Something that caught our attention when visiting Adrena Sport Hostel in Belo Horizonte was how engaged they were in reusing materials. There are so many things that can be reused and get a new life as something else than it was made for in the first place.
Milk cartons are one of these. At Adrena they use these for something that we have not seen before; to make door-holders. Adding the hostel name on it also made it a nice souvenir from the hostel. These are easy to make and we would encourage more people to consider using their empty cartons for this.
We have added the recipt if you want to make your own personal door-holder.
Sustainable door-holder as seen at Adrena Sport Hostel
- 1 cc of dried and sanitized milk
- Sand, gravel or other solid waste (for filling)
- Supermarket bag (to pack)
- Tape crepe (to close the box)
- 30 centimeters of fabric or patchwork
- Feather or cotton
- Hot glue
- Ribbons, bows, pearls, etc. (To adorn)
- PVA or fabric paint
Step by step:
- Wash and dry a box of milk or juice or a similar box.
- Put a plastic bag with sand or solid waste inside it, seal it with the crepe tape and wrap the box in a newspaper or paper for recycling.
- Cut the fabric and wrap it around the entire box like you would wrap a gift. Use glue to seal it.
- Cut a strip of the fabric (50 cm long and 6 cm wide) to make the ruffle. Glue it on around the sofa, making folds/ruffles.
- Cut a strip of the fabric (12 cm wide and the length of your box). This is to make the back and arms of the sofa. Fold the fabric (like a sausage) and sew or close it with hot glue. Fill it with feathers or cotton and glue on one side of the sofa, forming the back and the arms.
- Decorate the sofa with words of your choice and embellish with cushions, ribbons and bows.
This is a tip from Adrena with the recipt by Dulcinea do Carmo.