Sunday, March 3, 2013

Spellbinders Upcycled Juice Carton

I'm so excited and honored to be the first designer to kick off the new and inspiring International Flair section in the Spellbinders blog!
To celebrate this new exciting adventure I'll be sharing with you all a great fun tutorial on how to upcycle your milk/juice empty carton.

This project is all about displaying your photos where everyone can see them! The carton will be transformed into a wonderful house frame holder for your memorable photos.
 Here's what you'll need to create this project:

Spellbinders Nestabilities – Labels On
Spellbinders Media Mixage – Triangle One Bezels, Triangle One Dies, Ephemera Papers Two
Patterned paper - 7 Dots
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Flowers - Prima, Kaiser Craft
Key Embellishment – K&Company Metal Art
Brad – Recollections
Acrylic Paint – DecoArt – Americana – Buttermilk
Gesso - Ranger
Mask – Prima (bricks)
Brown Ink – Ranger
Resin – Ice Resin
Other – Metal chain, rings and hinges, beads, glitter
1. Prepare the carton: empty it and wash it thoroughly. Let it dry completely before closing the cap.
2. Cover the carton with Gesso (including the plastic cap). Let dry.
3. Paint the carton with acrylic paint of your choice. I used buttermilk. Let dry.
4. Create brick pattern on the carton with the mask and distress ink.
 5. Punch strips of patterned paper with a border punch. Adhere on the top diagonal part of the carton to create the roof tiles. Add strips to the front of the roof as decorative trims. Ink the edges. TIP: when you adhere the strips around the cap, mark the place of the cap with a pencil and cut the strip to fit.
6. Cut frames with Spellbinders Nestabilities and adhere on all sides of the carton. Combine different colors of paper and different sizes of frames to make it interesting!
7. Add metal hinges (I got mine from a DIY store).
8. Create metal flags: Cut triangle paper shapes with Spellbinders Media Mixage Dies and insert in compatable
9. Attach rings to bezels and hang the bezels to a metal chain. Ahere the chain and triangles to the carton so they will stay exactly where you want them. I also added a brad to give the illusion that the chain is hanged.
10. Add key embellishment and flowers all around the bottom of carton. 
11. Now all you need to do is cut your photos with the frame dies and adhere them to their place!
Have fun creating!


  1. I think this is one of the most beautiful projects - ideas I ve ever seen!!!! Thank you!!!!

  2. מעלף.

    אין מילים. את כל כך מוכשרת.

  3. Kelly@SpellbindersMarch 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    This is so wonderful Einat! Thank you for being part of Spellbinders International Guest Blogger Program! We're so luck to have you on board!

  4. Awesome Einat!! So beautiful

  5. Congrats on your exciting news Einat! This is a great project - as usual!

  6. Congrats on being the first to kick off the series! Such a fun and creative project to share.
    I am just hopping through the DCC hop.

  7. Love this idea! Absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Love your altered juice carton! Hugs

  9. Brilliant project Einat, love what you did with the cartons, such a cool idea!!, I'll definitely give this a try at some point!

  10. Beautiful work, what a great idea. I just love Spellbinders.
    Congrats on being the first to start this series. Your work
    will be hard to follow.

  11. Oh my goodness that is an amazing idea!! I will definitely be thinking second about throwing out milk boxes in the future! I just love what you created with them beautiful work

  12. Wow...This is what i have been looking for and you have done a great job. Beautiful idea....