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It’s A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Last year, I came up with a tutorial for packaging halloween candy. I wanted to make it an annual thing, so I tried to figure out how these mini milk cartons were made. No printables. No exact measurements. Mostly freehand scoring, snipping and gluing. DIY milk cartons!

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

For this project I used fairly sturdy cardstock (~65lb/175gsm). This particular sheet is 8.5 x 11 inches.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

I cut it in half, crosswise. I’m not known for using exact measurements for my packaging. So long as you start with a rectangular piece, you should be okay.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

First, fold a small flap on the short end. This was approximately half an inch wide.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Keeping the flap up, fold the paper in half.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Then, in fourths.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

You will now see the basic shape of the carton.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

With a ruler (or simply eyeballing it), measure how wide one section is. In this case, it was approximately 2 inches.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Next, fold the long end of your cardstock. The width of the fold should be less than your earlier measurement, but more than half of it. The section of box was two inches wide, so my fold was somewhere between 1 and 2 inches wide.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Cut the bottom sections on your score/fold marks.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Cut out the smallest piece.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Those flaps will serve as the base of the carton.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Next, fold the other long end approximately 2/3’s of the way down. This will be the spout portion of the finished milk carton. Apply pressure when folding this part. This will make things easier later on!

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

We’ll start putting everything together. Apply glue or stick double-sided tape onto the flap.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Glue or tape the base together as well.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

You can taper the edges of your base to add some character.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Once everything is in place, stand the carton upright.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Slowly pinch the top sections towards each other, like in the photo.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

It should pucker into a bow-tie like shape.

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

Fill up with jellybeans, M&Ms or candy corn. Seal with glue or double sided tape!

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons

 

I Try DIY | It's A Wrap: DIY Mini Milk Cartons


          

October 16, 2013

mikkomix

2 Comments

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    Rose

    April 13, 2016

    I know this tut was a while back ago but I love this idea so much, it helps people like me who have a hard time measuring. Thank you!
    Ann

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