Reclaim: Milk Cartons

The Reclaim series is all about turning discarded old things into beautiful new things. It’s about making treasure from trash, reducing our waste and saving a little money along the way. Each episode features an everyday object and a variety of inspiring ways that object can be reclaimed.

This time, we are featuring milk cartons!

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Have you got any other clever ideas for recycling milk cartons? If so, please share!

Katie x

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20 Responses to “Reclaim: Milk Cartons”

  1. Helen June 15, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    I love there ideas, so sweet, a good idea for using as planters because they are waterproof! In the UK our milk no longer comes in cartons but plastic bottles, shame, could you do a reclaim for plastic milk bottles? Having said that, our juice still comes in cartons, yey!

    • Katie
      Katie June 15, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      Most milk in Australia comes in plastic bottles too, but there are a few 1L varieties and juices that still come in cartons. We did do a post on plastic bottles here, though they are mostly for soft drink type bottles 🙂

  2. pat hanrahan June 15, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    I think you mean “mold” not mould, (see, John Brown’s body lies a mouldering in the grave…)

    • Katie
      Katie June 15, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      Hi Pat! “Mold” is the American spelling. In Australia we spell it with a “u” (for both the “jelly mould” type and the “mouldy bread” type) 🙂

  3. Kasey June 15, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    I love these, thanks for doing this series!

    • Katie
      Katie June 15, 2012 at 10:34 am #

      It’s a pleasure Kasey! Thank you 🙂

  4. Sarah June 15, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Just a quick hello (wow – I never knew milk cartons could be so useful)!

    Also, I just gave you a One Lovely Blog award 🙂

    Check it out here:


    • Katie
      Katie June 15, 2012 at 10:33 am #

      Oh, thank you so much Sarah! That is very sweet of you! <3

  5. Lesley June 15, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    What great ideas!! Love these! xx

  6. Gracie June 16, 2012 at 3:01 am #

    Thanks for sharing all the clever ideas! I have made candles in a milkcarton filled with ice and a wick in the center and the candles came out …sort of a swiss cheese effect, and very pretty especially when the wick in the middle burned down so that the flame showed through the sides of the candle. <3

  7. Lillian June 17, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    ooh, these are great! i love the fabric covered organisers, and the concrete mould idea as well! i’ve seen some awesome containers and pots made of concrete lately, i feel i need to jump on board this wagon. i’m just not sure about mixing and setting and all that. maybe a quick google is in order 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Sanaa June 17, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    The planter DIY is so adorable! Unfortunately we don’t really use milk cartons much over here, but if I ever do by chance have any lying around I may have to try that for myself!

  9. Pippa June 18, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Really cute ideas! I love the birdhouse.

  10. Nikki June 19, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    So many great ideas! i love the two platers! Thanks for sharing!

  11. louisabellissima June 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    This is such a lovely idea. My absolute favourite is the birdhouse. I may actually try to make one with my daughters. Thank you for this lovely post.

  12. robbie June 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    i adore that little birdhouse 🙂

  13. Gill Platt July 7, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    I love the bird house, what is the outside painted with, I’m guessing its something waterproof so it can be used outside

    Thanks Gill

  14. Jam December 3, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    Thanks for sharing. You can see others from these links below.

    Woven basket from milk carton (no glue , no sew)

    How to Fold or Weave Bracelet from milk carton or drinking straw.


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