How-to upcycle a plastic bottle into a fabric covered plant pot.

Do you like to put your plants in nice pots, but can't find anything you like in the shops? You could have everything you need to make the perfect pot at home, for free! With just a plastic bottle and some scrap fabric you can make some lovely, totally unique plant pots. I will show you how with this easy DIY.

All you will need is:
  • A plastic bottle. One that is wide enough at the bottom for your plant to go in and has a smooth surface.
  • A small plant.
  • Enough fabric to cover your pot (thin or medium weight fabrics work best). I used some fabric from a previous upcycling project and a bandana.
  • Scissors.
  • Glue (I used Modge Podge which is basically 50% pva glue and 50% water).
  • A paint brush or sponge.

1. Start off with preparing your plastic bottle. Wash, dry and remove any labeling.
2. Measure from the bottom up how tall you want your pot to be (using the size of the plants original pot as a guide). Then mark around the bottle with pen or with washi tape where you will need to cut. Cut around the markings on the bottle. You should be left with the bottom part of the bottle which can now be used as a pot. Measure your fabric and cut out, making sure you have enough to fold over the top (approx 1-2 cm's) and cover the bottom.
3. Apply glue to the outside of the pot.
4. Cover the pot with the fabric, smoothing it over as you go.
5. Glue down the top edge. 
6. Then glue down the fabric to the bottom of the pot. Depending on the type of finish you want you can either leave it as it is now or if you would like a shiner finish apply a coat of modge podge to the outside.

That is how you make a plant pot from just a plastic bottle and some fabric. Hope you enjoyed this DIY, I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments below.


  1. I love your tutorial Hannah. I've used decoupage papers on glass bottles before. I'm going to rummage through my fabric stash to keep myself busy over the Easter hols.

  2. Thanks so much for the feedback Julie. It is one of my favourite upcycling projects to do, so I am glad you like it to. Enjoy the rest of the holidays x


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