Leaves from Upcycled Milk Jugs

It’s fall leaf time!

We went on a long walk yesterday and Makenna picked up every colored leaf she could find (ok, that’s an exaggeration…only every other leaf)  and proceeded to come home and dump them all over her bedroom floor.

Next it was time for, “what can we do with them mom….?”

So we did some leaf rubbings.   Then we cut them out.  Then we strung them on string.

They looked quite pretty, but Alexandra kept ripping them which led to much angst and whining on the part of the twins. We needed leaves durable enough to withstand a destructive two year old.

Enter the milk jug.

We took our cut leaves and traced some on the milk jug with permament marker. (The leaves can go around the corners of the milk jug because the plastic is bendable, so you can bend them flat once they’re cut out.)

Next we cut them out and drew the veins with colored permanent marker.  (we chose green, burgundy and orange).

After that the kids colored them on both sides with colored pencils and crayons.

Then all that was left to do was string them using a needle and thread. 

Now the twins each have a pretty fall leaf garland that their little sister can’t destroy.

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6 Responses to “Leaves from Upcycled Milk Jugs”

  1. Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage Says:

    Very clever!

  2. Kimm at Reinvented Says:

    Now THAT’S a fabulous idea! What a great way to recycle those milk jugs! Thanks for linking up to Trash to Treasure Tuesday.

  3. hickorygirl Says:

    I love it. Will be a great after school project for my grandchildren.

  4. Mama King Says:

    So cool! Found you via Ramblings.

  5. Debra @ A Frugal Friend Says:

    Oh my………….TERRIFIC! You can’t even tell they are from a milk jug! WOW!

    Thanks for sharing this one!

  6. angee Says:

    This is a great idea!!! My kids always want to keep the leaves, even after they’re hard and crispy and breaking into a million pieces. This is a great way to “preserve” the beauty. And such a cute garland for your house!!

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