Summertime Milk Jug Crafts

Ahhh, summer. The season of sunshine and fun is officially here. To celebrate, Milk On My Mind has curated a list of crafts that you and your family can create together from things like empty, rinsed-out milk jugs and cartons. These non-traditional summertime crafts and games can be made with just a few easily accessible materials.

Whale Jug

What better way to celebrate the summer than with a craft made for the water? Whether you bring it to the bathtub or poolside, this milk-jug-turned-whale is bound to bring gallons of fun to any summer day.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty, rinsed milk jug
  • Sharpie/permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Glitter

Step 1:
Take an empty milk jug and rinse it out completely. Keep the cap on so that your whale can hold water.

Step 2:
Using a sharpie, draw a mouth (triangular-shaped) on the bottom of the empty milk jug.

Step 3:
Cut along the lines to create an opened mouth.

Step 4:
With the sharpie, give your whale an eye, eyebrow, and fin. Then use the glue stick to apply some glitter to make your whale shine.

For complete instructions and pictures, click here.

Watering Can

Continuing our water-related craft trend, you can use an empty milk jug to create a no-brainer, easy-peasy watering can. The difference between this homemade watering can and a store-bought version is that these are easy-to-fill, pour, and carry – because the cap stays on, you won’t lose a drop of water and your hungry plants will be perfectly pleased.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty, rinsed milk jug
  • Needle (thickness of your choosing depending on how strong you want the stream of water)
  • Matches

Step 1:
As always, take an empty milk jug and rinse it out completely.

Step 2:
Remove the cap.

Step 3:
Light a match and briefly heat the end of your needle. Then carefully poke holes through the cap.

Step 4:
Fill and get watering. If there isn’t enough water coming out, you can always add more holes.

Note: If you are doing this with children, offer them the option to decorate their watering cans.

 For complete instructions and pictures, click here.

Milk Jug Ball Catchers

Care to have a catch? DIY your new favorite summer game with these milk jug ball catchers.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 empty, rinsed milk jugs
  • Scissors
  • Craft/colored tape
  • Markers
  • Newspaper or a small ball of your choosing

Step 1:
Rinse out both empty milk jugs so there is no residue. 

Step 2:
Cut off the bottoms of the milk jugs. Clean the insides well.

Step 3:
Use the craft/colored tape to cover the edges of each milk jug so they don’t fray or cut you. Decorate the jug with markers, stickers, and glitter. 

Step 4:
Crumple up a newspaper (or use your own small-sized ball) and wrap it in craft tape. Toss, catch, and enjoy!

For complete instructions and pictures, click here.