Upcycled Plastic Jug Gift Box

I buy vinegar in the BIG jugs! These jugs can easily be upcycled into pretty gift boxes. The fold at the top makes a very subtle four-petal flower motif. Reuse as many times as you'd like! When you don't need it anymore, remove the ribbon and throw the plastic in the recycling bin.

You will need:
  • Empty Plastic Jug
  • Scissors
  • Box Cutter or Sharp Knife
  • Hole Punch
  • Ribbon or Twine

Find a big plastic jug. This is a 1-gallon vinegar jug.

Use a box cutter or sharp knife to cut around the jug. I used the slight ridge above the label to guide my box cutter.

It should look like this when you're done:

Remove the label (dish soap and water easily removed my label).

Use a scissors to even out any jagged edges.

Smoosh the cut edges flat together. Locate the center. Make a 2 1/2 inch cut on each side (see dotted line). Un-smoosh the circle. Turn 90 degrees. Smoosh and cut again.

All that smooshing and cutting should give you 4 even-sized flaps. Fold two flap down to make sure that flaps meet in the center. If they don't meet, make your cuts a little bit deeper.

Use a scissors to round out the corners of the flaps. Fold two opposite flaps down. Make a small hole on the other two flaps, about a half-inch away from the edge.

Place tissue paper in the box. Place gift inside. Cut a length of ribbon or twine. Thread the ends through the holes you made.

Fold down the two not-holey sides. Fold down the holey sides. Pull the ribbon tight and tie a bow.

Quick and easy upcycle project!

1 comment

  1. I really like the Vinegar jug idea. Thank you for sharing.