Milk Jug People
These are life-sized "puppets" that make great extra characters in story-telling and drama skits. They are so big that you can have them wear regular clothes or costumes.
Warning: Milk jug people find their way to unusual places! Once, one dressed in a Pharaoh's outfit was left sitting at the church's organ after a children's ministry workshop as a joke. Unfortunately, he wasn't found until after the Sunday worship service had begun the next day! Oops!
A few more pictures from a recent modern-day use of milk jug men in the life of someone special to us...
Now how do you make him?
To make him stand on his own, you will also need:
Now, identify your man:
Now, to build the rest of your man:
You need: 2 shoulders, 2 upper arms, 2 lower arms, one back, two hips (same length as shoulders), 2 upper legs and 2 lower legs...and a standing piece, if you want him to stand (more on that below)
But to make him stand... there's a couple more steps!
Cut one more piece of PVC pipe, the same as the height of the hip cross piece to the ground. Measure carefully! This is going in the concrete and it won't be coming out again!
Mix up the quik-krete in the bucket or the extra milk jug. (If using the milk jug, you will want to cut out part of the top so you have a bigger opening). Stick the PVC pipe in it and hold it in place until it sets straight.
Alternatively, you can just stick the pipe into the milk jug filled with enough sand to keep it upright. Not as permanent, but a bit easier.
If you choose the wood, bushing and cap stand, then simply glue the bushing onto the middle of your wood. Put the cap on the end of the PVC pipe that will be his stand and push it firmly down into the bushing. No mess and easy to take down and transport....not quite as sturdy as the quik-krete version, though. The choice is yours!
Now all you have to do is insert the top of this pipe into the bottom of the hip cross piece and your man will stand.