Joys of Summer - Cravendale

Turn your empty milk bottle into a bee-friendly planter

Turn your empty milk bottle into a bee-friendly planter to entertain the kids this summer.


What will you need?

  • an Arla Cravendale 2L bottle
  • scissors
  • pin
  • masking tape
  • red marker
  • sandpaper
  • stones/pebbles
  • acrylic paint & paintbrush (yellow and black)
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • light blue card
  • pencil
  • plant seeds
  • soil/compost
  • glass & water

Please complete this activity with adult supervision.

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Step 1: Use masking tape to tape a line around the bottle around half of the way down.

Step 2: Use the pin to pierce a hole in the bottle so water can drain through.

Step 3: Cut around the masking tape so you’re left with the bottom of the bottle.

Step 4: Roughen the surface of the bottle with sandpaper.

Step 5: Using your acrylic paint and brush, paint your planter yellow. Leave to dry.

Step 6: Once the yellow paint has dried, paint two black stripes onto either side and leave to dry.

Step 7: Draw 2 wings on the blue card and cut them out. Once the paint has dried on the bottle, attach each wing to either side with masking tape.

Step 8: Attach some googly eyes to the front of the bottle and decorate.

Step 9: Add some small pebbles and stones into the bottle and fill half of the bottle with compost.

Step 10: Scatter the seeds onto the compost and cover with a thin layer of compost and add water.

Step 11: Put the pot in a sunny spot for the flowers to grow and bees to enjoy!

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