As we become more aware of the damage plastics are doing to our wildlife and the environment as a whole we need to be much more careful with the plastic that already exists.
I have to be honest I started researching this post after spotting a photo on Pinterest of the igloo and thinking how cool it would be to make one but I had no idea just how many clever things you can do with your empty plastic milk cartons.
Plastic Milk Jug Igloo from Earth Wise Harmony
I really want to have a go at this but I have a milk intolerance and we only buy a pint at a time for the rest of the family so it might be a while before we would have enough cartons to make an igloo big enough to get inside.
This is perfect for groups of children to get together and try … like a Scout or Guide group or an after school club.
Hanging Storage from Sew Many Ways
I love this hanging storage idea and the labelling system is a great addition.
Our house is stuffed with craft goodies and this would be perfect for those but it would be really useful in hubby’s allotment shed too, in a home office or in a child’s bedroom.
Visit Sew Many Waysfor more information on how to make this storage system.
Lunch Box from Creme De La Craft (additional ideas included)
This is a genius idea for anyone who is passionate about recycling and doesn’t mind putting a bit of effort in … a great alternative to plastic food bags as you can wash them and use them again.
If you don’t take sandwiches to work this is still worth a look. Pop it in your handbag with some essential fix it sewing supplies or stick it in your ruck sack when you go out with first aid bits and bobs in it.
Visit Creme De La Craft for step by step instructions.
Bird Feeder from She Knows
You get two for one here – you can recycle plastic while you look out for your garden birds.
Why not encourage the kids to keep a record of the different birds they see on the feeder? Take a look at our blog about National Gardening Week here where you will find information about making a garden journal.
Check out She Knows for more information on how to make the bird feeder.
Toy Scoop from Crafty Journal
If your house is like ours then you will find this useful. It might even make tidying up fun for the kids and cut down on the grumbling if you are lucky.
If you have more than one child you could put their initial on their scoop and challenge them to see who can tidy the most up … even if it only works for a short time before they get wise you are still on to a winner.
For more information visit Crafty Journal.
Plant Labels from Mr Brown Thumb
If you are a gardener this is a great way to save some pennies and help to save the planet at the same time.
Use a Sharpie marker to write on your labels to make sure your information is clear, easy to read and doesn’t accidentally rub off.
More details can be found over on the Mr Brown Thumb website.
Garden Trowel and Seed Tray from A Farm Of Your Home
If you like the plant labels then this is another good one for you.
Although the original article doesn’t have step by step instructions the photos should give you the information you need to recreate this fabulous idea.
Visit A Farm Of Your Home.
Watering Can from Karimas Crafts
This watering can is probably the most simple idea of the lot but no less deserving of its place on the list … not least because there’s really no reason we can’t all make one of these.
You don’t have to use a large milk jug carton because the one pint variety will work just as well.
Take a look at the Karimas Crafts website.
Butterfly Window Decorations from Alpha Mom
You will need to scroll down the page on Alpha Mom to find the information about the butterflies but it’s worth having a look at the window art feature before you scroll passed it.
You don’t have to do butterflies try dragonflies, beetles or random sun catcher patterns too.
This is a great way of gathering craft supplies for the kids to use without having to buy additional things.
Visit Alpha Mom and scroll down the page to find more information.
Milk Carton Monsters from Danielles Place
And to end – a bit of fun for the kids.
Although this is billed as a Halloween craft you could easily adapt it to be a bunny for Easter with eggs in it or a dinosaur to gobble up Lego bricks.
You don’t have to put sweets in there … why not use it for small toys or make a mini version using the one pint jug which would be great for hair bobbles.
Visit Danielles Place and scroll all the way down the page to find more information but check out the other ideas too on your way by.
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