Upcycled Milk Carton Storage Box

I’m always in search of ways to reduce the amount of trash we have. Whether we decrease the disposable products we use or find ways to reuse, repurpose or recycle items. The milk we buy to make our homemade yogurt only comes in 1/2 gallon waxed paper cartons. We can’t recycle them and every time I threw one out this last year I kept thinking that there just had to be a way to reuse or repurpose them.

I saw a tutorial a few months ago on how to upcycle a plastic gallon milk jug into a reusable storage or snack container. I figured if you could do this with a plastic jug, why not do this with a waxed paper carton? One snowy afternoon last month Little A and I gave it a try and I was amazed at well it turned out. It actually reminds me of a Chinese food take-out container only a little more durable. This upcyled milk carton storage  box is perfect to organize toys, craft supplies and even some snacks!

Upcycled Milk Carton Storage Box Tutorial

Upcycled Milk Carton Storage Box Tutorial:

The materials you need for this project are pretty simple:

  • A half gallon waxed paper milk carton
  • scissors
  • marker
  • snap or velcro


Step 1: Open out the top of the carton.

how to make a reusable container from a milk carton

Step 2: Cut off the top of the carton. Follow the seam around the carton that runs just under the pour spout.

Step 3: Draw a curved line from corner to corner. End the curves about two inches down on each corner. Do this on all four sides.

diy milk carton to reusable snack and storage box tutorial

Step 4: Cut on the curved lines you drew on all four sides.  Once the curves are cut, make a two inch cut straight down on each corner.

how to turn a milk carton into a reusable take out snack container

Step 5: Fold each flap in towards the center of the carton.

reuse repurpose and upcycle a milk carton into a reusable container

Step 6: Install a snap or velcro on the flaps so there is a secure way to fasten the box closed. I used  some of these fun bright yellow snaps that I got free in my last KAM snaps order.

how to make a reusable storage snack box from a milk or juice carton

Now you have a fun little reusable storage box to use simply buy upcycling a milk carton!

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    • Annie says

      It is such a fun project for kids! We figure even if the boxes get beat up and worn out with our toddler playing with them so much, at least we got a lot more use from them before they got thrown out :)

  1. Melissa says

    I should really make one of these with my daughter. She is loving the idea of recycling milk containers lately, and goodness knows she has a million collections in her room that need to be contained. 😉

  2. Sue D says

    Great idea. I used to put two cartons together to make building blocks for the kids to play with. sometimes we covered them with contact paper.

  3. Ashley F says

    So cool! I recycle as much as I can but am always looking at things we throw away and wondering how they can be repurposed instead. We get our milk in glass bottles, but occasionally drink almond milk, I will definitely keep this in mind for the future! (Bookmarking!!)

  4. CTY says

    What a cool idea. I buy OJ in cartons just to get the pourable spout (like the carton you used). I cut them to replace the canning jar lid on my dry goods and get an awesome pourable canning jar. Now, I can use the rest of the carton too!
    I think wrapping the box would be great for giving holiday cookies. Do you think they can scrub up clean enough?

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