40 Awesome Crafts Using Milk Jugs
I hope you enjoy these milk jug crafts that I've compiled! It's amazing to see what people can do using milk jugs.
To make a large Santa like the one shown, go to The Hiland Home for the instructions.
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
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. Find the tutorial for making this bird feeder using a milk jug, at Great Stems.
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
Solar lights are what make these ghosts gleam. 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. Fairy Garden Home
What fun you'll have making this fairy garden home with your little ones. For the instructions go to Inspiration Made Simple.
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
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
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 .
I plan on making some of these catchers for the grandkids to play with while camping. Find the directions at Lakeshore Learning.
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 Free-n-Fun. Snowmen like these would put everyone in the holiday spirit. Party on!
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 Eskaa Makes. 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. Beautiful Zinnias
Here is a little different version of a milk jug flower. This very attractive zinnia can be made by following the instructions given at Creative DIY Crafts. 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
Make these attractive orange jack o lanterns with the directions from What to Expect.
27. Upcycled Milk Jug - Convenient Containers
28. Bird Feeder House
29. Snowy Owl
Go to Instructables for directions on how this snowy owl 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.
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. Snowman Lantern
Find the tutorial for this super cute Christmas craft idea at Fun on a Dime.
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, with directions at Show Me Mama, would make a nice outdoor Thanksgiving decoration because the feathers are cut from milk jugs too.
38. Easter Bunny
So easy to make and so cute. Go to All Because She Saved for the tutorial.
39. Fabric Scrap Storage
Quilters will surely love this fabric scrap storage idea. See the instructions at Sew Many Ways. Suggestion included is to cut the scraps in sized pieces for future quilting projects.
Another great idea for making a house plant sprinkler with instructions given at A Journey to a Dream.
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© 2012 Loraine Brummer