Recycle your Milk Cartons into Lunch Boxes!


These sandwich holders/lunchboxes were once a milk carton! They are super simple to make and the kids will enjoy the craft. For each box, you will need a 1 gallon plastic jug, scissors, knife (obviously supervise children at all times and use discretion on who will use the knife), and a marker.

Make sure to thoroughly wash out the milk jug. Then mark it all the way around, as shown below. 3 sides short, and 1 long.

The long end being the exact opposite from where the handle is located.

Then, start snipping away. You will be removing the section with the handle, so feel free to start cutting at the mouth of the jug, down the side with the handle. Then follow the lines you marked out.

Then fold the flaps forward and backward to create a nice crease.

Don’t mind the little hole in the middle, I was going to put snaps on this, but then realized that I’d better make my tutorial in a way that everyone could do it. Cut a semi circle or a V shaped point on the large flap. The point of the V pointing away from the edge.

This part you will have to eyeball, take the large flap and fold it over the side and place a dot with your marker on the bottom/front flap on each side of where the open part of the V is. Cut a line between the dots with your knife. This will be the tab to keep the box closed.

Let the kids decorate it however they want, really make it theirs! Paint it, put stickers all over it, whatever their little hearts desire.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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