If empty plastic milk jugs stack up in quickly in your recycling bin, there are plenty of great ways to reuse them. From a Lego scoop to a seed starter, here are a handful of fun, kid-friendly projects that make it easy to transform ordinary milk jugs into items that you and your family can enjoy all year long. Read on to learn how to make these five simple projects.
What you will need for all 5 of these projects:
– empty plastic milk jugs with lids (washed well and dried)
– cutting tool
– awl or thumbtack
– natural twine
Project #1 – Bird Feeder
Using your cutting tool or scissors cut the top off the milk jug, leaving as large of a base as you prefer.
Using an awl or a thumbtack, punch a hole in the center of each of the four sides. Thread twine through each hole and tie with a double knot.
Tie all four pieces of twine together at the top in a knot, leaving a loop to hang the bird feeder by.
Fill with your favorite organic bird seed and greet the birds as they arrive in your yard.
Project #2 – Lego Scoop
Using a marker, trace the scoop shape onto a milk jug, leaving the handle of the jug.
Using your cutting tool or scissor, cut out the scoop, leaving the handle in tact.
Watch your child use the scoop to pick up large quantities of Lego’s, small toys or even sand at the beach.
Project #3 – Kids’ Dresser Drawer Organizer
Cut the top of each milk jug off. I suggest cutting these to the height of your dresser drawers.
Project #4 – Seed Starter
Cut a milk jug in half, keeping the lower half.
Fill with organic potting soil. Then, plant seeds, seedlings or other small plants. Place in a warm windowsill and watch them grow.
Project #5 – Watering Can
Using an awl or thumbtack, make several small holes in a circular pattern at the top of milk jug (opposite the handle.)
Fill the jug with water, replace the lid and send your child to the garden to water her plants.
What other fun ways have you found to recycle a milk jug?