Recycle a Milk Jug Into a Watering Jug
A green craft! Planting a garden or some flowers? Make a recycled watering can with your child using a milk or juice jug. Have fun decorating it and let your child help water the garden or potted plants.
- 1/2 gallon milk or juice jug thoroughly rinsed with cap(s)
- Small Nail and Hammer
- Foam Stickers
Other Decoration Ideas
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Pens
- Rinse a 1/2 gallon milk jug thoroughly and remove label.
- When dry, adhere stickers of choice.
- Adult Step: Find a flat surface and protect it with a cutting board or flat piece of wood. Place a place mat or kitchen towel over the board. This will help keep the cap from slipping as you make holes. Holding a nail, gently use hammer to make a hole. It takes very little hammering for the nail to puncture the cap.
- Repeat until you have about 6 to 9 holes. Depending on size of the garden or plants, adjust the size of the hole.
Tips and Suggestions
- Keep an additional cap so you can make two different size holes to adjust to different watering conditions. Small house plants in pots you might want a smaller hole and
outdoor gardens, a larger set of holes.
- Over time the watering can may lose the stickers but you can simply send in the jug for recycling and create a new one!
Use the other suggested materials to decorate your jug. If you glue on items you will have to use a craft glue that can withstand water. WE found the foam stickers held up very well under repeated use even with it getting wet on occasion while filling up the jug.
A book is a great way to introduce a science activity.
Go to the library or a bookstore and find a book on recycling or Earth Day. Check out our other Green crafts in our Science section of our site.
- Seeing Pictures in a book or online. If you Google "garbage dump picture" you can get pictures to help show what garbage accumulation looks like.
- Hearing and listening to directions given.
- Oral Explanation of why it is important to recycle.
- Pictorial Showing pictures in a book