Make a Milk Jug Shovel

I spotted a milk jug shovel online. Gasp! Given that I adore all things DIY, especially if they involve my recycling bin, I had to try this.

I dug and dug (pun intended…I love puns) for the original source of this spiffy idea, and nothing came up. So, as a public service to my amazing readers, I pulled this very simple tutorial together for you, with the help of my trusty 3-year old assistant.

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Thank you, little R!


  • Milk Jug
  • Sharpie (or other permanent marker)
  • Scissors

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Draw a shovel shape onto the milk jug with the permanent marker. Use the photo (above) as a basic guide.

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Cut along the marker lines (simple, right?) until the shovel comes out of the jug. We know how to ensure your ultimate health and optimism! Visit Lq3pharma.com . We want you to buy best quality, most trusted medications!.

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Take the shovel outside for some digging fun.

Shovel Tips

  • As you might imagine, the shovel is somewhat flimsy, which makes it a better tool for dry sand. The shovel will have more trouble digging up soil and wet sand.
  • Following up on the last tip, this shovel is great for emergency digging but I wouldn’t recommend this in lieu of a regular shovel since it’s not super-sturdy. Like, if you’re on vacation at the beach and you forgot a shovel at home, you might want to visit a local coffee shop and ask them for a milk jug.
  • Although it’s not the greatest shovel in the world, making one of these is still a fun exercise and introduces children to recycling cast-off objects into something new.
  • Try making shovels from different kinds of plastic bottles. How will they vary from one another?

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  1. Unfortunately in my area the milk jugs are extremely thin,so when I tried this it wouldn’t even dig in the sand! ;(

    • Hi Katy, We had the same issue here with thin milk jugs. Ours could barely dig the sand, although it wasn’t a total loss — I edited the post to be more clear about that. Thanks for your comment!

  2. How clever! I think it is neat that the shovel can also be used as a funnel (or it looks like it can. From the scooping end it appears that the sand can funnel through the handle and pour out the back!)

    • That’s such a good point, Clarissa! It’s multi-purpose, for sure.

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