Thursday, April 29, 2010

Milk Jug Curtain

That's right, a curtain made of milk jugs! We are so excited to share this
final project in our series of earth friendly projects. We were inspired by a method that we learned from Susan Wasinger's book Eco Craft. In her book she makes a beautiful pendent light using milk jugs. We applied her technique to this project. By sanding pieces of milk jugs they look just like rice paper. The picture doesn't do this curtain justice. No one ever guesses what we made this curtain out of.






We started by collecting a whole lot of milk jugs! We ended up using seven jugs for a 3'x4' window. Make sure they are washed well!
We decided on a design that we liked - alternating small and large rectangles. Then we made two patterns and traced them on the smooth parts of the milk jugs. You don't want the textured parts, like on the handle and the bottom. You can trace your patterns around the corners. They flatten out well once they are cut.
We cut the pieces out using scissors. Then we sanded each piece with medium grit sand paper in a circular motion until they were textured and no longer shiny.
Next we laid the curtain out. We made holes in each piece using a nail that we heated with a candle. A tiny hole punch would work well.
We connected each piece with two silver jump rings.
Then we used some key chain rings (we had a whole bag of them for some reason) to hang our curtain.
Then it was ready to hang.

We're still trying to decide what to do with the leftover pieces of the milk jugs. This is our favorite idea so far!

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38 comments:

  1. The last idea is my favorite as well:)
    Al
    http://almcleary.com/blog/

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  2. very cute! Would be great to partition off during a party too! hmmm got me thinking, you could stamp on it and jazz it up!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

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  3. Very cool idea! I'll have to try this one out sometime....

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  4. Very cool-almost like frosted glass! Had to bring the family in to see it--thanks for sharing!

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  5. This is such an awesome idea; I absolutely LOVE it! I think I'm going to use it in my kitchen since I want to keep it light and airy in there but would like more privacy...this is perfect for both & good for the planet, too. Thanks so much!
    Peace & Love,
    ~Barb~

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  6. Ha! What a cute kid. Great idea!!

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  7. I love this idea! What a great way to upcycle old milk jugs. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  8. That turned out to be really cool looking. I like it.
    Great repurposing ... cute kiddo too!
    Hey it looks like he might have the makings of a giant sunflower on his head... use the bottom of the bottles in the same way I've seen soda/water bottles used...only on a bigger scale!

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  9. Looks fantastic. Would probably work as one of those anti-fly-curtains in a doorway too.
    Love the thinking outside of the box - or should I say jug - .

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  10. Great idea, and it looks fantastic!

    Jill

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  11. That's really cool! If you wanted to add some colour you could use paint-markers to make it look like painted rice paper or permanenet markers for a stained glass look, too :D

    Abigail@http://abigailscraftshowto.com

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  12. This is a very cool idea. I like that the roughed up plastic looks like rice paper.

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  13. What a very clever idea!

    Thanks for joining Get your Craft on Thursday. Please join me again for another great party.

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  14. Amazing. So much work, but it looks fabulous!

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  15. Who would have thought...?! Great idea!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  16. Looks really great!

    Love the last picture! :)

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  17. Very cool...Thinking about one for my outside dec! I use the bottoms of milk jugs under plants to catch the water overflow.

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  18. That's awesome! I love your site by the way. I love that many of your projects are recycled/repurposed and homemade. Just great! Thanks for sharing

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  19. So clever and pretty. I wonder how the milk jug plastic will do after awhile? I know it degrades in ultra violet light, but it looks easy to replace any that start to crack. This looks great!

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  20. Hello...

    What a fun project! Ohh..and I love the idea of what to do with the leftover milk jug parts! What an adorable little guy!

    Thank you so much for sharing this fun post with us for Sunday Favorites this week! So sorry that I'm just now getting by for a visit...I was out of town yesterday!

    Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  21. What a great idea! We go thorough so much milk, I'd have the whole house done in no time!

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  22. Such a fabulous idea! So creative and clever. Super cool! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hope to see you again next Sunday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  23. That is so fun! I will have to keep this one in mind for my kids.

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  24. Thanks for sharing on SugarBee Craft Edition, www.craftedition.blogspot.com!

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  25. wow, you are one dedicated lady!! but the pay-off was worth it, it's so cool!! nice job :)

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  26. Now that's just too clever! I love it!

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  27. That is so creative! Very cool! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

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  28. I LOVE this! I immediately book marked this for my bathroom window project, I had no idea what to do and this is perfect! I can't wait to start :giddy: To bad yesterday was recycle day and they hauled off all our milk jugs but isn't that the way it goes? I found you thru Women who do it all.

    ~Kelli @ Smidgens

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  29. Super innovative- I love it!
    Thanks for linking up this week- we'd love to have you anytime. :)

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  30. WOW! Thats amazing! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
    Leigh, Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  31. What a great idea and very green! The last idea is adorable though!

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  32. Hi. I just used your post as inspiration for one of my posts. Please stop by and check it out.

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  33. What a great idea!!! I teach 5th grade Math and Science in North Carolina. This would be a GREAT project for the kids to do at the end of the year after our End of Grade Tests. I think I'm going to send a note home tomorrow aske for milk jugs!!! How cool I can have some new curtains for my classroom and be eco-friendly! LOVE IT!!!!

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  34. Oh my gosh, this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing this. I HAVE to make this like tomorrow.

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  35. Hello, skillful mamas :)

    I find this curtain idea GREAT! So I used it for my first upcycle-blog post! I hope you don't mind! I'm sure that I will find more interesting stuff on your page ande link it on my blog. Hope you find something interesting "chez moi" http://freshtrash.blog.com/!

    Have a nice day! :)

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