making up-cycled planters

One of my biggest bugbears when it comes to getting all the seeds planted at this time of year is that the pots don’t sit nicely on the cold frame shelves. ( I know, I know it’s not hugely important in the grand scheme of things, but I am a bit clumsy, and am forever knocking the pots over when I water them).

So instead of using all round ones this year, we decided to look at alternative planting containers. 

The kids had just finished a carton of juice, and I had a lot of milk cartons from a milk tasting activity we had done in class, so we looked at how we could use them, and this is what we came up with.


STEP ONE: We carefully cut one side off the carton.


STEP TWO: clean them well.

STEP THREE: using a bradawl or other pointy object, punch drainage holes into the opposite side of the carton.


That’s it!  It really is that simple, and now all you need to do is decide what you are going to plant in them.


The beauty of these planters is that they will sit snugly next to each other on the cold frame shelf, and will hopefully be more stable than the more traditional round pots.


We shall see, once we start to use them.

Do you have any other great ideas for making up-cycled planters?
We are sharing this post with Monkey and Mouse’s #HowToSundays. If you are looking for some fun ideas to try with the kids, pop on over and see what’s on offer this week.

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5 thoughts on “making up-cycled planters

  1. Jenny - Monkey and Mouse says:

    I love this! It’s so easy, but ingenious too! We have some milk cartons from my sons coconut milk that would be perfect for this. It definitely looks much more sturdy than the normal small post for growing in. Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

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