Good morning guys! Amy and I are home from the first leg of the book tour and feeling both excited and exhausted at the same time. But I’m so happy to be back at work and diving into great design again. This simple-but-genius idea was in my inbox last week and I’m just getting a chance to sing its praises this morning. Sprout is a clever plastic top that attaches to empty milk jugs to transform them into watering cans. When I first saw this I thought, ‘Well, you can always pour out of them anyway, why do you need an extra top?’. But then I saw the photo of it in action and all those ridges make it a MUCH better pouring tool. It has two positions you can use, spray and stream, simply by rotating the top. One allows the water to flow in a single stream and the other has it spray in a wide radius so you can handle larger plants. It’s such a great idea and I can’t wait to see this put into production and available in stores. As soon as it is I’ll update the post. Thanks to Sprout’s designer Evan Gant for sending this over. xo, grace

  1. Rachel Tatem says:

    That’s a neat watering “can”

  2. I love simple design solutions like this – and pretty, too!

  3. Angelia says:

    Perfect, when you pour with one direct stream it always erodes the soil in that area, this is a great solution for that problem.

  4. Lisa Belt says:

    Plus, the wide mouth makes it easy to refill. I love cool gadgets!

  5. Shanna Higgins says:

    Wow! I love this, what a great product. I can’t wait to have one for myself. Thank you for sharing. Keep us posted!

  6. Evelyn Cole says:

    Perfect present for my mother. I hope they come to market!

  7. Poppy says:

    Absolutely GENIUS!

  8. Suzi McCoy says:

    Talk about up cycling! What a great idea

  9. Casey says:

    That’s really cool! I want one!

  10. Gina says:

    I want one too! I’m already using milk jugs for watering cans, but I love this nifty invention.

  11. Leslie says:

    That’s so cool!! I love stuff like this.

  12. Cecilia says:

    Really clever- and pretty too!

  13. stephen says:

    Cool idea.

    And, I’d never use it after the first season.

  14. Megan says:

    This is so neat. We tried to make a milk jug into a watering can and it turned out something like this… http://thelifeofmegananne.blogspot.com/2009/05/watering-can-20.html

  15. Elizabeth Tudor says:

    Getting tired of all the self-promotion. Enough.

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      we only mention the book any time we have an event/contest that involves an rsvp/form. the press updates do not appear on the main blog and only appear in the press section of this site. d*s has, and always will, post at least 5 times per day with regular design posts. that remains true to this day. so it shouldn’t be hard to see past the 2-3 book posts that happen per week.

      i think sometimes people forget that this blog has remained free to read for over 7 years now. i’ve never asked you to pay anything for the content you read here and i think asking you to overlook a few posts a week (only during the first 2 months of the book launch) that mention an exciting project we’ve worked hard on is an incredibly small price to pay for a magazine’s-worth of free content every week.


      1. sugar mouse says:

        People are so rude!! It’s YOUR site – put what YOU like on it. Sheesh!

        By the way – LOVE this Can’t wait to buy some (for me and a few friends) XX

  16. Ashley says:

    This is so neat. I would buy this in a heartbeat. Right now I use a washed out laundry det. bottle with holes punched in the cap. My kids each have their own smaller ones too.

  17. Mdm_Rptr says:

    grace, kuddos on the blog AND on your response to the rude/ungrateful commenter.

  18. Deborah in Atlanta says:

    I know at least 6 people that would love to receive one of these from me. What an awesome concept. Can’t wait to find out when/where they’ll be sold!

  19. Sally says:

    I would like to buy several please.

  20. Pammy5895 says:

    I want these!!! Please…where can I get them?

  21. Matt7 says:

    No more clogged can rose holes!

  22. Shyam Shinde says:

    Where can I buy a Sprout spout?

  23. Holly Barbo says:

    Add me to your list of people you will notify when this product becomes available.

  24. Dawn Bell says:

    Please let me know where i can buy this

  25. Barbara Shaw says:

    Add me TOO to your list of people you will notify when this product becomes available.

  26. gina says:

    I will sooo buy this when it becomes available. It is inspired upcycling!

  27. Robyn Fitzgerald says:

    Is the Sprout available yet in shops in Australia. Please let us know if and when we can obtain it. A great idea for recycling

  28. Debbie Hernandez says:

    I want one of these. So neat!!! What a good idea. Add me to the list too.

  29. Amy says:

    Where and when will this be available? Please add me to the list!

  30. Yogi says:

    Is this available yet? If not, when? I really want one. What a great idea! Put me on the list so I can get several. Thanks!

  31. Elaine says:

    Has this come to the marketplace yet? It’s brilliant!!

  32. Paula Kettell says:

    Fantastic idea! I want one and would give these as gifts too. Where can I purchase them??

  33. Myrna Christenson says:

    I like this idea, think it would work very well

  34. Rosie says:

    where can I buy this product in New Hampshire?

  35. Lori Brinkworth says:

    How do I buy? This would make a great gift! Please let me know

  36. Lori Brinkworth says:

    I want at least 5 of them where can I buy ?

  37. Russell Russell says:

    Evan’s 3D Sprout is now on sale at Shapeways. http://www.shapeways.com/model/1150381/sprout.html

  38. Dilly says:

    Let me know when and where to buy it when it’s a available.
    It looks really cool and great for seedlings etc. eh?

  39. Deborah says:

    What a fab idea! I really want one. Will it be possible to get some sent to England?
    Please say ‘yes’

  40. SUE says:

    awesome- like it want it here for use in New Zealand!

  41. CATHY says:

    When are these going to be available. I want one.

  42. Pat Junca says:

    Would like to purchase one. where?

  43. Kathy Sitz says:

    How do I purchse one of these genius design…watering spout??

  44. Suzanne J Estell says:

    I love the design … can this item currently be purchased?


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