The following Milk Carton craft ideas were contributed by our members.
What you needMilk Cartons
I have used them to plant flowers in …a kind of craft project for the children. We pretty up the milk carton with different kinds of paper and then plant the flower in there. It looks really pretty!..by Maria
Cut the tops of and decorate with crepe paper for a fast and inexpensive party bag for sweets or take home gifts.
Make a simple bird feeder by cutting a hole in the carton clean and dry it out insert a dowel for a perch and fill with seed, suspend from a tree. You can also cover the carton, clean and dry them out first and seal the top use the to make houses for the kids to make a little village. I also use them to start plants I just cut the top off or the side if I want more soil area..By Gina
Ice Candles: Instructions
Use them to make ice candles, make them into holders for yarn and ribbons. You can decorate them with cloth and buttons and make Halloween decorations like spooky ghosts, use them at Christmas time and make holiday houses. By Debbie
Make pen/pencil holders. Whether the cardboard or the plastic ones , you can cut off the top, then cut down AN Unequal number of equidistant widths from top almost to base all around the carton, forming struts on which to weave.
Get another carton, cut off top & bottom, & in circling motion, cut it from base to top in one continuous strip (like peeling an orange) so you have one long length. You can then weave it in & out of the ‘struts’ of the first carton. When you reach the top, get another milk carton cut off top & bottom, & cut a wide strip from the body of the carton which will go around the top of the woven cartons.
Fold it over, to hide top of struts & weaver, & ‘lash’ it on by over sewing with one long strip cut from a plastic shopping bag or bin liner, whatever colour you fancy. The whole project takes only minutes & looks great. Works REALLY well with the plastic milk cartons (or soft drink bottles too). By Jan Lewis
Ginger Bread House:
Make a very easy gingerbread house. Use graham crackers instead of gingerbread, use plain white icing to glue the crackers to small milk cartons (indiv. size), and also to glue candy and pretzels and green coloured shredded coconut as decorations. Easy for very young kids, as no fiddling with gingerbread walls that won’t stick together. By Marg
Decoupage Containers :
Cut the top off, paint the carton and then decoupage with pictures. Make flowers out of tissue paper and pipe cleaners and you have a vase with flowers. By Melinda
Seedling Hot Houses :
Cut off the ends and put over young seedlings to protect them . By Dale
Cover it with contact paper or wallpaper and voila! you got a new flower vase. By Fanny
Make piggy banks, bird feeders, trucks, train cars, pencil holders, plastic bag holders, a potpourri holder and a vase. By Arlene
You can build a dolls house. Make each carton a room with doors and windows cut out. Stick together and paint. By M Chapman
You Can make a town. Cover each milk carton with construction paper. Cut windows doors, add a sign for the different buildings, like school, church etc. (cut them in various sizes to have some variety) This would be good to do with preschoolers, talk about colors, shapes!!. By Pam
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