How to Cut Through Milk Crates

Milk crates are made of heavy plastic and are ideal for crafts and other projects. You can turn them into hundreds of things, including bookcases, entertainment centers, benches, planters or basketball hoops. Cutting a milk crate requires a little effort because the plastic is too heavy for scissors or a utility knife.

Stack several milk crates to create a study desk.

Things You'll Need

  • Crayons

  • Small handsaw

  • Fine-grit sandpaper

Step 1

Set the milk carton so the side you want to cut is facing upward. For example, set the milk carton upside down to remove a bottom section.

Step 2

Create a line for the cut based on the project's dimensions, using the crayon. Use a white crayon for a darker-colored crate and a black one for a crate that is lighter in color.

Step 3

Hold the carton steady with one hand and cut out the section with the small handsaw.

Step 4

Continue cutting until the section is removed.

Step 5

Smooth any rough edges with the fine-grit sandpaper. This will ensure that you or your belongings aren't snagged or injured by the jagged edges.