How to Repurpose Egg Cartons


Many households throw away several egg cartons a week, generating a lot of garbage, almost all of which is Styrofoam, which does not break down for years. It’s a much better option to find useful second careers for them around the house. From kids crafts to entertaining help, egg cartons can be really useful.

Plan ahead for extra guests at the party by filling up the egg cups in the cartons with water and making extra ice cubes. Cover them with colored foil and use them to serve individual items like cream puffs, children's candy or cookie treats.

Use them at the family picnic for individual portions of ketchup for the fries. You can also put small servings of cocktail sauce, mustard, salad dressings or dipping sauces. Cover them in foil or leave them plain--they make super little bowls.

Store small items when traveling. They're great for necklaces and earrings, hearing aid batteries, extra pills or buttons. You can keep the carton closed with a large elastic band for extra security.

Sort golf balls by brand and the condition they're in neatly in cartons. You can store, label the cartons and then stack them neatly where they'll be accessible but out of the way.

Make fire starters for the campsite or the indoor fire place. Use dryer lint to fill cardboard cartons up and pour the wax from old candles over the lint in each cup. Let this harden, and they're ready to use: just tear off a cup and throw one into your woodpile to get the fire going.

Place the egg holder side of the carton in your drawers for instant organizers for small items. Store thumbtacks, paper clips, pencil erasers, rubber bands and other tiny items neatly. In children's drawers, they keep small barrettes and ponytail holders straight as well.

Keep small items neat in your craft room in egg cartons. They're great for beads, jewelry, small buttons, sewing and scrapbooking supplies. In the shop, use them fro separating small nails, screws and other small items.

Store your tiny fragile Christmas ornaments safely away in old egg cartons. Toy household items for dollhouses fit nicely in these as well. Use these for the kids to store doll accessories, game pieces, puzzle pieces and more neatly in their drawers.

Fire up your creative juices and use the old egg cartons for paint holders on the cup side and paint mixers on the flat side. The Styrofoam ones wash up nicely and can be reused many times.

Insulate your attic. Staple the egg cartons opened to the attic ceiling. Overlap each flat side with a cup side for double the insulation. You can even nail them up there on the flat side and then close them for a nice air pocket to help you insulate better. Seal the cartons with a dab of good sealing glue, and you have free insulation.

Use egg cartons any place you want to store -- and stack up -- lots of small things. They're really very handy and the styrofoam holds up very well over time. For more interesting ideas, go to The Frugal Life. The URL is listed below.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the egg cartons to helps your kids learn to count and sort out colors, sizes and shapes!
  • Always wash the egg cartons really well in warm soapy water to be sure they're bacteria-free.

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