Monday, May 26, 2014

Hedgehog Planter from Plastic Bottle DIY

Sadly, there are no native species of hedgehogs currently living in North America. I rarely saw them when I lived in England, but they were always an adorable visitor to the garden. As soon as I saw this idea on Pinterest it took root in my imagination, and I'm planning a whole family of hedgies for my flowerbed.

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.

Nitty Gritty
  • 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
  1. Plug in your hot glue gun and if you're using it, your heated craft knife, to warm.
  2. Use a clean plastic drink bottle with smooth sides. Remove the label from your bottle.
  3. Color the cap with a black Sharpie or spray paint.
  4. Cut an opening in your bottle. I drew a rectangle in Sharpie so you can see how large I made
    mine. You can use a plain craft knife as shown in the materials photo, but a hot knife makes plastic cutting much easier. I have a 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.
  5. Cut off the colorful plastic ring and if desired, the lip of clear plastic it rests against.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Continue gluing and wrapping. As the bottle widens, glue at several points to keep twine in place.
  9. 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.
  10. Make about 20 3/8" cuts along the sides of the opening.
  11. 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. 
  12. 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.
  13. Keep wrapping and gluing as described in step 7 until you have completely covered your bottle.
  14. Poke or cut a few holes in the bottom of your planter for drainage, and two for your hedgie's eyes.
  15. Run your bobby pins or twist ties through your buttons. Push the ends through the holes for the eyes.
  16. Screw on the cap when it's dry.
  17. 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. 
Different bottles and plants offer many possibilities for a variety of hedgies. You could use also cut off the screw top of the bottle and glue on a large button for a smaller nose. I just used what I had on hand, but if you don't mind buying things specifically for this project you have more options.

Thanks for stopping by and keep living the Qute life!
~Susie Qute
p.s. If you created this craft and you have a tutorial online, please let me know so I can give you credit.


  1. This is adorable! I will definitely be making these with my kiddos this summer! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  2. What is the plant that is planted in the planter in the pictures?

  3. Very cute! My daughter & I will try this and we'll let you know how it turns out!

  4. I'm glad you're all enjoying the tutorial! The plant I used is Sedum sarmentosum, commonly known as Stonecrop here in Ohio. It is VERY invasive, will choke out other plants, and is almost impossible to get rid of, so use it cautiously. Your local garden center should have a nice selection of other spiky succulents from $3-10 to choose from that won't threaten your other plantings.

  5. this looks like a fun and easy project and I can't wait to try it. And now I know the name of the plant! I have been trying to look this up with no luck. Thanks!

  6. Such a cute (and cheap) pot for the garden!!! Thank you for sharing :)

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  9. Recycled plastic bottles are light in weight and almost unbreakable when used for their designed purpose. This is also the reason why plastics and Plastic Bottles account for a large part of the waste generated by our throwaway society

  10. I have made several with grey pantyhose.

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing DIY with us, I will definitely try to make a flower pot like this.

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  14. These are an absolute delight! I made one for myself and placed it in an easy to see place in the garden, and it looked so cute! my daughter in law asked me to make a couple for the upcoming school fair; I ended up making six, with different types of plants, including ferns and cacti, and the last one sold ten minutes after opening time. I think the teachers and the mums working on the stall may have commandeered some! Thanks for a great idea.

  15. So happy to see this tutorial keeps finding new crafters. Keep creating!

  16. It's easier to precisely cut the plastic bottles if you fill them 3/4 full of water and freeze them. Taupe pantyhose seemed to work well.