It’s Monday and you know what that means! It’s time for another round of Think Outside the Toy Box!
Unfortunately, it’s our final week 🙁 I know, sad right?
The last 10 weeks have just flown by and while we’re sad to see it end, we’re also excited because we know we have another fantastic series starting in just a few short weeks that I think all of you will love!!
But, before we go there, we have one more Think Outside the Toy Box project for you! A project using…milk jugs!
Recycled milk jug sun catchers!
Not only are they super simple to make, they look beautiful when they’re hung up on the window and they can be made into any shape you like!
Ready to make some of your own? Well, alright then!
Plastic milk jug (washed out and dried off)
Tissue paper in lots of different colors
Paintbrush (or something for your child to spread the Mod Podge on with)
Start by cutting the sides off of your milk jug. This will give you some flat(ish) surfaces to work with.
Now you need to decide what fun shapes you want to make. You can either trace them onto the plastic using a permanent marker or just freehand some shapes. We decided to make a star and the letter N for Nicholas 🙂
Next, you’ll need to get your tissue paper ready. For this you can either just cut it into squares or, if you’ve got some extra time, turn it into a fine motor activity for your little one. Let them cut and/or rip the tissue paper into pieces for their sun catcher.
Now for the fun part! Give them a paintbrush and some Mod Podge, if the bottom of the milk jug is still in tact, you can use that as a dish for pouring some Mod Podge.
Show them how to spread the Mod Podge on with the paint brush and then have them cover it with tissue paper squares. No rhyme or reason, just have fun with all of the colors that you have!
They will take some time to dry, but once they have just use your scissors and trim around the edges of the plastic so that your shape really stands out.
Finally, hang them up on a window and enjoy your newest creation!
What other materials have you used to make sun catchers?
This post is part of the Think Outside the Toy Box summer series where 6 bloggers come together to bring you fun and creative ideas for kids using common household items.
To check out the rest of this week’s plastic milk jug items, make sure you visit the rest of the amazingly talented participating bloggers!
And just in case you missed them, don’t forget to check out the rest of our Think Outside the Toy Box projects!
5/26 – Glow Sticks (Glow in the Dark Sensory Slime Bag)
6/2 – Plastic Soda Bottles (Soda Bottle Speed Boat)
6/9 – Paper Grocery Bags (Paper Bag Wind Sock)
6/16 – Kool-Aid (Kool-Aid Painted Beach Towel)
6/23 – Ice Cream Cones (Ice Cream Cone Rocket Races)
6/30 – Pool Noodles (Pool Noodle Play House)
7/7 – Wax Paper (Wax Paper Nature Night Light)
7/14 – Puzzle Pieces (Puzzle Pictures)
7/21 – Paper Cups (Hot Air Balloon Craft for Preschoolers)
7/28 – Plastic Milk Jugs (Recycled Milk Jug Sun Catchers)