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37 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs

Updated on September 30, 2016
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I love arts and crafts. I used to volunteer teach an elementary art class and love sharing tutorials for fun crafts to make with kids.

When I started searching for milk jug crafts, that included directions for making the project, I was disappointed to see so few pictured. By going to a lot of sites, I was able to find more than those that an image search came up with. It's amazing to see the ideas crafters have, about what to use milk jugs for, and what great directions they share for making the project. Some of the crafts that are included in this article are ones for making butterflies, bird feeders, Halloween decorations, monsters, and spiders. For these and other ideas check out all the milk jug crafts in this article.

To make large Santas like the one shown, go to The Ramblings of a Crazy woman for the instructions.

Crafts Using Milk Jugs

1. Halloween Spirit Jugs
12. Milk Jug Mouse
23. Swan Planter
34. Cat in the Hat
 
2. Beautiful Butterflies
13. Monster Heads
24. Summer Flower
35. Milk Jug Jewelry
 
3. Valentine Cards Boxes
14. Faux Shells Chandelier
25. Formed Ghost
36. Water Lilies
 
4. Bird Feeder
15. Lighted Jack-o-Lantern Jug
26. Pumpkin Jack-O-Lanterns
37. Milk Jug Turkey
 
5. Fancy Bird Pinata
16. Pumpkin Candy Holder
27. Upcycled Milk Jug - Convenient Containers
 
 
6. Solar Ghosts
17. Catchers
28. Bird Feeder House
 
 
7. Hanging Ghost
18. Garage
29. Garden Totem Pole
 
 
8. Jug Cap Spiders
19. Lighted Snowmen
30. Monster Pinata
 
 
9. Making a Teapot
20. Angel
31. Flower Votive Holders
 
 
10. Monster Mash
21. Elegant Earrings
32. Skeleton
 
 
11. Lunch Tote
22. Colorful Elephants
33. Flower String Lights
 
 

1. Halloween Spirit Jugs

Line these ghosts along your walk to greet the ghouls and goblins that come to visit. For the directions, go to eighteen25. With these ghosts you'll have everyone in the neighborhood in the Halloween mood.

2. Beautiful Butterflies

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butterflies

I can't wait to make these beautiful butterlies. These can even be used outside. If you want to make some of these butterflies, find the directions at alphamom.

3. Valentine Cards Boxes

If you want to make the kids cute, but inexpensive, boxes to hold their Valentine cards, this project is perfect. Follow the instructions at EVERYDAY DISHES to either make the ladybug box or the puppy box.


4. Bird Feeder

Now here is a bird feeder that I would love to have hanging in my backyard. The sisal rope gives it such a rustic look that it seems to blend right into nature. Find the tutorial for making this bird feeder using a milk jug, at Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups.

5. Fancy Bird Pinata

Make a pinata for a birthday party or any occasion when you have kids playing games. You can find the directions at Cathie Filian. This is a really easy pinata to make. And the kids will love it.

6. Solar Ghosts

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milk-jug-solar-ghosts

Solar lights are what make these ghosts gleem. Get the directions to make some of your own, at condo Blues. Don't you love those expressions? Think of all the faces you can make for your ghosts.

7. Hanging Ghost

If hanging this ghost outside, I would use strips of white garbage bags instead of tissue paper. Use a heavier duty tape, like duct tape to hold the strips. For the directions for this cool ghost, go to The Artful Crafter.

8. Jug Cap Spiders

Okay, so this really isn't the milk jug, but it came with the jug, so I thought I should be able to get by with adding this project. Make these spiders by getting the directions from quirky momma.

9. Making a Teapot

10. Monster Mash

These monsters are crafted with tissue paper and Mod Podge....pretty cool. To find the directions and see how that's done, go to kraft foods.

11. Lunch Tote

I think if a person made a pattern when making the first one, it would be easy to make many of them later. For this interesting project, go to My Recycled Bags for the directions.

12. Milk Jug Mouse

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Milk-jug-mouse

There are directions for making this little mouse, even though there isn't a finished project picture. For the directions, go to TLC.

13. Monster Heads

You'll find the directions for the monster heads by going to FUN 4 THE CHILDREN These are really cool looking, but also a bit scary. The colors of paints used can make a huge difference when making monster heads.

14. Faux Shells Chandelier

Who would believe that this chandelier was made with milk jugs? See how it is done, by going to SHOESTRING PAVILION for the directions.

15. Lighted Jack-o-Lantern Jug

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orange-milk-jug-jack-o-lantern-lighted

I think this is an outstanding project for Halloween. When I make it, I'll find the directions at Pikadilly Charm. Can you imagine having a few of these along your walkway?

16. Pumpkin Candy Holder

Make this useful and attractive pumpkin candy holder by going to Free Kids Crafts.com .

17. Catchers

I plan on making some of these catchers for the grandkids to play with while camping. Find the directions at Lakeshore Learning.

18. Garage

Little boys love their matchbox cars and this garage, made using a milk jug, will keep the boys occupied for hours. Follow the instructions at Craptastic Crafts for Kidsto make this project.

19. Lighted Snowmen

I love the looks of these cute white snowmen. Find the directions at Stuff by ASH. Snowmen like these would put everyone in the holiday spirit. Party on!

20. Angel

I think I'll try to figure out how to add a stake inside the angel so I can make an outdoor display of angels for Christmas. Find out how to cut the milk jug at Crack of Dawn Crafts. Instructions are found there also.

21. Elegant Earrings

I think these elegant earrings have the look of fine, opaque seashells. Find the tutorial for making these earrings at Serendipitini . These are definitely earrings that could be worn casual or for an elegant affair.

22. Colorful Elephants

I love, love, love these little (or big) elephants. And using milk jugs to make them is wonderful. I think these would be great for an art class, either at home or in the classroom. For the instructions to make these milk jug elephants, go to the imagination tree.

23. Swan Planter

Okay, so who woulda thunk! Crafters never fail to amaze me with the ideas that they come up with. This milk jug swan is a perfect example, so very inspired. For the directions for making this swan planter, go to education.com.

24. Summer Flower

Here is a little different version of a milk jug flower. This very attractive flower can be made by following the instructions given at KID THINGS . Easy and inexpensive.

25. Formed Ghost

Cheese cloth shaped over a balloon until dry makes this a spooky ghost. Find the directions at The Party BAKERY. This is so easy to do and so very festive.

26. Pumpkin Jack-O-Lanterns

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milk-jug-orange-lantern

Make these attractive orange jack o lanterns with the directions from two hearts together.

27. Upcycled Milk Jug - Convenient Containers

28. Bird Feeder House

This little bird house feeder would look so nice hanging in the back yard......and think how the birds will love it. The directions can be found at NWF Kids.

29. Garden Totem Pole

Check out pictures of totem poles to get even more painting ideas. Go to ZiggityZoom for directions on how this totem pole is made.

30. Monster Pinata

A monster pinata would be welcome at a birthday or Halloween party. You can find the directions for this pinata at Green Eco Services.

31. Flower Votive Holders

These votives look like lotus flowers to me. The directions for making these votives can be found at Bliss, Bloom, Blog. Be sure to read the tip about the type of glue to use.

32. Skeleton

Start saving your milk jugs now because it take seven of them to make a skeleton. I know I'm going to have to start saving right now. Find the tutorial for making a milk jug skeleton at The Party Animal. This is a great project if you like to decorate outdoor for Halloween.

33. Flower String Lights

These beautiful flower string lights could easily be used for not only party, but also bridal decorations. Find the tutorial for this project at Recreations Projects.

34. Cat in the Hat

This is a craft that I think I'll have to make for the school library. To make a Cat in the Hat like the one shown above, go to Classified: Mom for the tutorial.

35. Milk Jug Jewelry

The kids will really enjoy making jewelry using milk jug plastic. I'm impressed with this DIY project. You can find the instructions for making this necklace at PBSparents.

36. Water Lilies

These milk jug lilies really do look like the real thing. Imagine making a terra cotta pot water container with water lilies. Go to Bliss, Bloom, Blog for the tutorial.

37. Milk Jug Turkey

This milk jug turkey can be used for a game as shown on Everything FAMILY, or it would just make a nice outdoor Halloween decoration. For an outdoor decoration I would paint feathers cut from other milk jugs.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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      Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Thanks for your visit, Justin, and your comment about making the ghosts. It's getting time to put them out for this Halloween now. Hope you have lots of fun making and displaying them.

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      Justin Rowe 2 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      The ghost milk jugs are great, I will definitely be making those this halloween

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      sugaryone 3 years ago

      love love love all the milk jug crafts, as well as some of the clothespin ones, thanks for all the tips!

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love the ghost milk jugs! They would be great to place by my front door for Halloween.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I had fun about 4 years ago making milk jug skeletons but was a little different. My yard had skeleton sitting, standing, in a coffen upright, in a trunk as a pirate with beads,fake coins/bills and a patch on his eye with a fake butcher knief and a few whiskey bottles around the chest in the yard. one in a chair holding a pepsi can like going to take a drink. Sitting on/by fake tombstones or half ones like crawling out of the ground. All halloween we had people taking pictures of our display and hou it was such a crafty idea-I had fun showing off my talent too.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I just love!!! the ideas here using jugs can't wait to try them myself.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I once saw a tree at Christmastime that was a little taller than the house, decorated with several strings of multicolored lights encased somehow with gallon milk jugs. It looked like giant gumdrops. I wish I had a picture to share; you'll have to use your imagination. Maybe a project to add to your repertoire.

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      casquid 4 years ago

      A great tutorial! Keep writing!It's makes my day to see a Big Squid come to my lens and like it. Thanks!

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      Dawn Lasmanis 4 years ago from Ocala, Florida

      My favorite is the mask idea. They look so fun to make!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Love the cheese cloth ghost. Lovely lens. Blessed x

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      xriotdotbiz lm 4 years ago

      Liked all the Halloween themed milk jugs/crafts. Great ideas and always wanted ideas to reuse milk jugs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the Monster Pinata and the Spirit Jugs. Nice stuff to make with kids :)

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