The freebie I am posting today is not a poster printable, but a printable template for a milk carton gift box. These little milk cartons are pretty popular as party favors at the moment, and I thought it would be nice to design one for you. They come in all sorts of sizes and colors. Since I wanted to make sure you would be able to print it on your home printer, this one fits on a US Letter size / A4 size piece of paper. I decided to make a black and white one, since some people may not have a color printer or color ink.
What You Need
You need the following tools and materials to make your own milk carton with this template:
- A US Letter / A4 size piece of paper. Regular printing paper might be too thin, but you don’t want to pick something that is too thick either, because that might be hard to fold. I picked a thinner card stock type of paper;
- A printer (or you can have it printed somewhere else);
- Cutting tools. Although scissors would work, you may achieve better results with a crafting knife;
- If you decide to use a crafting knife, you will need a ruler or something else that helps when cutting straight lines;
- A crochet needle or a kitchen knife that has a blunt edge (I will explain this one later);
- Something you can use to make a small hole for the string;
- Any type of string you like.
Step 1: Download And Print The Printable File
You can use the following download links to download the file type(s) of your choice:
US Letter size:
Step 2: Cut The Paper
Cut your milk carton using scissors or, preferably, a crafting knife. If you are using a knife, make sure to use a ruler or another tool that will help cutting straight lines.
Step 3: Score Along The Fold Lines
This is where the crochet needle or the kitchen knife with the blunt edge comes in: use it to score along the fold lines. Make sure to include the ones for the tabs and, especially, the dotted lines. Don’t press too hard or you may scratch and damage the paper too much. Don’t use anything that is too sharp either. You may wonder what this step is for: scoring will make it much easier to fold the paper, especially when it comes to the top part of the milk carton, where the dotted lines are. Use the ruler (or other straight tool) again to make sure you get straight lines.
Step 4: Fold The Milk Carton
This is the tricky part and you may not even get it right the first time. Don’t worry, you will get there! The easiest way to do this, is by first folding all the edges and the flaps of the milk carton. Then you can secure the flaps at the side and the bottom of the milk carton. Now comes the tricky part: the top! The easiest way to do this, is by first pinching the dotted areas. This may take some practice, and it really helps if you scored the paper as explained in the previous step. It makes it so much easier for the paper to bend along the diagonal lines.
Step 5: Make A Hole And Tie The String
You are now ready to make a hole for the string to go through. You can use any sharp type of object that allows you to make a small hole, such as a very thick sewing needle. You can put something inside the gift box at this point, but you can always untie the string again and do that later. I decided to place the knot a bit to the side instead of right on top of the milk carton, because I felt the loops looked nicer that way.
Well, that’s it, you’re done! I hope you like the way it turned out. If you didn’t get it right the first time, just keep trying.