By Noreen Doll.
Create a fun and crafty milk jug garland. This is so durable that you can hang it outside without fear of damage.
I was studying a milk jug trying to decide how best to place a pattern on it when I happened to look at the bottom and noticed that it had 4 triangles on it.
The first thing I thought of was the triangular shapes that you see on many garlands.
Since there are 4 triangles on each milk jug bottom, it wouldn’t take very many jugs to make a nice garland.
If it happens that the bottom of your milk jug is different, you can still make a garland – just cut the triangular shapes out of the sides.
These are so versatile that you could use them for any holiday, and you could even put 4th of July on one side and Halloween or Christmas on the other side.
This is a very kid friendly craft, and even toddlers can get in on the action by just coloring the triangles. They don’t need to be fancy or have recognizable designs.
Sharpies or Permanent Markers
Twine, Ribbon or Yarn
How to Make a Milk Jug Garland.
1. Remove the label and wash the milk jug. Let dry.
2. Cut out the triangle shapes on the bottom of the jug.
Or use a triangle shaped pattern to trace and cut triangles from the sides of the milk jug.
3. Use markers to draw designs on the triangles. Use colors that are pertinent for the holiday you are designing the garland for.
4. Punch holes in the top 2 corners of the triangles.
5. Run the twine, ribbon or yarn through the holes and across the back of each triangle
If you fold the end into a loop and then squeeze the loop shut, it is a little easier to get it through the hole.
Tie a loop in each end of the twine and use the loops to hang the milk jug garland.
Remember… if you use ribbon or yarn to hang the garland outside, rain may cause the ribbon or yarn colors to run.
The frayed ends of twine can be wrapped with tape or twisted with a little white glue and dried, to make them easier to thread.
© Noreen Doll