Milk Carton Crafts for the Kids

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During my stint as a youth librarian, I was all about turning regular household trash into projects for the kids. A milk carton project would fit right in. However, take a look at some of the examples: a microwave? A tv? However, the craft that takes the cake is Mr. and Mrs. Earhead. What’s with the oversized ears?

A couple of these projects are okay and the concept is good. I would have liked to see simpler instructions for the younger set. Almost all of these projects require a knife or some kind of ice pick (for holes, I’m guessing). I am a bit biased when I think crafts should be simple and age appropriate. Too many instructions or pieces can be frustrating. This is what I say when the real answer is that I can’t manage a complex craft.


valentine basket craft

bunny craft

Mr and Mrs Earhead


tv craft



    1. I was just thinking that tv has more channels than I had as kid. I remember 2,4,5,7,9,11,13 and sometimes 28 ( PBS) aka aux.

  1. I used to make boats out of milk cartons as a kid, but not that like that tugboat. If I did there would be no place for small dolls or figures to go for a ride. 🙂

  2. I’m trying to remember how long it’s been since I’ve seen milk sold in a paper carton like this. It’s been a while. I guess I have seen heavy cream and things like that in the shorter paper cartons recently, but I wonder if you could even scrounge up the materials for these crafts anymore.

    1. Juices often come in these cartons. And maybe eggnog at this time of year. But alas, my town’s recycling won’t take them anymore.

    2. That depends on where you live, because such cartons are common here, not just for milk, but juices, iced tea and other beverages.

      1. I agree, where I live in Canada milk is sold in bags or cartons, and the cartons come in different sizes. One difference is that nowadays you don’t have to wrestle with trying to rip the carton open without ruining the pouring spout, as they often come with a built in screw-top lid now. But the old fashioned pull-back-and-rip-er-apart cartons still exist too.

  3. I didn’t know half-gallon cartons were still in use in the US, but if they are that Easter bunny basket is stinkin’ cute. Or you could use little pint or half-pint cream cartons and make little ones for party favors. Or even make different animals with snouts (horses? cows?) for other occasions. For some reason that little guy speaks to me.

    I’m also way into using household discards for crafts but my problem was always that I saved up things like egg cartons without having a project in mind. Then I’d have dozens of the things taking up space. But that’s a different problem. Did someone mention hoarding? (It’s not just for books any more.)

  4. I can’t remember if I’ve actually made that Easter basket or just put the instructions in my lesson plan book when I took those childcare classes in high school. But I know for absolute certain that I have interacted with that page.

  5. Microwave and TV would be fun for doll furniture actually.

    I always wanted to do these things as a kid but we only bought milk in bags XD

  6. To any fellow Europeans WTF-ing about the “milk in bags” thing, the bags are supposed to be placed inside a jug and cut open at the top to allow the milk to be poured. (I was confused by this as well while I was in Canada.) Not sure how that’s going to work if and when legislation to cut down on single-use plastics happens on that side of the Atlantic.

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