Kids-Family Craft: "Color & Snack Me" Milk Cartons

Hello! Today I hope to inspired you with a quick and easy kids' craft tutorial, fun for the entire family. I call these "Color & Snack Me" milk cartons. It's a little fun Back-To-School tradition I started two years ago when my eldest child, Catherine first started Kindergarten. Each year, on the first day of school, I'd slip a "goodie" box of some sort along with a handwritten note into my kids' backpack to wish them a lovely start of the new year. This year I decided to pick it up a notch by adding some coloring fun to these goodie boxes, using these lovable uncolored digi critters and pattern papers from Deedee's Digis Bugs & Blooms set.

There are two parts to this tutorial. In Part 1, I will walk you through on how to create a plain basic milk carton. Then in Part 2, the fun part...decorating it up which I will demonstrate using these digital pattern papers and uncolored images from Deedee's Digis Bugs & Blooms set. But before we get started, I would like to bring your attention to my Copyright Notice on the left-side bar. Please take a moment to review it. Thank you kindly!

Part 1: Create 2 Milk Cartons


  • 1 heavy-weight cardstock, size 8.50x11
  • scoreboard
  • paper trimmer
  • scissor
  • double side tape or craft glue
  • twine

Step 1: Using paper-trimmer or scissor, cut cardstock in half to create 2 - 5.50 X8.50 pieces. Put aside one and with the other piece, place on the score board and score as shown in the photos, starting with the left photo. 

Then, fold on all the scored lines.

Step 2: Cut at the scored lines like show below in the photo to create the base of the box.

Then, place back on the scoreboard as show in the photo with the 8.50 side going across. 

NEXT, to create the folded top, score as show with the pink arrow.

This what it should look like.

Step 3: Apply double-side tape or glue to the short folded side and seal.

Next, flip the base up and seal as shown with double-side tape or glue. I decided to make a curve bottom by trimming off one of the flap.

Final Step: Your box should look like the one on the left photo once the corner and base are sealed. Next, wrap the top with twine and tied into a bow. 

Part 2: Decorate The Milk Carton


optional supplies: ruler, pencil, dies circle/square and Big Shot

Step 1: With the pattern paper, cut out a stripe of 2x8.50 size. Flip it over so the wrong side facing up toward you. Add double-side tape or glue around the corners like show below. I like using these double-side tape that you can tear. It makes adhesive pieces together quickly.

Step 2: Starting in the middle of one of the milk carton's side, slowly wrap the paper around the milk carton and pressing down with the scoring-bone as you go.

Step 3: Opened the uncolored images up in Microsoft Word, resize to 1.50x1.50 and print. It helps to put a box/circle around the images to help guide with the cutting later.

Next, cut the images out and adhesive to each side. Here I used Sizzix Big Shot and Spellbinder classic circles and classic rectangle dies to help me make the perfect cut.

Step 4: Fill it & Tie It Up! 

You can fill these boxes with any mini snacks! Or if you're using them as party favors, mini toys will fit just fine. Then, press the top together, wrap the twine around, add your crayon, wrap the twine over it and tied in a bow.

I hope the steps were easy to follow and I've inspired you to give this milk carton project a try. I love to hear your thought about this project as well any other kids' craft project you would like to see in my future posts. I look forward to sharing many more in the upcoming months.

If you missed my design team card post for this week Anything Goes theme over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge, you can find it HERE. I hope you can come join us in this fun challenge theme with a chance to win some wonderful prizes from our lovely sponsor Deedee's Digis. It would be so lovely to see you and your beautiful creations in our Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge group. 

Thank you so much for sharing your day with me! 


Lois Wyche said...

This is gorgeous and a great idea...I will be saving it to use with my granddaughter when she comes to visit.

Sherry said...

What a fun little project .. and they can be done for birthdays, holidays or just because! LoveloveLOVE it!

Patricia St Martin said...

Christina, So darling you did a fantastic job..... I just love these. Thank you so much for doing this, it is so cute. I will have to try this.
Hugs, Pat♥

Rannah Romps said...

Thanks so much Christina for sharing this adorable project!

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