Gardening With Kids – Recycled Planter and Water Jug

Despite the freezing February weather there are still plenty of gardening activities for kids to get involved with, to prepare for warmer times ahead.  We have been saving yoghurt pots, milk bottles and jam jars as I don’t want to spend lots of money on plant pots this year and when I started cutting the milk  bottles in half to make our plant pots I realised that the top half of the milk bottle was perfect for a watering jug!

To make a recycled planter and water jug you will need:

  • A large plastic milk bottle with a handle;
  • Scissors;
  • PVA glue;
  • Paint;
  • Paint brushes.

Recycled Planter and Water Jug - What You Will Need

First I cut the milk bottle in half with a pair of scissors. We used the bottom half to create our planter and the top half to create a water jug.

Gardening With Kids - Recycled Planter and Water Jug

Then I made holes in the bottom of the planter to allow water to drain out.

Gardening With Kids - Making Holes in Recycled Planter

Then we mixed some paint and PVA glue together to make a sticky paint to brighten up our recycled planters.

Gardening With Kids - Recycled Planter and Water Jug

Then we painted the bottom and the top half of the milk bottle.

Gardening With Kids - Recycled Planter and Water Jug

It took about half a day for the paint mix to dry and then we filled the bottom of the planter with stones and potting compost and planted some Narcissus in them to add some hope of Spring to the garden.  Our new blooms needed a water to help them settle into their new home so we had our first opportunity to test our water jug.

Gardening With Kids - Recycled Planter and Water Jug

The water jug has proved to be a real hit as it is much easier to use than a heavy watering can and ours have also been used as vessels for all kinds of exciting things like stones and feathers as well as water!  We did find that after we had watered the plants a few times the paint started to come away from the jug so you might want to use permanent markers to decorate your water jugs instead.

Once the Narcissus stop flowering we will be putting our planters by the kitchen door and sowing lettuce in them.  We just need some warmer weather *taps fingers*.

Gardening With Kids - Recycled Planter and Water Jug

Have you been out in the garden this week with your children?  Come and join in the Gardening With Kids Community on G+ and share your stories.  We are also joining in with the fantastic Country Kids linky from Coombe Mill and if you love sharing the outdoors with your little ones do visit the Country Kids Community on G+ too.


    • says

      I’m really trying to use any pots and containers that would otherwise go in our bin and the fact that I can use the whole milk bottle and get a little jug out of it for my son to play with is a bonus.

    • says

      The jugs are a real hit with my son and he has been using them indoors as well as in the garden for all sorts.

    • says

      If Spring ever arrives! It is snowing here this morning and the ground is frozen so we won’t get much done this weekend either.

  1. Coombemill - Fiona says

    What a fun way to get the children involved in gardening. The watering jug is a perfect size for little hands to manage. Thanks for linking to #Country Kids.

  2. says

    another reason why I want a garden. I don’t even really have much space to do some herbs. I just know my wee man would love it. He helped Nana and Grandad in Jamaica in their amazing garden and he just love it. That watering can idea is ace!
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  3. says

    That is such a great idea! I’m really hoping that Bob will be big enough to help in the garden this year. Thanks for linking up! x

  4. says

    What a great idea. We have a plant sale in June to raise money to try and get allotments and I was wondering where I would find enough pots (and we get through tons of milk as Little Miss still loves her milk!) I think you’ve given me my answer!
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  5. says

    Lovely idea… simply fab!
    So many milk jars goes into a bin and so much money is spend for a new plant pots… we will be making some of them for sure

  6. says

    I have to admit I’m not a gardener, but the kids love it so I spent time with them and tried to learn as we went along. We don’t need the planters because we have some big raised beds, but I like the idea of using milk bottles as watering cans.
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