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For carrying coins with eco-friendly style.
It's great to reuse milk/juice cartons - I have tons of them under my couch just waiting to be converted into a cute coin purse. I always get stopped when I pay for things because people think it's so cute!

This is my first how to, so if anything is confusing please let me know!! I would love your feedback.

Oh, and for some reason step one is a phantom...I can't figure out how to get it to go away. So take Step 1 as "Mentally prepare yourself for the awesomeness to come."

Posted by connect the dots from US • Published See connect the dots's 4 projects »
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  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start with a half-gallon sized milk or juice carton. Pull open the top of the carton, clean out the inside and make sure the inside is dry. Be sure to keep the cap!

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use scissors or an x-acto knife to cut off the bottom of the container. Pay close attention to the "front" of the carton (the front is the side that has the cap on it) - you want to make sure that this edge looks really neat.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use a ruler to measure and mark one of the sides of the container about 3" from the bottom and 5" from the bottom. The space in between these markings is going to be the body of the purse.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use scissors or an x-acto knife to cut away the sides and back of the carton below the 3" mark and above the 5" mark. Make sure you don't cut away the front of the carton!! We need that part.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Push the back of the carton towards the front of the carton to fold the sides in half.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Make two more folds on each side to create the accordion effect.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the bottom of the front of the carton up. It should be a little bit taller than the accordion folds.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold that tall part in, and tuck it under the accordion folds.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now for the top of the carton - cut off the ugly white part that has the expiration date, etc. You should only have the colorful part left.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 10
    Step 10

    Use the x-acto knife to gently detach the white thingy that the cap screws into. This topmost part is the "lining", providing reinforcement for the top flap.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold the lining over on the already-existing crease, and trace the circle onto the other layer of of the top flap. Cut this out with an x-acto knife.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now that the whole top flap has the cap hole in it, fold this over the body of the purse and trace the circle once again onto the front of the purse.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pull out the bottom flap and lay it flat on the cutting mat. Cut out the cap hole with the x-acto blade out of only the bottom flap.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 14
    Step 14

    Once you have your hole, put the white thingy through the hole.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 15
    Step 15

    Tuck this bottom flap back into the accordion folds so the white thingy sticks out of the front of the body of the purse.

  • How to make a carton purse. Milk Carton Coin Purse - Step 16
    Step 16

    Fold the top flap over the white thingy and put on the cap. You're done! Fill it with change, and be prepared to take the whole thing apart every time someone asks you how you made such a cute purse!

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Call me Buddy
Call me Buddy · 15 projects

Hard but it looks beautiful:)

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leia.vickeridge
leia.vickeridge · 1 project

wow smart idea!

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Livvy L.
Livvy L. · , ,

I don't know which fascinates me more, the fact that someone was clever enough to think of this or the wallet itself! Super cute and resourceful, I'll be sure to try this soon. :)

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Izzy Whizzy
Izzy Whizzy · Chichester, West Sussex · 2 projects

This is awesome! I made it the other day and all my friends think it is one of the coolest things they have ever seen! I love it! =) Thanks, my mum thought you had to take the cap off to get to the money! HA! =)

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connect the dots
connect the dots · Providence, Rhode Island, RI, US · 4 projects

WOW! So MANY versions of my how-to! Thanks for making and favoriting!
Check out more of my projects on my website at: www.connectthedotscrafts.com.

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Karren D.
Karren D. · La Verkin, UT, Utah

This is super neat!! I LOVE IT. You are very smart to think of this. I will be making one for all of my friends and family. Thanks

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Portia T.
Portia T.

i just made this for the first time and it took about 20 mins. maximum! GREAT idea!

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Rachel
Rachel · 5 projects

This is so cute and I love that's it's with a SOY milk carton! Too bad Trader Joe's soy milk comes in a different kind of carton cause that's what I always buy. Maybe I'll buy some juice so I can try this out! ;)

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Dulce R.
Dulce R.

Thank you so much for sharing this genius idea!!! I love it! I just made one for myself and now my sister is begging me to make her one too! Thank you! :D

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Gracie D.
Gracie D.

Ohhh ok thanks! ^-^

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