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You often don’t need difficult materials to come up with cute and clever crafts for the kids. For example, how about reaching right in your fridge for that empty milk container? These genius crafts using milk cartons are a great way to teach your kids about upcycling and make something cool in the process. Create adorable birdhouses, boats, cars, planters and more with milk cartons!

Milk Carton Houses (via Momtastic)
Create a cute village of painted houses with varying sizes of milk cartons.

Milk Carton Cars (via Handmade Charlotte)
Your little car enthusiast will love these milk carton play cars with recycled tops for wheels.

Milk Carton Planters (via Pysselbolaget)
Make cute animal planters that double as a cute spring activity for the kids.

Milk Carton Boat (via Mollymoo Crafts)
This adorable recycled boat is a great way to inspire tales of the sea in young children.

Milk Carton Balloon Ride (via Martha Stewart)
This awesome air-powered car actually moves via a balloon engine. How cool is that?!

Milk Carton Truck (via Origami Mommy)
Get your little construction worker to work hauling blocks and toys with this fun milk carton truck.

Milk Carton Bird Houses (via Handmade Charlotte)
Create a set of cute play bird houses for some fun pretend play.

Elmer Milk Bottles (via Sun Hats & Wellie Boots)
If your kids are fans of Elmer the Elephant, they’ll love this colorful rendition of this beloved, standout children’s book character.

Milk Carton Stained Glass Butterflies (via A Little Pinch of Perfect)
Make beautiful butterflies out of milk jugs. A lovely spring art craft to bring out your little one’s creativity.

Carton Bird Feeder (via Red Ted Art)
Make a cute and easy owl bird feeder to get your kids excited about nature and feeding the birds!

Have you ever tried crafting with milk cartons? Check out more fun recycled project for kids here!

Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.