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DIY: Make a Children's Gardening Set From Milk Containers

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published April 6th 2020
Get out into the garden this afternoon
If you are at home with the kids and looking for something fun to do, then why not make them a gardening set - out of three milk containers! It is an easy idea, but if your child is anything like mine, they will love playing in the garden with their "new" trowel, helping you water the garden with their "new" watering can and planting seeds in their "new' punnet!

They will take you no time to make, but your kids will be playing with them all afternoon...

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Make a trowel, watering can and punnet - from 3 milk containers


Make The Trowel

Firstly, make the trowel by cleaning a 3 litre milk carton, turning it on its side and marking out where to cut. Draw a line around the top of the handle, then from the bottom of the handle, around the side to the bottom and then to the other side. See the photo and the eHowHacks YouTube video, below, for instructions. Adults will need to use a sharp craft knife.

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Cut out the trowel from the side of a 3 Litre milk bottle





Make The Watering Can & Punnet


To make the watering can, simply drill 4 holes into one of the milk lids and screw the lid back on. For the punnet, cut the bottom off a 3-litre milk container using a craft knife (and smoothing it off with scissors). Drill holes in the bottom before filling it with dirt. To make the seed label, cut out a thin rectangle with a point down the bottom to push into the dirt. Using a texta, write on the seeds that you plant. That's it - an afternoon in the garden awaits!

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Make the punnet from the bottom of a 3 litre container. Drill holes into a lid to make an easy watering can - don't fill it up with water too much, so kids can carry it


This gardening set uses items that we all have around the house - milk containers. It is a fun way to upcycle an item and teach your kids how to think creatively. It also gets them out into the garden and learning about how plants grow.

Although the trowel may not be sturdy enough for adult use, it is perfect for kids to play in the sand or dig around in the dirt. Add some water from the watering can and you have mud party they will enjoy all afternoon. You can't beat an afternoon of free entertainment, from something that was going to go in the recycling bin!

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Playtime with your new trowel!

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Why? Family fun on a budget!
When: Anytime
Where: Home
Cost: Free
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