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10 Creative Ways to Repurpose Plastic Milk Jugs

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Recycled Plastic Milk Jugs

Several recent reports indicate the bleak global situation associated with the world’s use of plastic. Globally, people buy a million plastic bottles per minute.  Experts estimate that 91 percent of the plastic we use is not recycled. 

To make matters worse, studies indicate that commerce and industry will sell over half a trillion plastic bottles in 2020.

Does your milk come in plastic jugs?  Hopefully, you’ve been able to recycle them rather than simply go to landfills. But why not upcycle them instead? Instead of contributing to the growing global garbage problem, you can easily turn trash into treasure!

If you’ve always had plastic milk jugs in your house, you probably already know one or two repurposing ideas for them. But there are so many clever uses for empty plastic milk jugs!

They’re great as planters, as storage containers, like igloos, bailers and you can even make jewelry with them!

When it comes to upcycling, the only limit is your imagination. You can even involve the whole family! Brainstorm and come up with great upcycling ideas.

Repurposed Plastic Milk Jugs Ideas

Check out some of the clever upcycling ideas we’ve shared below and then let your imagination run wild! And of course, any similar container, such as those containing fruit juice, can be used in the same way!

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Plastic Milk Jugs as Seed Starter

Plastic milk jugs come in handy when you want to start perennials in your garden. Garden Gate ENotes has a step-by-step tutorial for this idea.

Pieces of jewelry from Plastic Milk Jugs

We never thought milk jugs could become cute jewelry items, but Twice Creations from Etsy certainly did!

Milk Jug Igloo

Milk Jug Igloo is a great idea for preschool teachers or even parents who have access to hundreds of plastic milk jugs! Learn more about it here.

Milk Jug Skeleton

If you’re looking for some fun and unique Halloween decorations, then why not challenge yourself to make a skeleton out of milk jugs! It’s a great way to recycle some old milk jugs and you’ll end up with a spooky decoration that is sure to impress your friends and family.

Plastic Milk Jug as Watering Can

One of the most common ideas people know for repurposing a plastic milk jug is using it as a watering can. This is a great way to use something that would otherwise be thrown away, and it can be very helpful in the garden.

Stormtrooper Helmet

Plastic milk jugs are often used as storm trooper helmets by children who are pretending to be storm troopers. This is because plastic milk jugs are a perfect size and shape for storm trooper helmets, and they are easy to find and inexpensive.

If the kids need a cool costume for school you can definitely make a Stormtrooper helmet with plastic milk jugs!


What do you think about a chandelier made out of plastic milk jugs? This idea from Shoestring Pavilion might not be for all, but it’s definitely unusual!


Here’s another, easier, Halloween decor idea if you’re not confident about making a milk jug skeleton. 🙂

Bird Feeder

Want to invite birds to your garden? All you need is a milk jug and a couple of small branches from your tree!

Storage Bins/Organizer

Plastic milk jugs can be used to store and organize just about anything, whether it be items in your crafts room, home office, bedroom, or workshop!

We hope you liked it and found these suggestions helpful. If you have an idea you would like to add, do share it with us through the comments section! 🙂


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