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Presidents’ Day Milk Carton Craft

Four score and seven years ago…Abe Lincoln would have never guessed he would become a milk carton bird feeder. That’s right…we’re kicking off Presidents’ Day with a themed craft that your little ones (and the birds) will love. 

Supplies: two recycled milk cartons, scrap construction paper (black, blue, red), one lace doily, cotton balls, scissors and/or a utility knife, hot glue gun, permanent marker, paint brush, neutral paint color (you can mix white with a dab of each of the primary colors to get the skin tone as shown below), clear twine (for hanging the finished product). Yeah, yeah, yeah…sounds like lots of stuff…BUT you probably already have most of it.

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Step 1: Cut a square out of the side of each milk carton using scissors or a utility knife. pres.day.carton_2

Step 2: Lay down some newsprint or scrap paper and let the kids go to town painting each milk carton. Don’t worry too much about the inside triangles at the top of each carton as they will be covered with construction paper.pres.day.carton_3

Step 3: As the paint is drying, cut out some basic shapes from the construction paper. Abe needs a hat and a beard. George Washington needs a hat, some rosy cheeks, a bow tie, and a lace doily collar. And both presidents need some eyebrows. Once the paint is dry, apply the construction paper cutouts with glue. pres.day.carton_4

Step 4: Use a glue gun to give George some white, cotton ball hair. Adding finishing touches like eyes and a nose with a permanent marker. pres.day.carton_5

Step 5: Using scissors or a utility knife, cut a slit at the top of the carton, opposite the cap. Thread a piece of clear twine through the slit and the spout and secure with a knot to form a loop for hanging. Dangle from your favorite tree, fill with birdseeds, and enjoy your Presidents’ Day.

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“Moo-lah” Milk Carton Piggy Bank

Who doesn’t want to kick off the new year with a resolution to be more fiscally responsible?? And what better time than right now to teach your kiddos about saving money. With this upcycled, DIY milk carton piggy bank, you (and the kids) can save your “moo-lah” in style.

Supplies: clean empty milk carton, utility/x-actio knife, and our BPFK piggy sticker pack.

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Step 1: Apply piggy sticker panels to the milk carton per the directions on the package. piggy_2

Step 2: Using a utility knife, cut a small money slot in the carton as shown.

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Step 3: Start saving! This is the perfect way to save holiday gift money, allowance money, and tooth fairy money.BPFK Piggy Bank Save 2014_FB

Saddle Up! It’s Time for a Kickin’ Cowboy Party.

Howdy! Our little friend Dominic is turning 4 and we’ve put together ideas for his cowboy themed birthday party.

Horse illustrations from istockphoto.com.

Horse illustrations from istockphoto.com.

We always like to create a focal point for our table design and build out. Our overall color palette for the party is blue and red. We used three of our Red Barn stickers that repurpose cereal boxes. We made horse cupcake toppers and placed them in the foreground to create a corral. I’m madly in love with this Mexican blanket on the diagonally – so vibrant and festive!

Each guest receives this customized party favor – cowboy hat, our Cow sticker wrapped in a blue bandana and a sheriff star. Yeehaw!

BPFK Cowboy Party Favors

We always like to have at least one simple DIY craft activity for the kids and parents. This time, we made cowboy mustaches using popsicle sticks and black construction paper.

Box Play for Kids Cowboy Party

We made cowboy beans and corn on the cob for some yummy grub.

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The kids went wild for these cupcakes.

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So MOO-ch fun recycling a milk carton into a cow plaything.

BPFK Cowboy Party

BPFK Cowboy Party

We recycled an Amazon box into horseshoes by cutting out the shapes and covering them with shiny silver duct tape – kid-friendly, light-weight and 100% fun!

BPFK Cowboy PartyGiddy up, ya’ll, it’s time for Dominic’s kickin’ party!!!

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Halloween Milk Ghost

Boo! It’s scary how fast you and the kids can recycle milk cartons into fun Halloween
decorations. These milk ghosts are dimensional and seem to float in the air. I like to
hang them in groups of 3 or 5.

What You Need (and probably already have)

BPFK_DIY Milk Ghost Supplies
1. Milk cartons (empty, rinsed and dried)
2. Sand paper (any grade)
3. Utility knife
4. Regular scissor
5. White paint
6. Black marker
7. Fishing string

6 Simple Steps – Done in less than 60 minutes

Sanding Milk Carton
1. Sand the milk cartons to remove the wax. The rough texture adds to the fabric look.

 

DIY Milk Carton Ghost Cutting
2. Cut off the bottom of the carton. This gives them a hollow, dimensional look.
ALWAYS cut away from your hands. PARENTS, you should do the cutting because the
carton’s bottom is pretty thick.

 

DIY Milk Carton Ghost Draw and Cut Curves DIY Milk Carton Ghost Draw and Cut Curves
3. Create a wavy pattern across the bottom to give the illusion of moving fabric. I find it
easier to cut the carton sides with a pair of scissors than a utility knife.

4. Paint. What a great way to use up any extra white paint you have. I used old primer.
Spray paint works too. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I like drips and blotchy spots.

 

BPFK DIY Mik Carton Ghost Draw faces
5. Draw and color in the face with black marker.string
6. Add the fish line for hanging.

Tip: Putting the string through the existing spout allows the cartoon to hang at an angle,
giving the appearance of flying. Also, the cartoon catches more wind this way – like a
windsock.

BPFK Milk Ghosts in Tree

And BOO…you’re done!