Wild about nature – Milk bottle watering cans

With COP26 earlier in November, we’ve been thinking even more than usual about the little things we can all do to give our planet a helping hand. Gardening helps the planet in so many ways! Plants clean our air by taking in carbon dioxide, they provide food and shelter for small animals, and of course you can grow your own food, herbs and flowers that don’t come with any plastic packaging. To help you look after your plants, November’s Wild About Nature activity is recycling an empty milk bottle to make your own watering can.

What you will need:

  • Empty plastic milk bottles with lids – 1, 2 or 4 pint sizes
  • Wooden board
  • Hammer
  • Nails (smaller sizes will give you a finer spray)
  • Permanent marker pens

How to make them:Make holes in the milk bottle lid using a hammer and nail on a wooden board to protect your surfaces

  1. Make sure the milk bottle has been washed thoroughly with hot soapy water to get rid of any milk and the milky smell and remove any labels.
  2. Place the milk bottle lid onto a wooden board and use a hammer and nail to make holes into the lid (adult help may be required).
  3. Make one small hole in the handle of the bottle to allow air to get in. This will help the water flow.
  4. Decorate the bottle however you like with permanent pens. Make sure the outside of the bottle is completely dry before you do.
  5. Fill the bottle with water and replace the lid.
  6. Start watering!

A child watering a plant with their decorated milk bottle watering can

Head back here next month for the next Wild About Nature activity and don’t forget to take photos of your planting and growing activities and tag us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.