A more popular junk item than a plastic bottle is hard to find. Sales volumes of carbonated drinks, mineral waters and light alcohol increase by the summer many times, which means that even for large structures made of plastic bottles, consumables are enough. Gardeners have long appreciated the practicality of this container, actively using it as jars for seedlings, boxes for small things and molds for playing kids in the sandbox. But the possibilities of using plastic containers do not end there. This material has a number of characteristics that allow you to create not only exclusive landscape decorations, but also durable practical designs.
- Flowerbed of whole plastic bottles
- Cache-pot made of plastic bottles
- Mini flower beds made of large plastic bottles
The advantages of this material in gardening practice are obvious:
- plastic is a cheap and ubiquitous material;
- thin plates are easily cut and glued, without requiring professional equipment for processing;
- polyethylene is easily painted;
- plastics do not lose their shape, do not corrode, are not subject to destruction from changes in humidity or temperature;
- a plastic bottle in itself can withstand heavy loads, and a water-filled bottle becomes stronger than wood.
These qualities and free-of-charge made bottle plastic one of the most popular materials among lovers of exclusive country decor.
Flowerbed of whole plastic bottles
The easiest way to organize flowerbeds from plastic bottles is the elementary edging of the area prepared for planting. The container pressed into the ground will not only decorate the flower bed, but also keep the ground from being washed out. Plastic parts can be used in their “original form”, leaving them a factory color, but they are also easy to dye. Enamel or acrylic paint with the addition of color extends the horizons of fantasy. The very bottom of the bottle, someone designed in the shape of a five-petal flower, when filled with a contrasting color, looks very elegant, turning into a camomile. A flower bed created by oneself from a bottle will last longer without deformation if it is filled with water before digging into the ground. In addition, if the bottle itself was not stained, then the sun’s rays refracted in the water would turn into sparkling sun bunnies scattering along the paths from a makeshift flower bed. Decorating a flower bed with plastic bottles is an interesting and fascinating activity. The fence can be either multi-colored or plain, the flower bed itself is simple in shape or fantastically rugged, flat or multi-level.
A higher design can be arranged using the “woodpile” method. The height of such a flower bed is limited only by the wishes of the gardener. In a kind of plastic “wells” you can confidently plant even plants with creeping roots, since the margin of safety of the structure is quite solid. Conventional glue can be used as a bonding material, although many craftsmen prefer to weld the structure in one piece with heat. For such work, not even a gas burner is needed, enough heat from a candle or soldering iron.
Those who decide to swipe at complex forms will have to work a little more. Making a flower bed of plastic bottles in the form of a ball or boat requires preliminary cutting of the bottoms, which will require a lot. The main difficulty lies in finding the most basic form for such a cavity. As a support, you can take an ordinary children’s ball. Pre-prepared bottoms, which can be pre-painted, are fastened in contact with the ball. After the volume is laid out and dried, it is enough to blow off the ball and return it to the children. The question of how to make a flowerbed of a spherical shape out of bottles has been resolved. The bottom of the structure is laid out with a dense film that prevents soil spilling, and flowers can be planted. The same design can be used as a large vase, as it will hold water reliably. The design of the flower garden from plastic bottles can be both plain and colorful.
For greater structural strength, you can cement the base of a kind of fence, but the flower bed in this case will already be stationary, and to transfer it to another place will require serious dismantling of the foundation. A loose model is less durable, but also more mobile. Such a bed of plastic bottles is easy to disassemble. Just do not rush to throw away “building material”. The bottles have not lost their shape; it is enough to wash them and carefully remove them until next spring. Winter months are enough to come up with an even more original design of an exclusive flower garden.
Cache-pot made of plastic bottles
Hanging cups with herbs perfectly mask the plain walls of garden buildings
In addition to flower beds, the vertical surfaces of the garden can be decorated with decorative flowerpots from the same material. Plastic is cut elementarily with the most ordinary knife, in the hands of the master turning into a real work of art. Mini pots of various shapes fixed on ropes or chains are a great opportunity not only to place your favorite bindweeds and marigolds in a variety of ways, but also to cover them with an inconspicuous wall of an agricultural building. The only prerequisite for the design is the presence of a hole for rainwater drainage. This will protect the soil from decay. The holes for the tapes that hold the cups themselves can be punched with a regular paper hole punch.
Such miniature home-made flower beds from plastic bottles can be made even by children, and the process will bring them a lot of pleasure. The only danger is the possibility of injury from the sharp edges of the plastic, which children should be warned about in advance. However, this risk persists when planting flowers, but it can be easily prevented by wrapping the cut edge of the bottle with insulating tape or tape. The first also plays the role of a decorative border, thanks to the range of colors offered by manufacturers.
Mini flower beds made of large plastic bottles
The very shape of the plastic bottle may suggest an idea for a future composition. Someone sees flowers in the bottoms, someone sees the petals of tulips in their necks, and for someone, the closed lid of a bottle of drinking water resembles the face of a pig or a hedgehog. Ideas how to decorate a flower bed with plastic bottles, even the children will prompt. The carved side of such a sculpture, turning it into a hollow boat, is a great place to plant small flowers. Weightless sails can be made from plastic residues.