Several weeks ago I was on Pinterest and came across these super cute little hedgehog planters by Susie Qute. I loved the idea but wanted to make something that I could put in my house. So I created this smaller version that is perfect for holding cute little low maintenance air plants.
This was one of those projects that I totally intended to be something else. I thought I could make a sort of DIY Chia pet… it didn’t turn out as planned. In fact it went very badly, grew mold, and attracted fruit flies… so not what I planned.
Thankfully since I had an extra soda bottle and extra supplies I decided to re-think the whole idea. I’ve always loved little air plants so I figured since they were nice and spikey they would make excellent fur for a hedgehog. You can order them on Amazon or Ebay and they’re pretty inexpensive. ( I have another project with them coming up in a couple weeks so order extra!)
I found the best soda bottles for this are the little Faygo. I looked all over the grocery store to find the bottle that is the perfect shape and I liked those the best. Any plastic bottle will do if you can’t find them.
Here’s what you’ll need-
-A Plastic Bottle
-Glue (elmers works just fine)
-Buttons or Googly Eyes
-Scissors or an exacto knife
Before you get started on your bottle go ahead and paint it’s cap black, that way it can dry while you work on the rest of the bottle.
The first thing you want to do is mark on your bottle where you want your plants to go. Just put a little dot where you want them
Using your scissors or exacto knife cut circles around your marks.
Measure them with your little plants and make sure your plants will easily fit in them, but not fall through.
Once you have your holes cut cover about half of your bottle with glue. Starting at the neck wind the twine around working your way around and around the bottle.
When you come to the holes go ahead and cover them but, stick a toothpick in the center so you know where they are later.
As you work your way down continue adding glue and covering the bottle with twine.
When you get to the bottom go ahead and stop and secure the end of your twine.
Now cover a piece of twine with glue and wind it into a circle for the bottom of the bottle. Glue it in place.
Let the glue dry for several hours.
Once everything is dry take your scissors and cut away the twine over the holes. Touch up the glue around the edges if necessary.
Now you can put the lid on the bottle giving your little guy a nose, and glue on eyes.
Then gently press your air plants into the holes giving your hedgehog spikes.
Isn’t he cute??
These are great on a shelf or window sill, anywhere you want a little cute critter and some lovely green plants!
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