Many people are learning that reusing items is not only helpful in reducing waste, but with a little imagination you can make some useful things. Using empty juice boxes to hold your change reuses the juice box while keeping your change handy. A few items--and a little time--are all it takes to make a unique coin purse. You can make quite a few for yourself or to give as gifts.
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Things you need
- Empty juice carton, Tetra Pak style
- Paper clip (optional)
- Scissors and/or utility knife
- Craft glue (optional)
- Button (optional)
Unfold the pressed corners of the top and bottom sections of the juice box and press down to flatten out the box. Press firmly on the side sections to create creases.
Cut off the top and bottom sections. Use the creases as a cutting guide. You will be left with the front, back and sides of the juice box.
Push the side sections into the inside portion of the juice box, using the creases as a guide. Press firmly to crease. Fold the juice box in half. Choose one side, front or back, to be the back section of the coin purse.
Cut off about 1/3 of the front portion of the section, leaving a flap in the back. Unfold the juice box, and then refold the whole thing into thirds except for the flap, which will remain sticking out. You should now have two "pockets" and the flap in back.
Glue the two inner pockets together at the middle; the middle is the space in between the two pockets. Secure with a paper clip until the glue dries, if necessary.
Attach one portion of the Velcro to the top area of the flap. Fold the flap down over the two pockets so that it overlaps the front section of the coin purse.
Attach the second portion of the Velcro closure to the front section of the coin purse where the flap sits, lining up the two Velcro pieces.
Tips and warnings
- Self-stick Velcro will work, but if you have glue-on Velcro or you want to add extra security, you can use craft glue to adhere the Velcro pieces to the juice box.
- You can glue a button or other decorative items to the front of the flap to create the look of a snap closure.
- When you fold your flap down, make sure you are allowing for expansion from change; add a few coins to check if necessary.
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