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July 29, 2010

JUGS RE-PURPOSED


We save milk jugs for our many animal tasks and to add liquid fertilizer to the garden beds, but more recently, I came upon some cooler projects to use them for.


Sometimes when I am watching TV, or just chatting, I cut them up into squares, to someday make this cool curtain, inspired by homemade mamas. You can read the directions here.



The jugs also make great storage, especially for group projects, as seen on craftzine.
They could also hold a child's collections, to house his finds yet be easily seen and accessible. What child doesn't collect things? 


They could be used for games too... like sorting objects and matching colors and many more.
  
I would just make sure the cut edges are not sharp for little skin. Perhaps a couple times going over it with rough sandpaper would dull it enough.


This is my August post for  Project Genesis hosted by Suzan of oldgreymare










                                               happy day!

15 comments:

Cheryl said...

I cut down a whole lot of milk jugs and made draw tidies for the children. They are perfect for keeping little socks and underwear in the right place.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Do you know about Project Genesis? These recycling ideas would be perfect for it! Project Genesis, which is happening among the Women Who Create circle, I see you are a member...maybe you already know al about it! If not, it occurs the first day of each month, you go to oldgreymareprimitives.blogspot.com to find out the details and she will be putting the linky up just before, since the 1st is on Sunday. This page, as is, would certainly be a welcome addition, everyone is sending in their ideas of how to recycle, re-purpose, and help the earth.......great post!

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

Hi Sherry,
I actually did post for Project genesis last month here:
http://www.childinharmony.com/2010/07/use-what-you-have.html

I thought about using this but then I thought I should post something even *better*. But since I'm having a big party tomorrow ..maybe Suzan won't mind me using this :) LOL

oldgreymare said...

Suzan not only does not mind, she thinks it's super....

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erin said...

that plastic wall is so cool!! that inspires me...

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Love every single one of these projects. Thank you so much for sharing!

Zuzu said...

Great ideas! I reuse my milk jugs in the garden by cutting out the bottoms and turning them into cloches to put over delicate plants. :)

Ellie said...

I love this very creative~ I am so happy you decided to post, again!
Thank you~

Lavender Cottage said...

I wish our milk in Ontario came in plastic jugs - we only have plastic bags or cardboard containers.
I'm sure there are so many ways to repurpose these and you've shown a number of them.

Lynette Killam said...

Very clever, Marcia! I am shocked at how many juice and milk cartons we go through in our house..your curtain idea might be a good way to keep the afternoon sun off our back porch, and reuse the bottles. I'll let you know if I get it done!

Lynette

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Marcia
The pencil container idea is fab!! You know when i was looking at the photos I thought about sharp edges... you're on the ball!! You could also melt the edges smooth over a hot non-stick pan..

Love the curtain idea.. reminds me of the credit card dress someone wore to the Oscars one year.. was it Cate Blanchett?... anyhoo.. some great ideas.. have a fab week.. xxx Julie

denise said...

Cool ideas! Our milk comes in glass canning jars, so we don't have plastic like that, but I love that curtain idea...I bet there are other things that could be recycled into it. :)

Jacqueline said...

Great idea...for those of us who have empty nests, perhaps donating our used jugs to a local day-care centre or girl-guide troop with a little how-to instruction from your post would be a way to jump right in!

Razmataz said...

Very cool ideas.....love them

You have lovely photos of your animals too.

Shellbelle said...

I love that plastic curtain, how unique is that? Very cool and would work perfect for outside on my porch.

I was on vacation and just posted today for Project Genesis, too late to link up, but I hope you can read my post. I think you will find it very interesting.