The top half of a squash bottle makes a perfect mini greenhouse (cloche) to go over an individual pot and margarine tubs can be turned into homemade plant labels...

It’s all about recycling at primary school, and I am getting regular lectures on this subject from
my 5-year-old son. He was really enthusiastic about ‘ upcycling ’ our waste into other, more useful items than the usual junk models.

How to make plant labels and cloches - an upcycling project for children

We have made plant labels from milk cartons and margarine tubs by drawing round a large
nail file and then cutting them out.

We have extended the life of many plastic bottles in the past (making spaceships), but they do eventually have to fly into the recycling bin! The top half of a squash bottle makes a perfect mini greenhouse (cloche) to go over an individual pot.

How to make plant labels and cloches - an upcycling project for children

Both of these things are exactly what he needs for his sunflower seeds (top) and later, when we plant them out into the garden, the middle of a fizzy drinks bottle will help protect the young plants from slugs and snails.