Self-Watering Milk Carton

I 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.

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

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 waterer



  1. Twist off the plastic lid and poke a tiny hole in it with your ice pick. Twist the lid back on.
  2. Use your serrated knife to slice off 3 of the 4 corners of bottom of the milk carton.
  3. Unfold the bottom and fill with water.
  4. Press into soil next to plant that needs watering.
  5. These work great for new plants that need extra love and moisture until they settle.

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May 28, 20181 found this helpful

Great idea for new plantings. :)

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May 28, 20180 found this helpful

Yes! My new "babies" are quite pleased, especially because I'm not able to tend them myself too much lately.

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