How to Make a Juice Carton Coin Purse




In this instructable, I will, to the best of my ability instruct you as to how to make a purse out of a juice carton, yay!

Step 1: Materials

-X-acto knife: Good ol' X-acto knife. Usually for these I use a big, box-cutter-type X-acto knife.
-Pencil to mark off fold-lines
-Glue: I would recommend some sort of craft adhesive like E6000 perhaps. I used EXTREME REPAIR glue by LePage 'cause it dries clear, has a nice texture to it and is pretty much everything-proof (according to the package). If you can, use something that dries clear, 'cause unless you're really careful, It'll end up looking pretty messy.

Step 2: Disassembling

I usually start by opening the top of the carton. This can be tricky to do without bending it and making creases in the carton So BE CAREFUL. Also don't cut off your fingers! (I've never done that before but I have gotten a little too close) This part really just involves a lot of careful prying-apart. Next, find the seam where the carton is joined. Cut all the way down this seam to the bottom. Next, cut the bottom of the carton off.

Step 3: Cuttin' Stuff Up!

Cut along the dotted lines as shown.
Measure about three Centimeters down from the blue line and cut the bottom part off.

Step 4: On Your Marks, Get Set...

Time to mark off the places where the side-pleats are going to be. From the side of the carton, make four marks 1cm apart. leave about 2cm extra (this'll leave room to glue it to the carton). On the bottom flap make a mark 1cm away from the crease.

Step 5: Pleats

This part can also prove to be rather difficult and I'd suggest using something like a ruler (or a bone folder if you have one) to help fold the carton against. Along the sides, make accordion-style pleats (first one inward, second outward, etc.) along all the lines you marked earlier. Fold the bottom section along the line as marked earlier.

Step 6: Please Note:

Be careful when you're folding the carton. If you fold it too fast or with a lot of pressure, the 'shell'-sorta part of the carton likes to break, and then the white cardboard underneath shows through. Every time I've made one of these though, it's happened a little bit so, don't worry /too/ much about it.

Step 7: Back and Front Flap

Now, I usually use the part of the carton that we cut off in step two because it's the front of the carton and usually the most interesting. Also, it's the side that's in english (Canadian bi-lingual labeling).I cut it to about four and a half inches in length and it's the same width as the carton is normally, so you don't need to cut the sides. Now, two inches up from the bottom, make a fold. Measure another centimeter up from that and make another fold. It should look something like a book cover now.

Step 8: Get Yer Glue Out

I'm sure there are several different ways you could approach this, but I'm rather impatient and don't like waiting for all the separate glued components to set individually (all three of them...>_>). So, I'munna show you how to do it pretty much all all at once. Just so that nothing gets messed up I'd suggest that you let the bottom flap set for at least 10-15 minutes before continuing. Alright time to bring out the clothespins. Apply the glue to the flaps on the sides and stick 'em in there one at a time. Clothespin them when they're in there to keep them in place.

Step 9: Flap Hole

for this, I just took a pencil and marked off where the top and bottom of the twisty thing is on the flap. That was a rather confusing explanation. I'll just let the picture explain...

Step 10: Finished!

Ta-Da! You're finished! Hopefully that made sense. If there's something you need clarified, let me know.



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    19 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Looks Good. I'm going to make it at school as a project in art!


    3 years ago

    super cute. can't wait to finish my OJ and make this!


    5 years ago on Step 8

    awesome :D I wanted to make one but I didn't have a printer (well ran out of printer ink D8 ) so I couldn't print out a template. This is good for kids using poster board :D


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is a fantastic idea! My husband & I love Tropicana and end up with a lot of these juice cartons. Last night when we finished yet another box, I thought, "There has to be something we can use these for". I googled "Juice Carton Instructables" and yours was one of the first ones to pop up. Your idea is ingenious! I can't wait to make it later (I'm at work). :)

    This is really cool, but I'm kinda confused on the gluing part???? I'll remeasure and get some more cartons and try again. This is really awesome!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is great I made a couple they got a great response. You did a great job!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I know this has been around for a while now but I just love these. I made a bunch for friends and family and filled them with chocolate coins for the hols. Thanks!


    10 years ago on Step 10

    This is just great! Thank you for taking the time to teach this.