I will admit, I am a fool for containers–size and shape don’t matter. For a long time it was just about organization andstorage, but once I started caring for creation, I realized how many plastic items could be reused or upcycled.
Plastic jugs come in all shape and sizes from a half gallon of milk to a super-sized detergent container. Lots of great opportunities for helping you out both around the house and garden. I will make on personal statement about this particular item, however, and that is I never reuse non-BPA free plastic containers as storage for food/drinking fluids. Nope, just not doin’ it.
I do recommend that you use a heavy duty tool to do your cutting and please, let this be one project that your children do the watching and not the cutting. I’ve seen too many sliced fingers and hands on kids whose parents wanted them to “experience” the whole project.
So, what have I discovered about or made from plastic jugs?
1. Bird houses–cut a hole halfway up one side, stick a stick or wooden spoon crossways underneath it and you have a
quick and easy project for the backyard.
2. And how to get the birdseed out of the ginormous bag? Cut the bottom of a jug off based on how big/little you want your scoop to be.
3. Need to water the flowers. Use a jug with a screw on top (detergent jugs work well for this–just make sure they’re clean first) and with hammer and nail, poke holes in the lid. Fill with water, screw on lid, and shower the plants.
4. I keep one hanging on a hook that I can dip down in my rain barrel to collect water for the veggie plants.
5. Transparent or translucent jugs make great seed-starting covers if cut off to form the shape of a bell. Place over seeds in pot and unscrew or remove top from jug.
6. The bottom half that you cut off can be decorated and serve as planters or seed starting pots as well.
7. For my preschool kids, I used to fill half-gallon milk jugs up with some sand or rocks to create pins then let them “bowl” with basketballs.
8. Another great project for kids is to get a gallon milk jug, cut off the part where the handle is in a circular size that
could form a mask. The handle becomes a nose, and the eyes are cut out in the flat places near the handle.
9. My daughter has used jugs + papier mache to create a piggy bank as well as a Valentine card holder for school (in the shape of a bright pink pig, nonetheless).
10. For the art studio, cut off plastic half-gallon milk jugs to a height that could hold colored pencils, markers, paint brushes etc. Makes for simple but colorful holders.