I can't take credit for this adorable craft. As far as I can tell, it was originally posted here. I was able to figure out a way to make them with garden or jute twine, but the article also suggests using burlap. Perhaps burlap cut in thin strips and wetted could be formed around a bottle? I can also see myself using bulky twine or acrylic rug yarn to crochet a bottle cover. If you work out a better method please share in the comments. I think this also might work well as a Chia Pet type project, so if you prefer, melt or poke many small holes in your bottle for seedlings to grow out of, and add soil through the top opening.
- Craft knife
- Black Sharpie or spray paint
- Empty drink bottle
- 2 black buttons
- 2 bobby pins or twist ties
- Hot glue gun
- Spool of tan or grey garden twine (or any color twine and grey spray paint)
- Potting soil
- Succulents or cacti to fill your planter
- Plug in your hot glue gun and if you're using it, your heated craft knife, to warm.
- Use a clean plastic drink bottle with smooth sides. Remove the label from your bottle.
- Color the cap with a black Sharpie or spray paint.
- Cut an opening in your bottle. I drew a rectangle in Sharpie so you can see how large I made Walnut Hollow Versa Tool from JoAnn's which comes with a knife attachment. I've only had it a couple of weeks and have already used it on several projects.
- Cut off the colorful plastic ring and if desired, the lip of clear plastic it rests against.
- Apply a 1/2" bead of hot glue just below the bottom thread of the screw top. Add the twine, being careful not to burn yourself.
- Add beads of glue on either side of the bottle a little at a time and wrap the twine around, keeping each wrap close to the previous wrap.
- Continue gluing and wrapping. As the bottle widens, glue at several points to keep twine in place.
- When you get to the bottle opening, you have a choice. You can either stop applying twine, cut and glue down the end, or continue as follows. If you stop, the brown soil will show through, but not be very noticeable if you nestle your planter in the mulch or grass.
- Make about 20 3/8" cuts along the sides of the opening.
- Bring twine up, slide through slit, wrap around back, and bring through the next slit to the front. Bring twine under bottle to other side and repeat. Repeat until you reach the end of the opening.
- Fold down the plastic tabs created by the slits toward the inside of the bottle. Apply a thick bead of glue on the inside of the opening to help secure the loops of twine.
- Keep wrapping and gluing as described in step 7 until you have completely covered your bottle.
- Poke or cut a few holes in the bottom of your planter for drainage, and two for your hedgie's eyes.
- Run your bobby pins or twist ties through your buttons. Push the ends through the holes for the eyes.
- Screw on the cap when it's dry.
- Add soil and plants, and find the perfect hedgehog habitat, whether indoors or out. If using indoors, be sure to put a tray or saucer underneath.
Thanks for stopping by and keep living the Qute life!
p.s. If you created this craft and you have a tutorial online, please let me know so I can give you credit.