Introduction: Milk Carton Wallet

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This ingenious design featured in Family Fun Magazine in 2007 will work with half gallon milk cartons or juice cartons that have the spout and cap. I've gotten to the point that I will buy a particular brand (carton graphics) because I know it will make a great wallet!

For a larger version (checkbook) of this wallet see the link below:

Step 1: How to Repurpose a Milk Carton to Make a Wallet

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You will need:

  • A rinsed milk carton
  • Template
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Scribe or awl
  • Straight edge/Metal ruler
  • Exacto knife

Step 2: Trace the Template

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Trace the template on the back of the milk carton. Make sure to line up the spout hole. Make marks where the dotted lines meet the edge of the template.

Step 3: Score the Dotted Lines

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Using a straight edge and an awl or a scribe tool, score the horizontal line that bisects the two half circles. Then score the other dotted lines.

Step 4: Cut Out Circle

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Using a craft knife carefully cut out the lower circle.

Step 5: Cut Out Milk Carton

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Cut along the solid outside lines.

Step 6: Fold Scored Lines

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Carefully fold the half circles like a fan. It's a little tricky near the spout hole because you have to compete with the original folds of the milk carton.

Step 7: Fold Over

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Fold over the flap and line up the cut out hole with the spout hole. If you have trouble screwing on the cap you may need to cut/make the hole a little bigger.


DanielleS51 (author)2016-02-07

I love it!!! What would be the best way to tether the cap to the body of the wallet? When you open the wallet, the cap gets totally separated from the wallet and you need to hold it. Drill a hole and string a chain or rope? Anyways, this is genius. Love love love.

Blaise_Gauba (author)2015-09-30

Cool idea...but what are the measurements/dimensions of the template?

DawnN2 (author)Blaise_Gauba2015-09-30

You should be able to print out the template - it is attached in a pdf file. Are you trying to re-create it from scratch??

Fin the human (author)2015-08-02


KathyCeceri (author)2015-05-25

@DawnN2, If you wouldn't mind crediting the origin of the template you used, it appeared in Family Fun magazine in 2007. I designed the project for them and drew a prototype of the template the magazine used. It's still one of my favorites!

FaheemA3 (author)KathyCeceri2015-07-21

I WOULD BE VERY VERY HAPPY.Send me one as a gift its my birthday next month! i will always remember u in my prayers.

ppasteris made it! (author)2015-05-26

very nice

FaheemA3 (author)ppasteris2015-07-21

bro send me one as a gift its my birthday next month! i will always remember u in my prayers.PLEASE

lzalcik (author)ppasteris2015-05-29

It is an ingenious variation. One idea can spring many more. Creativity is contagious.

lgooms made it! (author)2015-07-09

Perfect for my son's Pokemon cards. Thanks!

FaheemA3 (author)lgooms2015-07-21

send me one as a gift its my birthday next month! i will always remember u in my prayers.

HStiles11 (author)2015-07-07

Made it - but my spout needs some glue... my carton was silver on the inside so next one I make I will reverse.

thepete (author)2015-06-24

My only worry is what to put in all of the carton wallets I will be making. I hate wasting carton after carton. This is brilliant! Thanks for sharing! I hope you win!

Giulia Art (author)2015-06-09

Congrats on making finalist! How was your sleep until now?Are you waiting for the big announcement? What prize would you like to receive? :D

GiovannaS (author)2015-05-30

Great idea!

Chugging down an orange juice container now.

user866753 (author)2015-05-21

Can't wait to modify this to make a checkbook cover for my daughter. She has her first checking account and was looking for an easy cover idea. Score! All I need to do is widen the square into a rectangle and Violà. Thanks for the great Instructibles.

DawnN2 (author)user8667532015-05-26

I went ahead and made a larger version. See if it will work for your project! You may need to alter it to custom fit her checkbook.

user866753 (author)DawnN22015-05-29

Thanks! I just checked it out and left a comment.

namora (author)2015-05-21

Looks like a terrific walet to use with water sports since water won't damage them.

DachsieMommie (author)namora2015-05-21

Heh - water might damage what's inside, though ÷)

lzalcik (author)DachsieMommie2015-05-29

Yeah, but water damages anything inside regular wallets as well, so it's just as good.

lzalcik (author)2015-05-29

I love this idea! Also, I think the method for closing the wallet is really ingenious. The juice-carton spout and cap could have more applications, like closing larger pouches or boxes made from other materials.

craft within reach (author)2015-05-28

Great idea! Definitely going to try thing out!

MatuskaM (author)2015-05-25

Sounds great! :D

amcsherry (author)2015-05-23

Did it! I think it will be simple enough to use with my cub group and really good that it doesn't need any glue!

omikeo (author)2015-05-21

nice job ! was this your own idea ? thanks

Bettyek (author)2015-05-19

How cute! I love it! Do you have a download for the template or dimensions we could have? FUN idea! Thanks for sharing.

DachsieMommie (author)Bettyek2015-05-21

Don't listen to all the grumpy ones. It's a great idea, even if someone else had it too. First time I saw it. Thanks!

donroy (author)DachsieMommie2015-05-21

Well said! After all, as someone said, "There's nothing really new under the heavens!" For those of us who haven't seen it before, thanks!!!!

DawnN2 (author)Bettyek2015-05-19

The template is included in Step 1. Thanks for your nice comment!

Bettyek (author)DawnN22015-05-20

Silly me! I see it now. Thanks!

grey_starr (author)2015-05-21

Fun project for kids! (I made it - no pics)

dianad1 made it! (author)2015-05-21

I thought this was so clever I had to try it on the milk carton I just tossed in recycling. I had collapsed it, so the folds were a little trickier, but it worked just fine. Smart. Quick to do. And I got to use my awl!

jeanniel1 (author)2015-05-21

I can hardly wait till my daughter finishes our carton of milk to try this. Better than the Go-Fruit bags for a wallet! Thanks for showing this!

malc in Spain (author)2015-05-21


I Liked it instantly.

Ignore comments from anyone who has no initiative to place something on this page and then be mean....Constructive criticism is always welcome. WELL DONE and illustrated in a plain uncomplicated manner.

I think it is well presented and a great piece of information to pass on

Many Thanks

malc in Spain

I agree wholeheartedly!

susanrm (author)2015-05-21

This was posted on Wikihow two years ago.

DachsieMommie (author)susanrm2015-05-21

Didn't see it on WikiHow. Saw it here just now. That works for me. A good idea bears repeating.

MartyK1 (author)susanrm2015-05-21

True. Very cool idea, but it really has been all over the internet for years. It's even been on instructables for a while.

Ninzerbean (author)2015-05-21

How is this different than Instructables member Momoluv's Instructable? You even have the same templet.

DachsieMommie (author)Ninzerbean2015-05-21

But for us, who never saw the other times this was posted, it is here, now!

Wynfordeagle (author)2015-05-21

Impressed. Great idea. I love the use of origami with a carton. Well done. I see you have entered a competition. Where can I vote for you?

madmungo (author)Wynfordeagle2015-05-21

top right of your browser window. the orange 'Vote' ribbon, next to the medal icon.

Wynfordeagle (author)madmungo2015-05-21

Thanks, Madmungo. Could not see it for looking.

LoopyMind (author)2015-05-21

Added this to my Pinterest DIY board ... goint to do this with the kids this weekend! AWESOME thank you!

I8mAll (author)2015-05-21

So neat, so well described. Such a neat idea I can't help smiling.

allgaul (author)2015-05-21

LOVE this!!

voted, too!

bethmwl (author)2015-05-21

Love it, and voted.

AndrzejR (author)2015-05-21

nice project :)

The Mighty El Rondo (author)2015-05-21

Awesomesauce, another project for my wife and I to do with the crap-tons of OJ cartons, haha. Thanks for the idea!

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