When it comes to egg cartons, there are so many fun, interesting and innovative ways that you can reuse and repurpose them that none should ever end up going in the trash. Whether the egg cartons are plastic or cardboard, you should have no problem finding a wonderful use for the ones you have from the list of tips below.
If you like to garden, egg cartons are an excellent way to start seedlings off rather than planting the seeds directly in the garden (this is especially helpful if the weather is still changeable and could get cold). Cut off the top of the carton and fill each of the cups in the carton with potting soil. Once done, plant the seeds and water/nurture them from the carton. When the seeds start sprouting, you can transfer them to your garden where they will have a better chance of survival.
An egg carton can be an excellent do-it-yourself bird feeder (and an excellent craft project for kids). First, cut off the top. Then make small holes in each of the four corners of the carton. Thread the holes with durable string or wire and fill up the carton cups about half way with birdseed. Use the string/wire to hang the carton from a tree and you have an instant bird feeder.
Christmas Ornament Storage
Egg cartons are a perfect way to store and protect small Christmas and other holiday ornaments. Since they do so well at protecting fragile eggs, they are one of the better ways to store fragile ornaments that doesn't take a lot of time. They also make it simple to unpack when it's time to put the decorations up again during the holiday season.
Egg cartons are a great place to store small objects that can easily be lost or misplaced, especially if they are small items that have similar uses. A perfect example would be to organize all the small items that are used around a desk. This could include paper clips, pins, tacks, rubber bands, staples and any other small object that can easily get lost in a drawer. If you don't need all the 12 spaces, you can cut down the size to 6, 8 or 10 so that it's perfect for what you need.
Egg Carton Easter Treats
After you take out all of the eggs, hard boil them and color them, why not use the leftover egg carton to bring some holiday joy as well. You can turn it into a holiday theme gift carton (instead of buying a basket) or you could make it the ultimate prize of the easter egg hunt for the kids. Simple fill it with all the regular holiday candy that you will be using in other places and you have a great way to reuse the carton that anyone who gets will love.
Give To Friends Who Have Chickens
If you have friends or neighbors that have chickens and more than you need for yourself at home, consider donating the cartons to them. They will always be in need of more cartons and your generosity may land you a free carton of eggs from time to time. Also check out if there is a local community farm in your area that raises chickens as they are often in need of extra egg cartons as well.
Reusing old egg cartons can be a great way to keep everyday jewelry sorted and neatly arranged. It also helps to keep jewelry that belongs together form getting lost like pairs of earrings. When it's time to get dressed in the morning, it makes choosing the jewelry for the day much less time-consuming and less stressful since everything is neatly ordered.
If you are doing any type of crafting with paints, egg cartons make for an excellent paint holder. This is especially useful if you are planning to paint outside or someplace away from your normal craft room. It's a convenient and portable way of carrying paints around without having to carry a lot of different paint bottles.
Color Learning Game
If you have a young child and are looking for an inexpensive way to teach him or her colors, an egg carton is a great way to do so. Simply paint different colors in each of the spaces of the carton, and then color matching cotton balls to match. The child can them match the balls to the correct color space of the egg carton.
Count Me In Egg Carton Game
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Use a sheet of plain colorful or white paper to cut circles sized of fit the bottom of each egg slot. We are using cutouts to encourage counting and number recognition, not memory. The circles are re-arrange before each play Print numbers upon each circle. The circles are randomly placed into carton. Allow the child to use their small toys to place the appropriate amount in each slot.
Place alphabets upon the revise side of circles and apply the same format.
Once set-up, the child can play independently. If small items passes child safety test.
Egg cartons can be used to make an effective and long lasting fire starter. Simply place wax drippings in combination with dryer lint and newspaper shavings or shredded paper to create a wonderful fire starter for little to no cost.