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How to Reuse Egg Cartons?

Updated on December 9, 2013

Reusing different items is always a good idea!

You may ask yourself - what could be done with egg cartons?!? Plenty of stuff as you will see if you keep on reading this article to the end! Not just crafts for kids - egg crates can be reused in household, garden as well for some DIY projects...

This page is all time growing collection of practical and crafty uses for your egg crates. Make sure to bookmark it and come back to check new ideas! Specially before and after each Easter when everyone have few egg cartons laying around!

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Don't Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing (Little Green Books)
Don't Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing (Little Green Books)

Teaching children about values of reusing and recycling from early age is an awesome way to turn them into grown ups who will value world around them.

 

Household tips

Money Container

Use egg cartons to organize your change!

Use old egg cartons to store your change for garage and yard sales. Egg cartons are good for this because you can separate all the change and it is easy to get to.

Golf Ball Storage

Egg cartons are perfect sized for golf balls!

What a great place to store extra golf balls. Easy to sort by brand and condition and they are stackable so they can be stored neatly.

Travel Helper

Egg cartons are perfect for packaging small items

Use them to hold small items like earrings, necklaces, sewing notions, etc; weave needle thrugh the inside top cover so as not to lose it in your suitcase. Hold it together with a large rubber band.

Waste Paper Basket

Simple and useful craft from egg cartons

Make wastebaskets from egg cartons. Cut off tops. Then poke holes on the flap that is used to close the carton. Then take ribbon and tie each carton to the next. Takes 8 cartons to make a circle. The plastic bags from Wal-Mart or the grocery store fit into these nicely. Makes a great waste paper basket.

Charcoal Fire Starter

Egg cartons help ease fire lightning

Using a cardboard egg carton, fill each section with melted wax so that it's about 1/3 full. Place a piece of charcoal (one briquette) in the wax. Close the carton and place on a shelf until you're ready to use. To use, remove the top of the carton, and place the bottom half in the grill. Light the carton. Wait a few minutes and then add more charcoal. This will eliminate the need for lighter fluid.

Jewelry Organizer

Only put inside egg cartons!

Paint or cover with fabric. Store any small pieces of jewelry, rings, earrings, chains, cuff links, etc.

The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (What Do You Know About? Books)
The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (What Do You Know About? Books)

Attractive color illustrations and easy-to-follow text combine to present factual information that younger boys and girls will readily absorb and understand. The Three R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle is one in a series of four entertaining What Do You Know About? books, for very young children. It describes the ways in which kids and their families can avoid waste and be environmentally conscious. Four pages presenting activities for children appear at the back of the book, followed by a two-page section for parents, with tips on explaining the subject in more detail.

 

Make ice

From polystyrene egg cartons

Making a bunch of ice for a picnic or party? Use the bottom halves of clean polystyrene egg cartons as auxiliary ice trays.

Reinforce a trash bag

Simple and effective use of egg cartons!

Yuck! You pull the plastic trash bag out of the kitchen trash container and gunk drips out. Next time, put an opened empty egg carton at the bottom of the trash bag to prevent tears and punctures.

Desk Organizer

Egg cartons help in storing stuff!

Remove the top and place inside a desk drawer to hold small items, like paper clips, rubber bands, push pins, etc. Paint or decorate if you want to place it on a desktop where it will be seen.

Fire the grill

Light your fire with egg cartons

Melt candle scraps in a double boiler, then fill each cup halfway with sawdust. Carefully ladle the wax over the sawdust, and let it cool. Each cup can now serve as a fire starter-just light the edge.

Game or Toy Storage

Edd cartons as toy containers

Does it drive you crazy when those little pieces keep getting lost? Use a carton to store doll shoes, game pieces, dice, Lego, etc

Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew and Reuse to Make Things Last

Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last
Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last

What should you recycle, renew, and reuse? Practically everything!

Is there a gadget graveyard in your house? Want to get the most mileage out of your electrical appliances? Tired of having to choose between paying high prices for repairs or good money for a cheap replacement? Well, no more! These savvy secrets help you make the most of your purchases-and your money-by making things last longer and work better.

 

Cushion ornaments

Preserve fragile ornaments by using egg cartons

The cartons are ideal for separating small, fragile Christmas ornaments for storage. Line cups with cotton, foam, or tissue paper and store small Christmas tree bulbs and ornaments in each cup.

Organize fasteners

Helping out with household repairs

Use your cartons as repositories for screws and bolts removed during appliance or other household repairs. Numbering the cups ensures proper reassembly.

Round up tiny spare lights

Use egg cartons for holiday lights as well!

Those stray 4-watt night-lights and holiday bulbs won't last long rat­tling around in a drawer. An egg carton's cups make for ideal storage. For this use, keep the lid.

Ship cheaply

Replacements for Styrofoam packing peanuts

Being stiff but lightweight makes egg cartons excellent replacements for Styrofoam packing peanuts.

Gardening tips

Start seedlings

Don't throw money! Reuse egg cartons!

Cut off the lid, fill each cup with potting soil, and plant some seeds. Once the seedlings sprout, cut each cup from the tray and plant it-cup and all.

The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers

The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers: Based on the New York Times Column "Garden Q & A."
The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers: Based on the New York Times Column "Garden Q & A."

Every week readers from around the country send in their most vexing problems--how to divide perennials, prune raspberry canes, grow basil that really tastes like basil, get rid of earwigs, find long-lost varieties of flowers, keep honeysuckle under control--and every week, the authorities at the Times write a column full of answers.

 

Manage seeds

Use each egg carton cup for different seeds!

You can use it to storage your seeds. Even variety of them! Each cup can be used for different seed type.

Feed birds

Simple way to feed birds

Trim off the lid, thread string through holes in each corner of the tray, fill the cups halfway with birdseed, and hang in a tree.

Newspaper, Pennies, Cardboard, and Eggs--For Growing a Better Garden: More than 400 New, Fun, and Ingenious Ideas to Keep Your Garden Growing Great All Season L

Newspaper, Pennies, Cardboard, and Eggs--For Growing a Better Garden: More than 400 New, Fun, and Ingenious Ideas to Keep Your Garden Growing Great All Season Long
Newspaper, Pennies, Cardboard, and Eggs--For Growing a Better Garden: More than 400 New, Fun, and Ingenious Ideas to Keep Your Garden Growing Great All Season Long

What’s the secret? It’s a mix of ingenuity and efficiency, accented with fun! Newspaper, Pennies, Cardboard, and Eggs—For Growing a Better Garden contains more than 400 clever solutions for easing garden troubles, new techniques for turning around an underperforming garden, and innovative ideas that will amaze even long-time gardeners.

 

DIY tips

Craft Helping Hand

Egg cartons keep round things from rolling away

When working with small round items, use an egg carton to hold the item while you paint one side, or just as a holder while they dry. It keeps those little round things from rolling away.

Make a Candle

Use each eggcup to make a candle

Make scented candles. Melt wax in a double boiler. Add scents (from a candle shop) and old crayons for color. Put the wick in the bottom of each egg cup. Tie on a small washer to keep it on the bottom. Pour in the wax, holding up the wick. After wax has set, remove the eggcup.

Good Eggs - natural wood eggs in a recyclable carton

Good Wood Eggs, Six in a Recyclable Carton (childs play food)
Good Wood Eggs, Six in a Recyclable Carton (childs play food)

Wooden eggs have a long history. They were first used to seed a nest. This trick has been used for generations among farmers worldwide. Because the eggs are the same size and weight of a large chicken egg, farmers place the wooden eggs under a lazy chicken and magically the chicken begins to lay eggs. Wooden eggs have also been used for generations as a teaching toy for children practicing in the kitchen. Straight from Camden Rose Farms we offer a set of 6 eggs in a recyclable egg container. The eggs are sanded baby smooth.

 

Palette

From styrofoam egg carton

Use the Styrofoam kind for watercolor or acrylic paints. Detach top of carton and use for mixing colors.

Kiddy crafts

Essential Learning Products Look What You Can Make with Egg Cartons
Essential Learning Products Look What You Can Make with Egg Cartons

3-5-Covering easy-to-make craft ideas using egg cartons, paint, and glue, Ochester sets readers up for a good start with a clear introduction. She also includes a helpful hint that poster paint does not adhere to plastic cartons. However, readers will be dismayed to see that the directions are not explained as carefully in the body of the text and that they must rely on studying the photographed examples.

 

Caution!!!

If there's any sign that an egg cracked in the carton, throw the carton out. Salmonella bacteria can live on the cardboard for months (a kind of dry storage). When junior uses it for the next craft project, he could transfer the bacteria from carton to hand to mouth.

Recycled Crafts Box

Recycled Crafts Box
Recycled Crafts Box

Divided into sections dealing with paper, plastic, metal, and fabric, the book tells how these materials are made, traces their history, and explains how they can be recycled, emphasizing benefits to the environment. Tips on how youngsters can make a difference appear throughout, and interviews with artists who work with recyclables are included as sidebars.

 

Do you find these information useful?

Have some more tips to share with the rest of us about the creative ways to reuse egg cardboard crates?

Do you reuse egg cartons?

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    • casquid profile image

      casquid 4 years ago

      Heavy on the content, great lens!

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      georgeac lm 4 years ago

      We built my friends studio last year and since the budget was pretty low we used egg cartons instead of acoustic foam. The results we pretty good. Maybe you can add that to the lens.

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      IQplusone 5 years ago

      Wow - nice lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Such wonderful ideas. I will definitely be trying some. I like the candle making idea.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I have all the neighbors save egg cartons for me. I raise chickens, so I'm always in need of them. Great tips on reusing these!

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      SellClean 5 years ago

      Yes! We use them as paint palettes for kids.

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      Ryan Will 5 years ago

      Wow talk about imagination; love all the different ideas on your lense.

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I've used them for starting seeds before.

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      I have not so far. but I will use them for planting seedlings this year

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Great ideas. I am using egg cartons to start seeds for my garden. Really liked the fire starter idea and the bird feeder. Never thought of using my cartons for mixing watercolor paints. Thanks for expanding the ways I can and will use my future egg cartons. Appreciated!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      It is amazing how good looking can be these crates just with a touch of some color and some imagination...

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      amazingly enough, I have actually used egg cartons for about every purpose you list. I hadn't really thought about all of the way until reading...hey, I've done that moments all throughout the lens.

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      juniperberry lm 5 years ago

      love the golf ball idea!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      I'm always looking for new ideas to recycle common household stuff. Thanks.

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      Vallygems1 5 years ago

      Love these lenses of yours great ideas.

      Thank You.

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      nice lens. welcome to see my ideas of reusing eggshells.

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      Traceeshobbies 5 years ago

      I have chickens and reuse them for eggs. When we get to many I put dryer lint in them and dump melted wax (scented) and use the as fireplace starters.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      I use them as packing material and as seed starters.

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      I love the idea about starting seedlings in them. I'm definitely going to use that one. Thanks.

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      Leilani-m 5 years ago

      Great lens! I have to try some of these Ideas! :)

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Wonderful ideas! This lens has been blessed on the "I Love That Word" quest and added to my Upcycling Ideas lens.

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      littlelotus 5 years ago

      I use them to organize spices... but then I throw them away.... there are great ideas here.... thanks for sharing:)

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Some fun egg carton craft ideas here. I like the bird feeding one most of all!

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      I never thought of 1/2 these ideas for reusing egg cartons...*Blessed*

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      You sure are an expert on the topic. Blessed! :)

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      TeacherRenee 5 years ago

      I'm a retired kindergarten teacher and I always asked parents to send in clean egg cartons -- so useful for so many things! I loved them to sort beads! Great lens, thanks!

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      Selbst 6 years ago

      Wow, nice and useful ideas! Thanks for sharing these :)

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      achraf lm 6 years ago

      nice tips, and nice videos!! I will probably try some of these soon

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      FunkyJewelleryUK 6 years ago

      Great lens! I make jewellery from recycled products, and when I go to craft fairs I display my rings in egg boxes. It looks really cute and eco-friendly! Nice work :)

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      mattseefood lm 6 years ago

      Very useful! Thanks for sharing :)

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      sdtechteacher 6 years ago

      This is so creative! I bet you could also melt crayons and pour them inside to make bigger crayons. This is an idea I saw for muffin tins but it ruins the muffin tin.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      No, but you have made me change my mind. Great idea's:)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I found your lens very useful. But the design of the egg cartons isn't that nice for display.

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Another lens I am definitely bookmarking!

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      Tiggered 6 years ago

      My friends have put egg cartons on the walls of their rehearsal room - great sound proofer!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks! We're keeping some of ours, because we will be getting chickens, but these cartons seem to come out of the woodwork when your friends start contributing. Need these ideas! Angel blessed!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I never even thought about all these ways to reuse egg cartons - thanks for these useful tips.

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      californiapch 6 years ago

      what an amazingly creative lens!

      we go through lots of egg cartons and most of your smart, creative suggestions never, ever occurred to me.

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      xenoc 6 years ago

      thanks for useful tips. great!

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      tailortoo 6 years ago

      Great ideas. We try to reuse egg cartons before the recycle choice. But if the carton has some egg from a cracked one, we tear it up and add it to our compost bin.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You got nice stuff, interesting to read. Keep on creating such wonderful lens

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      Karla Whitmore 6 years ago from Arizona

      Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a bountiful new year

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      Karla Whitmore 6 years ago from Arizona

      Fantastic and useful lens. Thanks for sharing :)

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this informative lens.

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      ezpostcard 6 years ago

      well created lens, I like the heart frame design.

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      artgoodman lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens, I liked the egg carton game video. Thanks for sharing this great lens

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      nikkirosety 6 years ago

      Awesomeness! Thank you.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      A_willow you once gave me an Angel's Blessing and now I can return the favor, for this eggscellent lens!

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      noobeegin 6 years ago

      Fantastic ideas for uses of egg cartons. Love this lens!

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      Judy Goldsberry 6 years ago

      Thank you so much about the tip on dried egg on the carton being dangerous I didn't even think about that being a danger.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I reuse the cardboard egg cartons as fire starters. If you cut all of them out and cover them in wax they work great!

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      So many creative uses of egg cartons! Thanks for sharing :)

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      Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

      Excellent tips and ideas!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I knew egg cartons had other uses for them but I have truly learned about some more uses that I never even considered! Thanks for this Wonderful and Useful Squidoo Lens!!!

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      Some of your ideas never occurred to me. I'm thinking of making firestarters as a gift item for a particular family member who loves building the fire in the dual-fuel stove in the winter!

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      zapider 6 years ago

      Make ice From polystyrene egg cartons is a good idea

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      I've always found ways to reuse my egg cartons. One is by donating them to a local farmer who provides farm fresh eggs in exchange for the cartons. (I've also used them to start seedlings, too.) Great ideas here for additional uses that I never thought of.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      I recently found out how to make bat decorations for Halloween. Put the link on my True Bloodish Halloween page.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I love the Golf Ball idea, I am fedd up of them rolling around!, oh..and the bird feeder...and the seedlings, this is great! no wonder it got a Urple Purple Star

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      @naturegirl7s: Yes, we do that too. :) We don't raise our own chicks but I'm sending empty cartons to one farmer near by.

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      @Yume Tenshi: LOL Abie! :) There are so many things to reuse around the home. You only have to look at something and ask yourself: What can I do with this?

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      Lots of excellent ideas. It's not creative, but we reuse the egg cartons that we used to buy from the grocery.... to store our hens eggs in. I'm going to have to get my friends to save some more for us because these are wearing out.

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      Yume Tenshi 6 years ago

      I know this may sound very naïve but for some reason I had NEVER EVER thought you could reuse egg cartons. This is an eye opener! :) Loved the layout as well as all the tips. Now, allow me to go get over my shock. Reusing Egg Cartons... tsk, brilliant!

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      @VarietyWriter2: Thanks for a blessing. :)

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Another great lens by you. Cool ideas. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      I love to reuse and recycle. I hope to make some mmore ecofriendly lenses. This was very thorough.

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      renee7 7 years ago

      I've used them for years to start seedlings, but I have never considered using them for golf ball storage. Brilliant! Great Lens!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Fabulous and eggs-citing ideas here! Now... can we have one that deals with all the Easter egg boxes and plastic inserts?

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      fotolady49 lm 7 years ago

      Hi Michelle,

      I wish I would known about this lens last year. I had a stack of cardboard egg cartons in my basement to reuse/recycle and all they did was collect dust and cobwebs and my daughter 'made' me through them away. I'm trying to quit being a packrat ...lol...[losing battle] and I knew deep down inside there was many uses for them, like to start seedlings and to give to people who raised chickens...there are still a few of them around...anyway you have so many good ideas....I'm definitely going to bookmark and favorite this lens....5*****

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      rewards4life info 7 years ago

      I've found at least five ways to reuse my egg cartons instantly. Thanks for sharing. Great lens. =)

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      GoGreenYoga 7 years ago

      tons of great ideas here - i especially like the paint palette idea!

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice! I normally throw egg cartons but reading through your lens, I will start keeping the cartons and reuse it. Thanks so much for enlightening me. Rated 5*

      Hope you could visit my lenses and be a fan of my fb page. Thanks again

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      lakshyaa 7 years ago

      Great lens with excellent ideas to reuse egg cartons! I wont through off the cartons hereafter, having found better ways to use them.

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      totalhealth 7 years ago

      there'sso many ideas on how to make use those egg cartons, thanks

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      nextchapterlear 7 years ago

      Love recycled craft ideas! Perfect! Thank you!!

      Jenn

      http://www.Glass-Block-Crafts.weebly.com (free Christmas craft ebook!)

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Great ideas

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      Wow! Who knew there were so many ways to use an egg carton! Great lens!

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      gods_grace_notes 7 years ago

      Wow, what a great lens! I love all of these great ideas... you have worked really hard on this lens... and it shows!!! Thanks for putting so much effort into expressing your creativity.

      5 stars & 2 thumbs up,

      Connie

      : )

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      Earth_Friend 7 years ago

      These are very interesting ideas! I had no idea there were that many uses for egg cartons!

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      gemjane 7 years ago

      Great ideas--thanks for sharing!

      Here are some more uses for egg cartons:

      Halloween or ethnic masks

      Miniatures and Diorama and Dollhouse uses:

      vases

      bowls

      planters

      stones

      fieldstone path, floor, castle wall

      wall sconces

      use the lid for a cement floor

      pack your dollhouse miniatures in egg cartons when moving

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      Lori Lee-Ray 8 years ago

      I love all of the ideas! They'll keep my grandbabies and daughter busy over the summer! Thank you!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Money Saving Tips

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      My goodness< i have been looking for ways to reuse egg cartons for a while now Thanks for sharing

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Another great lens dedicated to the reuse of a popular item. I am going to include it in the Easter Time Headquarters group because so many egg cartons are emptied in the name of crafts at Easter that these crafty ideas would be great to have on hand!

      Brenda

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      That was so Funny - egg carton and baby chicks!

      My organic eggs come in those wonder gray cartons made from 100% reclaimed paper. There is something about those gray cartons that I just Love. In art school I used egg cartons while making art. Great lens with good ideas. 5 stars and I Favorite It.

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      MoniqueNelson1 8 years ago

      Wow, I thought I was proactive simply by recycling my egg-cartons, you have supplied so many alternate uses. I'm amazed!

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      What a vivid imagination you must have - some interesting ideas. Must admit most of our egg cartons go to our composter. Food for thought!

      Best wishes,

      Mike.

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      SecretFreegan 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas!

      I rescue about 12 cartons of cold, fresh eggs a week (usually one egg is broken so stores throw out the whole carton). They also throw out empty cartons which I keep and use to put the eggs in that are in messy cartons. I then donate the eggs along with $1,000 more worth of fresh, good food every week to a homeless shelter.

      Keep spreading the green ideas!

      Ginger Freebird

      Secret Freegan

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      RaintreeAnnie 8 years ago from UK

      Great ideas here, thankyou! Adding to my faves so I can find it again easily :)

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      An excellent lens! Angel Blessings to you.

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      BeautifulGreenB 8 years ago

      Another great lens! You rock. I no longer have to wrap my little glass ornaments in ten tons of tissue paper, even better!

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Great work once again! I hope you'll join the Million Ways to Go Green group that I just started!

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      Yahoo you are a winner in The Squidoo Home for The Holidays Lens Contest So Go Grab your badge.

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      Echo Phoenix 8 years ago

      great lens! I have featured this lens in a group of three lenses you have created in the new module of our Group, Planet Earth: Our Garden of Eden... we have also featured you as the Re-Use It! Lensmaster:) thank you for all your contributions to the group... Namastè, Echo

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      JudyDunn 8 years ago

      Another terrific lens! I smiled at the caterpillar from egg cartons...I remember my daughters making those. And I appreciate the salmonella tip, I did not know that it could survive so long. Thanks. :)

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      SerenityPrayerG 8 years ago

      Nice Lens, Handy Ideas! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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      fenergy2 8 years ago

      Great lens, and great ideas for something everyone else discards.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow. I will never throw away another egg carton. Thanks for all the great info.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      This is great! Our granddaughter, age 6, loves crafts and I save all the egg cartons for her. Thank you for all the super ideas.

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      dustytoes 8 years ago

      I usually recycle them by giving them to my neighbor who has chickens, or use them to help start the wood stove. I really like your Christmas ornament idea! Nice job...

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      I don't buy eggs, but I had to check your fun ideas to see what I'm missing out on!! :)

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      June Campbell 8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thanks so much for this lens. I so appreciate anything that works to help protect our environment.

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Another great recycling lens. Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens links to the appropriate plexos and vote for them.

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      Lou165 8 years ago from Australia

      Another great lens - my niece has Aspergers and we used to put little bits of paper with numbers on them in the different 'holes' of an empty egg carton and then she had to put numbered ping pong balls into the right 'hole.' It was an activity promoted by the Aspergers Society, but I also used it with my toddler for recognition skills.

      The seedlings is another thing I use the egg cartons for, otherwise they go to school :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      We recycle and reuse as much as we can. Its fun finding new ways and ideas to use things.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      MatCauthon 8 years ago

      I remember using an egg cartoons to make a soundproof room for one of my audio hobbies. 5*

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I think that spraying the carton with a bleach and water solution (or Lysol or other disinfecting spray) would kill any possibility of Salmonella. No need to throw them out for that reason.

      Egg cartons can be used for preschoolers to do simple sorting activities -- buttons, beads, beans, coins, etc. These are early math experiences.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A hearty SquidAngel Blessing for these great ideas on a fabulous lens!

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      The Homeopath 8 years ago

      I use egg cartons for starting my seedlings every spring. Works like a charm!

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      Barkely 8 years ago

      Thanks for adding this lens to the Fun For Kids Group:)

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      We use them for kindling when burning wood in our woodstove...great fire starters!...but now you've given me some more ideas!...LOVE that red heart craft! :D 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great idea! Now I know what to do next time.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      I think it's fun to turn cardboard egg cartons into alligators. Just cut them in half, paint them green, add googly eyes and tie one end together with yarn. Their mouths open wide to see their teeth.

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      LarryBass LM 8 years ago

      Terrific Lens a_willow. Very well put together and totally useful and a large 5 star rating for it and You!

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      Allan R. Wallace 8 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      I was taught that when backpacking the best container for transporting eggs is not some fancy plastic case - but the original egg carton. thanks for all the other uses.

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      PetMemorialWorld 8 years ago

      Lots of great ideas ... I might be short of fire starters if my family gets hold of this lens ;)

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