10 Ways to Reuse Egg Cartons

10 ways to reuse egg cartons

In Malaysia the egg cartons can be plastic or cardboard. I will indicate which type of carton you can use for my ideas.

1. Reuse them!

In Australia I have a friend who sells the eggs his chickens lay at his work place. He is always looking for egg cartons to take them in. So if you befriend someone who has chickens ( or you decide to get some yourself) you can reuse them. (plastic and cardboard)

2. Use them as seedling trays

You can place some potting mix or compost in the tray and then plant some seeds in each cup of the carton. make sure that you water them properly and they will sprout. When the seeds are sprouted you can separate each cup and plant them cup and all. As the cartons will break down over time. (cardboard)

3. Use the egg cartons to hold paint ie as a pallette

You could use the cartons to hold paint for children's finger painting or for poster painting. When you have finished you can just throw it away or you could close it up and allow it to dry if it is water based paint you could rehydrate it later. (plastic)

4. Use them to transport delicate items for a picnic.

The design of egg cartons is unusual in that it will separate items and keep them protected use this to transport delicate fruit or small pastries to a picnic. (cardboard/plastic)

5. Use them to store beads

if you have many different types of beads then you can keep them separated by placing them in different places in the egg carton.

6. Soundproof a room

sound proofing looks a lot like egg cartons! glue some to the walls and see if they really work. (plastic/cardboard)

7. Use them in a child's art project

egg cartons make great Scales for animals. Each egg cup in the egg carton makes a great eye! (plastic/cardboard)

8. Use them to make unusual ice cubes/jellies

Fill them up with water or juice or jelly and make some wacky ice cubes or jellies (plastic)

9. Use them as a mulch

Use the chopped up remains as a mulch in your garden (Cardboard)

10. Use it to stop the soil coming out of your plant pot

place a flattened egg carton in the bottom of a plant pot to stop the soil from leaking out and as a reservoir for water. (cardboard)

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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

I have two more uses to add to your great list:

Separate different sized nuts and bolts.

Storage and presentation of golf balls I collect from around the world.

Interesting Hub...Thanks

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Lgali 7 years ago

very nice ideas RRR

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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Thank you for answering this request. Great ideas that I'll be using.

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shamelabboush 7 years ago

I look forward to use tip number 8. :) I like the idea.

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carriegoff 7 years ago from Michigan

Great tips!

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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv

great idea for a hub and creative use for the egg carton!

Lgalilover 5 years ago

luv u Lgali

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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Great hub!

I am always searching for egg cartons for my projects! And when I don't collect them for myself, I collect them for one of my sons who has a little farm with chickens!

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Anna Evanswood 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

Thanks for stopping by KidsCraft! Egg cartons are very useful:)

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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

I hate to think how much plastic is wasted. I wonder why they're not all cardboard?

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Anna Evanswood 3 years ago from Malaysia Author

Me too! I hate the plastic ones!

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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

Great info Anna! I use my egg cartons all the time. In fact, I'm starting my lettuce seedlings today! Great job! Voted up and shared!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Those are several useful suggestions for reusing egg cartons. Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day!

~ Kathryn

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HeatherH104 3 years ago from USA

Awesome ideas! Voted up and shared.

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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Great! I have definitely picked up some new ideas for egg cartons. I have only used them for seed starters. Excellent Hub and shared.

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