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Recycled milk bottle watering cans for kids

recycled milk bottle watering can craft for kids - the gingerbread house

We’re all really enjoying spending time out in the garden. Although we’ve been in our house for 2 years now progress on our garden has been slow. Our first priority was the children’s play house, giving them an area for their sand pit and water table, and planting some vegetables in our upcycled pallet planter.

Over the weekend we had some fun making simple watering cans for the children to use.

Recycled milk bottle watering cans for kids

This was really simple but fun. I found a couple of empty milk bottles from the recycling box. I used my Dremel and a 2mm drill bit to drill several holes in the milk bottle tops. Then filled the milk bottles with water and screwed the tops back on.

recycled milk bottle watering can craft

This is a really easy watering can and the children love using them. The handles make them easy to hold and the holes in the lids restrict the water flow so there are no worries about flooding the plants with too much water.

Of course you can’t always make sure the watering cans are used to water plants!

recycled milk bottle watering can

Sun catcher stakes

We also coloured in some fun little gnome sun catcher stakes from Baker Ross. These were a fun little craft activity and the children loved using special glass pens to colour them in. We added them to indoor and outdoor plants and they add a splash of colour and fun to our gardening activities.

gnome sun catcher stakes

I love this time of year – so many opportunities to craft!


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    May 12, 2015 at 8:29 am

    What a great idea, my goddaughter loves to water the plants but doesn’t have her own watering can – thanks for sharing x

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    Laura Pearson-Smith
    May 12, 2015 at 8:44 am

    So cute. That sun catcher looks great too!

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    aunty caca
    May 12, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I love the way Nu is being all girly and E is being all messy!!! Xx

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    Let kids be kids
    May 12, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    We made watering cans like this a couple of years ago, they were great. I love your gnome!
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsbeKids

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    Jane Willis
    May 12, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I’d better make some of these – we did keep a little watering can for the grandchildren to use when they visit, but my husband’s “adopted” it for watering his tiny seedlings with. #pintorials

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    Eileen Teo
    May 12, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I love this gardening tips! what a great way for kids to learn and play at the same time. Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

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    Emma T
    May 12, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I need to make some of these. Our proper watering cans always seem to go missing, so at least these are easily replaceable.

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    May 13, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I neeeeed to make this for my boys! Their watering cans are the tiny ones, this would be so much better. Will have to give it a go! Thank you! 🙂 x

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    Mudpie Mama (@MudpieMama)
    May 21, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    These are great aren’t they. Little Man loves to use anything we recycle for water play, he will water any plant from the grass to the dandelions to the peonies, as long as he gets to play with water 🙂
    Thanks for linking up at the Outdoor Play Party

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    Margot Palmer
    October 13, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    You idea is awesome! My husband was inspired by it and turned our recycled milk bottles into water guns, it was such a fun! Thanks for sharing it here!

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    RubbishMan Ltd.
    March 27, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Milk bottles are especially handy to use for homemade crafts and projects for kids, since they can be easily replaced if damaged.

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