Wednesday, August 31, 2011

* ReCycle Craft: Milk Carton Weaving!

This recycled milk carton project was inspired 
by our recycled cup weaving project!

We used the same technique as our cup weaving project.
But this time we started by cutting down two empty
and washed out cardboard 1/2 gallon milk containers.

To help the glue stick, the girls and I sanded the outside
of both cartons lightly with a sanding block. 

Then, we mixed up an Elmer's white school glue and water solution
to use as homemade Mod Podge. 

We painted the exterior of each container with the glue and water solution
and pressed on our paper. For the "spotty" carton we used a scrap
of old wrapping paper and the rainbow band is a strip cut off of a 
tissue paper package. The other box is an old road map from the beach. 

Allow the glue time to dry completely. Ours took a couple of hours.
Then, you'll need to cut even slits with a pair of scissors around the container.
I used my nice, new, sharp X-Acto brand scissors that Elmer's Glue sent us! 

After that, you're ready to start weaving. 
I recommend using an assortment 
of yarns, threads, string for a variety of textures. 
Tuck your loose ends inside the cup (or tie them together inside). 

We use our cups to hold art supplies
like pens, markers, scissors, and paint brushes.

Happy Re-Cycle Crafting!

pink and green mama, MaryLea


Domestic Goddesque said...

Another inspired idea: I love it!

Rosana Garcia Hess said...

lovely idea...I´ll feature on my blog
hope you don´t mind
hugs from Brazil

DellaRae said...

What a great idea. I think I will try it with my second graders using their milk cartons form the lunchroom.

Bridge said...

I just LOVE this idea! I discovered your blog this week and have already spent ages browsing it :) Just did stage one of the paper cup weaving with my daughter and niece (and I joined in too!) and they had great fun. We used small squares of coloured tissue paper as I didn't have any nice napkins. I can't wait for them to dry so we can do the weaving.
Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas! :)

Tina said...

Oh, I like this idea better than the cup one, as we go through a ton of almond milk cartons at our house, and no paper cups. Thanks!

Gail said...

Hey MaryLea,
Love this variation!

Amanda said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here

If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

shredding Houston said...

This is really very cool idea. Those weaved containers are simple beautiful and very colorful. These will definitely add more color to an area. Thank you for this post. For sure, several readers have learned so much from this. Others may even try to come up with their own creations.

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