My daughter has an awesome play kitchen that her daddy built her for Christmas last year. I’ve made her several pieces of fun play food, and she’s received some as a gift, but for some reason she doesn’t have any play “beverages”. This past weekend on a whim, I decided to make her a play milk carton by recycling a Turkey Hill Tea jug. It’s simple, cute, and inexpensive, and hopefully it will serve the purpose for a while, at least until the Melissa and Doug Food Groups set with the cute milk carton makes an appearance in our house!
- Half gallon milk or tea carton, thoroughly washed and dried
- Goof Off
- White paint
- Painter’s tape
- Large packaging tape
Use Goof Off or something like it to get all the labels off of your carton. You need a smooth surface with no leftover label residue. Wash the outside of the bottle to remove any chemical residue and let dry.
Use painter’s tape to tape around the middle of the jug. The idea is the have the effect of a half-full milk jug, but you can place the tape wherever you want. Using white paint, paint up to the line of tape. I also painted the bottom of the jug.
Let the paint dry for a few hours, then apply another coat. Let second coat dry for a few hours, then remove the painter’s tape.
Using your computer, make a milk carton label. Here is where you can get creative! I just used a clip-art picture of a cow, but you can use whatever you want! You can name your “milk” brand after your kids, etc.
Print off the label.
Cut the label to the appropriate size for your jug. Apply the clear packaging tape to the front of the label, leaving only about 1/4 inch overhang of the tape on all four sides of the label. This “overhang” is to affix the label to the jug.
Carefully place the label on the front of the jug and press on all four sides of the label to secure it.
It’s time for your little one to enjoy milk out of their new play carton!
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