Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DIY Round-up: 6 Upcycled Milk Cartons Ideas

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:







Planters
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.










Phone rest
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.) 











Coasters
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


















Birdhouse
Transform a milk carton into a birdhouse using some glue, sisal rope, scissors, and twigs. Secure it up against a wall or hang it up on a tree in your yard. Follow the instructions on kidschaos.com.
















Snack Packs
Turn your milk cartons into cute snack packs perfect for grapes, nuts, candy, and other finger food. Get the instructions on parents.com













Party Lanterns
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.



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