Easy DIY Milk Carton Baskets

This post is shared as part of Boulder Locavore’s ongoing partnership with Silk, exploring healthy lifestyles choices and exciting plant-based dietary options.

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I have always loved to repurpose things.  I’m not sure why I find it so gratifying but I do.  It feels like a bit of genius and originality I suppose.  The same goes for upcycling.  Unlike recycling which reprocessing something to a different usable state (like into compost or new metal or plastic objects) upcycling is the process of giving something a new life still using its current form.  I love doing this too.  Some of my favorite upcycling projects during my partnership with Silk have included a Milk Carton Rainbow Piñata, Milk Carton Herb Gardens, and Milk Carton Garden Lanterns.  All very fun to make and utilitarian too.  This Milk Carton Bird Feeder stayed on a tree outside my home office from last summer until a violent windstorm finally claimed it in the past few weeks.

Today’s project is a simple one however quite possibly the most directly useable:  Easy DIY Milk Carton Baskets.  Though we do recycle our milk cartons we go through a lot of milk in our house weekly.  If I can think of something creative to do with the cartons vs. recycling them I like to repurpose them.

DIY Easy Milk Carton Baskets for art supplies - BoulderLocavore.com

These little baskets sprang to mind with Easter on its way but we immediately found other uses.  We could not have enough desktop organizers or art caddies.  The baskets provide mobility options which in our house is a plus.  We have several homework sites around the house and carrying supplies to them is key.

I could imagine using the Easy DIY Milk Carton Baskets under the kitchen sink to store damp sponges.  In the pantry for heads of garlic which always seem to be rolling around out of reach for me.  For more ventilation holes could be poked through the sides of the basket too.  I might keep my clothespins in one in my laundry room.  Of course they would be great for a nature hike with wee ones or gathering treasures in the yard.  Collecting eggs such as the Toy-Filled Cascarones I recently shared.  The possibilities really are endless.  They also could be covered with duct tape for a cute look and to seal them even more robustly.

DIY Easy Milk Carton Baskets for Easter - BoulderLocavore.com

How to Make Easy Milk Carton Baskets


Full size milk cartons (1 per mini basket)


Fine Sharpie

Xacto knife or sharp scissors

DIY Easy Milk Carton Baskets tutorial supplies - BoulderLocavore.com

Instructions for Milk Carton Basket:

Fully rinse and drain milk carton; allow to dry.

Measuring from the bottom of the milk carton, make a line 3 inches from the bottom across the surface on two opposite milk carton sides.

Print and cut out the downloadable template, match the bottom and sides to the milk carton.  Using a fine-tip Sharpie trace around the template for the top and handle of the basket on two opposite sides of the milk carton.

DIY Easy Milk Carton Baskets tutorial - BoulderLocavore.com

Using a ruler or straight edge, draw a line connecting the top of the basket on the remaining two sides of the milk carton.  Cut around the top of the basket and handle.

DIY Easy Milk Carton Baskets tutorial - BoulderLocavore.com

DIY Easy Milk Carton Baskets tutorial - BoulderLocavore.com

Fold the two sides of the handle over so they overlap by an inch.  Staple on each side of the handle.

DIY Easy Milk Carton Baskets tutorial handle - BoulderLocavore.com

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  1. Kristi says

    What a fun idea! Would be great for May Day baskets to put on all the neighbors doors. Add fun treats or garden seeds!

  2. Catherine S says

    This is a great DIY project. It would be great way to hold the crayons that my niece and nephew leave out.

  3. Pam says

    I always loved doing crafts with the kids that used items we already had around the house. This is such a neat idea.

  4. says

    How creative is this? I think it is super creative and I think it would be even more adorable to make these with the mini milk cartons like that have at school as a means to make household decor during Easter season!

  5. Jeanine says

    What a really creative idea! So good. I think this would be perfect especially for a teacher or someone who is really big on re-using and recycling. So great!

  6. says

    We were JUST looking up crafts to do during spring break next week. This is so perfect for my 7yr old, and the teens can help her out. Thanks for the idea

  7. JA says

    Great job. If you re-folded the box (inside out), you would have a great white background to decorate with Sharpies or add glitter etc.

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