Egg cartons ingeniously cradle fragile cargo. The standard model—known as a 2×6 in packaging parlance—is made of molded recycled paper. You can give that paper yet another life by reusing the cartons in these resourceful ways.
If you’re interested in maintaining small plants like flowers, egg cartons are a great and efficient way to bloom your seedlings. Simply fill each section up with your fertilizer and plant the seed. You’ll have a dozen small plants neatly organized in their early stages of life.
Trim off the lid, thread string through holes in each corner of the tray, fill the cups halfway with birdseed, and hang in a tree.
Fire the grill
Melt candle scraps in a double boiler, then fill each cup halfway with sawdust. Carefully ladle the wax over the sawdust, and let it cool. Each cup can now serve as a fire starter—just light the edge.
Building on the idea of crafting, you can also use cartons as a palette for your paint. They conveniently store all your colors right next to each other.
There are countless ways people use leftover egg cartons for crafts. They have been turned into Christmas ornaments, room lights, and Christmas wreaths, with a bit of imagination you could do basically anything!