If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity to do with your kids this summer, or if teaching them about gardening or recycling is your goal, I have the perfect thing to do on the next sunny day.
Gather up at least one plastic water bottle or old soda bottle; if you don’t want to ingest the BPA for the sake of this activity or if you don’t drink bottled bevs, take a walk with your kids around the neighborhood to find -ahem- ‘discarded’ plastic bottles. You can use this opportunity to explain what recycling is and why we do it.
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After giving the bottle a wash, gather some planting soil, a few seeds or flower already in a planter, some string or duck tape and a razor (a pair of sharp scissors will do if you don’t have a boxcutter).
First, take the blade and cut off the top third of the bottle and throw it in the recycling bin. Your child can decorate the bottle with colored markers, paint, stickers and glue.
Next, pierce three to four pinky-sized holes into the body of the bottle. These are for drainage so your flower doesn’t get root rot and they should be about halfway up the bottle. If you want to make this a hanging planter, pierce two additional holes about half-an-inch from the top and tie some string on each side.
At this point you’re just about ready to grow. Have your child fill up the bottle with soil about three-quarters of the way and then poke a few holes in the soil for seeds or one bigger one for the plant of choice.
Gently set the plant or seeds into the soil then fill the container up the rest of the way with soil. Grab a hose and give your new plant a quick drink to rejuvenate it.
We decided to tape our planters to our front porch banister so they’d stay safe in rainstorms.
Now that you know how to make these planters, get creative with it! Try using two-liter bottles and other various sizes in combination with different varieties of plants and flowers.
Kali is a guest writer for Quench, a provider of bottleless, filtered office water solutions. She lives in Philadelphia with family and loves sports and music. Read more of her work about water-related news and bottleless water coolers.