Recycled planters

Use this primary design and technology activity to help pupils plan and create their own recycled planter. This outdoor lesson idea allows pupils to get creative and select appropriate materials, and also links to biodiversity and sustainability projects. It can be used to prompt discussion of the importance of reuse and recycling.

The activity can be easily adapted for younger learners via additional support.

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< 30 minutes


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What you need

  • Old containers, bottles, or cartons
  • Paints, wool, and other craft materials for decoration
  • Glue and scissors
  • A mix of topsoil and seed compost
  • A small amount of gravel
  • Seeds or seedlings


  • Outdoors

Curriculum links

  • Design and Technology
  • Science