How To Make A Plastic Bottle Faux Succulents Terrarium

Upcycled Terrarium With DIY Plastic Bottle Faux Succulents

Make something in miniature and it’s cuteness grows! That’s what I found when making these DIY faux succulents out of green plastic bottles.
Last Christmas I made some very popular and fun Christmas cloche dinosaur terrariums out of upcycled Nutella jars. They were so cute that I still had them on display even though it was spring already.
I decided it was time to give them a seasonal update. That’s when I got the idea for the mini faux succulents.
There were multiple upcycled elements to this craft but it still took less than 30mins. I used the small Nutella jars as the cloches, a wood slice as a base. I painted mini terracotta pots to look like concrete pots with an old wine cork as the soil. Best of all I made my everlasting miniature fake succulents and tropical plants out of upcycled green plastic bottles.
If you don’t have mini terracotta pots you can make a mini rustic pot out of an old bottle top. These cute faux succulent terrariums cost almost nothing to make.
I think they would make a lovely gift.
Plastic bottle craft mini faux succulents terrarium
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What you need to make plastic bottle faux succulents

plastic bottle, wood slice and nutella jar

How to Make a plastic bottle faux succulent terrarium

Preparing the pot

  1. First to make the terracotta pots to look like concrete pots, paint them with grey paint. Smudge with a paper towel as the paint dries, to give an uneven concrete look. To make the soil slice a section of the champaign cork (about 5mm thick) and place it in the painted pot.
    mini faux succulent pot

    Making the plastic bottle faux succulents.

  3. Using scissors cut a strip from the green plastic bottle approx 4cm wide.
    cut green plastic water bottle

  5. Next cut a zig zag pattern into the strip of plastic like in the picture.
    cutting plastic bottle leaves

  7. The faux succulent is made by melting the plastic bottle over a candle. As you hold the cut plastic bottle over the small flame it will shrink slightly and curl. If you curl the leaves too far, just turn them round heat the otherside and straighten them out with your fingers.
    According to my sons I have asbestos fingers demonstrated by ability to hold hot things, however if you don’t have this superpower you may want to use gloves or tweezers when shaping the hot plastic.

  8. Melt each plastic bottle leaf in the strip first and then go over the flame again this time curling up the plastic leaves tightly together. This takes a little practice but isn’t too dificult to master.
    Making plastic bottle succulents

  10. I also made a tropical leaf plant which was a bit easier. For this, I simply cut four tropical leaf shapes from the plastic bottles and melted them over the tealight candle. They were then simply glued together at the base.
    tropical leaf plastic bottle

  12. Next, simply glue the plastic bottle faux plants to the cork base.
    mini faux succulent from plastic bottle.

  14. Place the plant pot on the woodslice and the glass cloche over them all.

Mini faux succulent from a plastic bottle
Plastic bottle craft mini faux succulents terrarium
These mini plastic bottle faux succulents terrariums look really cute and just right for a summer decoration. With the tropical plant I made a more Boho looking pot. I did this by simply gluing natural twine round a screw bottle top.
Upcycled Mini tropical plant in boho pot
Upcycled Mini tropical plant in boho pot
Plastic bottle craft mini faux succulents terrarium
If plastic bottle crafts aren’t quite your thing I have seen mini succulents and cacti made from polymer clay and felt.
I have also made a wonderful repurposed felt succulent garden out of scraps.


Plastic bottle craft mini faux succulents terrarium
Plastic bottle craft mini faux succulents terrarium

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26 Responses

  1. As always, your work is just absolutely stunning! 🙂 Lisa

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  3. Those are so cute!! You are so crafty, I’m not sure mine would turn out like that…probably a big green glob of plastic, lol!! Thanks for sharing with us this month!!

  4. Very cute and thrifty! Love the idea of recycled art! Did you notice any issues with fumes from the heated plastic? ( I have asthma so I need to be careful.) Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you, Kitty. I didnt notice any fumes but I’m not sensitive to them. You only need a small amount of gentle heat and the plastic curls very quickly. You don’t actually burn the plastic.

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  6. So cute! Pinned for later.

  7. My husband has some sort of sparkling water sometimes and I’m sure than comes in a green bottle, I am SO trying this as soon as I can!

    • They are pretty simple to make. For some reason lots of brands of sparkling water in the UK come in green bottles even the supermarkets own brands.

  8. Que idea mas chula!!. Nos encanta!!. Quizá nos animemos a hacerla. Los mini cactus de plástico son una chulada y la idea de hacerles esas campanas de cristal con botes reciclados también mola mucho.

  9. Wow Claire, this is fantastic, really really just truly amazing. Now I need to get my kids to collect some green bottle for me! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

    • Thank you so much Sara. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find the green bottles.

  10. What a really neat idea to recycle plastic bottles. Love how they turned out Claire, like little alien succulents. So cool

    • Thank you, Michelle. They would have gone really well with my kids toys when they were younger and used to great alien landscapes.

  11. Very cute idea. I didn’t realize Nutella had those glass bottles.

    • Thank you. Yes those particular Nutella Jars are supposed to be used as glasses once all the Nutella has been eaten, we have quite a collection.

  12. I’m slightly obsessed with trying this project. Time to switch from Le Croix in a can to Perrier in a bottle.

    • They were fun to make, Sprite and Mountain Dew are 2 other green soda bottles that come to mind.

  13. Great idea! Would look cute as part of a tablescape. Visiting from Funtastic Friday party.

    • Thank you, Victoria. I have them on my mantle for a spring/summer decoration.

  14. How cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  15. Sue

    Love these Claire! They really are so cute and what a great way to recycle plastic bottles. I just checked out (and pinned) your dinosaur and pine cone versions, too. Not sure how I missed those. Sue x

    • Thank you, it’s nice to have a summer version for my mini cloches as well as the winter dinosaurs.

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