I’ve got a bit of a beef with the social media slash craft world. The internet provides us with myriad ideas for reusing common household goods, but how many of those ideas are actually going to result in something useful? I mean, how many of us actually want a wreath made from plastic bags? And even if we do, how many can we realistically make until we’re back to throwing out plastic bags? To that end, we’re starting a new series I’ll call “DIY Reuse That Might Actually Be Useful” so that I can feature common household items that can be reused in ways at least one or two of you might consider.
So, without further ado,
Things to do with egg cartons
Use them as plant starters, and sprout your own garden indoors.
Painting with several different colors? Pour them into your ready-made paint palate (slightly safer with plastic cartons…).
Make your own fire starters using the egg carton as a mold.
Separate buttons or jewelry-making supplies, or any other small items in need of organizing.
Why buy craft supplies for kids when you can just hand them an egg carton and markers? Reuse egg cartons to save yourself money and time entertaining your kids.
Feeling creative? Recreate this garden table in which the seeds you plant eventually eat the table made of cartons. Haven’t tried it myself, but I suggest a trial run in your backyard, rather than your living room.
While I often think that recycling-bin decorating is tacky, these fairy lights are actually pretty appealing, and maybe just this side of the crafty-tacky line.
Need a protective wall around a young tree? It’s cheaper to make one yourself from egg cartons than to buy materials from the hardware store.
If you buy eggs locally, just give them back to your egg farmer!