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What you will need for all 5 of these projects:

– empty plastic milk jugs with lids (washed well and dried)
– cutting tool
– scissors
– awl or thumbtack
– natural twine
– marker

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Project #1 – Bird Feeder

Step 1

Using your cutting tool or scissors cut the top off the milk jug, leaving as large of a base as you prefer.

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Step 2

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.

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Step 3

Tie all four pieces of twine together at the top in a knot, leaving a loop to hang the bird feeder by.

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Step 4

Fill with your favorite organic bird seed and greet the birds as they arrive in your yard.

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Project #2 – Lego Scoop

Step 1

Using a marker, trace the scoop shape onto a milk jug, leaving the handle of the jug.

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Step 2

Using your cutting tool or scissor, cut out the scoop, leaving the handle in tact.

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Step 3

Watch your child use the scoop to pick up large quantities of Lego’s, small toys or even sand at the beach.

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Project #3 – Kids’ Dresser Drawer Organizer

Step 1

Cut the top of each milk jug off. I suggest cutting these to the height of your dresser drawers.

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Step 2

Place in the dresser drawer and use to organize socks, underwear, hats, jewelry, ties, and hair accessories.

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Project #4 –  Seed Starter

Step 1

Cut a milk jug in half, keeping the lower half.

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Step 2

Fill with organic potting soil. Then, plant seeds, seedlings or other small plants. Place in a warm windowsill and watch them grow.

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Project #5 – Watering Can

Step 1

Using an awl or thumbtack, make several small holes in a circular pattern at the top of milk jug (opposite the handle.)

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Step 2

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?