How to Draw Spilt Milk

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"Don't cry over spilt milk." "There's no use crying over spilled milk."

The above idiom in its various forms is often used to mean "don't worry about something that has already happened and that you can't change. In its current form, the phrase first appears in print in 1872, but the idea is much older. In a book from 1659, it reads, "no weeping for shed milk."

This phrase has been used for nearly 400 years, but only recently has that milk been spilled from a carton.

Prior to the cardboard cartons that are common today, people stored milk in metal buckets, earthenware jars, or glass bottles.

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The carton in our illustration is called a gable top. These were first used for holding milk in 1906, and patented in 1915. They are still common in grocery stores and school lunches.

Did you know? During the 1980s, milk cartons in the United States often featured photos of missing children in hopes that someone would recognize them, and they would be found.

You can replace the cow in this drawing guide with a cartoon boy or girl. The novel and film The Face on the Milk Carton is based on this premise.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of a milk carton that has toppled over, spilling its contents on the table or floor?

You're in luck, as this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial will teach you just that. What will you need? Only a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Coffee Cup, Milkshake, and Milk Carton.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk drawing - step 1
How to Draw Spilt Milk: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the milk carton. Use straight lines to draw a slanted rectangle or parallelogram. This forms one side of the carton.

Spilt Milk drawing - step 2
How to Draw Spilt Milk: Step 2

2. Use three straight lines to enclose another parallelogram, sharing a side with the first. This forms another side of the overturned carton.

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Spilt Milk drawing - step 3
How to Draw Spilt Milk: Step 3

3. Sketch the geometric shapes that make up the open gable top of the carton. First, draw an irregular hexagon with three long and three short sides. It shares one side with the first rectangle. Draw a line to enclose a triangle between the hexagon and the second rectangle. Below the hexagon, draw a diamond and a triangle.

Spilt Milk drawing - step 4
How to Draw Spilt Milk: Step 4

4. Contour the cardboard of the carton using straight and curved lines.

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How to Draw Spilt Milk: Step 5

5. Draw a rectangle and two parallel straight lines on the side of the carton. Between the lines, write the word "MILK."

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How to Draw Spilt Milk: Step 6

6. Draw sets of straight, parallel lines on the upturned side of the carton to indicate writing.

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How to Draw Spilt Milk: Step 7

7. Next, draw the face of a cartoon cow within the rectangle on the side of the carton. Use curved lines to outline the nose, the smiling mouth, the ears, the neck, and the pointed horns. Draw an irregular spot in the middle of the face, and shade two small ovals to indicate the eyes.

Spilt Milk drawing - step 8
How to Draw Spilt Milk: Step 8

8. Use a long curved line to enclose the basic outline of the puddle of milk. Notice that both ends of the line connect to the mouth of the carton.

Spilt Milk drawing - step 9
How to Draw Spilt Milk: Step 9

9. Draw ovals of different sizes all around the puddle, indicating splashes and splatters.

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How did the milk get spilled? Maybe you were in a hurry to grab some milk and cookies! Warm up and draw this tasty treat.

Tip: Need a carton of something other than milk? You can easily alter this cartoon. For example, you could draw an orange on the carton instead of a cow, replace the word "MILK" with "JUICE," and color the puddle to match!

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