12 Brilliant Uses for Egg Cartons in Your Home & Garden
A lot of households go through one or two egg cartons a week. These lightweight cardboard containers tend to get thrown in the trash or, at best, recycled. But there are many ways in which you can upcycle or reuse these cartons. As well as using them for craft projects with the kids, they can even be used to make objects ranging from stools to chairs. The small hollows are great for holding jewelry and even fastenings like screws and nails. Below are 21 brilliant uses for egg cartons, other than transporting and storing eggs.
1. Grow Seedlings
Egg cartons are made from biodegradable paper. This means that they are perfectly safe for planting seeds, and once the plants start to grow, you can even transfer the whole thing into a larger pot. The roots will break through the carton, and the paper will eventually rot away as the seeds become plants.
2. Succulent Garden
Because egg cartons cannot withstand frequent watering or rain, they could be better suited to the creation of a succulent garden. Succulents do not require frequent watering, and they should recover from one watering before they need another. Again, you can use half eggshells to further protect the carton from waterlogging..
3. Jewelry Storage Cartons
Any of us that have spent time untangling two or more necklaces, or fishing around the bottom of the drawer to find a favorite ring, will know the benefit of good jewelry storage. Egg cartons not only offer small cups as storage but the center posts can be used to hold rings, too.
4. Christmas Ornament Storage
No matter how many layers of newspaper you use or how well you cover your baubles, there’s always one or two that come out cracked next year. Egg cartons are perfectly shaped to hold the ornaments and, once closed, they protect against crushing and physical damage.
5. Fairy Light Shades
With a cheap set of plain fairy lights, a few egg cartons, and some very basic accessories, you can create a string of pretty and dainty fairy light shades. Easy but surprisingly effective.
6. Fire Starters
Half fill egg carton cups with wood shavings and then pour over enough melted wax to cover the wood. Once the wax dries, you have effective and powerful fire starters that will make getting your fire started a much simpler process.
7. Egg Carton Wreaths
It’s recycled, vibrantly colorful, and it is a great project for you and the kids to make when you’re stuck indoors. It only takes egg cartons, paint, and some glue and you can create a striking egg carton wreath.
8. Flower Mirror Surround
When all is said and done, egg cartons are only made from layers of paper. Choose a basic carton with no branding or logos, or paint over the branding before you start. You can make an impressively effective mirror surround that looks like roses and beautiful small flowers.
9. Egg Carton Chairs
It takes a lot of egg cartons, and we bet it will take more than a few weeks to gather enough, but by simply stacking the cartons and gluing them in place, you can create this very basic chair design. With a little imagination, we’re sure you could create something more elaborate with arms and chair back, too.
Most of us have heard of this particular idea. The theory is that the honeycomb design of the egg carton means that sound waves bounce around and do not pass through the carton. The reality is not as effective as the myth would have you believe. It will muffle the sound slightly, but will have only minimal effect and should only be considered a short-term or low-cost alternative to proper proofing.
11. Recycled Christmas Tree
Alternatively, you can combine your cartons, paint them green, and stack them so that they look like a full Christmas tree. You might not be able to fit many gifts under this version, but with some adaptation, the choice is yours.
12. Mancala Board Game
Mancala is a board game for two people that uses beads, beans, or other small items, and two rows of holes or pits. Use egg cartons as your pits, and you can use beads or any other item to make this deceptive strategy game. It doesn’t even take any crafting, just open the carton and find the beads.
Uses for Egg Cartons In The Home And Garden
The average American consumes 270 eggs each year, which means that a family of four would go through 180 standard 2 x 3 egg cartons per annum, which is enough to complete almost any of the projects above. If you get the extended family to save their cartons for you, you will have enough to soundproof every room and even attempt to replicate a full-size house.
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