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Recycle a Plastic Jug into a Watering Container

Posted on July 5, 2010

Need a watering can or container for your garden? Well I did and decided I would try and make my own. I took one of my empty apple jugs and upcycled it into this handy watering container for my garden.
You just need a plastic jug with a screw off lid. I like the one gallon Tree Top apple jugs as they are made with heavy plastic and a sturdy screw off cap. I used a hammer and a nail to punch the holes around the top of the cap as shown. Just put the cap on a old board and hammer the nail through the plastic to create your watering holes.

My recycled watering jug works great. I can use it to just gently sprinkle tender new seedlings with water or shake it to water larger areas. Plus you can squeeze on the jug to create pressure which allows you to spray water quite a distance.

So if you need a watering can, please consider recycling an old plastic jug into a very handy and frugal watering jug. I’m sure you will love your free watering jug as much as I love mine.
Happy gardening!

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9 Responses to “Recycle a Plastic Jug into a Watering Container”

  1. Beth
    Jul 06, 2010

    I have one of these that I made! Actually, I have two. I have never purchased a watering can before in my life – there’s no reason not to upcycle in this case! Thanks Cindy!

  2. Theresa111
    Jul 07, 2010

    You’re brilliant!

  3. Ladygoodwood
    Jul 11, 2010

    I would NEVER have thought of this! In the UK, all our milk comes in these 4 or 6 pint containers and i put 5 or 6 of them into the recycling box every week.
    What a great idea.

  4. Ginger Bergemann
    Jul 12, 2010

    What neat and creative ideas! I’m now following. I am learning to be “green” and trying to be more crafty as well.

  5. Mark
    Jul 12, 2010

    A very interesting site. Very cool ideas. I do like to recycle, but you’ve really come up with some great stuff. I’ll definitly have to look into this more.


  6. Marie Anne St. Jean
    Jul 30, 2010

    Oh gosh, what a simple, yet absolutely wonderful idea! I save old jugs for various uses, and this is one I will definitely put into use right away.

  7. xiangirl
    Jan 09, 2011

    I work with recycling and I found another great way to turn plastic containers into waterers. Save a 16-oz plastic pop bottle. Take the lid off. Cut off the bottom. Now turn it upside down and bury it or “plant” it in your flower garden. When you water, fill up the pop bottle and as the ground soaks up the water, it will go down. I have a flower bed at a 45 degree angle and I spent the first 2 summers watering the street instead of the flowers. Now I’m smarter in several ways. I place them about 2 feet apart at the “top” of my flower garden. I figure gravity will help me a little to reach the plants toward the street side.

  8. jj
    Apr 01, 2011

    That’s the exact jug I use to water my indoor plants (because I put plant food in it, so I just leave the water in it all the time..) but I never thought to improve it like that. Hurr. Guess I’ll do that.
    It IS a really good container, good shape and everything.

  9. Plastic Scrap Guy
    Apr 20, 2011

    I made several of these and use them regularly. Instead of using a hammer and nail to punch out the holes, I used a soldering iron. =)

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