How to Make a Planter Box for Kids


Planter boxes are great for growing small gardens of flowers, vegetables and herbs. Creating planter boxes out of empty juice or milk cartons or foam egg cartons with your child can be an easy, exciting and educational activity. You can teach her the science of gardening while also teaching her the importance of recycling. Jump-start her love of gardening and spend quality time together while making planter boxes that she can decorate.

Step 1

Cut the bottom off a milk or juice carton with scissors so that it is at least 4 inches tall, or cut the top off a foam egg carton.

Step 2

Decorate the carton. Glue a construction-paper jacket around your milk or juice carton. Color the sides with markers or paint, or glue pictures to the sides of the carton. Paint the egg carton and allow it to dry before decorating the outside with stickers.

Step 3

Cut a few slits in the bottom of your milk or juice carton with a knife, or use a toothpick to poke a small hole in the bottom of each compartment of your egg carton. This will allow excess water to drain out of the planter box.

Step 4

Fill your container with dirt and plant your seeds. Use labeled popsicle sticks to keep track of what you have planted.

Step 5

Water your seeds, and place the planter box in a sunny window.

Things You'll Need

  • Milk, juice or foam egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Acrylic paint
  • Magazine or personal pictures
  • Stickers
  • Knife
  • Toothpick
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Popsicle sticks


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Keywords: planter box, gardening activities, children's planting lessons

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Em Connell McCarty has been writing for 27 years. She studied writing at the University of Iowa and at Hollins University in Virginia. She writes fiction, creative non-fiction and essays. McCarty's work has been published in Hip Mama magazine.