. It gets you outside, working with living things, and even provides you with some delicious food!

However, if you’re a gardener, you know that gardening, while rewarding, is also a major time commitment. Plants need care, and what they need most of all is water.

Luckily, managing a beautiful garden doesn’t have to take up all of your time, thanks to a few clever little tricks.

Gardens are not only great places to DIY, but they’re great places to transform old things into beautiful and useful ones, like the old shoe rack that became a charming planter.

This easy DIY shows you how to make a plant waterer that will keep your plants quenched even when you’re not in the garden, so it’s great if you plan on being away! And it’s super easy.


  • Old wine bottle with a narrow neck, cleaned out
  • Twine


  1. To decorate the bottle, start by tying a loop of twine snugly around the neck.
  2. Cut 5 lengths of twine, each 32 inches long.
  3. To attach to the loop, fold the lengths in half and slip the folded part behind the loop.
  4. Feed the rest of the string through the new loop and pull snug.
  5. To make a diamond shape, tie opposite strings together.
  6. Feed the new pairs through these loops and pull.
  7. Repeat using alternating pairs of strings down the bottle.
  8. Fill your now-decorated bottle with water.
  9. Gently upend the bottle over a garden bed or planter. Keep your hand over the mouth of the bottle. Be fast.
  10. Push the mouth of the bottle into the dirt a few inches. The water will slowly seep into the soil, providing water to the plants over time.

Watch the video below to see how to do the rope decoration, and how to insert the bottle into the soil. SHARE this neat DIY with all your green-thumbed friends!

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