Jug Heads

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Jug Heads

To liven up the laundry room, mount a menagerie of plastic-jug trophy heads. Our hunting grounds yielded the makings of a pig, a warthog, and an antelope, but your recycling bin may suggest a different animal collective.

What you'll need

  • Masking tape
  • Clean plastic jug
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Cotton swab (optional)
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Cleaner, such as Goo Gone (optional)
  • Pushpin
  • Wooden skewer
  • Floral wire (we used 18-gauge)
  • Assorted plastic recyclables, such as milk-jug caps, twist caps, cutlery, and hangers
  • Glue dots
  • Duct tape
  • Adhesive-backed Velcro
  • Fishing line

How to make it

  1. Jug Heads - Step 1

    Head: Use masking tape to mark an angled cut line around the jug, as shown. Use a craft knife to puncture the jug, then use scissors to cut off the bottom section (a parent's job). If necessary, rinse the jug again and let it dry. To remove stamped bar codes and expiration dates, rub them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. For sticky labels, try a cleaner such as Goo Gone.

  2. Jug Heads - Step 2

    Horns: Use the pushpin to punch two holes in the top of the head, then use the skewer to widen them. Cut two lengths of floral wire (ours measure 18 inches). With the pushpin, make a hole in the center of 35-40 milk-jug caps. For each horn, press a glue dot into the tip of an opened twist cap (such as a mustard top), then insert the wire and screw the cap closed. Thread on milk-jug caps, leaving at least 6 inches free at the end. Insert the wire stem into a horn hole and pull it snug. Bend the stem flat against the inside of the jug and secure it with duct tape. Wrap a length of tape around the end of the stem.

  3. Ears: Use scissors to cut ear shapes from the discarded bottom section of the jug or from other plastic. To attach them, stretch a length of duct tape vertically down the back of the jug, sticky side out. Tape over the ends of the strip inside the jug to reinforce them. Press the ears onto the tape, then add more tape to secure them.

  4. Facial features: Use the Velcro to attach bottle-cap eyes. Use glue dots to add bottle-cap noses and other details, as shown. If necessary, stack multiple glue dots to even out hollows or dips.


    EYELASH: plastic fork, handle removed
    EYE: caps from milk jug and sport bottle
    TUSKS: plastic shoe display hooks
    NOSE: whipped cream can cap
    EYE: caps from milk jug, water bottle, and tacky glue bottle
    NOSE: orange-juice carton pull tabs, on a spice bottle cap
    MOUTH: milk jug cap seal, cut open
    EYE: gumball machine toy container and a dish soap bottle cap
    NOSE: vanilla extract bottle cap with plastic sock hooks

  5. Hanger: Use a pushpin to punch two small holes at the top of the head. Push a length of fishing line in one hole and pull it out the other, then knot the ends.

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