Milk: a staple in every kitchen; a mainstay on the grocery list.
Collect the cartons and keep them out of the trash bin with these upcycling ideas:
Cut off the top of the carton. Decorate the carton as you wish, using paint, wrapping paper, stickers, or, as in this case, a strip of fabric wound around the box for a rough, shabby-chic look. Place a small potted plant into the transformed carton -- and there you have it: a new, refreshed look for your indoor greenery. Get the instructions on cfabbrdesigns.com
A nifty phone rest that doubles as a pencil case too. Make your own with the help of scissors, a box cutter or an X-acto knife, and decorations of your choice. Get the instructions on seriouscraft.com
. (Hot tip: instead of paint, glue wrapping paper over your carton for a cleaner, more refurbished look.)
Simple square coasters done by weaving together strips of the milk carton. Secure the edges afterwards by sewing them together with a sewing machine. You can paint or decorate the coaster as you wish, or keep it bare, as it is -- the carton's design could make for some interesting textures. See the instructions on Pinterest
Spruce up your patio lights for a garden party or picnic. Armed with some wrapping paper, ribbons, and an assortment of arts 'n crafts tools, you can dress up boring lightbulbs into party-ready lanterns with fun designs. Get the instructions on diy-enthusiasts.com.