Plastic Milk Jug Easter Basket Crafts

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Plastic Milk Jug Easter Basket Crafts
Don't throw away your milk jugs; use them for Easter craft activities. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

If you are trying to live a little more "green" and are looking for some new Easter crafts for you and your family, start collecting your gallon milk jugs and give milk jug crafts a try. Not only is it a great way to teach your family about recycling -- milk jugs are also a blank canvas for you to use as a starting point for your creations. The sky is the limit, so use your imagination.

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Milk Jug Easter Basket

Make a personalised Easter basket out of a milk jug. You will need one milk jug, thoroughly washed and dried, white pom-poms or cotton balls, one large pink pom-pom or cotton ball, pink craft foam or construction paper, one set of googly craft eyes, black pipe cleaners, glue and scissors. Preserving the handle, cut around the top of the milk jug to get rid of the lid portion. Now, glue white pom-poms or cotton balls to the entire outer surface of the milk jug. Glue your googly craft eyes in the middle of the side opposite the handle, and under the eyes, glue on your pink pom-pom or cotton ball for the nose. Poke a small hole on either side of the nose and feed three pieces of black pipe cleaner through the holes so an equal amount pokes out of each side for the whiskers. Cut two ears out of the pink craft foam or construction paper and glue them to the inner rim on the front of the milk jug, over the eyes. Fill the jug with Easter grass and goodies!

Milk Jug Easter bunny

Make this silly Easter bunny to decorate your home for the holiday. You will need one milk jug, thoroughly washed and dried, white spray paint, pink craft foam or construction paper, a pink pom-pom or cotton ball, one set of googly craft eyes, pink fluffy feathers or a feather boa, glue and scissors. Spray the entire surface of the milk jug with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Meanwhile, cut hands, feet and bunny ears out of the pink craft foam or construction paper. When the spray paint is dry, cut a portion of the milk jug off the front for the bunny's mouth. Glue a handful of pink feathers or the boa to the lid of the milk jug so that the lid is no longer visible. Glue your bunny ears on each side of the jug. Moving about 2 inches down, just over the slope of the jug, glue on your googly craft eyes. On the slope, glue on your pink pom-pom or cotton ball bunny nose. Glue your bunny's hands on each side of the jug and glue the feet underneath the jug so that they poke out of the front.

Milk Jug Easter Egg

An alternative to Easter egg colouring can be milk jug Easter eggs, which you can use to decorate your yard or garden during the holiday. Collect several milk jugs and wash and dry them thoroughly. Use craft paint markers in a variety of colours to decorate the outside of the milk jugs. Draw polka dots, zigzag patterns -- the possibilities are endless. To use your milk jug Easter eggs outdoors once the paint has dried, fill them with sand so they will stay in place and display them around your yard.

Milk Jug Egg Toss

If you are looking for an Easter activity other than an Easter egg hunt, try an egg toss competition using milk jugs as egg tossers. You will need a milk jug, thoroughly washed and dried, for each competitor, as well as craft paint markers, scissors and eggs. Start by cutting the bottom off the milk jugs halfway down the handle side of the jugs, preserving the handles. Allow competitors to decorate their own egg toss jugs using the craft paint markers. Once the decorated jugs have dried completely, bring all the competitors outdoors, along with their egg tossers and one egg per team of two. Have them toss the eggs back and forth to one another, taking a step away from each other after each toss. The team with the longest surviving egg wins!

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