Monthly Archives: November 2016

21 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Milk Jugs and Cartons

On America Recycles Day, which is observed on November 15, we started thinking about what to do with all those milk jugs and cartons after they’re empty. Of course you can simply wash them out and deposit them in a recycling bin or at a recycling center. But you can also upcycle, or create a new use for your empty jugs and cartons, with some of these fun and useful possibilities:

MILK JUG CRAFTS

LIGHTS
c6a49a lanterns, what a bright idea
c6a49a indoor chandeliers
c6a49a outdoor chandeliers

watering-jug-300WATERING JUG
cff09e_jug keep your plants happy and well watered with this easy project

KITCHEN COMPOST HOLDER
3b8686 use empty jugs to upcycle food scraps into compost

SCOOP
7c7877 here’s one of many ways to turn your used jug into a handy scoop

GARDENING MADE EASY
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sow your seeds

9dc3c1 grow an herb garden
9dc3c1 start a mini greenhouse

BIRD FEEDERS
eb9f9f functional
eb9f9f fashionable, this is for the birds … literally

supplies-caddy_300SUPPLIES CADDY
aacd6d here’s a helpful little caddy for your school, desk or craft supplies

FUN GAMES
c6a49a play a game of catch with yourself
c6a49a or with a friend

PIGGY BANK
3b8686 start saving money by making a piggy bank instead of buying one

ARTS AND CRAFTS
7c7877 explore your crafty side with fun projects like this igloo
7c7877 a storm trooper helmet
7c7877 a skeleton
7c7877 or a gift basket

MILK CARTON CRAFTS

GINGERBREAD HOUSE
3b8686c ‘tis the season to make some fun gingerbread houses

ICE BLOCKS
aacd6cc freezing your own ice blocks is very cool, indeed

box-garden_300PLANTER
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make yourself a mini box garden

BIRDHOUSE FEEDER
7c7877c it’s a house and feeder – one stop shopping for birds

FLOWER VASE
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whether as a stylish vase
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or centerpiece, who knew old milk cartons could look this good?

PAINT POTS
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keep these paint pots in mind for your home improvement project or your kid’s next masterpiece

DESKTOP SUPPLY HOLDERS
3b8686c cut the cartons, then cut the clutter with these handy holders

WALLET/COIN PURSE
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if you can make wallets out of duct tape, why not milk carton wallets?

TOY CRAFTS
eb9f9fc have some fun making these toys, from trucks
eb9f9fc to building blocks

candle_300CANDLES
7c7877c this bright idea upcycles cartons and crayons into candles

Last but not least, here’s one bonus idea that can utilize milk cartons, jugs or both. Start collecting cartons and jugs now to participate in the 2017 Royal Rosarians Milk Carton Boat Race on June 25. Each jug supports approximately 8 pounds, while sealed cartons support 4 pounds. Here’s a short video showing how to build your own boat.

NOTE: The links in this article are shared for informational purposes only and are not affiliated with the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.