How to Make a Topsy Turvy Out of a Plastic Jar


A Topsy Turvy for upside-down planting is just the thing to give your landscape a new twist. But instead of purchasing a commercial model, recycle a 32-ounce plastic jar and make it into a useful and interesting planter. Not only will you be recycling, but you can also save money and show off your ingenuity at the same time.

Step 1

Remove the lid from the plastic jar and discard.

Step 2

Drill three 1/2-inch diameter holes along the upper rim of the jar, spacing them evenly at least 1/2 inch below below the threads.

Step 3

Turn the jar upside down and use the utility knife to cut a 2-inch diameter hole in the center of the bottom.

Step 4

Insert the carabiner clips into the three holes at the top of the jar.

Step 5

Cut three equal lengths of chain for hanging the planter. Open the carabiner clips, insert each chain into a clip and close.

Step 6

Remove the plant from the temporary container and carefully insert it into the jar with the stem of the plant protruding out the bottom hole.

Step 7

Cut a small circle of landscape fabric that will fit inside the bottom of the jar. Cut a slit in the fabric from the outer edge to the center. Fit the landscape fabric into the bottom of the jar around the plant, fitting the plant snugly in the slit. The landscape fabric will prevent soil from falling out of the planter.

Step 8

Add potting soil to fill the jar through the top.

Step 9

Hang the upside-down planter by the three chains in a sunny or shady location (depending upon the light requirements of your plant).

Step 10

Water the plant through the top of the planter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use utmost care when cutting the bottom of the jar with the utility knife.

Things You'll Need

  • 32-ounce plastic jar
  • Drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Utility knife
  • Landscape fabric
  • 3 carabiner clips
  • Chain for hanging planter
  • Wire cutters
  • Plant
  • Potting soil


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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.