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Recycled milk jug lantern

Recycled milk jug lantern

We’ve been doing a lot of junk modelling recently. It’s a great activity to keep the kids busy after school, and also encourages them to learn about what can and can’t be recycled. Today we raided the recycling for empty milk bottles for our latest craft.

Recycled milk jug lantern materials

Empty milk jug (washed and dried, label removed)

Bostik PVA Glue

patterned tissue paper


Bakers twine


craft supplies

How to make a recycled milk jug lantern

First of all I removed the top half of the milk jug. I pierced the bottom to make two holes, which I threaded with a length of the Bakers twine.

milk bottle with string

We knotted the string and my daughter threaded the other end of it with colourful beads.

string of colourful beads

Then she cut pieces of pretty tissue paper into small squares and started covering them with the white PVA glue before adding them to the milk jug.

Bostik PVA Glue

The Bostik PVA glue has a small nozzle which makes it really easy to apply exactly where you want it. Little Sis had no problem using it.

child squeezing glue

It didn’t take long to cover the milk jug. The glue dries clear so we were left with a colourful milk jug lantern, perfect for hanging in the garden.

girl holding a craft project

Disclosure – thank you to Bostik for sending me some of these supplies to craft with

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