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Plastic Milk Jug Flower - finished votive candle flower holder
If you are looking for a simple centerpiece, these flower candle holders could be perfect. You would never know that these are made out of plastic milk jugs. You can even customize the pattern to your liking.
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I love plastic milk jugs because they are a lot like thick vellum paper, except they are free after you drink all your milk. ;) After cleaning, drying, and cutting, these milk jugs can make beautiful flowers. Placing a candle in the middle and using it as a votive holder is optional. If you're just making the flower, use a similar circular disc as the center flower pistil.

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 flower

Plastic Milk Jug Flower - finished votive candle flower holder

Supplies:

  • 1 votive candle
  • scrap paper
  • pencil or pen
  • scissors
  • 1 plastic milk jug, thoroughly rinsed
  • sandpaper
  • hot glue or instant adhesive
Plastic Milk Jug Flower - supplies

Steps:

  1. To make the center of the flower, trace the votive candle onto the scrap paper.
  2. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - trace votive candle onto scrap paper for flower center
  3. Draw petals onto the scrap paper in 3 sizes: small, medium, and large.
  4. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - draw 3 sizes of petals onto scrap paper
  5. Cut out the 4 shapes.
  6. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - cut out all 4 shapes
  7. Cut the milk jug into large pieces: 4 sides and the top and bottom. Dry any leftover water off with a towel.
  8. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - cut the jug into pieces and dry if necessary
  9. Place the scrap paper shapes onto the milk jug pieces and trace them for cutting. I did 1 circle, 7 small petals, 7 medium petals, and 6 large petals.
  10. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - trace the shapes onto the jug with a pencil
  11. Cut out all the shapes.
  12. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - cut out all pieces
  13. Rough up the lowest part of the petals with sandpaper so they glue together better.
  14. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - use sandpaper to rough up the lower part of the petals
  15. Glue the small petals around the flower's round center.
  16. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - glue small petals to flower's center
  17. Glue the medium petals onto the round, between each small petal.
  18. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - stagger and glue the medium petals in place
  19. Now, glue the large petals on, staggering once again.
  20. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - stagger and glue on the large petals
  21. Flip the flower over and insert the candle (optional). Curve the petals upwards and hold.
  22. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - flip over to insert candle if using one, then curve the petals up and hold
  23. The petals will stay lifted. Enjoy!
  24. Plastic Milk Jug Flower - the petals will stay lifted, now ready to enjoy
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September 5, 20181 found this helpful

Loved how this turned out :)

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September 6, 20180 found this helpful

Me, too! I was worried at first it would look like... well, a cut up milk jug, but not at all :) Yay!

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September 9, 20180 found this helpful

Neat! Love your clear instructions..

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September 10, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks Betty! I hope you try these with your fam :)

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