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April 27, 2015

DIY | Perfume bottle planters for Mother's Day

It is a well known fact that mothers are superwomen, in every sense of the word. They are the guardians that scolded us for blatantly disobeying them and playing in the rain, as well as the healers that made us a cup of ginger honey tea for the subsequent cold that followed. I could describe them as best friends, harshest critics, strongest supporters and guardian angels but the amount of adjectives that exist just wouldn't suffice. My mum's a great gal who, besides cooking up a delicious storm with her line of delectable eats, loves greenery around house. An indoor garden and numerous saplings have resulted in a running joke where we tell her that there are more plants than people in the house.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India displays her Do It Yourself project of perfume bottle planters in glass bottles with green saplings for decor, DIY gift ideas and mothers day gifting

With Mother's Day around the corner, I brainstormed for a gift that showed my love without being cliched. That's when I decided to craft planters from empty perfume bottles which increases the plant-to-people ratio here but nevertheless, makes for a lovely gift which I'm sharing with you today!

Dayle Pereira of Style File India creates a DIY project of perfume bottle planters using empty perfume bottles, plant saplings and metal cutters or pliers

Good perfume is a luxury so when they come packaged in stunning bottles, I dread trashing them once they are finished. These planters accommodate bottles like these so choose a tall, narrow bottle or a shallow, shorter bottle for best use. Your plant cutting can be as colorful and decorative as you choose, just make sure to store it in water once it has been cut from the main plant. This DIY project not only makes for a wonderful Mother's Day present, but adds a touch of greenery to your space without the hassle of a full-fledged garden.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India creates a DIY project of perfume bottle planters using empty perfume bottles, plant saplings and metal cutters or pliers

Once you've removed the spray nozzle from your empty perfume bottle, it will look like the left hand side image.  Inside, I've found that most perfume nozzles I've come across are of this composition - an outer later of thin metal, an inner layer of rubber and finally, plastic around the straw that dips into the bottle. So keeping the blue dotted line on the right hand side as a guide, use your pliers or metal cutters to vertically slice through the layers of metal, rubber and plastic. Once it is cracked and loose enough, the entire nozzle can be pulled out in one piece.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India displays perfume bottle planters in glass bottles with green saplings for decor and mothers day gifting


Your resulting perfume bottle should appear to look like this with an open mouth. Make sure you rinse and dry the bottle a few times to completely any remove traces of perfume. Finally, fill the bottle with three-quarters of water and gently place your plant, roots or stalk in first and leaves or flowers merrily sticking out from the top.

Dayle Pereira of Style File India displays her Do It Yourself project of perfume bottle planters in glass bottles with green saplings for decor, DIY gift ideas and mothers day gifting

And you're done! Store your perfume bottle planters in the shade and refill the water in them every few days. Gift them to your mum or even a greenery loving friend in a wicker basket with a bow and you've got a present that won't be beat!

If your mum happens to be a foodie, a bookworm or loves a good manicure; there are a few other DIY ideas you can try on her too!

To all the mothers that make our lives complete, we love you - have a joyous day and year ahead!

xo
Dayle

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