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Ideas for Recycling Milk Jugs as Crafts

Updated on February 9, 2018
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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.

Milk Jug Reuse Water Can
Milk Jug Reuse Water Can

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.

Here are cute instructions for getting children involved in decorating the jugs and using them as watering cans.

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.

Reuse a milk jug as a Halloween decoration
Reuse a milk jug as a Halloween decoration

Milk Jug Jack O Lantern

Halloween Luminarias

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.

Halloween Luminarias

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 Catch

Reuse Milk Jugs in the Garden
Reuse Milk Jugs in the Garden

Garden Markers

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 Garden Markers

Costume helmet from recycled milk jugs
Costume helmet from recycled milk jugs

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.

Costume Helmet from Reused Milk Jugs

Milk Jug Storage Container
Milk Jug Storage Container

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.

Whale Bath Toy

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.

Milk Jug Toy Car Garage

Recycle Old Milk Jugs to Store Coins
Recycle Old Milk Jugs to Store Coins

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.

Store Your Coins in a Milk Jug

Recycle a Milk Jug as a Potting Soil Scoop
Recycle a Milk Jug as a Potting Soil Scoop

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:


*Seed Starter

*Watering Can

*Bird Bath

*Cloche - to cover plants during night frost

The InTheGardenBlog

What do YOU do with Your Used Milk Jugs?

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Ideas and Comments for Recycling Milk Jugs? - Leave them here!

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      5 years ago

      Do you have more great arieclts like this one?

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      7 years ago

      These are great ideas for recycling milk jugs. I will use several of them. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      You can also make cars you just need 2 sticks round wheels or wooden wheels and that's all :)

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      7 years ago

      You can also make cars you just need 2 sticks round wheels or wooden wheels and that's all :)

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      8 years ago

      I especially enjoyed your Halloween luminaries made of milk jugs that could be adapted to fun all year around, how cool!

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      8 years ago

      really like this. some great ideas.

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      Michelle77 LM 

      8 years ago

      Really Great ideas! I have used some for Halloween heads on scarecrows....there's no limit to one's imagination :)

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      8 years ago from British Columbia

      I love these ideas! There's always another way to reuse something if you give it a little thought.


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