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How to make milk carton planters

diy milk carton planters

I know, planters again! I think this may be the last planter post for this spring, all my house plants have been happily replanted. The last ones were those little cacti, who were stuck together in the same pot and definitely needed more soil space.

I made colorful planters recycling some milk cartons. Using milk cartons for planting seeds and small plants is an easy and cheap idea!

I like pretty decor items and as we all know milk containers are far from nice looking. So I can up with a fun idea for decorating your milk cartons.

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cutting the milk carton bottom

How to make milk carton planters?

Materials you will need to make this project:


The best glue for this project is this one. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any on hand so I used white glue.

Let start making some cute planters. Collect some milk or juice cartons, clean them, and cut the bottom to make the planter.

I like to trace a line around the bottom to help me cut straight. You can use scissors or a cutter, choose what works best for you.

glue fabric on the milk carton sides

Cut a strip of fabric and glue it around the planter. I use white glue and spread on the carton with a sponge.

glue fabric on the milk carton bottom

Cut each corner of the fabric to be able to fold and glue it on the bottom. Put a little glue on the top edge to avoid the fabric fraying.

make several milk carton planters

Of course, some Mexican-colored fabrics were the perfect match for my cactus.

This project will work with any other fabric, as long as it’s thick enough to cover the milk carton label.

planting in milk carton planters

Once the glue is completely dry, you can put your plants in.

diy milk carton planters

For now, they stand on the console table, but they will make perfect centerpieces for my table decor for 5 de mayo.

If you want to complete your Mexican decor with a colorful cord light, the Calaveras skull printable is available in the shop.

You can use these small milk carton planters for planting seeds or flowers.

Milk cartons can be used as planters without any problem. The carton is layered inside with a waterproof coat, no risk to see your planter falling apart.

To avoid overwatering you have two options.

First, you can punch a hole in the planter bottom so that water drains.

The second option is that you can add some pebbles in the planter bottom before adding the soil. It will prevent the roots from soaking in water and rotting.

Have fun crafting your upcycled planters.

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milk carton planters decoration


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 how to make milk carton planters




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Barbie Chiu

Wednesday 20th of April 2016

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Friday 15th of April 2016

Did I ever tell you I thought you lived in Spain for a long time? And now when I saw the dumbnail I thought it was going to be one of these US-American milkcanister-crafts. But no, actual milk cartons, like we have in Europe. I can copy that! Viva la Mexico! :-P

Ama Ryllis

Friday 15th of April 2016

I love Spain but I never lived there! I think you can find tetra pak everywhere...but yes they are very common in Europe. Happy crafting!