How to Upcycle a Plastic Jug for Watering Plants

Some of my favorite Simple Solutions involve using everyday items and finding new uses for them. In particular, I like to upcycle plastic bottles rather than recycle them, and that comes in handy for watering plants.

If you’ve got a plastic water or milk jug — one that’s empty, of course — you can tweak it just a bit for a new purpose: gardening.

Now, most gardeners understand why you would want to have a reliable watering can — or jug — because plants need more than water. They need the proper amount of water.

For instance, if you simply water plants directly from the plastic jug, it would be easy to overwater them, or just make a mess. Remember, over-watering is just as detrimental to a plant as under-watering it, in many cases.

So, what you can do is upcycle your plastic jug’s cap into a sprinkler top. To do that, just take a drill with a 1/8-inch-diameter bit and drill three or four holes right into the cap. You want to space the holes evenly for the best results.  

In this case, we have drilled three little holes, and those make up the sprinkler top. Test your new sprinkler and see how easily the water comes out. The best part? You have full control over it.

There’s very little mess when you use your DIY sprinkler, and that comes in handy when, occasionally, a plant might be slightly out of reach.

With this upcycled sprinkler top, you just give the bottle a squeeze and that’s all it takes to water your plants!  

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