- a washed plastic milk bottle
- acrylic paints
- paint brushes of various sizes
- hole punch
- recycled tying ribbon
What you do:
- Rinse your empty milk bottle with hot water.
- Fill with hot water to melt the glue on the labels. Peel labels off and recycle them (they are plastic too).
- Cut the top off so you are left with the long box shape. Trim top edges if required.
- Cut a 2 inch split (about - I never measure) down the top 4 sides running from top to bottom corner. These sides now become the closing flaps.
- Bend your flaps in to create strong creases (plastic has a memory which is why it holds its shape - time to give it a new memory).
- Decide what you want your box to represent: cold Christmas, hot Christmas, eclectic Christmas, etc.
- Paint your box and flaps an appropriate base colour. Leave to dry
- Using paint brushes, paint Christmas images onto your box and leave to dry. Please note that the end of a paint brush dipped in paint makes great dots for snowman eyes or berries for Holly.
- When completely dry, place your little gift inside, fill in the space with recycled shredded paper or plastic (shredded food wrappings/chocolate wrappers look terrific for Christmas fill because they are so colourful).
- Hole punch two opposite top flaps and seal your gift with recycled ribbon.
Voila, a BEAUTIFUL RECYCLED CHRISTMAS GIFT BOX
Don't waste the top of the milk bottle either. Are you aware that the plastic top, the plastic seal under the lid and the ring around the neck all make fantastic recycled craft materials. Similarly, cut the spout and the handle off the top and you have items to thread for recycled Christmas bunting.
Or, use the top to make an animal to put inside the Christmas gift box. Here's a bird and an elephant to give you some ideas.