Up-Cycled Garden Creature Planters


Turn an empty container into a fun and functional planter that will brighten any garden or deck. You can create bugs, monsters, favorite characters, any creature you want!


What You Need:

  • A carton of eggs, washed and dried. You can use any clean egghsells as well.
  • Empty and clean plastic containers, such as a soda or water bottle.
  • Scissors or a knife to make drainage holes and cut the containers. This should be done in advance by an adult.
  • Paint. Note: not all paint applies well to plastic. To create a smooth look an adult can spray paint the container before the child decorates it.
  • Paint brushes.
  • Buttons, bottle caps, pegs, felt, clothes pins, googly eyes, fuzzy sticks, anything you can find around the house!
  • Glue.
  • Potting soil.
  • Plants.


What To Do:

  1. Cut holes out of the plastic container where you would like the plants to go. Cut drainage holes as well.
  2. Paint the containers however you like.
  3. While the paint dries, assemble eyes, mouths and other features out of your collection of objects. Be creative!
  4. Glue the features and decorations onto the bottle.
  5. Fill the containers with potting soil and plant the plants.
  6. Water thoroughly and find a great place in the garden to display your creature!

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