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Making a Self-Watering Milk Carton


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May 25, 2018

Self-Watering Milk Carton - carton waterer in placeI love upcycling these milk cartons into self-watering systems for my plants. The slow drip is assisted by the tiny hole you punch in the carton, and works long enough for me to go away for a weekend or quick holiday. You only need a few items to make this, and it definitely pays off. The nice, level squareness also helps it stay in place nicely in the soil, resistant to wind or pesky animals.

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You will need a milk carton with a plastic twist-off lid.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 waterer

Supplies:

  • 1 clean and empty milk carton with twist-off plastic lid
  • 1 ice pick
  • 1 serrated knife
Self-Watering Milk Carton - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Twist off the plastic lid and poke a tiny hole in it with your ice pick. Twist the lid back on.
  2. Self-Watering Milk Carton - punch hole in lid
     
  3. Use your serrated knife to slice off 3 of the 4 corners of bottom of the milk carton.
  4. Self-Watering Milk Carton - cut on three sides
     
  5. Unfold the bottom and fill with water.
  6. Self-Watering Milk Carton - fill with water
     
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  7. Press into soil next to plant that needs watering.
  8. Self-Watering Milk Carton - press into soil next to plant
     
  9. These work great for new plants that need extra love and moisture until they settle.
  10. Self-Watering Milk Carton - next to plant in the garden
     
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