January 19, 2012

Milk Jug Love



If you've been following along, you'll know how much I love to repurpose
and take recycling one step further than the bin by making creative
things from ordinary plastic, paper and bottles. 

So, that being said, I've been cutting out the circles from milk jugs 
for a few months now, because I think the translucent plastic pieces could 
become something really cool.
Weird, maybe. 
But I've been a "think outside the box" kind of person my whole life. 
(And I like being that way!)
So, my first milk jug project is inspired by the lovely day of
Valentine's day coming up. A thrifty little craft idea that is practically free! 

Here are the materials I used to make this project:
  • milk jugs 
  • scissors
  • Dremel (or hole punch)
  • white opaque marker
  • twine


After washing out four milk jugs and allowing to dry, I cut out 
the circles on the sides. 




Then, I wrote a letter in each heart to spell out the word 
"LOVE" with tiny dots forming the letters.
To make holes in the top, I used my new power tool, the Dremel 
with the drill attachment. If you don't have one of these, a
hole punch might work, (but I really how quick and clean cut
the Dremel works to make a perfect circle). 



To finish up my "Love Garland", I tied a loop of twine through
each hole, then used a longer piece to string them all together. 



Look how pretty they look hanging in a window! All from a humble milk jug.
(And not being a fan of red or pink, I love how simple the white looks with the twine).


 
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Do you like this idea?
This is just the beginning of my milk jug love--I have more ideas up my sleeve that I will be experimenting with soon. I've had so much fun playing with the trash!
I hope you'll come back and see what I come up with next.

Oh, and I'll be showing you more creative, simple, and thrifty Valentine's ideas, too.  Stay tuned, feel free to snoop around some more , and thanks for visiting ReMadeSimple!

Linking up with these parties. and this party

36 comments:

  1. Love the idea! Super sweet. I posted today about a banner too!! You and I are very similar! Right down to our projects!

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    1. Thanks so much banners/garlands are fun for any holiday...great minds think alike!

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  2. Wow! I love this! As a beginner to repurposing/crafts, I love how really simple you made this seem. I can't wait to try this one as I love almost anything with twine. Also can't wait to buy my (own) first actual tool lol I am day dreaming already about what I can use a dremel to make! Thank you and can't wait for your next post!

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  3. What a great idea! I love it! I am gonna try this!

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    1. Susan thank you! It has been really fun finding different ways to repurpose things you would usually trash or recycle.

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  4. I agree - the white is so elegant and pretty! Such a cute idea, love it!

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  5. I love it! I'm so impressed by your creativity. This is so pretty and I love the natural touch with the twine.

    Thanks for partying with me yesterday!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I love using natural and simple white :) And thanks for hosting!

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  6. Ooh, I like it! I do like the simple white with twine, too, though it would be fun to try some bright colors as well (besides pink :-D). I think I may need to start cutting out milk jug circles, too :-) (we go through enough of them!)

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    1. Hi Becca! I'd love to try some bright colors too-painted, maybe. I agree-we go through so many milk jugs I have quite a collection of circles already. If you make anything with them-send me a link-I'd love to see :)

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  7. How fun!! I love your creativity. I would love it if you would share it at our sharing party at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2012/01/sharing-saturday-3.html. Thank you!!

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  8. GREAT idea! I love that you're reusing trash!

    If you're interested, we're hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up! http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/01/wayward-weekend-week-1.html

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  9. How cute is this idea!
    I'm so glad you stopped by my place...thanks for the encouraging comment!

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    1. You're welcome-and thanks for stopping by too!

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  10. Pinned...So cute! Come share at my FIRST link party!

    http://dwellonjoy.blogspot.com/2012/01/first-ever-dwell-on-friday.html

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  11. I better hurry and finish the milk I have in my fridge! I really love this idea. So much so that I featured it as part of my link party wrap up and features! Feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you like.

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    1. Thanks for your support! I will stop by to see and grab a button!

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  12. This is fantastic! There are so many things that you could do with this idea! Thanks for sharing at my party!

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    1. I agree-endless ideas-I can't wait to share more milk jug love ideas--thanks for the kind words!

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  13. Wow - I LOVE this - great use of a milk jug! I would love if you linked this up to Take it on Tuesday blog hop!! http://romanceonadime.com/take-it-on-tuesday/take-it-on-tuesday-blog-hop-wine-glass-charms/

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  14. This is so cute and easy. Keep these ideas coming, PLEASE! Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  15. This is great! I would never have guessed it was made from a milk jug! I found you through Bowl Full of Lemons. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Thank you! I agree, I think it was a really fun transformation, too. And thank you for visiting :)

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  16. Love it! Thanks so much for linking up!! Just a reminder to register for my giveaway...

    Ramsign Giveaway: Porcelain Enamel Sign {up to $99 value}

    XO, Aimee

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    1. Hi Aimee! Thanks for hosting-I did register for the giveaway-I would love to win one!!

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  17. Hi Kristina-

    Just wanted to let you know that I featured your milk jug garland tonight at Creative Juice. By far, one of my favorite Valentine's projects I've seen around the blogs this year...

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! I stopped by to take a peek at the feature-I appreciate your support!

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  18. perfect re-use of milk jugs!!! This is just too cute! thanks so much for linking it up!

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  19. I featured this today on my blog! Check it out! http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/02/project-party-weekend-wrap-up.html

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    1. Thank you Rachel! I went over and saw it-I appreciate all your support-and thanks for hosting the link party :)

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  20. Super cute milk jug ideas on your blog! I'm wondering how large the circles you cut are?

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