In honor of recycling and Earth Day (and truly the lack of planters I have available) I am posting a tutorial on how to reconstruct a Milk Jug into a planter! I fell in love with this method of planting after my happily growing apple trees desperately needed a new "home". I don't know if this idea has been posted before, but if so here is a tutorial to making one!
The only items you will need are, A permanent marker, sharp scissors, an X-ACTO/Crafting Knife, a dish towel, a 1 gallon milk jug and some water for cleaning.
First off, you will need to rinse out a milk jug! My milk jugs always end up getting crushed before they even enter the recycle bag, so I just blow into them before I make any cuts. This will make your jug un-crushed again. After you rinse out the inside you can now trace a line along the top ridge of the milk jug. Make sure you dry off the exterior or you will end up with a messed up marker
Now you puncture a slit above the handle with your knife.
Cut along the line until the top is separated from the to-be planter.
It should look like this. YAY for a functioning handle!
Now it is time to cut a hole for drainage. Flip the jug over. Mark, and cut out a slit along the bottom. My jugs have a plastic strip along the bottom that is perfect to cut out along!
And this is what is should look like!
TA-DA!!! All done! Now all you have left to do is plant plants in them! Milk jugs make great planters. I'm sure you could make smaller ones with 1/2 and 1/4 gallon jugs! Also when the plant grows out the the jug you don't have to feel guilty if you have to cut the jug up to get the plant out! Hope you enjoyed and Happy Earth Day!
I also have the tutorial posted here on my blog; http://chesslescreations.blogspot.com/2011/04/earth-day-recycled-milk-jug.html