How To Upcycle A Milk Carton Into A Basket

Don’t throw out your milk cartons! I am showing you how to upcycle a milk carton into a basket in this post. Using a milk carton as a base, I will share how I used lollipop sticks and fabric to create these cute baskets.

My milk carton upcycle is a fun afternoon DIY. You can get creative with your fabric choices and how you style your DIY baskets. I have put together a video tutorial to show you how I made my mini-storage baskets from the milk cartons.

Upcycled Milk Carton DIY

What You Will Need For Your Milk Carton Upcycle

You don’t need much for this DIY. Before you begin, make sure to clean your milk carton with warm soapy water. Milk cartons can be stinky if not thoroughly cleaned, and we don’t want that! 

Recycled milk carton DIY
How to recycle milk cartons

You don’t need much for this DIY. Before you begin, make sure to clean your milk carton with warm soapy water. Milk cartons can be stinky if not thoroughly cleaned, and we don’t want that!

I measured out my carton and evenly cut the top part off using a sharp blade. Don’t worry if you do not have a blade as you can carefully use your scissors to cut the carton. Please supervise children and do not allow them to cut the milk carton and take care when using glue.

I used my glue gun to apply some lollipop sticks to the outside of the carton. I picked my lollipop sticks up in Mr Price. They were only €1.49 a packet. I used my glue gun to glue them to the outside of the carton. Make sure to space them evenly around the carton. Apply a small bead of glue and press your lollipops firmly to the carton.

Take care when using a glue gun as you can burn your fingertips. You could use craft glue if you do not have a glue gun. If using craft glue for this project, allow extra time for the glue to dry before painting.

I decided to paint my baskets white. So, I applied one coat of acrylic paint to the wooden sticks and allowed them to dry. You can use tester pots of paint to paint your baskets too.

How to recycle milk cartons
How to recycle milk cartons
How to recycle milk cartons

Making The Fabric Lining For Your Basket

I stitched a fabric lining for my baskets. I followed the dimensions of the carton and added half an inch for a seam allowance. 

To see how I made the fabric lining, click on the video for a video tutorial. 

I hope you can get a gist of how I made them in the video as I tried to explain it the best I could. You don’t need a lot of fabric for the lining, so you could use up some of the scrap fabric that you have in your fabric stash.

How to recycle milk cartons
How to recycle milk cartons
How to recycle milk cartons
Recycled milk carton DIY
Upcycled Milk Carton DIY
Upcycled Milk Carton DIY
Recycled milk carton DIY

I am always looking for ways that I can creatively upcycle household rubbish. On my YouTube channel, I have a “DIY my rubbish” playlist. Click here for more upcycle ideas and check out my playlist. 

Let me know if you have a shot at making these. There are so many ways that you can get creative and upcycle milk cartons. 

I would love for you to share your ideas in the comments section below. Don’t forget to check out my video below and subscribe to my channel if you enjoyed the video! 

You might also enjoy my other DIY my rubbish post where I recycled some shoe boxes, jars and tins. You can catch it here. Thanks so much for reading! Chat soon, Catherine.

Thanks so much for reading,

Chat soon,

Catherine.

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3 Comments

  1. April 29, 2019 / 3:22 pm

    These look so incredibly cute!

    • daintydressdiaries
      Author
      April 30, 2019 / 5:58 pm

      Thank you xx

  2. Amy Castle
    May 21, 2019 / 12:15 am

    i did this DIY and I absolutely love my little rubbish upcycles!

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