I saw this craft on pinterest and decided it would a great CHEAP Halloween decoration that I can make with the kids. I also included pictures on how to do it rather than just the final product.
My kids are not the best artists which totally goes against my need for perfection in crafts. I hate myself for always wanting to straighten out a line here or there, or make sure the right colored crayon colors the right object. Trust me, it takes every ounce of restraint for me not to do my daughter’s Pre-K homework for her. My hands just itch to intervene her “artwork”. I’ll admit though, she’s getting better at staying in the lines, which is why I let her do up a milk jug pumpkin of her own. Sadly, my OCD got the best of me when she had lost interest and I “finished” it up in order for it to be on display at our house. 😦 I know, I know. Bad Mommy.
Items that you will need for this craft:
gallon milk jugs. (Empty and clean. Your choice as to the quantity. I started collecting them at the end of August to get 10 jugs)
Permanent black marker
Duct or Packing Tape
String of Christmas lights (your choice in color. I chose orange to make them look more Halloweenish but I’m sure colored or white look just as nice)
Be sure to have your milk jugs cleaned out prior to saving them so when you finally go to start this project, you’re not knocked unconscious by the fumes of the spoiled milk dregs at the bottom of the milk jugs that you’ve been saving for months. (I THOUGHT I had been cleaning them out all along)
Peel off the stickers. I figured this was something easy for my kids to do but I totally lost them after 4 minutes and 18 seconds. Oh well.
Using the black permanent marker, draw your pumpkin faces.
Take off the safety ring under the cap.
Color the whole cap with your black marker
Cut a 1-2″ hole in the back of the jug near the bottom
Tape the milk jugs together
Insert lights into the holes on the back of the jug, evenly distributing them through all the jugs.
Place the line of jugs upside down and tape them together on the under side to keep them together better.
Light em up!
The one thing I’m not quite sure about is storing these for next year. They seem kind cumbersome. Got any ideas?