Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Milk Jug crafts

Milk jug is one thing everyone will throw it after it is used.But I got inspired by the idea shared by Natalie from Creme de la craft and tried my hands on that idea.Though I did not get it right the first time ,it was worth trying it for 2 or 3 times.Yes , It was a sandwich box which she made from milk jug.But I personally prefer it for storing my supplies rather than using it for sandwich.I made one for my brother which he is using for storing his shaving kit.As always there are lot many uses for this milk jug but now we will see how to make a box.


Materials Required :
Milk jug
Marker
Xacto knife
Button
Elastic
Scissors
Piece of wire/Thread
Duct tape(Optional)

Step 1:Mark the shape to cut as shown below.Mark the three semi circle flaps in such a way that they should overlap each other.






Step 2: Using xacto knife make a hole as shown and use scissors to cut the remaining shape.The final shape should be as shown below.

It should look like this after cutting.

Step 3: Decorate the closing flap .I used duct tape to decorate closing flap as well as the small flaps as I didn't remove the stickers.If you don't want the stickers to be shown you can decorate it or remove stickers by soaking it in water before you start to cut.You can also use paint, mod podge & paper ,washi tape ,etc to decorate it.

Step 4: After decorating ,now its time for attaching fasteners.,I am using a button and elastic to close the box. Make a hole and insert the elastic inside and tie a double knot to secure it.I used hair elastic as closure.If you don't have one you can get the normal elastic used for sewing.


Step 5: Use needle and thread to attach the button in the closing flap or make a small hole with a knife and insert the button using a piece of wire and twist the wire after inserting to prevent it from falling and secure it with the tape.Yay!!! you are done.You can now use your beautiful decorated box for storing your supplies.I am using it for storing my craft supplies.What will you use it for ??




Another simple way to use your milk jug ,

Step 1: Cut you milk jug all around below the handle by using xacto knife and scissors.

Step 2: Cover them with duct tape and decorate it with some stickers.As said before you can also use paint,washi tape,mod podge and paper,etc to decorate it.




Step 3: You can also use as such ,or cut a strip from the already cutout piece of milk jug and cover it with duct tape and staple it on both the sides to look like "Basket".If you are doing it for kids ensure that you use a piece of tape both inside and out side to cover the staples so that they don't get hurt with the ends of the pins.Or better to use a needle and thread to attach the handle. I love this after attaching the handle , I felt like a kid and was walking here and there with this basket for few mins after crafting this :P And I am sure your kids will love to have one like this to store their toys or crayons.Or may be if you are like me you can make one for yourself :)
Easter is approaching and this is one of the best way to make a Easter Basket under budget :).Oh yes !!Forgot to mention.It passed the weight test.I tested with 15 bottles of paint (As shown).



Hope you enjoyed this post.Feel free to share your comments below or write to vikalpah@gmail.com for any clarifications .I will be happy to hear from you.





22 comments:

  1. Very cool! We all have milk jugs that are better off being re-purposed than thrown in the trash!

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  2. Love these ideas and what a great way to use something we all just normally throw away!

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  3. What a great idea! I've never seen such a thing. I love the idea of having it to organize supplies. My kids would love to have their own basket of supplies, or just a basket to tote around their toys here and there.

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    1. Thank you Rochelle :)I'm sure they will love it because I myself felt like a kid after making and was roaming here and there with the paints :P

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  4. I saw this 'sandwich' container in a magazine, All You ? not sure.. but never understood how they made it.. Love your instructions! I especially love how you decorated your repurposed containers! Super cute and creative! Another 5 stars!!!

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    1. No Kim ! I first saw that container in a website as mentioned in the post.Ya I agree with you!! It took 2 to 3 times for me to bring it to the perfect shape and share the clear instruction with everyone.Thanks a lot Kim :):)

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  5. These are so cute! I can imagine a whole classroom of these containers!

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  6. Wow! Not something I would have thought of. Thanks for sharing!!

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  7. Great idea for a milk jug!! Very unique! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. sahana we dont get milk jars in our place. here only milk poly pocktes. god bless you

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    1. Mama...you can do this with oil cans like Gold winner :)Not necessarily milk jugs :)

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  9. I love the basket. Pinned to my recycle/reuse board.

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  10. How clever! I love the basket idea, it's awesome. Thanks for linking up to the Craft Challenge.

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  11. Super cute idea and great way to recycle old milk jugs!

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  12. This is very creative and adorable.

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  13. Great ideas! love the idea of adding a flap - keeps your secret treasures safe and secure!

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