DIY Milk Carton Holiday Village

Monday, December 12, 2016

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And All Through The Town …

Creating a village out of repurposed Hiland Dairy Milk cartons is a great hands-on project for you and your kids this holiday season. Start saving your cartons now so when holiday break starts, your kids can start crafting away! Follow these step-by-step directions and you’ll have a festive village in no time.

DIY Milk Carton Holiday Village

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What You’ll Need:

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  • Empty Hiland Dairy Milk cartons, various sizes
  • Brown spray paint
  • Sandpaper
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paper napkins
  • Cereal box cardboard
  • Buttons, various colors and sizes
  • Mod Podge
  • Silver and black permanent markers
  • Snow-Tex
  • Holiday-themed puffy stickers
  • Craft jewels and beads, various shapes and colors
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes, foam and nylon or synthetic
  • Glue gun or tape
  • Tacky glue

Instructions:

  • Rinse cartons with warm, soapy water. Allow to dry completely.
  • Open the tops of the cartons. At the “pour” side of each carton, cut the upper corner triangle out using scissors, leaving a little border around the “pouring” triangle. Repeat on the opposite side of each carton.
  • Hot glue or tape the “pouring” triangle of each carton to the side as shown to create the tops.

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  • Using scissors, cut off any plastic pour spouts.
  • Using a paintbrush, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto one side of the cartons and place a paper napkin over the top, gently smoothing it out. Continue this process until all cartons are covered entirely. Allow to dry completely.

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  • Using foam paintbrush and Mod Podge, add one more layer of napkin onto each carton. Allow to dry completely.
  • Spray-paint each carton brown. Allow to dry completely.

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  • While the spray paint is drying, cut the cereal box cardboard to create a rooftop for each carton.
    • Tip: Cut strips as wide as each carton with a 1/4- to 1/2-inch overhang.
  • Using sandpaper, rub off the any colored print on the cereal box cardboard rooftops, leaving a rough surface.
  • Paint each rooftop with white acrylic paint. Allow to dry completely.
  • Hot-glue the rooftops to the top of the cartons.

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  • Using a nylon or synthetic paintbrush, spread the Snow-Tex on the rooftops and gently press on buttons. Allow to dry completely.

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  • Using tacky glue, decorate the cartons to create a holiday village using markers, stickers, jewels and beads.
    • Tip: I created a couple of houses, a school and a market. The possibilities are endless, so start creating, Divas!

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Diva’s Tip

You can add weight to the buildings by pouring some rice or dried beans into each carton before attaching the rooftops.

The Dairy Diva

~The Dairy Diva

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