By Ainsley Despain
Most succulents can be repotted in early spring, and with this do-it-yourself project, indoor gardening just got greener. One hundred percent of a glass bottle can be recycled without losing any properties of the glass, but rather than simply recycling your wine bottles, consider repurposing one to create a one-of-a-kind plant container.
Cork or rubber stubs
- Draw an oval lengthwise along the front of the wine bottle with a sharpie.
- Put on your safety goggles. Use the glass cutter to score the bottle following the black line. The glass is thick, so you will need to go over the line a few times until you create a small track.
- Place the wine bottle in the gallon bag and close it. I would suggest going outside on a grassy area for this next step.
- With the wine bottle still in the plastic bag, hit it with the hammer. One firm hit should shatter the bottle. Try to keep the pieces as big as possible.
- Take out the biggest pieces first and super glue them back together, adding the smaller pieces to fill in the holes creating the mosaic look. Be sure to leave out any pieces from the inside of the circle where your plants will be. If a piece didn’t break along the line and you have excess glass, hit that piece individually to make it smaller.
- Let dry 30 minutes.
- The edges will be uneven so use sandpaper to smooth them out.
- Coat the bottle with Mod Podge to seal the cracks and keep the bottle shiny.
- If you still have the cork, you can cut it in half and glue the pieces to each side of the bottle to keep it from rolling. You can also use two marbles or two stick-on rubber stubs.
- When using the bottle for planting, make sure to place a layer of small rocks or pebbles at the bottom so the roots don’t sit in water. Any plant you use should have shallow roots and need minimal watering.
Once your mosaic wine bottle planter is complete, you should be able to repot your shallow-root plants and display them in your windowsill to enjoy all summer long.
If you prefer a smooth edge design, use the glass cutter to score the bottle, but instead of shattering with a hammer, set the bottle on a towel in the kitchen sink and alternately pour boiling and ice water over the scored line until the glass separates. Sand the raw edges. Be sure to wear safety glasses.
Ainsley is a writing intern with a bachelor’s degree in communication, and she looks forward to becoming a full-time writer.
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