Milk Bottle Elephant

20 Jul 2023 | Inspirational Activity Ideas, Nursery and Early Years

We’re excited to share another eco-friendly craft project to try with your children! This milk bottle elephant is a great activity to show your little ones how upcycling plastic waste can create something wonderful.

Whether you’re an educator, a parent, or a caregiver, this craft is the perfect opportunity to engage the early years in a fun and educational activity that will leave them with a sense of accomplishment and a trunkful of joy!

Follow the steps below to make a colourful milk bottle elephant!


What you’ll need:


Step 1

Firstly, to make the elephant shape cut the milk bottle in half and the top section as the body.


Step 2

To create the trunk, cut around 2 centimetres from the handle so it’s slightly shorter then the rest of the carton. For the legs, cut an arch-shape on opposite sides of the bottle and a smaller one under the handle.

making the elephant shape


Step 3

Next, using a paintbrush, cover your elephant in PVA glue.

painting with PVA glue


Step 4

Cut or rip a variety of different coloured tissue paper and layer onto the glue-covered bottle.

Coloured tissue paper


Step 5

Add another layer of glue over the top and leave to dry.


Step 6

Finally, stick on some wiggly eyes between the trunk.

finished elephant milk carton craft


You can also add a LED light and turn your DIY elephant into a lantern! Make sure to tag us  on Instagram to see your designs! 

*Craft inspired by @sunhatsandwellieboots

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