Get Crafty: Holiday Milk Cartons

When the weather outside is frightful, crafting inside is delightful! With a little creativity and basic craft supplies, you can easily turn your empty milk jugs into fun holiday décor.

Milk Carton Gingerbread Houses

Make a village of mini gingerbread houses with pint-sized milk cartons, so each kid can customize a house to their liking.

What you need:

·         Pint-sized milk cartons (washed and dried)

·         Graham Crackers

·         Candy

·         Frosting

Here’s how: Gather up pint-sized milk cartons, graham crackers, frosting and candy. Give each kid a clean carton, and let them “glue” the graham crackers to the sides with frosting. Let the houses set for 15-20 minutes, then let their imaginations go wild as they decorate their little houses with more frosting and candy. 

Tip: this craft also works great with non-edible supplies like construction paper and stickers

Tree Ornaments

Cut up a milk carton, and let kids create custom ornaments to give the tree some personality!

What you need:

·         Plastic milk cartons

·         Scissors

·         Permanent markers or paint

·         Ribbon

·         Tape

Here’s how: Cut a plastic milk carton into squares. Draw fun shapes in permanent marker for littler ones to fill in with paint, and let bigger kids draw or trace their own designs. After the squares are dry, cut around the outside of their creations, and tape a ribbon loop to the back of the ornament. Let the kids decorate the tree with their new ornaments.

Stained Glass Window Decorations

Give your window a “stained glass” treatment with colorful pieces of milk carton.

What you need:

·         Plastic milk cartons

·         Scissors

·         Markers/Crayons/Paint

·         Tape        

Here’s how: Cut irregular shaped pieces of the milk carton, and let kids decorate them with paint, markers or even crayons. After the pieces dry, pick a window and let kids piece them together for a colorful stained glass effect!

Snowman Center Piece

Stay warm and make a (snowless) snowman indoors! Grab an empty milk carton and give the kids paper carrot noses and coal eyes to personalize Frosty.

What you need:

·         Gallon-sized plastic milk carton

·         Scissors

·         Markers/Crayons/Paint

·         Tape

Here’s how: Wash and dry a gallon-sized milk carton. Cut pieces of coal, carrots and other snowman accessories from construction paper and scraps of fabric, and allow kids to glue on and bring their “snowman” to life.

Tip: Don’t forget to save the milk carton caps! They make perfect eyes for an outdoor snowman.