How To Make Self Watering Planters Out Of Milk Jugs!
Today I have a super fun gardening project that you can do with your kids! I’m going to show you how to make self watering planters out of milk jugs! They are super easy to make and the kids will love it! I decided to make an herb garden with my planters, but you can grow any small plants or flowers that you want to in your self watering milk jug planters! It’s a great way to reuse your milk jugs!
With four little ones to feed, we go through a LOT of milk! It is important to me that I’m giving my kids a nutritious start to their day so they can start off right! That’s why we choose DairyPure brand milk.
We choose DairyPure brand milk because it is the only brand of milk backed by the exclusive 5-Point Purity Promise. It contains no artificial growth hormones* and all milk is tested for antibiotics.
After I send them off to school, our day doesn’t get any less busy! I know they are busy at school and I’m busy at home with little ones as well. When they get home off the bus they are always starving and I greet them with a nutritious after school snack and a glass of TruMoo Chocolate Milk.
TruMoo has NO artificial growth hormones*, NO high fructose corn syrup and a delicious taste that my kids love. I love that they think they are getting a treat, while they are still getting their daily intake of milk.
With DairyPure brand milk and TruMoo Chocolate Milk I know my kids are starting their day right and ending their day right! It also means we have a LOT of milk jugs! Finding ways to use them has been fun! There are so many fun milk jug gardening ideas ranging from creating a watering can out of a milk jug to creating a mini greenhouse for individual plants with an overturned milk jug. The possibilities are endless!
You’ll need a milk jug, a utility knife, stickers, potting soil and a plant. I used basil, mint, Italian parsley and cilantro in my self watering milk jug planters. Each kiddo got to choose a plant.
Next you’ll need to cut your milk jug in half. Make sure you cut just below the handle and that the milk jug is fairly close to being evenly halved.
You’ll need to invert the top and put it upside down inside the bottom of the milk jug to create your planter so you want them to be about the same height.
Next let your kids decorate their self watering milk jug planter! We used some fun googley eye stickers but you could use paint, patterned tape or whatever you like.
The kids loved being able to be creative and decorate their own milk jug planter.
Next put the top upside down inside the bottom of the milk jug. Make sure the cap is OFF the milk jug! Then add dirt to the upside down top of the milk jug.
Then add in your plant! Add water to the bottom portion of the milk jug planter. As the plant needs water it will suck it up from the bottom of the planter allowing you to add more water than needed and leave the plant to function as a self watering planter! You can use a half gallon milk jug or a gallon.
Place in a warm, sunny spot and add more water as the bottom of the milk jug gets empty.
Our self watering milk jug planters turned out great! The kids had an absolute blast creating them too!
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*No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from cows treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST and non-rbST-treated cows.
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This is a really cute idea and a perfect way for kids to learn to recycle. The milk sounds tasty too.
This is perfect for those of us with black thumbs!
Oh my. I have such a brown thumb and had no idea about these self-watering ideas. This would be so helpful for me to keep a plant alive. Thanks so much for sharing
This is such a great idea and just in time for Spring. This would be a totally fun thing to do with younger kids.
This is such a good idea! Fun way to encourage recycling too!
This is a fantastic idea. I have a few True Moo containers i could use to make a few of these.
I love this idea. It is so easy to make and looks great. I will have to make a few with the kids this weekend.
This is the perfect way to recycle milk jugs. Also, I bet the kids enjoyed decorating them! What a neat craft for spring.
Genius idea! It’s very cool that the kids (who are adorable, by the way) can do it, and have fun making these, too! I love the dinosaur one!
It’s so much fun to teach kids how to plant seeds and watch them grow! Letting them make their own planters and decorate them is a great activity!
The design of milk jug is so cute. It is good to love plants and teach kids how to take care of them.
Thank you. It is a great way to get kids involved in how things grow.
These are such cute planters! I need to do something like this with my kids!
What a spectacular idea!! I love that the planters are made using recycled materials. My kids would love to make these!! Sharing with my followers. Thank you so much for sharing on Inspire Me Monday. Have a great week!!
Such a great post, but I have to say the kids steal the show-so cute! #HomeMattersParty
They always do!
These are cute. The jugs make great blueberry picking containers too.