Green Halloween Craft Idea For Children - Milk Jug'O'Lantern

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

I'm not only a Silver Spring, MD area Realtor, I'm also a mom of 2 beautiful little girls. My girls are little artists and love to paint and craft things, thus I'm always on the look out for easy, and preferably green, craft ideas. Halloween is the perfect time to get crafty with your kids.

I got the idea for a Milk Jug'O'Lantern from We pretty much had all we needed at home, no expensive supplies needed!

1. You need: milk jug rinsed out (save the lid), orange paint - use acrylic if it will see a lot of use or spray paint if you intend to have it sitting outside, green pipe cleaners, silk leaves (I saved some from an old flower bouquet for crafts like these, you can also cut some out from felt paper), black duct tape for eyes, nose, ears (we opted to paint them on instead), fake candles

Milk Jug'O'Lantern

2. Cut a hole in the back (to add the fake candle). Paint or spray-paint the jug orange (do the handle last, it's easier to rotate around), paint the lid brown or cover in brown tissue paper, felt paper etc.) and let dry.

Milk Jug'O'Lantern

3. Decorate: I added the green pipe cleaners and punched a hole into the silk leaves. Hubby and my daughters painted the faces.

Milk Jug'O'Lantern

4. Add fake candle, turn off the lights and voilá: a Milk Jug'O'Lantern!

Milk Jug'O'Lantern

P.S. These also make great lanterns to carry around while trick-or-treating.. just tie a flashlight around the handle and set inside. Make sure you use acrylic paint or spray paint if like that idea, otherwise the paint will come off too easily).

Posted by







Thompson Company, REALTORS
16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


 All photographs are my own and I'd like to keep it that way. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.




This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
ActiveRain Community
Agent Mom
Going Green!
Family Ties
Feather Nesters
green crafts silver spring
milk juolantern
green kid craft halloween ideas
halloween ideas from recycled materials

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Just the name of it makes me smile, Milk Jug o' Lantern.  Fun!

Oct 09, 2012 01:25 PM #1
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

What a cute idea!  The grandkids will be here this weekend.  This will be FUN!  Thanks!

Oct 09, 2012 01:32 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Andrea-what a cute idea! And I like the idea of using them for lanterns as well!
Oct 09, 2012 01:40 PM #3
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Janna, I thought it had such a nice ring to it!

Hi Mimi, you'll have a blast! There's nothing like being covered in orange paint in October ;-) My girls loved it and are already asking what we can do next! They turned out real cute and I'm thinking porch decoration Halloween night ..

Hi Kathy, Thank you! I might have to do a 2nd set just for that reason. The handle makes it easy to carry around.. just the paint needs to be selected carefully in case it rains on Halloween.

Oct 09, 2012 01:49 PM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

oh that is so cute. 

Oct 09, 2012 01:50 PM #5
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Those looked much cuter than I expected when they were all lit up. Thanks for a fun idea.

Oct 09, 2012 02:54 PM #6
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Andrea, cute idea. I don't know if as a child you went on evening walks with a lantern, home made or store bought, but your post just reminded me of that. Laterne, Laterne, Sonne, Mond und Sterne! :-)
Oct 09, 2012 10:12 PM #7
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Great idea, Andrea.  I should have known that when the boys were young.  Of course, for them, pumpking all over the house was part of the fun.  8-)

Oct 09, 2012 10:43 PM #8
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi Andrea,

Great idea and I am going to make these next year. Happy Halloween to you and your girls. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 10, 2012 06:15 AM #9
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Tammy, thank you!

Hi Michelle, they look really cute all lit up.

Hi Silvia, yes of course!! Laternenumzug! I need to find that song now (the girls have a few CDs with German songs for kids)

Hi Mike, save it for the grandkids :-) Pumpkins everywhere in my house, too. For now the Jug'O'Lanterns are sitting next to the fireplace looking cute.

Hi Kristin, why wait for next year? Happy Halloween to you, too!

Oct 10, 2012 10:33 AM #10
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

What a fantastic idea! And great fun for your family.  Time to get our decorations out....!  :-)

Oct 10, 2012 10:43 PM #11
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Andrea Bedard

M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
Ready to buy or sell?
Spam prevention

Additional Information