Milk carton baskets are a fun and easy DIY Easter craft. This milk carton craft post is shared as part of Boulder Locavore’s ongoing partnership with Silk, exploring healthy lifestyles choices and exciting plant-based dietary options.
Milk Carton Craft Ideas
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 DIY craft project is a simple one, however quite possibly the most directly useable: 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.
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 milk carton 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 imagine using a milk carton basket 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.
How to Make Easy Milk Carton Baskets:
Full size milk cartons (1 per mini basket)
Xacto knife or sharp scissors
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.
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.
Fold the two sides of the handle over so they overlap by an inch. Staple on each side of the handle.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
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.
Shannon Gurnee says
This is such a great idea for Easter! I would love to try this with our kids sometime! Thanks for sharing.
Becca Wilson says
This is a great way to reuse an item you already have to make something adorable!
Nicole Escat says
This is a huge help for our earth, recycling something to be used is awesome!
Toni Dash says
Thank you Nicole!
Camesha | Mama Motivator says
These are really cute! What a unique idea for making an Easter basket.
Louise Bishop says
These are so cute and unique! I’m sure it would take me failing a few times to get these right haha
You have such an eye for creativity! I would have never thought about using a milk carton for a basket, so clever
Debbie Denny says
Oh gosh. We used to make these when I was young. I had totally forgot about this.
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
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!