Lesson Plan: Plastic Bottle Planter

Students convert plastic bottles into small desktop planters while learning about waste management.

Author: Recycle Rally

Recycle Rally

Recycle Rally has partnered with EcoRise to bring you comprehensive, hands-on lessons focused on waste and recycling for grades K-12. Your students will love this hands-on upcycling lesson as they get an opportunity to create a desktop planter from a plastic bottle. Access the free lesson plan by clicking on the link below!




Lesson 6.3: Plastic Bottle Planter


The purpose of this lesson (written for grades 9-10) is both to expose students to a meaningful, practical way to reuse a common waste product, and to raise awareness of the overuse of disposable water bottles. The simple act of converting a disposable bottle into a small desktop planter allows students to express themselves in a unique way. It also serves as a friendly point of entry for students who may be intimidated by the notion of collecting, sorting, and reusing trash. The end product also makes a great gift for teachers and staff!


Tip: Supplement the lesson with these additional upcycled planters:

  1. Hanging Planter
  2. Self-Watering Planter
  3. Multiple planters

Estimated time needed: 55 minutes


All lessons are mapped to CCSS, NGSS, EFS, and TEKS standards.




Students will be able to…

  • Design and construct a self-watering planter using repurposed materials.
  • Explain how reusing materials can help us manage wastes.
  • Use repurposed materials to communicate a message about waste management.
  • Gain perspective about waste management by analyzing the impact that plastic bottles alone have.


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