Milk Cartons for Birds, Bowling and More!

Make ice blocks for parties
Keep drinks cold at your next barbecue or party with ice blocks made from empty milk cartons. Just rinse out the old cartons, fill them with water, and put them in the freezer. Peel away the container when you’re ready to put the blocks in the cooler or punch bowl.

Instant kids’ bowling alley
Make an indoor bowling alley for the kids with pins made from empty milk and juice cartons. Just rinse the cartons (use whatever sizes you like) and let them dry. Then take two same-sized cartons and slide one upside down into the other, squeezing it a little to make it fit. Once you’ve made ten, set your pins up at the end of the hall and let the kids use a tennis ball to roll for strikes and spares.

Feed birds in winter
To make an attractive wintertime treat for feathered visitors, combine melted suet and birdseed into an empty milk carton. Suet is beef fat; you can get it from a butcher. To render it, chop or grind the fat and heat it over a low flame until it melts. Then strain it through cheesecloth into the carton. Insert a loop of string into the mixture while it is still melted. After it hardens, tear away the carton and tie your new mass of bird food to a branch. Do this only in cold weather. Once the temperature gets above about 70°F (20°C), the suet will turn rancid and melt.

Make seed starters
Milk cartons are the perfect size to use for seed starters. Simply cut off the top half of a carton, punch holes in the bottom, fill with potting mix, and sow the seeds according to instructions on the packet.

Make vegetable garden collars
Use empty milk cartons to discourage grubs and cut-worms from attacking your young tomato and pepper plants. Just cut off the tops and bottoms of the containers, and when the ground is soft, push them into the ground around the plants when you set them out.

Collect food scraps for compost
Keep an empty milk carton handy near the kitchen sink and use it to collect food scraps for your compost heap.

Disposable paint holder
If you have a small paint project and you don’t want to save the leftover paint (or lug a heavy can), an empty milk carton can help. Just cut off the top of the carton and pour in the amount of paint you need. When the job is finished, throw the carton into the trash, leftover paint and all.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you this newsletter. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.