It’s easy to make a homemade sprinkler for your lawn and garden from a plastic soft drink bottle, here’s how.

How to Make a Sprinkler:

  1. Drill 1/8″ diameter holes in the side of a plastic, two-liter soda bottle.
  2. Wrap Teflon tape around the bottle treads to form a waterproof seal.
  3. Screw a female-to-female hose fitting to the bottle threads.
  4. Attach a garden hose to the hose fitting.
  5. Place the sprinkler in the yard, and turn on the water.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Joe Truini: The next time you need to water a newly planted tree or flowerbed or grass seed, and you don’t have a sprinkler, you have a few options. You can go out and buy one, you can borrow one from a neighbor, or you can make one from an empty soda jug.

This is just a two-liter soda jug that I drilled three eight-inch-diameter holes in it. Then I attached a female-to-female hose fitting on the end.

First I wrapped the threads of the bottle in Teflon tape, because the threads of the fitting don’t exactly match the bottle threads. This way you’ll get a watertight seal. Then you simply attach it. With this fitting, it allows you to attach the bottle right to the end of the garden hose.

And then you just set it into your flowerbed or near your shrubs, as we are here, with the holes facing out a little bit. And get it in position. OK, turn on the water.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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