Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Repurposing : From Milk Bottle Lid to Fridge Magnet

A couple of weeks ago I was looking at our milk bottles thinking "Hmmm... surely I could use them to make something?" Well I haven't come up with a way to repurpose the whole bottle yet, but I have come up with a way to repurpose the lids from your milk bottles - By making them into fridge magnets!

You will need:

A needle and thread

Cotton Fabric Scraps

A Marker
A CD or DVD (to trace around)
A pair of Scissors

Some polyfibre fill

A hot glue gun
Some plastic milk bottle lids

Take the CD/DVD and place it on your fabric. Trace around it with your marker:

Cut out the circle and place it with the right side of the fabric facing your work surface. Take a little of the polyfibre fill and put it inside the milk bottle lid. You will need enough polyfibre fill in there so that it extends a little over the top of the milk bottle lid when squashed down:

Thread your needle with cotton and while holding the polyfibre fill in place inside the milk bottle lid, carefully turn the lid over and place it in the centre of your fabric circle (The polyfibre fill will be touching the fabric). Pull up two sides of your fabric circle and sew a stitch to hold it in place:

Next, you need to sew all of the sides of your fabric circle together so that it becomes tight around the milk bottle lid. You will not be able to see these stitches once the magnet is stuck on, so just keep sewing until you are happy with how it will look from the front:

Heat up your hot glue gun and when ready place some glue on the magnet, remembering not to glue too close to the edge or it will spurt out the sides when you stick it on.

Quickly press the glued side of the magnet onto the milk bottle lid (the side with the stitches showing) and press together VERY hard for approximately 30 seconds. If you do not press extremely hard while doing this step, you may find that your magnet does not adhere well to your fabric.

Next, place them on your fridge and you are done:

Don't you just love this cute little 'to-do' list I got from the Paper Glitter blog?

As always, if you have any questions about the tutorial, don't hesitate to ask!


  1. I love these little magnets! So cute and I love recycling.

  2. Adorable! I think these may end up being a last minute Mother's Day gift! Thank you for sharing.

  3. So cute and easy... great idea...

  4. I LOVE the magnets!!! If you have a dog, you can make a very handy poop-scoop from plastic milk bottles. Simply cut the flat end off, about 2 inches up from the base. You can get really fancy and cut it on an angle, to make more of a scoop shape. Not as cute as a fridge magnet, but lots better than putting your hand in a plastic bag to pick up the poop!

  5. Thanks for the great idea! I hate to throw anything I have a whole stash of these that I can now justify!

  6. congrats on having this featured on one pretty thing

  7. What a cute tutorial! I've linked this to my blog. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I am not sure what kind of milk jug, but I saw them made into Snoopy-like dogs - that were yard lights. There was a Christmas light under each one, the lawn was outlined with them, and they had felt ears, spots, and eyes!


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