Milk Carton School Bus

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Recycle an old milk carton to make this toy bus. This craft is great for first-time bus riders!


  • 1/2 gallon milk carton
  • 4 bottle caps
  • white and black construction paper
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • markers or crayons
  • yellow paint
  • paintbrush
  • foam letter stickers and foam circle shape stickers (optional)


    1. bus longPaint the milk carton bright yellow.

    2. Cut two strips of white construction paper (for the bus windows) and fold them into thirds. Draw lines at folds to make windows and draw a person in each window.

    3. Glue the decorated window strips onto each side of bus.

    4. Add a strip of black construction paper under the windows and affix foam letters spelling ‘SCHOOL’ to each side. (This step is optional.)

    5. Cut a small circle large enough to cover the opening of the carton. Decorate the circle with a face (for the bus driver) and affix using hot glue gun (adult or with supervision).

    6. Add bottle cap wheels using hot glue gun.

    7. Affix foam circles to the front of the bus as headlights & write ‘SCHOOL’ on top.

    Happy back-to-school season! If you like, instead of drawing kids in the windows, glue pictures of your kids in the windows!