Milk Carton Houses

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A fun architectural activity that makes use of materials normally thrown in the garbage.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

What You Need:

  • Milk, juice or cream cartons (different sizes)
  • White acrylic paint, gesso or white latex house paint
  • Pencils
  • Paintbrushes
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Optional: construction paper, scissors and glue
  • Containers for water
  • A covered work area

What You Do:

  1. Cover the cartons with white acrylic, gesso or latex house paint. Let dry. (Optional: wrap the milk carton with paper — like a present).
  2. Paint the carton (using tempera paint) to look like a house. (Optional: Glue construction paper windows, doors, etc. onto the carton).
  3. Draw windows, doors etc. onto the carton.
  4. Add construction paper embellishments.
  5. Make several houses and you have a village.