Most of us go through at least one egg carton a week. But we don’t think twice before tossing them out into the garbage once they are empty. But you might want to think twice next time you’re about to throw one out. These containers can be upcycled and be pretty handy around your home.
Here are 15 uses for old egg cartons:
1) Sort Baby Socks
Baby socks are adorable but tiny and can get lost or separated from their twin sock pretty easily. Try placing a pair in each slot of an egg carton to keep them together.
2) Snack Tray
You can use an egg carton as a snack tray for your kids to prevent them from spilling their snacks all over the place.
3) Laptop Stand
Use egg cartons to boost up your laptop.
4) Ribbon Sorter
Egg cartons can be used as a nifty ribbon sorter. Just poke a few holes in them.
5) Nail Polish Sorter
Place your nail polishes inside of an egg carton to prevent spillage from making a mess.
6) Paint Tray
Pour paints into an egg carton to make a mess-free and disposable paint tray.
7) Jewelry Organizer
Keep your jewelry organized, especially the little pieces that can get lost, by placing items inside of an egg carton.
8) Refrigerator Organization
Place an empty egg carton inside your refrigerator and use it to sort items like mustard bottles to prevent them from leaking into your fridge.
9) Sewing Kit
You can turn an egg carton in a sweet sewing kit.
10) Ornament Storage
Store Christmas ornaments in an egg carton so they don’t break.
11) Office Supplies Organizer
Keep your tacks, paper clips, and other itmes in an egg carton to keep these items from spilling out into your desk.
12) Bird Feeder
Fill an egg carton with bird seed and use some rope or twine to hang your DIY bird feeder from a tree.
13) Hardware Organization
Never lose another nut or bolt again by placing these little bits and pieces inside of a milk carton.
14) Seed Starter
Use an egg carton as a seed starter. When your seedlings are ready to be planted you can just plant the entire egg carton into the ground. It will disintergrate and won’t need to be removed.
15) Arts and Crafts
There are tons of arts and crafts projects that you can make with egg cartons.
Bonus. What about Old Magazines?
Boost a Planter
If you have a potted plant that’s not tall enough for your planter, you can use a few magazines at the bottom of your planter to prop it up.
Woven Basket, Bracelet, Etc.
Use the subscription cards that fall out of magazines or the front or back page of a magazine to create this woven technique. You can use this weaving method to create a bracelet, a basket, and other cool things.
Roll up a magazine and secure it with some tape or a rubber band. Then wrap an extension cord around it to keep it from getting all tangled up.
You can fold and coil magazine pages to create these bright colored coasters.
Help Your Boots Keep Their Shape
Roll up magazines and place them in your tall boots to help them keep their shape.
Line your pond with a thick layer of magazine pages before you lay down a liner. This will make sure that rocks and roots don’t puncture through your liner.
Place a hot pot or dish on a stack of magazines to protect your tabletop from the heat. You can also roll up strips of magazine paper and glue circles together, using the coaster method above, to make a trivet.
Protect Windows From Paint
Wet some magazine pages and press them into your window panes before you start painting. This will protect your windows from paint.
You can use magazine paper as disposable drawer liners.
You can fold magazine pages in a fan method and add a clock mechanism to make this crafty clock.
Cool Wrapping Paper
Use magazine pages to wrap a present. It will look colorful and funky and you won’t have to buy wrapping paper.
Glue some magazine pages on pieces of ceramic tiles and give your house a sweet tile design.
Make an End Table
Fill a tall cardboard box with magazines and tape it shut. Mod Podge magazines, fabric or wallpaper to the outside of it to decorate your makeshift table.
Glue pages or strips of magazine magazines to your wall to create a colorful wallpaper in your home.
Cut out a hole in the middle of a stack of magazines and place your potted plant in it to create a funky planter.