Strawberry hanging baskets from your recycling bin
Step one: Upcycling a milk bottle.
- Wash out and remove the label from the milk bottle.
- This is a 4 pint bottle.
- I like the green top, very fitting for a garden project.
Step two: Prepare to cut
- Mark on the bottle the panel that needs to be cut out.
- It is one third from the bottom and nearly half from the front.
- I used a Sharpie, the pictures of the mini scissors are optional.
Step three: Careful cutting
- Carefully cut out the front panel of the bottle.
- Cut or poke some drainage holes on the bottom of the bottle.
- This is definitely a job for an adult and a decent pair of scissors.
Step Four: decoration
- Paint the outside of the bottle.
- I used acrylic paints.
- Swirly leaves and vines or fruit and flowers or strawberries and bees…..you choose.
Step five: Planting up
- Add compost to nearly fill the bottom of the bottle.
Step six: Planting
- Gently plant two or three strawberry plants into the bottle.
- Add some more compost to fill the bottom of the bottle.
- Firm down and water well.
Step seven: Use up those milk bottles and repeat
- I repeated the process with some more bottles.
- Change the colours and patterns.
- Have a competition to see which planter produces the first strawberry!
Step eight: Hang up the planters
- Thread the handle of the milk bottle onto a pole and hang up the planters.
- I have hung mine on the frame of a mini greenhouse.
- I plan to keep going until I run out of hanging space and then I’ll have to think of another milk bottle project.
- Have fun.
Author Sally Tillson Cultivate London Schools Officer