How can you make a pretty hanging container out of a Tetra Pak? Vertical Veg community member, and founder of Green Squirrel, Rebecca Clark, shows you how – watch the video below and download the pdf instructions here.
Tetra Paks are often seen as a good alternative to plastic but in fact they‘re diffcult to recycle as they‘re made of a mix of materials; Tetra Pak estimate that only 26% of their cartons get recycled globally. If so few Tetra Paks are getting recycled, why not give them a longer life by creating a hanging planter for your garden?
You will need:
- A well-rinsed Tetra Pak (milk or juice cartons work best)
- A cutting mat or some thick cardboard
- A craft knife and a pair of scissors
- A pen or pencil
- Some peat-free compost
- A small plant or some seeds – Lobelia and nasturiums work great
1. Place the Tetra Pak on the cutting mat and use the craft knife to make three X shapes in the bottom. Take your pencil and push it into the X shapes to create three small drainage holes.
2. Use your pencil to draw two large arch shapes on either side of your Tetra Pak, starting around 3 – 4 inches from the bottom as you want to leave enough space for your compost. Leave about 1cm at the side of each arch.
3. If you want to allow more light to your plant then you can draw on two smaller arch shapes on the remaining sides. Again, make sure that you leave 1 – 2cm gaps at the sides so that your planter doesn‘t become too weak.
4. Carefully cut out the shapes with the craft knife. (When working with children it’s useful to start off their arch shapes with a craft knife and then let them use scissors for the remainder.)
5. Cut a length of string and tie in a loop. You can attach the string simply by opening the tetra pak lid, drop in the knotted section of string and screw the lid back catching the string within it. Alternatively you can make two holes and feed the string through these.
6. Now you‘re ready to plant up your Tetra Pak! Pop some compost in the bottom, sow your seeds or plant your plant, water well and enjoy! Remember to water regularly as these small planters can dry out fast.