Humans are constantly on the go and use a lot of plastic utensils. When most people finish using a plastic fork, they toss it in the trash without a second thought. After all, what could you possibly do with it?
It turns out there are actually quite a few things you can do with used plastic utensils, especially in the garden. Keep reading to learn why you might want to plant those utensils instead of trashing them.
1. Keep the pests at bay: It turns out that plastic forks do a good job of keeping pests away from your precious gardens. Yes, this includes the family cat that you love. The author of Danger Garden recounts her experience: "I figured I would at least buy clear plastic, less visible than white. And it is! I had to get down even with the ground to capture these next pictures of the cutlery art in my garden. So far it seems to be working. Oh and when you want clear … you get the whole set. Forks, knives and spoons … but they’re all good. What furry little kitty bum wants to be caught crouching over a knife?"
Here it is in action:
She removes the cutlery once the plants come up. Because she chooses clear cutlery, she says the look isn't too bothersome.
2. Label your plants: Use plastic forks as a cheap labeling device. 24 Carrot Rabbitry puts it best: "At the nursery, they had some garden labels you could buy for about $4.50 a pack, with what looked like about 20 in a pack. I have 100 squares in my garden … am I going to spend $25 just so I can label them all?!? Uh … no."
3. Use as decorative labels: You can also make those ugly plastic utensils look pretty by painting them. Check out a full tutorial by Crafts by Amanda here.
4. Use as a decorative and functional fence: Wash those used plastic forks and line them up in the soil as a fence. According to PJStar.com, this fence will help keep the squirrels out! Pictured below is fairy garden fence made of plastic.
5. Make it into garden decor: Turn boring plastic into chic garden art.
Yes, this includes pretty flowers from plastic spoons:
How about a plastic spoon sunflower?
6. Turn it into garden arts and crafts for the kids: Check out these insane plastic spoon dragonflies.
Watch some of these tips discussed in action in the video below:
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