May 23, 2018
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Kids’ Krafts: Make a watering can for summer

MCT Photo by Karen Schiely | BDN
MCT Photo by Karen Schiely | BDN
Empty milk jugs can become an elephant watering can for kids to help keep the flowers green.
By Kathy Antoniotti, Akron Beacon Journal

After the spring we’ve had this year in Ohio, it’s hard to imagine the rain will ever stop. It will eventually, but perhaps not soon enough for most of us.

It’s not just your imagination that this has been an unusually rainy spring. So many after-school baseball and soccer games have been canceled, there may not be enough time before the season ends for coaches to reschedule them.

Too much rain causes parents to worry about flooding and it isn’t any fun playing outside when you are getting wet.

According to Cleveland National Weather Service reports, in 2011, we are 150 percent to 200 percent above the average rainfall, or eight to 10 inches more rain than we usually have by this time each year.

So, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought making a watering can is folly, no matter how much fun it is. But trust me — come summer, your outdoor plants will need a hearty drink of water just as much as you will.

This elephant watering can, made with two empty gallon-size plastic milk jugs, was featured in Family Fun magazine’s May edition. Younger children will need help from an adult to do some of the cutting and gluing, but older kids should be able to make it with ease.

Supplies you will need:

Two empty, clean gallon-size milk jugs

1 lid from one of the jugs


Black marker

Low-temperature glue gun

Large wiggle eyes

Foam sheet, any color.

1 nickel

4-inch plastic lid for pattern

1 push pin

1 wooden bamboo skewer

Sandwich plate

Use scissors to cut the handle from the first jug, leaving a collar around each end.

With a push pin and wooden skewer, make eight holes 1/4-inch apart in the bend of the handle.

Trim the opposite end into a 1 1/2-inch circle. Make slits in the end for tabs.

Place a nickel on the center of the top of a jug lid and trace around it with a black marker. Cut the circle out. This is where you will need help from an adult.

Push the tabbed end through the hole and use a glue gun to attach the cap to the tabbed handle, holding firmly until the glue sets.

Place the cap on the second jug. Hold with glue if necessary.

To make a filling hole, trace around the lid placed under the handle of the second jug. Use scissors to cut out the hole.

Place the plate on a foam sheet and trace around it for ears. Cut the circles out and glue to the sides of the second jug.

Glue large wiggle eyes on either side of the handle.

Fill the can with water through the filling hole and use — just as soon as it stops raining!

Kathy Antoniotti writes a craft column for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. If you have a craft idea or question, contact Kathy Antoniotti, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron Ohio 44309-0640; 330-996-3565; or

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