How to Make a Plant Pot From a Milk Carton


It's not necessary to spend a lot of money on plant containers, especially when you are trying your best to recycle, reuse and use one more time. Make plant pots from milk cartons, pop bottles and milk jugs. It's easy, with a few tips.

Things You'll Need

  • Milk carton, pop bottle or milk jug
  • Serrated knife
  • Potting Soil
  • Seeds
  • Nail or ice pick
  • Water bottle mister

Seed Starters

  • Tell your kids to bring home their lunchtime milk cartons. These small throw-away containers are perfect reusable seed starters.

  • Wash the small milk cartons thoroughly with soap and warm water. Cut the top off with a sharp serrated knife, so that you have a box with an open top.

  • Fill the milk carton with commercial potting soil, up to ¼ inch from the top. Commercial potting soil is without any weed seeds or plant diseases and is perfect for seeding.

  • Plant a seed in each milk carton, according to the instructions on the back of the seed packet. Cover the seed hole with soil. Every seed planting depth is different, but should be about three times the length of the seed.

  • Mist the top of the soil with a water mister. Place the milk carton in a sunny window. Mist the soil each day. Soon the seed will germinate (grow through the soil). When the seedling is about 2 to 3 inches tall, it's ready to be transplanted.

Plant Containers

  • Clean the milk carton, milk jug or large pop bottle thoroughly. Cut the top off, leaving an open container.

  • Cover the container with decorator foil (found at craft stores). Poke five or six holes in the bottom of the container for drainage. Use a nail or ice pick.

  • Fill the container with potting soil, leaving enough room for the seedling in the center.

  • Remove the seedling from the small milk carton container. Put it in the center of the larger container and fill in around it with soil.

  • Place the container outdoors on the porch or patio when the last frost has finished.

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