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Milk Carton Herb Pots

Milk does your body good, but you might not know that milk carton crafts can help the environment, too. Create Milk Carton Herb Pots to fancy up your garden and foster positive eating habits. DIY garden crafts don't have to be fancy or over-the-top. Use recycled materials and other easy-to-find supplies to create your own quick and easy DIY garden crafts. You'll want to spend all of your time outside with your homegrown herbs once you've finished this project.

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  • 2 liter (quart) milk or juice cartons
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or pen
  • Sharp scissors
  • White primer spray paint
  • Black chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalk



  1. Wash and rinse milk and/or juice cartons and let dry.
  2. Measure and cut cartons to desired height.

  3. Spray paint primer on outside and inside of carton. Let dry and repeat procedure to add another coat. Let dry.
  4. Spray paint two coats of black chalkboard paint on the outside and inside. Let dry between each coat.



  1. This is what I think is the fun part of making milk carton turned into chalkboard paint herb pots! Using white chalk I just wrote the name of the herb on the outside. Since most of the herb names consisted of two words I wrote one word on one side and the other word on the opposite side.


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I have to say these look gorgeous. I love the idea of recycling something so basic looking into a pretty and useful container that can grow herbs. I have a couple of concerns. Will these last if placed outside? And is it safe to plant something you will eat into a painted container?

Hello! That is a fair point. I am not sure if it is safe to eat something grown in a painted container. If you are still considering making this craft, you could line it with plastic bags or maybe just place these boxes on the outside of the plastic pots your herbs come in. Hope that helps! -Kaylee, FaveCrafts Editor


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