Valentine Craft – Jewelled Milk Bottle Sun Catchers

We just love our Jewelled Sun Catchers, they’re so pretty for any time of the year and they’re made from up-cycled milk jugs too!

It’s very satisfying to create something beautiful using something you were going to throw away and recycled crafts are a great way to teach children about caring for the world and looking after the environment.

The translucent nature of plastic milkbottles make them perfect for creating these beautiful jewelled suncatchers that sparkle with a rainbow of colours in the sunlight. So quick and simple to do, children will love that they’ve created something so beautiful, so easily.

Jewelled Heart Sun Catchers - an up-cycled milk jug craft from My Little 3 and Me.

How to make a Jewelled Milk Bottle Sun Catcher

You will need

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One 4 pint plastic milk bottle
Pair of scissors
Hole Puncher
Glue Stick
Acrylic Jewels UK /US  (Sequins or glitter work nicely too)
Ribbon UK /US or thread for hanging


  1. Cut out the large flat rectangular side of the milk bottle.
  2. Draw on your heart shape and cut out.
  3. Use the hole punch to cut a hole for threading.
  4. Cover one side of the heart thickly with glue.
  5. Stick on your jewels and set aside to dry.
  6. Once fully dry thread with ribbon and hang in the window.


These homemade sun catchers are such a simple and adaptable idea. Once children have had a first supported go why not let them come up with their own shape ideas and experiment with different coverings such as sequins UK / US and glitters UK / US.

Our Jewelled Valentine Hearts are hanging in our kitchen window and look really beautiful. I think they’d make super gifts too and we’ll definitely be revisting this idea for Christmas baubles in the future.

Jewelled Heart Sun Catcher - an up-cycled milk jug craft from My Little 3 and Me.


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  1. They look great! i think i will have to try them :-)

  2. Emma we must say we love everything that you do from baking to crafting really inspiring. Your kids must have a ball…or do you enjoy yourself more than them?! hee hee

  3. thank you emma for posting this on my wee love blog hop – this is such a beautiful idea – I can’t wait to have a go with my little one – she loves glue and sprinkles – but the challenge is to make them go together ha x

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says:

      Lol, I know what you mean, and when they do go together the whole problem of where comes into play…on the cat, No! In the fridge ….Noooooo! Tee Hee. Have fun. x

  4. These are beautiful! What a great idea. And bonus points for upcycling the milk jug!

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says:

      Thanks, we were really pleased with how they turned out. Love your Valentine’s Discovery Table.

  5. I love this idea, I think I will make one on a long piece of ribbon and insist that my husband wears it all day on Valentines day!

  6. These are so lovely :) x

  7. I LOVE these! So pretty! Will definitely give these a go.

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says:

      Thanks I love your cotbed quilt too, so pretty. I’d love a great big one for my bed but fear it would take me years and years to complete!

  8. Oooh I know a certain little girl who would LOVE to make these.

    Great idea x

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says:

      Thanks very much. I’m afraid I’ve just gone totally doolally over your Seed Bomb Easter Eggs. What a fantastic idea!

  9. Love this. Lovely Valentine’s/Mother’s Day gifts for my little ones to make for their Grandmas *rushes off to buy craft supplies*

  10. The jewels are gorgeous and this would be easy enough to do with my little one. Another fantastic idea, thank you!

    • Emma (My Little 3 and Me) says:

      Thanks for popping by, we’re glad you like them. I’m looking forward to seeing how your potatoes come on later in the year.

  11. Ooh fab, never thought of recycling milk bottles like that before.

  12. These look gorgeous! Know my girls would love to do them :)

  13. Caroline says:

    Hi Emma, these are great fun to make and the result is fab. I started last week making them with the kids I childmind and hopefully they’ll get to take them home this week as part of their Mothers Day treat. I used laminate sheets instead of milk bottles but both have the same result.

    Thank you for a lovely crafty idea :)

    • Emma "My Little 3 and Me" Smith says:

      Thanks Caroline. It’s so lovely to hear of an idea being used, thanks so much for letting us know. I think your idea of using laminate sheets is a great one and gives you more flexiblility of size too. I bet the Mummies will treasure them.

  14. Wow I guess we never really ran out of plastic bottle recycling ideas when it comes to art. This idea is something new to me and I’m just glad I was able to see your post.

  15. Loved your idea but we don’t get plastic milk bottles here. What can we substitute? You think slide transparencies would work as well?

  16. I’m not sure who had more fun – me or my 5 year old. Maybe me.

  17. Thank so much for your genosity. Wish you the best for you and your adorable family


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