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19 Ways to Reuse Old Egg Cartons
Don't throw out all those empty egg cartons! There are hundreds of uses for them. Here are some of my favorites.
1. Start Seedlings
Begin by removing the lid from the egg carton, and poking a hole at the bottom of each cup so there is somewhere for the extra moisture to drain. Fill each cup with a little bit of potting soil and one to two seeds. Once the seedlings start to sprout and they're about four inches tall you can transfer them to your garden. Transferring them is simple, you can either use a spoon to gently lift out each seedling, or just widen the holes at the bottom of the cups and plant them directly into the soil with the carton.
2. Make a Bird Feeder
Egg cartons are perfect for making a cheap bird feeder. Remove the lid so you are just left with the base of the carton. Half fill each egg cup with bird feed then poke a small hole in each of the four corners. Thread string through these holes and tie the carton to a tree branch, then you can sit back and enjoy a symphony of birds in your garden.
3. Use Egg Cartons for Golf Ball Storage
Egg cartons are the ideal size to store loose golf balls. The cartons can also be stacked on top of each other to create a tidy storage solution for balls that tend to roll all over the place.
4. Reinforce a Trash Bag
Don't you hate it when your trash bag rips or you go to pick it up and gunk leaks out? You can solve this problem by reinforcing your trash bag with an empty egg carton. Simply open an old carton and place it right at the bottom of your trash bag, and this will catch any gunk, and prevent rips.
5. Organize Craft Supplies
Empty egg cartons are great for sorting and storing all sorts of little craft items. From buttons to gems, beads, embellishments, charms, and diamantes.
6. Organize Hardware
Those little egg carton cups are the perfect size to sort and store small hardware items that tend to go missing. Organize your screws, bolts, spacers, washers, nails, and nuts.
7. Use as Packing Material
Styrofoam egg cartons are a great packing material when sending, or packing items that you don't want to be damaged. Instead of paying for Styrofoam peanuts, or bubble wrap you can just reuse your empty egg cartons as buffers.
8. Make a Coin Caddy
Those little egg carton holes make a perfect coin caddy if you're having a yard sale.
9. Store Baby Socks
Little baby socks fit perfectly into egg carton cups after they've been folded together. Decorate the carton and make a cute display, or place the carton in a drawer and the little socks will be much easier to find. A decorated carton and some cute little socks also make a great baby shower gift.
10. Store Christmas Ornaments
Egg cartons are great for storing all those fragile Christmas ornaments. The cartons can be easily stacked and for smaller ornaments, you can pad the cups with shredded paper.
11. Freeze Meatballs
Plastic or foam egg cartons are great for freezing meatballs. They stop the meatballs from being squished in the freezer and losing their shape.
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12. Use Egg Cartons as Kindling to Start a Fire
Create fire starters with dryer lint, wax, and an empty cardboard egg carton. Collect up and keep the ends of candles in a jar and once you have enough you can melt them down for this project. Simply fill each cup with dryer lint and pour over the melted wax. You can tear off a cup at a time. These become handy little fire starters for fireplaces or campfires.
13. Make an Ice Cube Tray
You can use empty plastic or foam egg cartons as ice cube trays.
14. Make a Paint Palette
You can use empty egg cartons to create mess-free paint palettes. Each individual cup can hold a different color and the lid can be used for mixing different paint colors.
15. Package Truffles
The little egg carton cups are the perfect size for packaging truffles. Decorate a carton and fill it with delicious truffles for a gift of simply protecting your truffles on the way to the party.
16. Kids' Crafting Projects
Empty egg containers are a great base for many kids' craft projects. Let your imagination run wild, with some scissors, glue, and paint the possibilities are endless. Some common projects include caterpillars, snakes, cars, and alligators.
17. Feed the Worms
Compost worms benefit from a balanced diet, and the worms loves to break down paper and cardboard. You can rip up your empty egg cartons and feed them to your compost worms.
18. Store Ribbon
Egg cartons with lids make great storage for ribbon. Poke a hole in the lid and thread the ribbon through, while keeping the rest well contained within the carton.
After reading all that if you still can't find a use for your empty egg cartons you can always donate them to a local kindergarten, or to a friend with chickens who can refill them once again with eggs.
Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on July 19, 2015:
What a great article! Yes we have sometimes used our egg boxes for planting seeds and your article was a great reminder to do it again. Otherwise they do get thrown at our compost heap.
JR Krishna from India on July 14, 2015:
OMG. So many interesting ways to use egg carton
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 13, 2015:
Clever ideas, Dakotalee. Very resourceful for the egg carton. Voted up!
dakotalee (author) on July 12, 2015:
Thank you. I also love upcycling and reusing things. I'm sure there are so many more creative uses for egg cartons as well. I have fond memories of making egg carton snakes as a child.
Mackenzie Sage Wright on July 12, 2015:
I love to recycle/upcycle everything. you have given some great ideas here... totally voted up & shared. Nice job on this hub.