Mr. Bottle Bones - a Fun Craft with Milk Jugs

This fun craft will keep your older kids entertained for quite a while - plus, they can learn about milk's role in healthy bones!

Materials Needed:

  • 8-9 clean, plastic gallon jugs 
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Low temperature glue gun
  • One-hole punch

Prepare:

  1. Head- Choose a jug with a pair of circular indentations opposite the handle and turn it upside down. In the corner, opposite the handle, cut out a large smiling mouth, eyes and nose. Make two small slits in the top of the head and tie a loop of string through them to hang the finished skeleton.[[{"fid":"3218","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""}},"attributes":{"style":"width: 100px; height: 108px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"1"}}]]
  2. Chest- Cut and trim away plastic to make a rib cage down the center of a right-side-up jug, directly opposite the handle.   
    • Assembly Instructions: Glue the head and chest together at the neck by connecting the spouts of the two jugs with a thick band of hot glue.  Hold the jugs together for a few minutes until the glue cools.[[{"fid":"3219","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"2":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"3":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""}},"attributes":{"style":"height: 112px; width: 100px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"3"}}]]
  3. Shoulders- Cut off two jug handles (leaving a small collar on the ends) and punch a hole at one end of each shoulder. 
    • Assembly Instructions: Attach the shoulders to the chest section with hot glue (attach the side that does not have a hole punch).[[{"fid":"3220","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"4":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""}},"attributes":{"style":"height: 91px; width: 100px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"4"}}]]
  4. Hips- Cut all the way around a jug, about 4-1/2 inches up from the bottom. Take the bottom piece and trim away a small smile shape from each side to make a four-cornered shape. Punch holes in two opposite corners.[[{"fid":"3221","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"5":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""}},"attributes":{"style":"height: 85px; width: 100px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"5"}}]]
  5. Waist- Cut out two spouts, leaving a ½ inch collar on each. Glue the spouts together.  
    • Assembly Instructions: Hot glue the waist to the bottom of the chest and the top of the hip section. (For added security, you may wish to cut a circular hole in the “hips” and insert one end of the waist securely, then hot glue the waist to the hip section.)[[{"fid":"3222","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"6":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""}},"attributes":{"style":"height: 79px; width: 100px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"6"}}]]
  6. Arms and legs- Cut eight long bone shapes from the corner sections of three jugs (cut into the curved shape of the jug to make the bones even more realistic. From two of these bones, cut out the center to make limbs (forearms). Punch a hole through the ends of all eight bones.  [[{"fid":"3223","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"7":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""}},"attributes":{"style":"height: 75px; width: 100px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"7"}}]]
  7. Hands and feet- trace hands and feet onto the side of a jug, then cut out the shapes. Punch a hole in each shape.
    • Assembly Instructions: With string, tie feet to the leg bones, and hands to the arm bones.  Tie the leg sections to the hips and the arm sections to the shoulders.[[{"fid":"3224","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"8":{"format":"default","alignment":"","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":false,"external_url":""}},"attributes":{"style":"height: 75px; width: 100px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"8"}}]]

When you're all finished, Mr. Bottle Bones looks like this: 

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By Susan Allen

Susan grew up on a farm in northwest Oklahoma and has over 30 years of experience working in agriculture. She has been part of the Dairy MAX team since 2007 and has worked with schools, health and wellness professionals and farmers. When she's not working, Susan is usually helping one of her kids with a 4-H project. Learn more about Susan