Container from recycled milk carton

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I learned this from my Mom. These are great for freezing left-overs, packing your own lunch or funky gift giving!
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Step 1: Materials

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You'll need one standard milk carton
box cutter
pencil or permanent marker

Step 2: Cut top off

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Measure 1 cm down from the top edge of the carton body. Mark an horizontal line on each side. Be careful, knives are sharp! Cut along these lines through all four sides. Remove the top and discard.

Step 3: Cut the retention band

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Measure down 2.5 cm from the new top edge. Mark an horizontal line at this point on three sides. Cut along line through three sides. Leave band attached to one side of carton body.

Step 4: Measure and cut flaps

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Measure up 9 cm from bottom of carton, make a mark at corner junction. Make a cut from this mark, through the corner up to the band.

Step 5: Your carton looks like this

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There should be three flaps and one flap with an attached band.

Step 6: Fold flaps

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Fold three side flaps down evenly into the cavity of the carton.

Step 7: Fold down retention band

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Finally fold down the last flap with the retention band. Work the band down around the side of the carton to form the closure. And Voila!

This is my very first instructable! Please comment! And I hope you will enjoy!
I was looking for a post like this... Thank you very much
lucyfa6 years ago
This looks great- I have lots of these cartons lying around, so I will be sure to try this- it will make an ideal box for my lunch!
alpinelife (author)  lucyfa6 years ago
I hope you try it and like it!
Barbarinha6 years ago
awesome! so fun, easy and pretty!!! congratulations and thanks!!
dobbylvr6 years ago
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! This exactly what I was looking for! I needed something funky and recycled to wrap my mom's birthday gift ( recycled wine cork wine charms) in! THANK YOU!!!!
alpinelife (author)  dobbylvr6 years ago
I'm so glad I could help! I'm so grateful you commented! Thanks!
I made one yesterday and used it to wrap her present. I added a few finishing touches with plastic bag strips and now its ready to give. Thanks again!
little red6 years ago
this is great we have these kind of contains all over my house and I never know what to do with them now i have a reusable option to take my lunch in for school. SWEET
alpinelife (author)  little red6 years ago
Thanks for reading! I'm glad I could help!
aceitunita6 years ago
love the idea! I will try this! my son only drinks soy milk and I cannot recycle these! what a great idea!
alpinelife (author)  aceitunita6 years ago
Thanks for commenting! Please let me know if my instructions helped you or if I they need a little tweeking.
alpinelife (author) 6 years ago
I'm so glad you like my instructable! Thanks for commenting!
A.J.B.6 years ago
I love instructables that utilize would-be trash in an easy and efficient way. Good Job.
laf4me6 years ago
That's really cool!!! I can see where it could be a very useful item! Good Job!!!!!