French cleat cartons

I have a lot of these apple juice cartons and have been looking for ways to make them into useful storage containers. They’re SIG – a different brand to the popular Tetra Pak – and they differ in a few ways. They have a solid base consisting of several layers of ‘liquid paper board’ that has been heat compressed.

So I am testing the idea of a system that utilises the base of the carton as a cleat. It is suspended on a wooden pole which in turn hangs on the brackets of existing shelves – so there are are no nails needed. It also utilises the plastic screw caps from the cartons – no glue either.

Whole cartons are cut and folded in such a way as to give them a flap to hook onto the cleat – easy on and off. I’ve also added labels attached with carton screw caps.

At the moment I’m testing it out to see if it holds and find out whether it will sag over time.

Works of cARTon

Beverage cartons that hold juice, milk and liquid foods are made from a laminated combination of card, plastic and often aluminium eg brand names TetraPak and SIG. Not so environmentally friendly, but great to work with. What can you do with a carton?

Storage made out/of scrap

These projects are about both ‘The Storage of Scrap’ and ‘Storage made out of Scrap’. I’m looking out for ideas where I can usefully make things to store scrap within scrap.

I had fallen into the trap of buying transparent plastic storage containers with lids and handles. The ones I bought came all the way from China and many now have broken lids or cracks… it is so wasteful and I can’t justify buying anything else to store waste materials. So this is me looking for different ways to store the items I collect so they can be protected and easily retrieved.