How To Create A Planter Using A Mayo Jar: Sustainable Living Up-Cycle Project

If you want to teach your children how to reuse what they already have, consider this DIY craft just perfect for Earth Day. How To Create A Planter Using A Mayo Jar. A sustainable living up-cycle project that has children reusing items from around the house to recreate a garden.

Unilever’sSustainable Living Project Sunlight is amazing!!! They believe that there has never been a better time to create a better future for our children; a world where everyone has enough food to eat and no child goes to bed hungry. Where every child lives to their fifth birthday and has the right to a happy childhood. Where every home has enough water to drink and to wash, cook and clean. Where sustainable living is commonplace, and where everybody can enjoy life today while protecting the planet for future generations.

Unilever's Project Sunlight: Making Sustainable Living Commonplace 

Unilever’s Project Sunlight: Making Sustainable Living Commonplace 

Project Sunlight is a movement that has already started and it’s made up of a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably.

There are SO MANY wonderful, inspiring YouTube videos on their channel page, but you just have to love this one on “The Way Kids See It.”

We were able to work on this project in a small, but fun way that if everyone took the time to act on would make a huge difference. Have fun, reduce waste, and join in on all the awesome projects in the Summer Sunlight Activity series!!

Whether you’re a city dweller or have outdoor space, becoming your own farmer’s market is as fun as it is delicious. With the warmth of summer comes the opportunity for outdoor activities that are rewarding for the whole family. Grow your own mini garden and enjoy a family meal with your harvest! Teach your children where some of their food comes from.

How To Make Your Own Planter By UpCycling

As a part of Unilever’s Summer Sunlight Activity series, why don’t you plant your own herb garden by up-cycling used Hellmann’s® jars and turning them into individual planters? Even if you don’t have access to outdoor space, these will make a perfect windowsill project that will be fun to watch grow, and eventually wind up in your meals. It’s the perfect way to get back to nature, to teach your kids about natural food, to see the fruits of your labor, and to reduce waste while really having a great experience during the prime summer months.

The photos below show how we did…using herbs. Feel free to branch out by growing other small vegetables and fruits.  You’d be surprised how many cherry tomatoes or raspberries you can get out of a small plant! An online search about sustainable living will produce a wide variety of results as well. 

make your own planter with a May jar

What You’ll Need For This Sustainable Living Project:

  • Six 8-ounce jars (glass or plastic) – such as an empty Hellmann’s jar!
  • Potting soil (enough to fill all your jars)
  • Small pebbles
  • Various vegetable, fruit and herb seeds (choose your favorites). Cilantro, basil and even bell peppers are great choices
  • Water
  • Marker/label

What to Do For UpCylcing Project:

  • Step 1: Rinse out your jars to remove any food or debris.

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  • Step 2: Fill your jars one-quarter full of pebbles covering the bottom to provide some drainage.

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  • Step 3: Add soil up to the top of the jar, leaving about 1 inch of space, and use your finger to make a hole for your seeds (refer to your seed packet to determine optimum depth for proper growth).

Sustainable Living Project Make Your Own Planter

  • Step 4: Place seeds in soil (refer to seed packet to determine how many seeds to use) and cover with more soil.
  • Step 5: Label each jar with a marker or decorative label to indicate which vegetable, fruit or herb will be grown in each jar.

Sustainable Living Project Make Your Own Planter

  • Step 6: Water gently daily – be sure not to allow the water to pool or puddle – and place in a sunny area (windowsill, porch, etc.). While you are working on each of these steps, be sure to continue to chat about sustainable living with your children.

Sustainable Living Project Make Your Own Planter

Once all those goodies start to come in and they are ready to be enjoyed, try out your homegrown goodies with delicious summer recipes like Black Bean & Corn Salsa with fresh cilantro from, or Chicken & Basil Rice Stir Fry using your home grown basil and bell peppers from

We had such a blast working on this sustainable living project, and it really felt good doing it, for so many reasons. This is a great project to support. I highly recommend getting started with this…and seeing all the great ideas Project Sunlight has to offer!!

Sustainable Living Project Make Your Own Planter

Join the conversation using the hashtag #brightfuture and send us updates on your Summer Sunlight Activity progress. Find out more about how you can join in on Unilever’s Project Sunlight on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!!!

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