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Recycled Gardening

Breathe new life into old bottles and containers and help your kids plant and care for their own recycled gardens with this step-by-step craft guide.

Not everything you throw away is fit for the rubbish dump! Recycled Gardening will see your kids breathe new life into old bottles and containers, and teach them about patience and responsibility for nature as they watch plants burst into colour!

Download the full guide to making recycled gardens here or follow the simplified instructions below.  

What you’ll need:

  • A sturdy, water resistant box from the recycling, like a washing-powder carton
  • Soil
  • Seedlings, bulbs or small plants
  • Cardboard
  • Marker pen
  • Paint and brushes
  • PVA glue
  • Gravel

Making a recycled garden with kids can get messy, but there’s no need to worry about any stains they pick up in the process when you’ve got some Persil small & mighty on hand.

Check out the Washing Tips & Tricks section for advice on removing stains such as paint or mud. With peace of mind that you don’t have to worry about stains, you can allow your kids to embrace getting messy as they try their hand at recycled gardening!  

How to make a recycled garden:

  1. Supervise your kids as they use scissors to cut off the top of box off to make a tray and then to punch holes in the bottom of the carton, creating a plant pot that will drain when watered.
  2. Kids can then decorate their pot and tray with paints and anything else they like! Once the paint is dry, the decorated plant pot can be put together.
  3. Kids should sprinkle a layer of gravel in the tray and set the pot down on top of it. Then, they can fill the carton nearly to the top with soil.

Have a go!

  1. Now it’s time for kids to give their seeds, seedlings or bulbs a good start by sowing them in the soil. Encourage them to check with you or use the internet to learn about the best conditions for their particular seeds. Kids should make sure they know the right soil depth and amount of water to use!
  2. Next, it’s time to head outdoors, find a sunny spot such as a windowsill or garden and settle the plant pots in to grow. Then, it’s over to Mother Nature to work her magic!
  3. Now your kids have planted and nurtured their own recycled garden! Why not try one of our other Play with Purpose activities?

Did your kids enjoy making recycled gardens? Let us know how you got on in a comment below. And, for more fun gardening activities for kids, click here.

Breathe new life into old bottles and containers and help your kids plant and care for their own recycled gardens.