Make It: Milk Jug Lunch Box

by Andi · 36 comments

in Fun, tips

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

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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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.

n September 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm
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!

Anonymous April 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

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

n September 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm
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.

Willow Kidd November 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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

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)

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

Why yes, I would love to make a box for my cables. Make It: Milk Jug Lunch Box

Graf-Martin Agency (@GrafMartin) December 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

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Tim Underwood (@TUnderwood) December 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

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emanuela (@manudonetti) January 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm

“@verkoren: Make a lunch box from a milk jug” @chiaraeluciano

Ryan Bayron (@BayronDotOrg) January 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Make a lunch box out of a milk jug

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 :)

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.

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

Milk jugs repurposed into lunch boxes via @lunchitpunchit. So smart and funky-cool. #DIY #recycle

Lunch It Punch It (@lunchitpunchit) (@lunchitpunchit) (@lunchitpunchit) January 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thx! RT @peepthread: Milk jugs repurposed into lunch boxes via @lunchitpunchit. So smart and funky-cool. #DIY #recycle

Sylvie February 2, 2012 at 7:11 am

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

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?

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!

Las Vegas Janitorial Services March 3, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Ha! what an intriguing idea! The things people think of…

louise eddington 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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janesapple 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.

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