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Plastic milk jugs make a good starting place for many creative craft projects. This is a page about crafts using milk jugs.

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This is a page about making milk jug ring earrings. With a little bit of creativity, the rings at the top of milk jugs can be transformed into a neat pair of earrings.

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This is a page about making a gallon milk jug piggy bank. A gallon milk jug is perfect for making a cute piggy bank.

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This is a page about making a milk jug ghost. Recycle those empty gallon milk jugs into cute lighted Halloween decorations.

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This is a page about making a milk jug Snoopy craft. Make a cute Snoopy from plastic milk jugs.

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This is a page about making a milk jug bird feeder. Recycle your gallon milk jugs into useful, fun, bird feeders.

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Gallon milk jugs can easily be cut down to make inexpensive Easter baskets. Decorate them to make each one unique. This is a page about recycled milk jug Easter basket.

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This is a page about making a milk jug skeleton. Recycled milk jugs are the start to making a Halloween skeleton decoration.

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December 29, 20062 found this helpful

I reuse milk containers as garbage bins all over the house. Carefully cut top of milk carton leaving handle intact. Now you can use the handle to attach it to the door knob or any other hook you have around. This works great for food scraps or lint from the dryer!


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October 8, 2009

This is a fun Halloween craft you can help your kids with. Instead of buying real pumpkins to use for your Halloween, decorations, why not use plastic milk jugs instead. I took about 4 empty plastic milk jugs and turned them into pumpkins.

Take about 4 or 5 clean empty milk jugs and orange and black acrylic craft paints. Have the kids paint the jugs orange, let dry for an hour. Then paint eye, nose and mouth on the jug. Parents can cut yarn into different lengths for hair. The kids can glue the hair onto the jugs and add other things to make scary pumpkins.

By Marlene from Seagrove, NC

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October 23, 2007

Take a white milk jug. With a craft knife, cut a small hole 2 inches across about 1 3/4 inches high (align the cut on the opposite side of the jug handle). This is for your trick or treater's collected treats.


Now, after taking the milk labels off, have your child start decorating the carrier with drawings, cutouts or just just words for the holiday, like "GOT CANDY!" Or "Hungry Jug Here".

I could go on to tell you exactly what my jug looks like, but then your jug wouldn't be yours. You could paint it, put glue and glitter on it, make it anyway you want .

Oh, by the way, after Halloween, the candy carrier can be set anywhere in your child's room and even be reused afterwards for something else, like storage.

Happy Halloween to you too.

By Mr. Thrifty from Shermansdale, PA

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August 4, 2004

Can anyone suggest different ways to decorate milk jugs as door stoppers?



August 4, 20040 found this helpful

How about hot glue and buttons? Or, spray paint it one solid color and then spray paint holding the can further away, using another color...this makes a "spritz" look. Or, burn different colors of candles and pour their hot wax over the bottle.


Hope these help.


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August 12, 20040 found this helpful

Colored Sand

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June 10, 20110 found this helpful

Make a fabric sack or just wrap some pretty fabric around it & tie with a pretty ribbon :) You could also put some nice artificial flowers standing in it. Fill with sand & make a great & attractive doorstop!

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June 9, 20120 found this helpful

Where can one acquire the gallon milk jugs?

By C Lewis


April 19, 20190 found this helpful

Any grocery store sells milk in gallon jugs. Just keep the jug after you drink the milk.


Or maybe you could ask neighbors with a lot of children who drink mild if you can have their jugs.

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February 27, 20130 found this helpful

This is my flower vase and I would love to hear any ideas on what colors to do them in. I have used the entire milk jug, the plastic ones. I use the bottom of the milk jug for little stackable bowls, and then I cup strips and make flower shapes out of the rest of the plastic. I still do have a small bit of it left, where the handle was. I will figure out how to use that later.


I am going to glue the flower parts onto the stems. I will probably put math problems down the stems, with notes on them, especially fractions.

I want to use a button to be the center of the flower, so I can sew the flower to the stem. Any ideas on colors?

Note: you put the little flower shapes under hot water to bend them and then when you get them how you want you let cold water run over them for a second or two.

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June 26, 20120 found this helpful

I want to make a giant ear of corn out of painted milk and water jugs like I saw at the Big E. How do I do it? About 7 feet tall. Thanks.

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