Saturday, August 4, 2012

Milk Carton Wallets

I started making these when I saw the instructions in Family Fun Magazine last year.  It's a really simple craft and a great way to recycle and reuse would-be trash.  Now whenever I get a milk or juice carton with the screw-on spout, I save it to make one of these.  It's a great project to make with older kids.  And if nothing else, you can keep making them and save them for stocking stuffers or party favors for birthday goody bags.  I have a large supply of them in my downstairs closet.  You never know what you might be able to use them for.

You start with an empty milk or juice carton like this:

(It has to have the screw-on spout)
Rinse it out thoroughly and dry.

Open it at the top.  Cut down the back side, cutting off the back panel and the bottom.
Then you will need a template to place on top of the milk carton and trace.
You can find the template on the original instructions here.

Place the template on top and trace around as instructed.  Cut out the wallet and cut out the hole for the spout.  Then you will need to fold on the lines as indicated.  The most difficult part is the accordion fold on the inside of the wallet.  You may need a butter knife or other sharp object to help make the creases so that the wallet will fold correctly.  You can find further instructions as well as a video here.
Here is a finished wallet:

Just another cute and easy way to reuse and cut down on waste!

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