Like most krazy couponers, you probably have a whole stockpile of laundry soap in your home. However, the next time that bottle runs dry, don’t toss it out. Instead, run for your power drill! Why not save that empty bottle and turn it into a watering can?

My latest trip to Walmart revealed that even the simplest plastic watering can run $6.00 and up. So save some cash and make your own for free!

Here is what you will need:

  • basic drill
  • small drill bits
  • utility knife
  • empty and rinsed detergent bottle


  • Carefully drill multiple holes in the cap.
  • To allow air to flow into the bottle and keep the water free flowing, cut a hole near the cap in the handle – not too close to the cap, otherwise the water spills out there, too.
  • You’re done! You can now go give your plants a cool sprinkle!

Detergent bottles are tough and durable and will withstand lots of abuse, so they are perfect for creating this must-have garden tool! Why not whip up one of these watering cans today? Your plants will be healthy and green, and your neighbors will be green with envy over your new budget-savvy watering can!

Thanks, Hawaii Gardening

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3 thoughts on “DIY: Make Your Own Watering Can!”

  1. To Stephanie, I use the little cups to begin seedlings before I plant the herbs or flowers. Also, they are perfect to pour paint in for the grand kids. Also, if you buy in bulk, put them in rice, beans etc. I also use them to limit something I am setting on the table. I put butter or jelly in them because handing my grand kids butter tubs or jelly meant they used half the contents. Give them to a teacher! They will use and reuse them for years!!

  2. Now can someone give me some ideas of what to do with all those little cups that come in the dry detergents?!