When my husband was a child, Halloween was a big deal in his family. His mom would dress up to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. And he really preferred handing out candy to the actual trick-or-treating! Our kids loved decorating for Halloween so we started making milk jug luminaries to line our sidewalk.
Our family drank a LOT of milk, so it was easy to accumulate the 24 milk jugs required to line our front sidewalk. I began saving milk jugs when school started and would have enough for Halloween by the end of October. Be sure to rinse the jugs well before you start stockpiling them… No one wants sour milk spills or drips in the house (or the garage!). I also peeled the label off when I rinsed the jug.
This project is so simple to do! In addition to the milk jugs, you’ll need sharp scissors, several black permanent markers, sand, and candles.
Just cut the tops and backs off the jugs. I followed the shape of the milk jug to do this. Some people like to only cut the tops off and leave the handles, but we preferred leaving the back open.
Then let your kids get creative with the markers and draw scary faces on the fronts! You may be able to tell which ones I helped decorate and which ones were done by my daughters and my son? My only tip for this is to spread out the face drawing over several days. My kids would get
sloppy tired of doing it after their second or third jug.
Fill the bottoms with sand to keep them from falling over. Then place a candle in the sand.
Line them up along your walkway so that your trick-or-treaters or Halloween party guests can see the faces.
And that’s it! You have a Simply Crafted (and CHEAP!) Halloween decoration along with creating some fun memories with your kids.
Be sure to share pictures of YOUR milk jug luminaries with us if you decide to give it a try. Can you think of other times that you could make these with your kids?