A few simple snips and a coat of paint transform milk cartons into a colorful village.

Credit: Avery Powell

What You'll Need

Paper beverage cartons: pint, quart, and half-gallon sizes, paint, cereal box cardboard, corks, colored paper, glue, toothpick, scissors

Make It

1. Have an adult push the plastic pour-spout into the cartons, cut the top "fin" and bottoms off the cartons, and cut the doors.

2. Paint the cartons; let dry.

3. Cut and decorate paper windows and doors; glue to cartons.

4. Cut, fold, and glue cereal box pieces on top of the cartons to create rooftops. (An adult should use a utility knife to cut circle opening above an existing pour-spout to create a hole for the chimney.)

5. Pop a cork into the spout hole and glue into place. Add smoke by attaching a cloud cut from white cardboard to a toothpick stuck in the cork.

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