Go green! How to make a recycled watering can

By Penny from The Press Gang

Did you know you can make a recycled watering can out of a plastic bottle? At Kegworth Gardening Club, we made our own watering cans because it is good for the environment. It also uses less water than a garden hose and will save you lots of money! It only takes 10 minutes to make. You will need a handy adult to help you. 

How to make a recycled bottle watering can

You will need:

  • 2L or 3L plastic milk or juice bottle with handle and lid
  • Electric drill with a handy adult to help
  • Permanent marker


First, take a clean, empty plastic milk or juice bottle and unscrew the lid.

Then, get a handy adult to carefully drill 20 to 30 holes in the lid using a very small drill bit. The more holes you make, the faster the water will come out. Never use an electric drill by yourself!

While your handy adult is drilling the holes, use your permanent marker to draw a line half way up the bottle. This is a fill line to make sure that your watering can doesn’t get too heavy when you fill it up with water. You can also decorate the plastic bottle using the permanent marker.

When the lid has enough holes in it, fill the plastic bottle with water up to the fill line and screw the lid back on.

Next, start testing the watering can on your plants. If the water comes out too slowly, take off the lid and drill more holes into it.

There are lots of other things you can make out of recycled plastic bottles. You can use the bottom of the bottle as a flower pot, make a vertical garden for your wall or even a bird feeder! 

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