Instead of tossing your empty milk jugs into the garbage, transform them into clever Christmas crafts that will delight your children and add a touch of holiday cheer to your home. With basic craft supplies and limited crafting skill, you can create milk jug Christmas crafts easily. Involve your kids in the crafting process to really put the whole family in the mood for celebrating the season.
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Reindeer Piggy Bank
All those nickels and dimes add up fast. Encourage your child to start saving money with a festive reindeer piggy bank. Lightly sand the exterior of a washed and dried milk jug with a piece of extra fine sand paper. Place the empty milk jug on its side with the handle facing up. Cut two toilet paper rolls in half and attach underneath with masking tape for legs. Cut out antlers from tan coloured card stock and attach to the top of the jug with masking tape. Cut a slot on top of the jug for the money. Seal the rough edges of the slot with masking tape. Paint the entire exterior of the jug and legs with brown acrylic paint. Paint on additional facial features and glue a pair of googly eyes to complete the face. Wrap a brown pipe cleaner around a pencil to curl and glue onto the posterior of the jug to serve as the tail.
Santa Candy Dish
Nothing is sweeter than candy during the Christmas holidays. Make a festive Santa candy dish by cutting a large hole in the bottom of the front of a washed and dried milk jug to serve as the "mouth" or opening. Discard the cut out portion so that you are left with an unobstructed opening. The handle should be facing the back. Lightly sand the exterior of the jug with fine sand paper. Paint the jug with red acrylic paint and glue cotton balls around the border of the cutout. Glue more cotton balls beneath the cutout to form a fluffy white beard. Glue googly eyes onto the jug above the cutout and paint on additional facial features. Fill the "mouth" with candy to complete.
Christmas Tree Luminary
An ordinary milk jug is transformed into a glowing luminary that is fitting enough to grace the dinner table. All you have to do is cut off the spout and handle of a milk jug. Lightly sand the front exterior of the milk jug and paint an image of a Christmas tree on it with acrylic paints. Glue on tiny embellishments, such as beads or plastic gemstones, to serve as the ornaments. Fill the bottom of the jug with two or three inches of sand. Insert a lit votive or battery-operated candle into the centre of the sand to illuminate the jug.
Forgo the Christmas stocking this year and opt for a festive basket instead. Cut a milk jug in half, right at the point where the bottom end of the handle rests so that you have a perfect bowl shape. Lightly sand the exterior of the basket and paint on an attractive pattern with acrylic paint. Sand down the cut edges of the basket to smooth rough edges to prevent cuts or scratches. Tie a large velvet ribbon around the rim of the basket and glue into place. Fill the basket with shredded newspaper or holiday wrapping paper. Use the basket in place of a traditional Christmas stocking. Personalise it with the child's name written in fabric paint along one side of the ribbon. Fill it with all those "stocking" stuffers that you have in store for your child.
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