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Recycled Craft: Milk Jug Lion

Jun 17, 2015
Scarlet Paolicchi

My kids love to make crafts and I love to recycle so as you can probably imagine, we do a lot of recycled crafts. I often think of the items in my recycling bin as free craft supplies and so I try to come up with fun and creative ways to incorporate them into our crafts. What’s great is that my kids love finding a second purpose for things as much as they enjoy the finished craft projects.  My son, Leo, loves lions so we came up with the idea to make a milk jug lion. I’ve included the step by step tutorial so you and your little one can join in on the fun and make one of your own!

Recycled Craft: Milk Jug Lion 

Milk Jug Lion Recycle Craft Tutorial


Milk jug
Yellow construction paper or scrapbook paper
Brown acrylic paint
Yellow acrylic paint
Black and brown marker
Paper bowl
Hot glue gun - NOTE: An adult should do the gluing, for safety.

Should you not have some of these supplies on-hand, you can purchase them at your local craft store.


Paint the milk jug yellow (you can paint the back and the front, or just the front side) leaving one spot in the middle color-free for the lion’s belly. Paint the oval space with brown paint and let dry. Then, grab your paper bowl and paint the outer back-side with brown paint.  

As you wait for that to dry, trace the circular outline of the paper bowl onto your yellow construction paper (for the lion's face) and draw halved semi-circles on either side of the circle to serve as the ears. Now cut out the head and ear outline as one piece. On a separate piece of yellow construction paper, draw a paw with about a 2-inch long arm. Cut out the paw and then trace it three more times. Cut those out once you’re done tracing.

Recycled Craft: Milk Jug Lion 

Now paint brown paw pads on each paw, as pictured above. Using your brown and black marker draw the lion's face, eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers.

Fold the last 1/2-inch of the paw arms away from the painted side and use hot glue to attach two arms onto either side of the milk jug.  Attach the lion's face to the bottom of the bowl and let dry. Secure the bowl to the milk jug spout using a liberal amount of hot glue and hold in place until dry.

Voila! You have a cute milk jug lion. I hope your kids enjoy this as much as mine did.

Have you ever made milk jug animals before? If so, what kind?

Photos courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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