Celebrate the Earth everyday and say, "Yes I CAN" to planting by upcycling cans, bottles and jars from your recycle bin to your garden! This is a great opportunity to work with your kids on not only embracing nature, but showing them how one man's trash can be another man's planters. Paired with sweet, colorful cacti and succulents, salvaged containers can put the "eco" in your patio dECOr. Here are a few ideas how you and your family can make plant pots with a (re)purpose!
Soda Bottle, Jam Jar or Soup Can
Different Trims (Twine, Bias Tape, Ric-Rac, etc.)
Drill (For kids, I recommend a Craft Drill)
Tiny Cacti & Succulents
- Cut a plastic, pop bottle in half; make slits in the bottom for water to escape.
- Cut out fabric appliques (I chose flowers from some oil cloth scraps I had). Glue appliques and bias tape or ribbon trimming around bottle.
- Drill hole or holes in bottom of can.
- Cut a piece of fabric long enough to wrap around a soup can, adding a 1/2" to overlap. Cut 2 pieces of ric-rac trim the same length.
- Spread a thin layer of glue around can; lay fabric on top. Add an additional dab of glue where the fabric overlaps. Glue on ric-rac trim.
- Cover a jam jar (or other glass bottle) with a thin layer of glue. Starting just below the jar's rim, wrap twine around until completely covered. Snip off excess.
- If you're using a jam jar then you'll have a lid with a removable top. Ditch the top and glue a length of ribbon around the lid.
Once the glue has dried on all of your repurposed pots, fill each one with soil, a tiny plant and water.