Eco-friendly Reusable Watering Can




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Got a few spare bottles around the house? Make a reusable watering can out of a 2L soda bottle, milk jug, glue, scissors, marker, and a drill. This is an easy and environmentally friendly project to teach family and friends about the importance of reusing and recycling. Have fun and good luck making a watering can yourself :)

Step 1: Remove All Labels and Stickers

Remove all of the labels and stickers from the soda bottle and milk jug. You may need to use warm water to scrub away the remains of the pulled off sticker or label. Recycle all of the stickers and labels that you removed from the two bottles.

Step 2: Cutting the 2L Soda Bottle

Take a pair of scissors and cut along the line where the bottom of the soda bottle label used to be. Make sure you cut smoothly and all the way through and around the soda bottle. You will need the top part of the soda bottle for the watering can and will not need the bottom part. You can make the bottom part of the soda bottle a small pot for a plant if you would like.

Step 3: Determining Where to Cut the Milk Jug

Take the upper part of the soda bottle and place it cap side-up opposite of the handle on the milk jug. Trace around the soda bottle with a marker while applying pressure to the milk jug and soda bottle(You may need an extra hand to help you trace around the soda bottle).

Step 4: Cutting the Milk Jug

Taking your scissors carefully cut around the line you traced on the milk jug.Then recycle the remaining piece of plastic. You can use that remaining piece of plastic as a watering bowl for a cat if you would like. Make sure that the cut you made in the milk jug is smooth.

Step 5: Fitting the Soda Bottle Into the Milk Jug

Take the soda bottle and fit the bottom into the milk jug. Position the soda bottle at an upright angle and make sure the fit is snug. Can you start to see the watering can coming together?

Step 6: Attaching the Soda Bottle to the Milk Jug

Using a strong and waterproof glue carefully apply around the soda bottle and milk jug. Do this outside as the fumes from the glue are not good to have inside your house. Wipe away excess glue with a paper towel. Make sure to wait 24 hours after applying the glue to have the bottles nice and dry.

Step 7: Drilling Holes Into the Watering Can

Using a 1/16 inch drill bit, drill about 40 holes in the underside of the 2L soda bottle. This is where the water will come out. Be careful when drilling and wear gloves. Congratulations you have finished making an Eco-friendly reusable watering can! Fill up the watering can by taking off the milk jug cap and tilt the can to water your plants.



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    7 Discussions

    Bio plant

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Kiteman your a real help. This is my first instructable. For some reason the laptop won't let me reply.

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    Bio plant

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I am sorry this is my first instructable and I haven't figured out how to rotate images yet. If you could tell me that would be great, I hope you liked the instructable though:)

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    KitemanBio plant

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You rotate your pictures on your computer, before uploading. In Windows, thumbnail view, right-click on the thumbnail, and select "rotate clockwise". Once you've done that, you can upload them again and use the Edit function (see button, top-right of this page) to replace the images.

    (PS, if you use the "reply" button, folk get a message about your comment.)


    this is a cool idea, mind rotating your pictures? Also your main image is really small....