After all that holiday baking and eggnog-making, you may find yourself with an excess of empty egg cartons. Don't trash them – there are all sorts of ways you can use egg cartons around the house!
What uses can you think of for this egg carton? Photo: Corbis
Gather up those excess egg cartons this Christmas and -- instead of trashing them -- reuse them with these resourceful tricks.
If you're sending a fragile item in the mail, use egg cartons to help cushion the item. Put the cartons flat side down in the bottom of the box so the egg cup side is facing up. Wrap the item as you normally would and stash it in the box. Use addition cartons to form a protective cushion all the way around.
1. Store small fragile tree ornaments. The individual compartments -- which were made to cushion fragile items -- are too small for most Christmas balls but suitable for smaller ornaments. Plus, the cartons stack easily on top of each other for storage.
2. Ship holiday gifts. Why buy bubble wrap or packing peanuts? Save up your egg cartons and use them to cushion packages for friends and relatives instead.
3. Start a cozy fire. Fill cardboard egg cartons with dryer lint, and then pour melted wax over the lint (use leftover candle pieces for the melted wax). Then tear apart the sections and use for fire starters in your fireplace (These are also great when you're camping.)
Egg cartons are perfect for storing spring bulbs and golf balls. Photos: Getty Images (2)
4. Store spring bulbs.
Styrofoam egg cartons provide the perfect dry, warm, individual compartments for keeping spring bulbs
, such as tulips, stored away until spring. Store the egg cartons in a cool, dark place that's not too humid and not too dry.
5. Store golf balls.
Keep your golf balls all in one place but easy to sort by brand.
6. Separate paint colors.
For crafts, use an egg carton as a paint palette. Squirt the colors into the egg cups and use the flat top section as a mixing palette.
7. Plant seedlings.
In the springtime when you want to start seeds inside, fill the egg cups with potting soil, put in your seeds and stick the whole thing in a sunny spot.
Organize small items that are easy to lose -- things like earrings, screws, bolts, and other fasteners -- in egg cartons. Photos: (Left) AP (Right) Getty Images
8. Organize the workshop. Tiny bolts, nuts and other fasteners always seem to pile up, and you're always looking for a convenient place to stash them. Egg cartons help keep your flat washers separate from your square washers, so that everything is accessible right when you need it.
9. Store earrings. Egg carton compartments are perfect for keeping pairs of earrings together. Save one compartment just for those elusive earring backings and you'll never have to dig around for them again.
10. Make extra ice. Too many guests and not enough ice trays? Skip a trip to the store by using empty egg cartons as ice cube trays in a pinch..
Now it's your turn -- tell us your brilliant idea for reusing egg cartons and we just might feature your trick in an upcoming article on DIY Life!