Milk Carton Box

by Beate Johns

Treat boxes are easy to create with a few scores and cuts.


  • 7" x 11" piece of cardstock

  • Sticky Strip™ or other strong adhesive

  • Paper cutter with scoring blade

  • Stylus tool

  • Ruler

  • Bone Folder optional

  • Scissors

  • Stamps

  • Ink

  • Additional cardstock and embellishments to decorate your carton


  1. Step 1

    Score at 2", 5" and 6 1/2" on the short side of the cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Turn cardstock 90 degrees and score at 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2" and 10" on the long side of the cardstock.

  3. Step 3

    Arrange cardstock with the long side at the bottom of the work surface.

    Now cut on vertical scores lines ( 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2" and 10") up to the first horizontal score lines.

    This will make the bottom of the box.

  4. Step 4

    Cut part of the 1" scored strip on the left hand side, leaving only the 3" piece to create a glue tab for the sides of the box.

    On the top of the box, cut the third panel of the 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles off as pictured. This will be the milk carton spout.

  5. Step 5

    On the remaining three 1/2" x 2 1/2" panels, use a stylus and ruler to add a score down the middle of each panel.

  6. Step 6

    Use ruler and stylus to add diagonal score lines to the box as shown.

    The lines have been traced with a marker on the back side of the cardstock here.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    Stamp cardstock.

  8. Step 8

    Use bone folder to pre-fold all score lines, including the diagonal ones.

  9. Step 9

    Add Sticky Strip™ to your glue tab.

  10. Step 9

    Add Sticky Strip™ to the glue tab.

  11. Step 10

    Adhere the glue tab inside to the other wall to form the box.

  12. Step 11

    Fold the bottom flaps in one at a time and add Sticky Strip™ to the last two flaps to close the box.

  13. Step 12

    Add Sticky Strip™ to the back half of the 1/2" panels at the top to hold the milk carton closed.

    Now finish the box by adding embellishments.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Milk Carton Box. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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what a great idea! I can't wait to try this. I love these tutorials.
Diana Soling  |  Wed Jan 16, 2008 at 9:38 AM
Hi Beate!
Your tutorials are always so amazing!! Thanks for sharing this one in time for Valentine's it!!
Debbie  |  Wed Jan 16, 2008 at 10:29 AM
I have been wanting a pattern for these. Thanks for a great tutorial.
Jennifer Luttrell  |  Wed Jan 16, 2008 at 12:02 PM
Wow! I love it! Great job! It looks so elegant.
Diva  |  Wed Jan 16, 2008 at 5:50 PM
Thanks for another fantastic tutorial, Beate!! Your carton is soooo pretty!!
Rose Ann  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM
Great and creative idea. Very easy to follow instructions. Thanks
Cathy  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 4:35 AM
Great tutorial.... now something else I just HAVE to make! excellent! This will be what I make for all of the "teachas" at the school my dds attend! I love how clear and easy your directions are to follow!
Beverly aka beestamper  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 4:38 AM
Beate you are amazing. I love all the neat ideas you come up with and instructions are easy to follow. Thank you for sharing with us.
With valentines day just around the corner it will be another I will have to try.
Debi Pippin  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 5:30 AM
Are step 1 and step 2 long and short terms reversed? The short side would be the 7" but picture looks like it is 11" or is it too early and I'm confused. Thanks!!
Connie  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 5:35 AM
This gives a whole new meaning to "Got Milk?"
Awesome tutorial!!!!
Jen  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 6:48 AM
LOVE these Beate, you carton is beautiful. Jennifer smile
Jennifer "Lovetostamp6  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 8:00 AM
Thanks Beate for a cute carton. It amazes
me how you come up with these tutorials.
You are the bomb. Barb
Barb Tobias  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 8:23 AM
Beate, You are sooo talented. Thank you for bringing your projects to life for us.
Holly  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 11:51 AM
I love making these but i haven't made one so short and fat before. Yours is just lovely! Nice job, keep up the good work.
bettyannmanghi  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 3:00 PM
great tutorial Beate!!! i always love to come in here and check out the tutorials! this is wonderful! so many uses! :D

thanks for the great job on the template, and the generosity to share it!
juneypie  |  Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 3:45 PM
Wow. This is a great project. Thanks for sharing.
Kara  |  Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 5:01 AM
Beate, Thanks for sharing this wonderful little milk carton template & tutorial. It looks fabulous -mine will be used for Australia Day celebrations next weekend!
Kris  |  Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 9:52 PM
I am so excited. I'm going to make mine for work & kids. I wish I could come up with these great ideas. Thanks!
Deb  |  Mon Jan 21, 2008 at 10:10 AM
I made the 7X11 size box first but then wanted to make a shorter version.
Here's what I did....5 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. On short side scored at 1 1/2, 3 1/2 and 5. On long side- scored at same places as 7X11 version. Followed rest of directions as 7X11.
I think it turned out too cute! Bonus....2 boxes out of a 12X12!!!
Joanne  |  Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 6:05 PM
Made 1 to see if I could and now I made 15 more! They're tooooo cute and will make really great gifts for Valentine's and Mother's Day! Thanks! Very creative!
Diana  |  Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 5:07 PM

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