DIY Ombré Milk Carton Candle Holder #MilkAndArtContest (plus Giveaway)

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the California Milk Processor Board and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

To me, there is nothing better than gathering items from around the house, and recycling them to make something new and beautiful. Today I am sharing a fun and easy craft making good use out of a plastic milk jug. I have partnered with #MilkAndArtContest to bring you some ideas for spending time with your kids while using a Milk Carton to make art. Milk is more than a drink – it brings families together and makes simple moments magical. As a busy Mom, I try to remind myself that spending time with your family helps build a better future by providing fun memories.

To make a DIY Ombré Milk Carton Candle Holder you will need:

Plastic Milk Jug (washed, rinsed and dried)



Tissue paper in 3 different shades of 1 color

Hot Glue Gun and Gllue

Step 1. Draw a line around the Milk Carton Just below the handle and cut.

Step 2. Cut the tissue paper in strips of about 18 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide. 

Step 3. Wrap the entire strip of tissue paper around two fingers and pinch at the base. 

Step 4. Put a dime sized drop of hot glue on the Milk Carton and press the base of the flower onto the hot glue. Hold in place until you're sure it's stuck. 

Step 5. Repeat two rows of one color and then move on to the darker shades. 

Check out the video I made for more details on how the project was done. 

Once you are done gluing all of the paper flowers, check them out and fluff them up if they need it. Next you can get your flameless candle and place it into the now recycled milk jug. I chose to use a flameless candle for my own safety reasons. Personally, I like not having to worry about anyone accidentally starting a fire, but maybe that's just me.

This is the view of the Milk Jug candle holder from above with the flameless candle inside. 

I loved the colors that I chose, but really you can use any colors that you like. I almost used a mix of teal, red and yellow just to be extra bright and colorful. In the end, the various shades of purple just screamed at me and won me over. 

Here you can see I have my DIY Ombré Milk Carton Candle Holder in my hallway at our little charging station. Usually, you only see random electronics plugged in, but now that I added my new candle holder there is a fun pop of color to an otherwise drab corner, and also serves as a nightlight. 

Want to win $2,000 for your kid’s education? If you live in California turn a milk container into a work of art and submit your piece to:


to enter the contest. Rules:

Along with the fun contest over on


, you can also enter to win some prizes from me! 

I am giving away:

o 1 copy of The Artful Parent Craft Book

o $25 Amazon Gift Card

To enter: 

Leave me a comment below telling me something you learned about the Milk and Art Contest or which submission is your favorite so far.

Tweet about the Milk and Art Contest using the #MilkAndArtContest hashtag.

"CA moms! Enter the #MilkAndArtContest for a chance to win $2K and fun prizes from @kindasillymommy!"

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