DT Thursday: Create a Set of Milk Cartons & Crate with Sandiebella!

We’ve got a fab and festive DT Thursday make from Sandiebella for you today! This one was much requested after the release peeks last week.

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Stamping Bella DT Thursday Milk Cartons & Crate Tutorial

Milk Cartons & Crate


The Littles Elves with Treats rubber stamps

Littles Elves CUT IT OUT Dies
Red card
White card
Oval dies
Scoring board and bone folder
Ruler and pencil
Large eyeletsHow To:

To make ONE milk carton. 
Cut 1 piece of red card measuring 5.75″ x 8.5″. Score on the 8.5″ side at 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″

Flip 90 degrees and score at 0.5″, 1.75″ and 4.5″

Fold and crease all the scorelines.

On the 8.5″ side, cut away the first, third and fifth 0.5″ sections

On the 0.5″ side section, cut away the bottom 1.25″ section and make tabs from the 2 remaining sections, as shown.

On the top, where you cut away the three 0.5″ sections, measure and mark the first section in the centre, at  1″

Score diagonally, on each side, into the corners of the next scoreline down.

Pinch the scorelines to fold inwards.

Repeat for the other side of the carton.

On the bottom, cut each of the 1.25″ sections up to the first scoreline. These are the tabs for the bottom of the carton.

Apply tape or wet glue to the two side tabs

Fold into the middle.

Remove the backing from the tape and fold in the other side to make a box.

At this point you can add layers of card and patterned paper to decorate the carton.
You will need:
4 x white card @ 1 7/8″ x 2 5/8″
2 x white card @ 1 7/8″ x 1 1/8″
4 x designer paper @ 1.75″ x 2.5″

2 x designer paper @ 1.75″ x 1″

Fold in 2 of the tabs on the bottom of the carton and taper the edges of the remaining 2. Apply tape or wet glue to the inside of one of the tapered tabs, fold down the other tab and adhere the glued tab to the outside.

Cut a piece of red card @ 1″ x 2″ and score on the long side at 0.5″

Place over the top of the carton and, using a crop-a-dile, punch 2 holes.

Milk Crate
Cut 2 pieces of red card @ 6 3/8″ x 8″. Repeat the instructions for both pieces.

On the 6 3/8″ side score at 2 1/8″ and 4 1/4″

Flip 90 degrees and score at 1.5″ and 3 5/8″

Flip 90 degrees again, making sure the horizontal scorelines are at the bottom. Score up from the bottom, at 1 5/8″ and 4 3/4″ (half inch to the outside of the previous scorelines) to the second scoreline.

Cut away the 2 bottom sections on the outer scorelines.

Make 1/2″ wide tabs as shown.

On the top section, measure down 1.5″ on each of the score lines, and mark with a pencil. On the outer edges of the top section, measure up from the bottom, and mark at 1.5″

Cut diagonally, from pencil mark to pencil mark, on both sides.

This is how your crate should look now.

Remember, you need to make 2 of these.

Apply tape or wet glue to the back top section of one of the crate pieces.

Adhere the other piece to it, back to back.

Round the corners of the top if desired.

Cut a ‘handle’ in the top of the crate using a small oval die

Apply tape to the outside of the 1/2″ tabs, on both pieces of the crate.

Remove the tape backing from one side and make up the box

Repeat for the other side.

Pop your carton into the crate to ensure everything fits.

To make the side panels:

2 x white card @ 2.75″ x 4 1/8″
2 x designer paper @  2 5/8″ x 4″
On the 4 1/8″ side of the white card, put a pencil mark at the centre point (2 1/16″)
Measure up 1 3/8″ from the bottom of each side and mark with a pencil.

Cut diagonally on each side from the centre pencil mark, to the outer ones.

On the paper, mark on the 4″ side at 2″ and measure up 1 5/16″ on each side, cut as for the white card.

Adhere the paper to the white card and adhere the whole panel to the side of the box.

Repeat for the other side.

To make the belly band:

Cut 2 pieces of red card @ 1.25″ x 7″

Score each of them at 2 1/8″ and 6.5″

Taper the edges of the 1/2″ sections to make tabs.

Apply tape to the outside ends of both pieces, on the 1/2″ tab.

Remove the tape backing from one piece and adhere to the opposite end of the other piece, to make one long belly band. Do not remove the tape backing from the other end just yet.

To add panels to the belly band you will need

2 x white card @ 4.25″ x 1 3/8″
2 x white card @ 2″ x 1 3/8″
2 x designer paper @ 4 1/8″ x 1.25″

2 x designer paper @ 1 7/8″ x 1.25″

Adhere the paper to the white card and then adhere the panels to the belly band.

Turn the belly band over and apply a small piece of tape to the long sections. These are used to secure the band to the crate.

Stamp the Elves onto white card and cut out using oval or circle dies. Punch a hole to the side of the Elf and add a large eyelet.

Place the cover over the top of the milk carton and thread some twine through.

Thread the twine through the Elf tag and secure with a bow.

Use the Littles Elves CUT IT OUT Dies to cut out one of the elves. Cut an oval from paper and a large oval from red card. Adhere them together and then adhere the Elf using 3D foam. Adhere the ovals to the belly band.

And that completes the project!
You can fill the milk cartons with Christmas candy or small gifts.

Over To You!

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Until next time, HAPPY STAMPING!




  1. denise i says:

    great project! thanks for sharing!

  2. Jane Crisci says:

    This is adorable!!

  3. Nancy R. says:

    Terrific tutorial, clear and concise! Super cute project too!

  4. Val Hohenstein says:

    Wow! Cute idea, thanks for sharing.

  5. Ayesha says:

    Such a wonderful idea Love it !!!

  6. Marjorie Dumontier says:

    Oh my goodness !! How adorable is that !?! And tanks so much for sharing your technique.

  7. Nancee Purdum says:

    WOW! What a great project and what great instructions! I will be bookmarking this one for sure! Thanks so much for sharing such a great project! 🙂

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