We go through a lot of eggs in our home, so it’s no surprise that I started wondering, “Hmm… how can I reuse some of these egg cartons?” I mean, it’s a waste to throw them out, right? We’ve found 16 borderline genius ways to use egg cartons in your home. From organizing the junk drawer to hacking your electronics, you’re sure to find a useful tip here. And if you’re looking for egg carton crafts, we have those, too!

6-photo collage of ways to use egg cartons - a laptop placed on egg carton, egg carton in use as a hanging bird feeder, egg carton stuffed with dryer lint and wax for use as a fire starter, as a jewelry organizer, as a sewing kit, and as storage for Christmas ornaments.

16 Borderline Genius Ways To Use Egg Cartons

Ways to Use Egg Cartons That You’ve Never Thought Of

1. Cool Your Laptop With This Neat Hack

Does your laptop become slower due to overheating? Place it on an egg carton to allow air to better circulate and keep it cool. You can also do this if you need your laptop raised a little from the surface of your desk. We know… it’s not the prettiest sight but it sure works like magic!

laptop placed on egg carton

2. Make Playtime Fun With This DIY Egg Carton Paint Palette

Use an egg carton as a paint palette. This is especially helpful when mixing colors or when crafting with kids. Each kid can have access to their own paints, and the egg cartons minimize mess. Just toss them when you’re done though I think it’s best to let the paint dry and reuse them during the next painting session by refilling them with the same color each time.

One half of cardboard egg carton in use a as paint palette

3. Squeeze Those Bottles Dry With This Egg Carton Hack

Frugality is not always a bad thing. Why not get value for your money? turn condiment bottles upside down in the fridge to get every last drop of goodness without them toppling over. You’ll never have to shake and shake (and shake) to get that last little bit out of the bottle again! And it’s also a really neat way to organize your condiments.

Condiments stored upside down in fridge door compartment using egg carton as support

4. Treat Your Ornaments Like Eggs Because They’re That Fragile

Tired of buying Christmas ornaments only for them to break and you have to buy more the next year? Save on cash with this commonplace item and you might never have to buy ornaments again! Egg cartons are simply perfect for storing small, fragile Christmas ornaments. If you ask me, that’s a whole new level of upcycling!

Egg carton in use as storage for fragile Christmas ornaments

5. Encourage Your Greenthumb By Composting Egg Cartons

Talk about double value for your money because eggshells are not the only compostable materials. The egg cartons they come in are, too. They are a source of carbon in your nitrogen-carbon compost, decompose within 6-8 months, and are therefore very eco-friendly. Add them to your composting materials! You’ll have to cut them into small pieces to compost them. Only use the cardboard egg cartons for this, though.

Tip: Cardboard egg cartons are also great for killing weeds.

Shredded cardboard egg cartons in a bin for use as composting

6. Re-Use Egg Cartons As Seedbeds

Lend a helping hand to mother earth and reduce waste by recycling and reusing items you’ve got around the house. This is also a great way to teach your kids about sustainable gardening. start your seeds in old egg cartons. You can do this with or without the eggshells, but the shells certainly make the plants easier to transfer. Once your seedlings are ready for transfer, compost the egg cartons.

Egg carton being prepared for use as a seed starter

7. Bird Feeders: Cheap Eco-friendly Way To Use Egg Cartons

Are birds regular visitors in your yard or do you keep some yourself? You no longer have to wait till someone’s home to feed the visiting birds nor do you have to buy those expensive, plastic bird feeders. All you need is to make them an egg carton bird feeder! Halve the egg cartons, string them up and place birdseed in each hole so multiple birds can feed at the same time. This way, you’ll make the birds and the earth a lot happier!

Egg carton cut in half and used as a hanging bird feeder

8. Use Your Egg Cartons As Firestarters

It’s always good to have some firestarters handy for a camping trip or when you need to get a barbecue in the wild going. Cut down on the number of times you have to start the fire by making your own firestarters using egg cartons, dryer lint, and melted wax. This idea is genius!

It helps you get rid of dryer lint and egg cartons all at once. Just pour candle wax into each ‘compartment’ of the egg carton and immediately cover it with lint. Let your model harden and cut out each ‘compartment’ to make individual firestarters.

 

Egg carton filled with lint and wax for use as a fire starter

9. Creative Egg Carton Organizer Hack For Your Garage

Ever wondered how people keep their garages organized yet they seem to have a gazillion bolts, nuts, and screws in there? I still don’t know how they do it but here’s how I would do it. You should try it, too! Keep your hardware organized in the garage using an egg carton. It’s the perfect way to keep those nuts, screws, bolts, sorted in a place you can easily find them.

Tip: Try this for organizing your jewelry as well. Just personalize the egg carton with some paint and voila! Your own free unique and custom-made jewelry box.

Egg carton in use a hardware organizer for nuts, bolts, and screws

10. Make Hosting BBQ’s A Breeze

Are you hosting a party where there’s BBQ on the menu? I don’t know about you, but I pretty much spell P-A-R-T-Y the same way I spell B-B-Q 🙂  Starting your grill has never been easier. All you need is a cardboard egg carton and, of course, some charcoal. Also, enter tailgating-made-easy with this charcoal grill starter. Just put your briquettes in the egg carton, place them in the grill, and light it up.

Egg carton filled with charcoal briquettes to start up grill

11. The Cheapest DIY Tablet Stand Ever!

Whether you’re multi-tasking or just want to watch a movie without holding your tablet, this is the hack for you! I can’t believe I almost bought a tablet stand. Make this DIY tablet stand for your iPad in under 5 minutes using nothing but an egg carton that holds six eggs and a pair of scissors. My new egg carton tablet stand will definitely come in handy while I’m doing the dishes too!

Tablet on a DIY tablet stand made from egg carton

For this DIY tablet stand, you only need the bottom half of your egg carton. Start by cutting off the lid. Next, cut away the locking flap. The trickiest part while making this stand is cutting the slot that will hold your tablet. Basically, what you need is a slot in the sides of the carton aligned to the 2 pegs in the egg carton’s center.

Using a pencil, mark out the lines you’ll need to cut. Also, check that the line lines up with the pegs that will support your tablet. The bottom of the slot that will hold your tablet should be as deep as the carton’s dimples. Be sure to cut away the front of the carton so as not to block your tablet’s screen but leave at least a centimeter so that your tablet won’t slip.

Go ahead and test out your complete stand that should be able to support your tablet in both portrait and landscape modes. Since egg carton designs differ, be careful the first time you’re using your stand.

12. Declutter Your Desk Using This Egg Carton Desk Organizer

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

~Albert Einstein

For the neat freaks like me who always want to find their stuff in the same exact place they’ve always been, this is also for you. Here’s the opportunity to tidy up your drawers with a handy desk organizer for your office supplies. Cut the time you spend looking for things and make your desk neater! Painting the egg carton is optional, of course, but it sure does make it prettier.

Egg carton in use a desk organizer for stationeries

13. Use An Egg Carton As Ready-Made Sewing Kit

Sewing kits can be very messy if not kept organized. From tangled thread to carelessly placed needles, they can even be health hazards. Keep your sewing tools in one place and avoid accidents with this eco-friendly ready-made sewing kit. Put together an egg carton sewing kit and separate buttons, thread, pins, and needles. This would also be a lovely idea for a bridesmaid’s gift or as a household shower gift.

Sewing Kit made from an egg carton

14. Unique Jewelry Organizer

Why do hair ties have the habit of disappearing anytime you need to hold up your hair? Not to mention missing earring studs? Save yourself the pain of losing one of your treasured earrings or having your chains always in a tangled mess with this jewelry drawer organizing trick that makes use of what you probably already have. What a unique way to use egg cartons to organize your jewelry drawer.

Egg carton in use as a jewelry organizer

15. Neat Nail Polish Organization Hack Using Egg Cartons

Have you ever given up on painting your nails just because you couldn’t find that nail polish you had in mind? Imagine fumbling around in a drawer full of bottles clacking against each other. Annoying, right? Organize your nail polishes with this creative hack using those egg cartons you have no idea what to do with.

Egg carton as a neat nail polish organizer

16. Who Knew Socks Could Stay In Pairs?

There’s something about socks disappearing that no one has cracked yet. We all have that one sock whose partner we can never seem to find. Imagine how easier it is to lose smaller socks. Baby socks are so easy to lose, but not anymore! Keep pairs together in the drawer inside an egg carton. This is a great idea for folded tights and hair accessories, too!

Egg carton in use as a paired socks organizer

If you enjoyed these 16 ways to use egg cartons, you’ll love these egg-cellent ideas, too!

4 photo-collage of ways to use egg cartons - as a garage organizer for bolts, nuts, screws; as a condiment organizer in your fridge, as a desk organizer for stationeries, and as an ecofriendly seed starter