#Repurposed Milk Jug Ghost Halloween Crafts

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Milk Jug Ghosts are so quick and easy to create and they were a huge hit in our house!! Sorry the picture didn’t turn out the best. I wanted to get a night time picture to show the true “ghost” look.

We drink a lot of milk and iced tea in this house. Which means we have to make plenty of trips to the recycling bins each month. I am always trying to find ways to repurpose those empty jugs. If it’s not a craft like the Milk Jug Ghost, it’s a scoop, plant cover or water storage in case the power goes out. You can always find an alternate use if you try hard enough.

When I found this Arts To Crafts tutorial I knew the milk jug ghost would be right at home on our front steps. We don’t get a lot of action on Halloween night, but it’s nice to have a few decorations just in case someone decides to knock on our door and say, “Trick or Treat.”

I lit up the ghosts with these battery operated tea lights (affiliate link) you can find on the Amazon site.

#frugal Halloween Decoration #Halloween #DIY #Repurposed


Supply List for Milk Jug Ghosts:

  • Empty clean milk jugs
  • Battery operated tea light(affiliate link)
  • Scissors
  • Black Paint Marker or Black Paint & Brush

Steps to Create Milk Jug Ghosts:

  • Be sure to properly clean milk jug and allow to dry
  • Use your paint to create the face of the ghost.  You can create any design on the milk jug and allow the kids  to create their own as well
  • On the backside of your milk jug right below where the handle is use your scissors (affiliate link) to cut a hole to allow you to put in the battery operated tea light
  • Turn on the tea light to create light the ghost up!!!

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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  • Reply
    Greisy Wardsworth
    September 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I love this idea I need try

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    LaToya Townsend
    September 25, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    This is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Cute and cheap!

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    jennie sanderson @jenpsht
    September 25, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    ahh that is cute and looks like a fun craft for my little nieces and my son! I think I will try this this year. I bought a pumpkin and put it outside to await carving but something is already eating on it!!!

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    September 25, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    They turned out great! Love the different faces for your ghosts.

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    Kelsey Gross
    September 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I am planning on doing this project this year with my son. We go through at least 4 or 5 gallon jugs of milk and water a month so this is a great way to recycle those.

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    September 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    These are really easy to make and milk jugs are easy to get – or TH tea jugs. I like that I can draw the face that I want on each one. I dont have to use real pumpkins and risk them getting bad before Halloween is over. thanks for the info

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    Debra Holloway
    September 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Some of the best decorations I have seen are handmade-homemade.These milk jug Ghosts not only let one be expressive but they are inexpensive and can bring the family together in quality time making them.

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    Debra Holloway
    September 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    These decorations are haunting. Some of the best decorations I have seen are handmade-homemade.These milk jug Ghosts not only let one be expressive but they are inexpensive and can bring the family together in quality time making them.

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    Kelly Stilwell
    September 29, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    You are so clever! Love this!

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    Amber Johnson
    October 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I love this. I am going to do this for halloween because I hate carving pumpkins.

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    October 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    So cute! This is such a great way to decorate on the cheap.

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    Madison Adams
    October 19, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    This looks simple, yet it is absolutely adorable!

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    October 20, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Hahaha! They sure are cute and easy for certain! I’d love you to share this at my new linkup Five Star Frou-Frou. We’re still new enough to give you a big hello and welcome! Love, Mimi xxx

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