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Recycled Container Plant Pots

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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.)
Fabric Scraps
Drill  (For kids, I recommend a Craft Drill)
Tiny Cacti & Succulents

Pop (Horta)Culture

  • 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.

Owl Can

  • 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.

Twine Bottle

  • 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.



Liz writes...

I love these! We were looking for an inexpensive craft to make for Mother's Day for the grandmas and these fit the bill perfectly! Thanks Vickie!

Kelly Marie writes...

Perfect for Earth Day and beautiful! I love them!

Paula writes...

What a great way to reuse glass jars, plastic bottles and cans. Very creative.

Della writes...

I was recently wondering what I could do to reuse some of these items. Flower pots are a great idea! I really love the twine wrapped jar! writes...

These are so cute and creative.

Michelle writes...

thanks for all the inspiring tips...makes me see my garbage in a new light!

diggydaddy writes...

Thanks for the projects. My boys (3 and 5) have been asking to make stuff all day and we've had fun creating. These are fun ideas to have in the idea-bag for when they ask again.

Ekshya writes...

I did it! It is great!

Gudrun writes...

We used this technique in our Elders group to make leis. Dollar store flowers and straws meant we had plenty to hand out for our very successful Hawaaiin fundraiser. Great fun.

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