Milk Jug Template

By Noreen Doll.

Make a milk jug template when you need to trace lots of copies.

Crafty Journal - Milk Jug Template

Because it’s plastic, a milk jug template will last practically forever. And it doesn’t get soft around the edges after much use, like cardboard does.

It’s great for kids, too, because it won’t tear or break.


Milk Jug


Scissors or Knife

Pattern You Want to Make into a Template

How to Make a Milk Jug Template.

1. Remove the label from a milk jug and wash and rinse it well. Let it dry.

2. Cut out one side of the jug that’s large enough for your template.

Crafty Journal - Milk Jug Sewing Card

3. Trace or draw the template pattern onto the milk jug piece.

Crafty Journal - Milk Jug Template

4. Cut the template out. I use scissors because I feel I have better control.

Cut just inside the black Sharpie line.

Crafty Journal - Milk Jug Template
If you need to, clean the Sharpie off the edge with alcohol on a paper towel.

The milk jug template can now be used.

Trace around it on construction paper, card stock, fabric, felt, craft foam, cardboard, or plastic.

Crafty Journal - Milk Jug Template

Here is an idea for how to print a sturdier template.

How to Print a Sturdier Template by Crafty Journal

How to Print a Sturdier Template

Adults should always supervise kids when using scissors or knives.

© Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. I’ll have to try this in my classroom this year. If you use a clear milk jug you can also turn the template into a stain-glassed window hanging when you’re done by coloring it in with a permanent marker. -Aaron

  2. Arr sweet :)

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. I’ve so been wondering what to do with the milk jugs I throw away, now I have inspiration! Thank you so much for this great idea! I also like the idea from Aaron! Blessings from Bama!

  4. Great idea, thanks!

  5. I have done this before and I just love it! The plastic is sturdy and I didn’t mind getting marker on it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Templates are always helpful and using a recycled milk jug is genius. :-)

  7. Clever idea! I’ve tried making templates before out of cardboard, but it gets flimsy and the edges are a little soft. This is a really great idea!

  8. What a great idea!

  9. This is a cool idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  10. We think this is just the perfect creative thing to do with children! Great idea!


  11. That’s a great idea for milk jugs! We go through a lot of milk so it’s great to have an idea for using them.

  12. This is a great idea… Perfect for kids crafts.

  13. Super cool idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a nice week!
    Hugs from Portugal,


  14. What a great idea! Using a milk jug makes the template last a lot longer! Thank you so much!

  15. What a fantastic idea!
    I am visiting from the Homemaking Blog Hop Party! Happy homemaking!

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  17. This is such a neat idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Smart idea! Thanks!

  19. What a great and very thrifty idea! Thanks visiting.


  20. Great ideas here.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  21. Oh my goodness, what a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

  22. I probably would never have thought to use a milk jug for a template on my own. LOL! But how practical and smart. They are so tough, they would never fray. You are a genius!

  23. What a great idea to re-use milk jugs! Thanks for sharing!

  24. wonderfully simple and something almost everyone has on hand.

  25. Great idea!


  26. Great idea. Thanks. Pinned to our group board.

  27. We go through 2 gallons of milk so this is a great idea to repurpose some of them! Thanks for sharing it!

  28. Perfect .. sturdy and washable!

    Lanaya | xoxo

  29. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a terrific week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  30. These templates are such a cool idea. We have made some from margarine lids too! Very handy! Val from Alberta, Canada

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