Milk Jug Sun Catchers for Christmas

Milk jug sun catcher ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for kids using a plastic container and permanent markers…

Looking for an easy, last minute Christmas craft to do with your kids?  Our milk jug sun-catchers are simple, inexpensive ornaments for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but older kids will have fun decorating a bunch for your Christmas tree as well.

milk jug sun-catchers cover photo

Supplies for milk jug sun-catchers:

jug and markers for milk jug suncatchers

  • milk jug (or similar container)
  • Colourful permanent markers (we used Sharpies)

We actually used a vinegar container to make our ornaments, but a milk jug or any translucent container will work.

toddler sun catcher christmas ornaments

How to remove a stubborn sticker:

If your jug has a stubborn sticker on it, here’s trick to help remove a label from a plastic container: 

Fill the jug with hot water, and let it sit for a couple of minutes.  The heat from the water on the inside of the jug should be enough to soften the glue on outside, and you should be able to pull the sticker off easily.  I normally use my blowdryer to heat stubborn stickers, but when you’re dealing with thin plastic, the hairdryer can warp and melt the container, so hot water is a better option.

Making your sun-catcher ornaments:

Choose simple shapes for your sun-catcher ornaments: stars, hearts, circles, etc.  Draw your shape on the flattest side of your container.    If you don’t have a stencil, you can cut the shape that you want out of a piece of cardboard (think: cereal box), and trace that.  I used a Sharpie to draw my stars on the container.

Cut out your shape.  A craft knife is handy for this, but I just used scissors, and they went through the plastic easily.

Now have your children colour the shapes with permanent markers.  Sharpies are great for colouring on plastic.  blue star milk jug sun catcher made by a toddler

Depending on the age of your little one, they may be very simple looking or quite ornate, but either way, they look pretty when they catch the light.

Aren’t these simple ornaments pretty?

easy milk jug sun catchers

Punch a hole in the top, and hang your sun-catchers in a window or on your christmas tree. :)

If you’re looking for more easy and inexpensive Christmas crafts for kids to make, click the following link to find all of ours on my Hooligans Xmas Pinboard.

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Comments

  1. says

    These would make great Christmas tree ornaments! Don’t think I’ll trust my 2 year old with permanent markers though… Would washable markers, wipe off the plastic, do you think?

    • happyhooligans says

      Your 2 year old might surprise you, Kristen. I had a 2 year old using them yesterday, and the rest were all 3, and there were no mis-haps. If you’re worried about it, you can put a plastic table cloth or large piece of cardboard down as a work surface. The hooligans always work on a plastic table cloth on the floor. That way any messes – paint, glue, markers etc are contained to the table cloth.

  2. says

    Those are SO beautiful Jackie! I really need to invest in some sharpies. I see so many great crafts that use them. I wonder if regular markers would work or if the ink would just wipe off? PS – lol at vinegar jug sun catchers! Pinning and will be sharing on my page tomorrow.

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks, Ness! Yes, you DO need some Sharpies! The hooligans don’t use them freely for every day art because of the permanent staining factor, but they’re great for colouring on plastic or tinfoil at craft time, and I love them for my own reasons – writing on gift cards, homemade greeting cards etc.

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