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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