In one of my earlier Hubs I mentioned that jars can be used to grow indoor gardens. This was an idea I was really drawn to since I have always lived in apartments with no backyards or places for me to garden. So, I decided to investigate more ways you can bring plants into your home.
Cork Micro Planter
Plastic Bottle Terrariums
I loved doing this when I was a kid (my mother, on the other hand, was not so thrilled).
Plastic bottles can be used to grow plants two different ways.
You can either cut off the top completely, add some pebbles, soil, and your plant (or seeds) and water it--like any other potted plant.
Or you can create a terrarium--a self sustaining "world" where your plant can grow on its own. For a terrarium you will cut off the top part of the bottle then tape it back on (with the lid on) after the plant has been planted. If the little "world" needs more water you can always unscrew the lid and add some more.
If you check out the source links under the image examples to the right you can find more detailed instructions and information on making these plant worlds.
While looking for example images on Google I came across many variations of this project. I've only included the main ideas I've come across but I did come across some that used little plastic figurines in the bottles to dress them up, stickers or other decorations on the bottle, or ones that used other types of plastic bottles as planters. Really, the sky is the limit with this project--so if it seems a little boring at first try to think of creative ways to make it more interesting.
Bottle Top Planter
Light Bulb Terrarium
When I was in college my advisor rescued a bunch of outdated science books from the Science Library. She then challenged us to think of ways to re-purpose the books. I REALLY wish I had thought of this back then! I love the look, feel, and mood of old hardcover books. Just having them in a room seems to give it character. Reusing them as little succulent planters is such a wonderful idea. I think it would give life to any room it was in and it really isn't very hard to do at all.
Toilet Paper Toll Planters
At my house we LOVE eggs for breakfast so we go through them very fast. I'm very partial towards round objects so I just love eggs. They're so simple yet elegant.
So, this planter idea is definitely going high on my list of projects to do. The best part is when the plant has outgrown the shell you can just plop the whole thing in a pot since the eggshell provides nutrients.
Or....you could just grow cute little succulents and keep an eggshell garden. :)
RIP Goldie...now what do we do with the bowl? Tired of fish? Then try planting something. A sweet succulent garden like the one seen above would be nice for small round bowls. You can even adorn them with tiny plastic or ceramic figures (or Goldie's old hideaways) to create a micro fantasy world.
If you have one of the large rectangular aquarium tanks you can use it to create a full fledged indoor garden. Don't forget to add rocks or pebbles at the bottom though so it'll drain well--and keep the tank by a window so they get plenty of light.
More to come!
I hope you enjoyed these unusual planter ideas! I plan to share more in the future so follow if you are interested in learning about more indoor garden projects.
As always I would love if anyone would like to share their projects or ideas so please leave a comment!
billa on February 27, 2020:
This is really great information! Thanks for being so thorough!
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Paula from The Midwest, USA on May 04, 2016:
So fun, thank you for sharing!
Brenda K Krupnow from Ravenden, AR on January 18, 2013:
Great ideas. I live in an apartment and sure could use all the help I can get with growing stuff in small spaces. Nicely written and very informative hub.
Samantha Harris (author) from New York on August 22, 2012:
The Soda Bottle Terrariums really are a lot of fun. I had way too many of them haha.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 22, 2012:
I love the Soda Bottle Terrarium and the Garden in a Fishbowl, but all these ideas are great. Thanks for sharing. Voted Up and Useful.
Silwen from Europe on August 20, 2012:
Great ideas for planting. Many of them really worth trying. Thank you for sharing.