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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Origami Milk Carton Craft

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Here's another great idea to make food toys from recycled materials. Wash and cut open a milk carton. You can use it to make tiny milk or juice cartons about 3 inches tall to go in your toy refrigerator. You don't need to write in Japanese like my wife did. The sizes I give are the original measurements in cm. You can adjust them to more manageable measurements as you like.
Materials:

  • washed and cut open milk carton
  • origami paper
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • glue
  • white pen or whiteout pen
Directions:
  1. Cut a rectangle from the milk carton 11 cm(4.3 inches) by 7 cm(2.8 inches).
  2. Fold the rectangle every 1 inch down the length to make 4 segments. It's important to leave about a quarter of an inch flap at one end. This is where you'll glue it together.
  3. Fold the carton into a 2.8 tall rectangular box and glue into place with the flap. The printed side should be on the inside of the box.
  4. Push the sides and pinch the top 1 inch of the of the box into the carton top. Glue and/or tape in place to secure.
  5. Cut a 11 cm(4.3 inch) by 4 cm(1.6 inch) rectangle from origami paper for the label.
  6. Glue the paper onto the carton.
  7. Add details like a cow or fruit and write the words "milk" or "juice".
  

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