Container From Recycled Milk Carton




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

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

Step 2: Cut Top Off

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

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

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

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

Step 6: Fold Flaps

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

Step 7: Fold Down Retention Band

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!

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      14 Discussions


      10 years ago on Step 7

      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!

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      10 years ago on Step 7

      awesome! so fun, easy and pretty!!! congratulations and thanks!!


      10 years ago on Introduction

      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!!!!

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      Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

      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 red

      10 years ago on Step 7

      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

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      10 years ago on Step 7

      love the idea! I will try this! my son only drinks soy milk and I cannot recycle these! what a great idea!

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      Reply 10 years ago on Step 7

      Thanks for commenting! Please let me know if my instructions helped you or if I they need a little tweeking.


      10 years ago on Introduction

      I love instructables that utilize would-be trash in an easy and efficient way. Good Job.


      10 years ago on Introduction

      That's really cool!!! I can see where it could be a very useful item! Good Job!!!!!