Make It: Milk Jug Lunch Box

Next time you empty a gallon milk jug, wash it out, draw the lines on like in the photo and make a reusable milk jug (or carton) lunch box.


Use a pin to poke rows of holes, which will become the crease.

Fold it into a little box and add a piece of hook and loop closure (brand name is Velcro) and you’ve got yourself a clever lunchbox!

What other items headed for the recycling bin can be reused to make a lunch box or as a container within a lunch tote?

Don’t want to put food in it? Consider it for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season. I used a few of these for keeping small craft supplies that are used in the same project (think cardmaking) together.

milk carton lunch box craft storage from udandi.com

If you don’t want to make a lunch box, you could buy the whole kit and caboodle. Reuseit sells a variety of lunch packing goods and if you’re a first-time Reuseit customer, be sure to select your free gift when ordering (I picked the bamboo utensils and like them!).

Note: I found this item via Pinterest, which I’m learning is not always bookmarked to the original source. Thank you to a reader who post this link to directions.

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  1. Otakore Literantadodist
    September 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Uhmmm, is there any detailed tutorial on how to make it? Can you share it please? Thanks.

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  3. BanRam
    September 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    My 9 yr old daughter made this for her science project which was to make something useful out of rubish. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Anonymous
      April 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Omg, that is my exact science project! Do you think you can help?

  4. n
    September 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm
  5. Andi / udandi
    September 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    ah this is one of the disadvantages of Pinterest and not being able to track down the original source if it wasn’t pinned from it. Thanks N. I’ll update the post.

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  9. Willow Kidd
    November 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Is there any concern about chemicals leaching into the food after some time of use?

    1. Andi
      November 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      I cannot answer that question. But this is a container that held milk and I would only use it as a lunch tote (items would be packed in a reusable sacks not loose)

  10. Ben Simpson (@ben_simpson)
    December 23, 2011 at 12:51 am

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    December 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

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    January 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

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    January 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

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  15. Kate @ PeepThread
    January 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Such a smart idea! Adding it to the giant list of things I want to make in 2012 🙂

    1. Andi
      January 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      I’ve found this hack to be great for storing craft bits and bobs. It was going to be my ornament storage solution but I made something else.

  16. PeepThread (@peepthread)
    January 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Milk jugs repurposed into lunch boxes via @lunchitpunchit. So smart and funky-cool. http://t.co/HMYgMAOR #DIY #recycle

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  18. Sylvie
    February 2, 2012 at 7:11 am

    that is a smart idea! I’ll remember it! Thank you so much!

  19. Ketcham
    February 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Im a little confused.. i would love to try out this idea but i clicked under everyones instructions and still havent found any measurements or a pattern.. im not quite sure where the lines would be appropiatley placed?

    1. Andi
      February 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

      if you eyeball it based on the photo you’ll do alright. In my case, there’s always another milk jug to try it on!

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    April 27, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Just finished making one of these. 2 questions: is there any way to remove the milk bottle labels without so much work and aggravation (soaking, scrubbing, and lots of Goo-gone)? Also, what do you do about the large indented circle shapes on the 2 sides of the milk bottle opposite the handle?

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    June 20, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Wow! I’m sure I can think of dozens of uses for these containers. I don’t like being wasteful and this is a great way to repurpose something that would otherwise end up in the bin. http://janesapple.com

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