Instead of throwing them out, reuse yogurt cups, cereal boxes, milk jugs, water bottles (and more!) to make easy, affordable decorations for your home.
Milk Jug Lunch Box
MATERIALS: 1-gallon plastic jug (clean and dry, with label removed), a ruler, relt-tip marker, scissors, large button, needle and thread, elastic hair tie, decorative paper, mod podge, paintbrush.
1. Measure 1 1/2" from bottom and draw a line around jug. This will be referred to as the "baseline." With scissors, cut top off jug. At each corner, cut from top edge to baseline. Working on front face of jug, cut plastic so that it extends 6 1/2" above baseline; this will form the lid. Cut remaining sides so each extends 2" above baseline. Trim flaps so corners are rounded.
2. Sew button on lip of lid. Close lid; with needle, pierce a hole in base of jug, just below button. Cut hair tie, then knot ends together. Thread loop through hole, from inside to outside. Close lid and loop elastic over button.
3. Cut decorations out of paper. Adhere with Mod Podge. To seal, apply a coat of Mod Podge on top of design; let dry and repeat.
By Natalie Pirveysian, a blogger at cremedelacraft.com