I'm looking for interesting uses for everyday objects like egg cartons.
Gloria from California
This I haven't done, but I've heard egg cartons make good packing material when shipping packages. (10/12/2005)
Cardboard egg cartons can be used for almost anything. I use them for:
1) Kids' crafts, snakes, caterpillars and butterflies, robots look great.
2) Planters for seedlings where you just remove a section and plant it carton and all. The carton will break down and the roots just keep on growing.
3) Bulb keepers, store your bulbs until ready to plant.
4) Make fire lighters, many methods found on the net.
For plastic egg cartons:
1) Put squirts of paint for kids as a paint palette.
2) Sort beads, seeds, or punch art shapes. Kids love this activity.
3) Fill each section with a plaster of paris mix. When set, paint and add a magnet for interesting fridge magnets.
4) Use as mini jelly molds. These are great for kids' parties. Yum yum!
I use the paper egg cartons to make little fire starters. I keep one in the laundry room and when I clean out the lint tray, I wad it up and put into a section. Then when it is full, I use my old candle stubs, and drip wax onto the lint. After the wax is set up, I cut the carton apart and store them in a coffee can by the wood stove. (10/13/2005)
I just got that "light bulb" moment and began storing those decorative plastic Easter eggs in them! Much easier to store a dozen in an egg carton instead of a plastic bag. They don't get dirty or cracked and can be stacked, boxed and identified easily. If you have many plastic eggs they could be tossed loose into one cardboard box, but I still like the egg cartons. (10/13/2005)
I have used the big egg cartons to make compartments for a jewelry box. I wrap a shoebox with decorative paper and then place the cartons inside the shoebox. (10/13/2005)
A couple of uses are:
1) Seedling starters. The carton (assuming that it is made of compressed cardboard) will also decompose when the seedling is transplanted to a larger pot or into the garden.
2) Line the walls of your home music studio or baby's nursery. Helps absorb echos. If used in a baby's room, you can still hear the youngster quite clearly, but without the high pitch. Any parent will be alert to the child's call, but it is nice not to have your teeth set on edge.
3) Start to keep your own chickens. An interesting hobby and you get eggs, plus a great way to get rid of kitchen scraps. They will eat meat scraps too. Use the empty egg cartons to help store the eggs that these guys lay. The waste that the chickens produce is also a wonderful fertilizer for the garden.
If you are worried about the latest flu that can infect chickens, don't be. Keep them isolated from other animals. Ensure that you are clean, including your footwear. Ensure that your chicken coop has a fine mesh enclosure. If you have free range chickens (fowl, chooks, etc), consider letting them out in the afternoon to scratch around, while you watch over them. The current flu problem won't last long. Just be vigilant. (11/16/2005)
By Ian Dempsey
My aunt, who was a senior citizen in the 1970's, made waste baskets out of the colored Styrofoam egg cartons. I do not have instructions or a picture to offer. I am sorry. (02/23/2006)
Egg cartons make cute centerpieces for Cub Scout banquets. Cut the bottom half of a cardboard egg carton in half crosswise and paint each half blue, like 6 Cub Scout caps. Glue on little cardboard hat brims. Paint each boy's name on the cap and stand two candles in the spaces between caps. It's probably not a good idea to light the candles. (12/28/2007)
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