Sometimes there's not a whole lot you can do with random piece of cardboard, other than toss it in the recycle bin. However, cardboard drink carriers can still be used to tote around your art tools or road trip snacks. These simple projects can show you to turn a boring carrier into lots of fun!
Lively Floral Centerpiece
It's easy to create this delightfully colorful centerpiece! Use recycled tin cans as a stand-in for a flower pot. An old Sonic Drive-In drink carrier holds it all together! Whimsical decorations, including a fabulous pinwheel ribbon, are added to bring a springtime feel to this cool creation. For all the DIY instructions, check out Nest Of Posies.
If you have a sweet tooth, this collection of treats will provide lots of variety when you need your sugar fix! You could also give this away as a teacher or birthday gift. Small candies, such as M&Ms, candy corn, or skittles will fit nicely into empty soda bottles. Don't forget to save the caps after you finish drinking it! Find out more about this super sweet project over at The Crafty Blog Stalker.
With all the electronics we have these days, it can be easy for a remote control to go missing in-between the couch cushions. But you can keep them all corralled in one spot with this ingenious remote control storage caddy! Karen from Sew Many Ways says it's easy to make - all you have to do is spray paint an empty drink carrier and wait for it to dry. Now you can feel good knowing that your remotes are safe from the couch cushion monster!
Store your most used craft tools, such as scissors and paint brushes, in this smart caddy. The convenient handle on this upcycled drink carrier makes it effortless to carry around. A bit of Mod Podge and pretty paper lets you tote around your favorite tools in style! Get the step-by-step tutorial from Cat On A Limb.
Take that 6-pack drink carrier out of the trash bin and give it a new life as a yarn dispenser. The built-in dividers make it easy to store different colors of yarn. Follow the lead of Along Came A Breeze, and poke a hole in the side of the carton. Pull the end of the string through the hole, and it'll make it super simple for you to grab the length of yarn that you need, without having to unwind the ball. Just make sure you keep this away from your cat, or it may end up becoming their personal yarn dispensing toy!
If you're going to a picnic or hosting a summer BBQ, this is an easy way to hold utensils and napkins. It will keep everything clean, organized, and off a questionably clean table. You could decorate it if you want, but if your drink carrier already has cool graphics on it, there's no need to!
Don't forget to bring the condiments and drinking straws to that picnic or BBQ party! Save those unused drink carriers so you can carry condiments around with ease. Glue craft paper with a checkered pattern to the outside to create a fun summer picnic vibe! A full tutorial can be found at The Centsable Life.
If you're a budding artist, you may want to make this art tote to keep your sketchbook and drawing pencils organized. It's even easy to turn the outside of a 6-pack drink carrier into a piece of art by using the most abstract scrapbook paper pattern you can find! Follow along with Megan at Make Something Mondays, and she can show you how to craft this artsy toolbox.
Give a new mom an adorable gift caddy filled with much needed baby items! Reuse a drink carrier and decorate the outside with your favorite scrapbook paper and embellishments. The clever part of this gift is that it has two sides! Fill one side with baby items, and the other side with mom items such as mascara, her favorite perfume, or floral scented soap for bath time. Check out Creative Carmella, who can show you how to make this charming gift caddy.
Family road trips can be great fun, but sometimes the long distances can start to wear everyone down. You can prevent that from happening by stashing a tasty variety of road trip snacks in the car with you. It will help keep everyone's energy and moods in tip-top shape! It also comes with an extra bonus - the kids can't keep asking "are we there yet" if their mouths are full of sunflower seeds and Cheez-Its! Want to know more? Head on over to From Dahlias To Doxies for great guide on making this portable snack kit.
Potted flowers can bring a smile to anyone's face. However, a bunch of potted flowers hanging out together in a portable pail can make those smiles explode! "All for me?" Why yes it is! Danyelle at Dandee Designs thought that reusing an empty drink carrier and filling it with flowers was an awesome way to give a nice neighbor a big "hello." Find out how she created this friendly gift on her blog.
This cool video shows you how to make a student organizer out of a drink carrier.
Give It A Makeover
It'd be a shame to show a perfectly good drink carrier what the inside of a trash bin looks like, especially after it did you a favor and carried your drinks for you! Give it a new job by upcycling it into one of these crafty projects. It'll love the makeover, and so will you!