13 DIY Self Watering Planter Ideas for Your Garden

by craftmin | January 2, 2018

Ready for the vacation of a lifetime? What will you do about your lush indoor garden? Maybe you are too busy to take care of plants, but still want some fresh greenery in your condo? Fret no more with these DIY self watering planter plans and ideas.

Plants with their green lushness are natural air purifiers but with these planters you can grow your own mini vegetable and herb gardens for your table. Not only will you be able to breathe easier with these diy self watering planter and pots, your heart will also feel at ease with the freshness of nature right at your fingertips. 

DIY Self Watering Planter and Pots – Plans and Ideas

(1) One-for-Four Hanging Water System

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A two-part system consisting of a water reservoir and planter, which is a great system for really small spaces such as apartments and balconies. The planters are hanging and the plants grow upside down so the system is great for dry places where you would need to water your plants constantly especially in summer. Most of the materials are easily available and the system also saves a lot of time. It is a great convenience especially if you plan to grow fruit-bearing plants.

Source: Upside-down Self Watering Planter

(2) Convert an Ordinary Pot into a Self Watering Planter

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There is no need to throw away an old planter if you would rather have a self watering system.  With this easy diy project, you can now convert an ordinary plastic planter into a self watering planter. First, get a lidded plastic bowl and an empty plastic bottle, to turn the ordinary into something more convenient and useful.

Source: Convert a Planter Into a Self Watering One

(3) Self Watering Starter Pots

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Upcycle your two-liter soda bottles and start to grow some plants! These make great self-watering starter pots for herbs, flowers, or even fruit-bearing seedlings. Why not make your own indoor herb garden from the seedlings you plant?

Source: Upcycle Soda Bottles

(4) Wooden Self-Contained Garden

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A diy project that may need more skills and tools than a beginner would normally have, but the yields sure make up for it. Anyone only looking for a convenient watering system might be best served by another project. First, gather these basic materials you will need for the project:

  • Wooden planks for the boxes. Hardwood is preferable.
  • Drainage pipes – 3-4 inches though a 4-inch pipe is preferable
  • Plastic sheets – corrugated
  • Electric drill and screws
  • Plastic ties – zip or cable

Make false bottoms for the wooden boxes to hide the plastic containers, so you can have this eye-pleasing garden with all the convenience of a full-pledged vegetable garden.

Source: DIY genuine self watering planter based on Rooftop Garden Guide

(5) Homemade Self Watering Planter

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First, use plastic buckets and pressure-treated wood for your planter – you risk contamination of your plants and eventually for your garden if you don’t. This is a large planter so think of it more of a raised vegetable bed than a three-plant pot. Third, remember that any vertical support for plants must be placed early on. Lastly and most importantly – the planter doesn’t use ordinary garden soil. Use a sterile or soil-less potting mixture for this. Woodworking in these diy outdoor furniture projects might also interest you.

Source: Sub-irrigated wooden planter based on cedar wood diy self watering planter

(6) Upcycle a Water Container

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Upcycle your five-gallon water containers into something useful and convenient for you for raising some plants. If you cut the plastic container into two, you can have both a water reservoir and an earthen container. Punch the side with the narrow mouth with holes to aerate the soil. Next, put a small mud bowl inside the smaller container. Then, turn the bigger container upside down and fill it with soil. Moreover, you can also add a trellis and grow tomatoes on the one pictured above.

Source: Upcycling a Five-Gallon Water Container

(7) DIY Self Watering Planter Foam Box

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Firstly, gather the following materials to make yourself a self watering foam box planter: an old ice chest made of styrofoam, waterproof tape, a stick and a pipe. By cutting the lid to form a frame, you can easily divide the foam box and use the planter for growing seedlings. It is also portable so you can move it around to follow the sunlight.

Source: Foam Box Self Watering Containers

(8) Two-pot self watering system

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The upside of this system is that it uses pots you already have. However, the downside is where you place the pots would have to be a bit more permanent. The system works best to help the plant to cool off so it’s a really great system for hot and dry areas.

First, take two planters, sealing all the drainage holes of the bigger pot. Place the smaller pot inside the bigger one. It’s ready for planting now, so finally, fill the bigger pot with water.

Source: Two pots and a plan

(9) Buckets of Self Watering Pots

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First, get two buckets of varying size. The smaller one is the earth pot while the deeper bucket will contain the water. Pictured above are upcycled buckets from a bakery, so add a styrofoam cup, a non-PVC pipe an inch or more, a funnel or the narrow end of a plastic bottle, a bit of string and a black plastic bag as liner. With these materials and tools for cutting you can start upcycling buckets for your own self watering flower pots, mini gardens and other diy garden ideas.

Source: DIY Self Watering Buckets

(10) Earthbox Self Watering System

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This system is good for a few days of self watering so you can use it if you are planting herbs and flowers – fruit-bearing plants may need more water and a more long-term self watering system. This is also a great system for indoor planting and growing. You can also partner the project with these great diy garden boxes.

Source: DIY Self Watering Planter for Herbs and Flowers

(11) Quick and Easy

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A six-step plan to convert your ordinary flower pot into a self-contained self watering pot for a quick and easy fix if you don’t have much time to build.

Source: Quick Work Pot

(12) Urban Gardening DIY Self Watering Planter

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Some food containers used for restaurants and delis can be used as buckets for this urban garden self watering system. These are great for those with small backyards or balconies. Woodworking space-saving projects can also be found here.

Source: Urban Organic Gardening System

(13) Sub-irrigated Container

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A more detailed plan for those who have the time and patience for details. It’s worth it though for this efficient self-irrigating plastic tote. But the biggest plus? Two large self watering planters for $16.

Source: Plastic tote sub-irrigated container