These boxes will change how you shop for groceries. It's a double whammy, you'll get the product, plus you'll get the bento box after the product is all used up. Talk about value added!
This project really is a game changer. There are tons of upcycling and re-engineering tutorials on the web, but this finished project looks stylish, and modern, and doesn't resemble it's parent product at all. Plus - it's useful (the uses are endless), easy to make, and it gets people talking and thinking about re-engineering and the products they purchase.
Before we start: I use the word "bento" because the finished product is simple, elegant and it's a container, but we need to talk about food safety before we begin. If the container you're converting, stored food in it (like a milk, juice, or water jug), then after you transform it, you can store food in it because it is food grade plastic. If the container you're transforming, stored non-food items (like laundry detergent or paper), it's best to keep the final uses to store non-food items like pencil crayons, or craft items. I've transformed Sunny D juice jugs into sandwich lunch bentos for example.
Supplies you'll need for this project:
Prepare your container:
This method of creating boxes can be used on rectangular shaped cartons also.
The above photos show how the flaps can be different lengths and even have more than one snap.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. There are so many possibilities and combinations of flap shapes and closure methods, that I can't wait to see what variations of this project you'll make!
Kelly Kayfish is an artisan in Devon, Alberta, Canada