Ideas for Recycling Milk Jugs as Crafts
Old Milk Jugs for Reuse
Ways to Recycle and Reuse a Milk Jugs for Fun
Next time you finish your milk, don't throw the jug away. Don't put it in the recycling bin either. Instead, repurpose it! Reusing our trash, and giving new purpose to would be waste, is good for the environment. You'll be amazed by all the clever things that can be made by reusing a plastic milk jug.
Make a Water Can for the Garden
Ways to Reuse a Milk Jug
Plastic milk jugs are wonderful for watering garden plants or small trees because they allow the water to trickle out slowly and ensure it penetrates the ground rather than running off the hard top crust of the soil. Poke a few holes in the bottom edge of a milk jug. Carry them to a vegetable garden, or small tree that needs water. Just leave the jug for a while until the water has time to trickle out.
Another great way to use a milk jug in the garden is as a cloche. Cloches cover small plants during the possibility of frost to keep them from dying. A cloche can be made easily from a milk jug by removing the top and covering the plant tapping the top down slightly into the soil.
Milk Jug Jack O Lantern
Use these downloadable patterns to create a Halloween luminaria from an empty milk jug. The step by step direction in this tutorial make this an easy project to complete.
Ball Game from Reused Milk Jugs
Reuse Craft to Make a Game from a Milk Jug
Cut the milk jug into a "scoop." Decorate it for extra pizazz. Attach a ball and string and you have an instant game to keep kids busy for hours on a long summer day.
Milk Jug Reuse Craft
Use your old milk jugs to make garden markers. You can use these markers to track where you have placed rows of seeds.
Milk Jug Helmet
Plastic milk jugs make great helmets for play or Halloween. You can use this basic helmet idea to create a Frankenstein helmet, a soldier helmet, or make a sponge bob square pants head.
Reuse Milk Jugs for Storage
More Ways to Reuse a Milk Jug
Like any large plastic container, milk jugs can easily have the top removed and be used as storage. Sometimes, I cover mine with contact paper, but it isn't necessary. Milk jugs are very useful for storage because the plastic is clear, so the stored contents inside can be seen easily. Also, the handle can be left in tact to make carrying the container easier for young children.
Whale Bath Toy
Reuse a Milk Jug in the Bath
Make a whale bath toy from a reused milk jug. The milk jug holds water, making it great for scooping and splashing. This cute tutorial shows you how to make it look like a whale for added bath fun.
Toy Car Garage
Reuse a Milk Jug as a Toy
Many young boys can't get enough of toy cars. Used milk jugs can be converted into a toy car garage with a little creativity and construction paper. This milk jug looks so real because of the detail that went into decorating it with construction paper and markers.
Store Your Coins
Recycle or Reuse Milk Jugs to Store Your Coins
Need a place to store your coins? Why not reuse your old plastic milk jug? Just one more way that plastic can be incorporated as home storage and reused instead of sent to the landfill.
5 Great Ways to Recycle Milk Jugs in the Garden
From the InTheGarden Blog
Here are 5 great ways to recycle milk jugs in your home garden from the "InTheGarden" blog:
*Cloche - to cover plants during night frost
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