This post is sponsored by Arla Organic to highlight their new eco-cyle milk bottle.
One of the use many concerns I have of modern day living is be more green, more sustainable, reduce my carbon footprint, recycle as much as possible and use much less plastic.
One way that I found to do this is by switching to the new Arla Organic Milk that comes in a new eco-cycle bottle. As this is the milk that I prefer and normally buy anyway so I am glad that this small change is doing my bit for the environment.
This bottle is recyclable and is made with 50% recycled materials. But instead of chucking it into the bin when the milk is finished, you can upcycle it into something useful around the house.
I love a bit of crafting so I turned my plastic milk bottle into 2 cute little planters.
This is a project that you can do with kids too. They’ll have lots of fun turning these containers into their favourites animals.
I filled the little cat one with some lavender for the windowsill and another with happy green plants. You can create a row of them and plant some edible herbs for cooking. Mint, rosemary and basil is easy to grow.
If you are like me, you have probably watched a lot of those clever videos about how to reuse plastic bottles. I like the other options of using these bottles as a watering can, cutting it out and using it as a compost scoop, using it as a funnel by cutting off the bottom and the best is turning it into a cute piggy bank by painting on a happy face.
Here is the step by step instructions on how to make these recycled planters from milk bottles.
- Wash and dry your Arla Organic eco-cyle 2l milk bottle. Peel off label.
- Use a template to draw the line to cut the bottle.
- Since I wanted to make both planters, I cut bunny ears into the back of the bottle (away from the handle), so that it is not visible from the front.
- Then using a Stanley knife or sharp kitchen knife, cut a slit to start. You can then use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut along the line you drew.
- Using some waterproof pens, you can draw in the face. Make it cute by adding eyelashes, a cute nose, etc.
- I tied a ribbon across the forehead fo the bigger planter. You can do the same or make it more elaborate by using a strip of remnant cloth and making a turban.
- For the bunny planter, paint in some pink ears, a bunny nose and draw in the eyes and mouth. Leave to dry.
- Now that they are ready to use, fill the bunny planter with soil and your favourite herbs.
- For the larger planter, make a small hole at the back to hang on the wall. You can now put any plant in a plastic pot into the planter and switch them as you often as you like.
There are endless ways you can customise these planters, use some paint, paint on some flowers, glue on some beads or glitter or just add different plants. You won’t want to throw away those plastic milk bottles now. When you are finished with the planters, please wash them out and put them in the recycling bin.
If you want to do more for the environment, help recycle more plastic, simply choose a different milk, you can help make a small difference.
To find out more about Arla Organic, visit: https://www.arlafoods.co.uk/products-overview/arla-organic-milk/
If you do make these planters, do share your pics in the comments below. Have fun!