Introduction: Recycled Tupperware/Storage Container From a Milk Jug

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This tutorial will show you how to make a locking tupperware storage container out of everyday stuff you can find at most households. I have seen similar projects on the internet but they involved using a button or another piece to lock the lid, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible by using one piece. These little containers are great for organizing or preventing sandwiches from getting smushed.


- A milk or juice jug


- Scissor

- Knife

- Dry erase marker

Step 1: Draw the Guidelines

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1. The 1st picture outlines the lid, this whole side will fold over after the cut. Notice the tab at the top, this will be the lock. The following picture shows a close up of the most locking successful tab.

2. The next three pictures show the arcs made between the remaining corners. These arcs will fold in once the lid is down to help hold food inside.

3. The set of parallel lines in the 5th image indicates where the slots for the locking tabs will go. You can mark this out now but I would suggest doing it after everything else is cut, that way you can make adjustments later if your tab doesn't line up with the slots.

4. To make folding easier I usually go a 1/8th of an inch or so passed where the arcs meet in the corner. The last image demonstrates this.

Step 2: Cut It Out

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Once the lines are made your'e ready to cut it out.

1. Start by cutting into a milk jug, this is the most dangerous part so be careful and use a knife to start a small starting slit.

2. Once the slit is big enough for your scissors switch to them and cut along the rest of the lines.

3. Be extra precise when cutting out the locking tab. The little ramps or triangle which will be cut keep the tab in place.

4. Carefully and slowly cut the two slits for the locking tab by gently poking the knife through the plastic. Initially the plastic is hard to cut but once it starts going it likes to tear through quick. Please be careful not to ruin your project or your fingers!

5. Wash the remaining dry erase marker off and remove the stickers if thats your preference (I like to leave them on so it shows what there made of).

6. Use for storing/organizing sandwiches, screws, electronics components, and much more!


seamster (author)2014-10-15

Great reuse for old plastic jugs!

encasteel (author)seamster2016-12-01

Yes I agree. This is perfect for reuse of old milk jugs!

encasteel (author)2016-12-01

This worked perfectly! Totally worth the milk jug! :)

grgbpm (author)2015-02-01


wireworker (author)2014-10-22

I love this idea, and I just made one! Now I know what to do with all those #$^@#& milk jugs we go through.

BlueRobot (author)2014-10-16

This is so useful! Great instructable! (i have that same knife:)

MattTheMaker (author)BlueRobot2014-10-19

Thank you and thats really cool you have that same knife. I always wondered if all Eagles got that or it was just certain troops. Very Cool.

mandythody (author)2014-10-16

this idea enabled me to make recycled packaging for easily damaged ceramic tiles, thus reducing cost of bubble wrap and mailing packs! Very grateful.

MattTheMaker (author)mandythody2014-10-19

Thats awesome glad it helped you out!

MattTheMaker (author)2014-10-19

Great Idea! Back in the day I lost my fair share of my mothers good containers.

grapenut (author)2014-10-18

Thanks for sharing. I love this one.

cesartheinventor (author)2014-10-17

well for one this has been stolen, youtub s crazy Russian hacker posted this like last at least give credit where credit is due....don't try to make it like you came up with this.....

DIY-Guy (author)cesartheinventor2014-10-18

(sigh!) I liked the old days when the "be nice" policy was still working.
Perhaps (here comes the "constructive" part) less inflammatory words like "stolen" would keep a more peaceful tone? Hope there's peace here, because the idea and modification is a neat play on reduce/reuse/recycle. :)

Thanks I didn't know crazy russian hacker made this but his version is slightly different. I've seen versions with a button, a snap, and some with velcro. If you read at the beginning of the instructable I say

"I have seen similar projects on the internet but they involved using a button or another piece to lock the lid, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible by using one piece."

I never claimed to have invented it and many things which are invented by others are reposted on this site. I just wanted to show a different way of doing it that requires fewer pieces since everybody doesn't have sticky back velcro or want to make a trip to buy it. From the responses I've gotten I think I helped at least one person out so it was worth it. Everything we build is based or inspired by previous designs just with our own personal touches, look at the instructables remix contest as an example:

Also I know for a fact you did not invent a disc golf bag as you posted in your instructable "I've gone to a couple of courses, and seen some people playing, they had these bags, which I thought were cool." You a admit in your own instructable that you had seen those bags before, much like I admitted I had seen storage containers made in a similar way.

One thing that I appreciated about your hip bag is the strap that goes around the leg, I haven't seen before! Your bag is very cool and I love that you crafted it yourself instead of buying it, thats what I prefer to do to. I appreciate you participating in the instructables community and hope you continue to due so, but please check yourself before you try to post any negative/false accusations against me.

Thanks and nice use of ellipses.

yes I love ellipses .........

no I never stated I've seen bags like he one I repurposed....I've seen professional bags....but never seen one like mines more have I seen any videos like it...just sayin...all I'm saying is that if people are posting how they love your invention, you should maybe correct them....

it's me that used the word "invented" - I'm sorry to have caused such a mis-understanding! I'd never seen the idea before, thought it was useful. Not bothered who thought of it first, just that it's a great idea and I'm glad Nor-tea-a has shared it here.

Mschreib13 (author)2014-10-16

Tupperware(r) is not what you make only the owner of the name can make that product. Your unit is a nice project for a storage container, but unfortunately it does not have the same characteristics of a Tuperware(r) contaqiner.

MaggieCr (author)Mschreib132014-10-17

The use of Tupperware in the description could be complained of by Tupperware itself. I see no problem with him using it as a descriptive term. It should probably have been in quotes, or hyphenated, such as tupperware-like.

Mschreib13 (author)MaggieCr2014-10-17

Further like Xerox is the copyrighted name of a corporation and not a verb or a common noun (xerox), the proper use would be " I will make a xerographic copy of...", not, "I will xerox the original...". Tupperware is a copyrighted name of a product and is not an adjective and similarly aspirin was Bayer's brand name of an analgesic, but through improper use became generic noun aspirin.

kmartin-1 (author)Mschreib132014-10-17

Stop being a "Summers Eve®".

Mschreib13 (author)MaggieCr2014-10-17

I was not going to make an attempt to keep this line of reasoning open, but your comment has forced me to. It is not Tupperware-like as Tupperware(r) does a reasonable job of sealing in liquids. This "Instructable" does a good job of acting as a secure storage container without Tupperware's leak-proof ability.

wesday (author)Mschreib132014-10-16

Nor does your spelling of "Tuperware" have the same characteristics of "Tupperware"!

sangdelamort (author)Mschreib132014-10-16

Seriously your going to come down on him for a misplace of a word when all that it ess doing was being used as a description... honestly I think it's a great idea, very simple, and easy to do! Thumbs up for the ability to think of this idea I love any kind of resuse like this... thumbs down for your comment!

summerinhawaii (author)2014-10-17

I Love recycling, your idea is a good way to reuse the many gallons that we empty @ home. Thanks for sharing

throbscottle (author)2014-10-17

So clever - you have just invented my new in-shed storage system!

he didn't invent this....

Never claimed to have invented it just put my own personal spin on it and wanted to share. I'm glad I helped you find a solution to your messy shed, mine is slowly but surely becoming more organized.

fixfireleo (author)2014-10-17

i want to see the look on junior's face when you hand him his new lunchbox for 3rd grade! lol

MaggieCr (author)2014-10-17

Great idea. I will do this. You might want to change the name to something to do with storage containers. It's not recycled Tupperware. It's a recycled milk jug. Using the Tupperware (r) name can get you sued.

kchapmans (author)2014-10-16

Very nice, extremely clever instructable that I will be trying myself.Thank you for posting it! However, you may wish to remove the trademarked name of Tupperware and just go with storage container instead.

mikeasaurus (author)2014-10-16

Smart idea!

Queenietbird (author)2014-10-16

Cool trying it tonight

quirkly (author)2014-10-16

Yes, brilliant recycle. I use plastic jugs to feed the barn cats, paint brush/painting, seedling protection, temporary tool holders, small trashcans for animal vet work in the pasture, old nail containers, and as a source for small plastic sheets which become art, patching material, and so on.

Your 'ible prompts a whole new set of ideas about origami-ish boxes of all shapes. The best instructables are not just for DIY instructions, but as inspirations. Thanks

gralan (author)quirkly2014-10-16

I couldn't agree more, quirkly! I even do the idea-prompt with recipes I have in books, etc. And about the naming, I like to call beef franks as "brisket-in-a-tube" but it surely may only see fat scraps of that portion of a cow, along with eyelids, etc. Tupperware now makes pressure cookers, table service, and much more. I guess they had to branch out once Wallie-World priced them out of that contract.

I dig the instructable. Living below the poverty level, we need to utilize what we can to get by rather than buy. Peace, out!

HollyHarken (author)2014-10-16

What a great idea! After reading it and all of the comments, I can't help but wonder where the English language is going. So many misspellings, passed for past, your'e for you're which is a contraction of you and are. Sigh it is a sad state. Today I read a job posting where they used weak for week so it is becoming universal, we can't spell and rely on spell check. Well my friends, spell check will not catch a properly spelled word that is misspelled in a sentence.

RingoWild (author)2014-10-16

This is so dang brilliant! I love it!!!

gzank6 (author)2014-10-16

really cool. really going to use this and i might modify this to make little storage compartments under a shell in my shed for small parts etc.

costumer341 (author)2014-10-16

What a clever idea for re-purposing! It's a great idea with people on a budget, and who isn't, these days! Good job!

WildOne1985 (author)2014-10-15

I assume you mean "from" and not "form" in the project title. Just a hint ;)

MattTheMaker (author)WildOne19852014-10-15

Thanks for the correction!

ehynes1 (author)2014-10-15


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