Ed. Note: We are super excited to share this recycled snowflake ornament tutorial from Cristin Frank of Eve of Reduction!
Hi! I'm Cristin Frank, popping on over from Eve of Reduction to bring you a sustainable holiday craft: snowflakes made from milk jugs.
What's great about milk jugs, besides holding cereal's best friend? Their durable, semi-transparent plastic can be reused to make some fun, useful and decorative crafts. With about 380 million gallons of milk products being sold in the US each month, we are at no shortage of free milk jug material to make this decorative snowflake ornament, just in time for the holiday season!
- Milk Jugs (I used 3)
- X-Acto blade
- Snowflake template (I used a cookie cutter)
- Washable Marker
- (Optional) Hole punchers
- Fishing line
Step 1: Use your X-Acto blade to cut into the jug. Cut out just the flat surfaces. At this point you want to make sure your plastic pieces are ultra clean. Clean them with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.
Step 2: Trace your snowflake template, cookie cutter or stencil onto the flat plastic pieces using a washable marker.
Step 3: Cut out your snowflakes. I was able to cut 4 snowflakes per milk jug.
To make them a little more interesting, use hole punchers to add detailing to the inside of the snowflake. You can also use your X-Acto for even more creative freedom.
Wipe off any remaining marker with a sponge.
Step 4: Add fishing line to hang them. It helps to have a hole punched near the edge of the snowflakes to attach the fishing line.
Step 5: Hang them over your windows. Hang them randomly, in a pattern or have them overlap so you can see the transparency of the plastic.
Another bonus of this craft is sustainability. These snowflakes will last you indefinitely because they're easily cleaned and stored.
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