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How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

I made this ring holder from a recycled cardboard egg carton as a gift for my friend Debbie’s recent engagement. Would you ever guess that this ring holder was made out of a recycled egg carton if I hadn’t told you? Is this crazy or what?

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

I’ve been eyeing our empty cardboard egg cartons before putting them into our recycle bin trying to picture something simple and useful. Then Debbie got engaged and I thought to make a ring holder.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Well, I realized pretty quickly that the pointy separator things on egg cartons are just too big to hold a ring — at least too big for my ring size and my fingers aren’t exactly dainty. So I played around with cutting and twisting and gluing the cardboard and figured out the best way to cut and manipulate the egg carton to create one small enough to hold a ring while keeping a nice shape.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

I made a series of ring holder samples to see what style worked best. Here’s a white one…

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

…and here are two different ring holder heights.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

I was so proud of Debbie’s finished ring holder that I almost kept it [just kidding]. Really I decided to make one for myself to hold my rings while I wash dishes because I do not like the feeling of having water under my rings, no not at all. So it appears that this ring holder is a great recycled crafty gift not only for a newly engaged bride-to-be like Debbie but also for an old married lady like me.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

WANNA MAKE IT? Free pattern, step-by-step tutorial instructions and supply list for making my ring holder from recycled egg carton craft idea –>

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How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial



Supplies for making a ring holder from a recycled egg carton:

  • Empty cardboard egg carton – for best results use an egg carton with smooth rather than bumpy cardboard – I used Farmer’s Hen House Brand – Amish and Cage Free ;)
  • Leftover paint (I used semi-gloss white for the undercoat and the eggshell Tiffany-esque turquoise blue from Elise’s table for the topcoat) or acrylic craft paint
  • Metal washer (one per ring holder, get at your local hardware store)
  • X-Acto knife
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Q-tips
  • Toothpicks

Please post a comment and let me know how this craft idea works for you. And share your own photos at the MerrimentDesign.com Facebook page, “I made it!” flickr photo gallery or tweet a picture to @merrimentdesign.

Grab an empty egg carton. Be sure to use an egg carton with smooth cardboard rather than bumpy cardboard; I used Farmer’s Hen House Brand – Amish and Cage Free ;)

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Using your X-Acto knife, cut off one of the pointy separators at the base. Cut if off as evenly as possible.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Make a slit from the middle of the top all the way down one of the four slides.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Now twist it so the sides overlap. Pinch the top so it is as pointy as possible. Your separator will now have three sides instead of four. Glue it shut using a glue gun and glue sticks [and yes that is old glitter stuck to my glue gun; you never can really get rid of glitter, folks].

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Now I forgot to take a photo for this next step so pay attention. You need to trim up the bottom of your pointy ring holder piece. But you are going to want it to lean a bit to the back (and make sure the glued seam faces the back). So use your X-Acto knife to trim off a the bottom of your pointy ring holder piece until it is even all around. Test it by setting it on your counter. Repeat trimming until you have an even bottom that leans a bit to the the back.

Cut out one of the egg holders from the carton using your X-Acto knife. Cut around it low as evenly as possible. If it’s a little uneven when you’ve finished, just run your knife around it again to even it off.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Flip the base over. Glue a small washer on the bottom of the base.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Now do this next glue gun step quickly. Run a thick bead of glue just on the inside of your pointy ring top. Quickly affix it to the base before the glue starts to harden.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

By running your glue just on the inside of the pointy ring top, all the glue will stay inside and it will look nice from the outside. (Note on this sample below, I didn’t squeeze the top to be as pointy as the other ring holders – personally I prefer the ring holders to be a bit more pointy than this one).

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Now you’re ready to paint. I have a crap-load of leftover paint so thought I’d make both white and turquoise blue ring holders. For simplicity I used white on all of of the ring holders as the base coats and then painted a couple of the ring holders blue for their final top coat.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

So here’s where I got a little obsessed. I wanted a smooth ring holder. We’re talking SMOOTH, like mimicking a ceramic ring holder as much as possible. So I painted lots and lots of semi-heavy coats – like 5 or 6 of the white – using Q-tips over about a week’s time in the evenings while watching TV. I even let the paint pool a bit inside the base to hide the seams. You can paint your ring holder faster; just be sure to let the ring holders completely dry between coats. The painting gets a little time consuming but it’s worth it.

You can use toothpicks to hold the ring holders upside-down to paint the bottoms. Note that in the photo below I only have the washer on one of these four ring holder samples but I would definitely recommend using a washer on yours – it adds weight and turns it the ring holder into an tip-averse Weeble Wobble.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

When you’re feeling pretty good about how smooth your ring holder is looking, go ahead and paint a top coat.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Again, I used sort of a heavy hand on the paint to make it look as smooth and porcelain-like as possible.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

And voila! A ring holder made from a recycled egg carton and leftover paint ready to keep your rings safe and mess-free.

How to make a ring holder from a recycled egg carton craft idea and free project tutorial

Did you make it? Please post a comment and let me know how this craft idea works for you. And share your own photos at the MerrimentDesign.com Facebook page, “I made it!” flickr photo gallery or tweet a picture to @merrimentdesign. Craft and pass it on!

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33 Responses to “Ring Holder Made From A Recycled Egg Carton”


  1. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Bettina, you’re awesome for sharing this with me! Made my day. I think yours looks great, and such a cute ring. If it’s OK with you I’ll share your post on the Merriment Design Facebook page. A couple readers had some comments about how they made it more smooth. One person suggested Plastidip which I haven’t used before but looks really cool. Enjoy it!

  2. Bettina Says:

    I saw the ringholder on Pinterest and thougt I had to give it a try. The tutorial was very clear and helpful, unfortunately it seems that Swiss egg cartons aren’t that smooth, and even after several layers of paint, the carton pattern is still visible. Buth otherwise, it meets up with my expectations. Have a look at my blog, where I put some pictures of it, referring to your tutorial: http://www.rebekkascraftroom.blogspot.ch/2013/07/un-presentoir-digne-dune-belle-bague.html Thanks a lot for the idea!

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  4. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Thanks! Send me a pic and I’ll share on with my followers. And check out one of my reader’s ideas in the comments section to dip it in plasti-dip. Not terribly environmental but I bet it would turn out super smooth.

  5. The Life of Clare Says:

    I love love love this idea. I was just talking to a cousin of mine this morning about how I should be taking my wedding ring off to cook, do dishes etc, and sleeping as I’m getting a reaction on my finger. I’m going to make two of these, one for the kitchen and one for my bedside table!

  6. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hey Indelibella, that sounds really cool, waterproofing more is smart …although I’m not sure what POP is so you’ll have to fill me in. Would love to see what you’re making when you’re done and share with my followers. Thanks for sharing your addition!

  7. Indelibella Says:

    Just another thought for the smooth look. If you trim the pointy part down just a hair more, you can thin down(*not watery) some’ texturing’ drywall mud or POP and dip your piece into that..gives it a ceramic look after painted ,and keeps the carton part a little more protected from the water. I am in the midst of making a larger version of your idea for a display and love your clever invention. Thaks!

  8. Nanette St.Pierre Says:

    I have a lot of rings so just leave the egg carton as is and then paint a desired paint color on the inside of the carton.. You can then put your rings on each point and put ear rings in the little dish parts next to your rings. Leave outside of carton as is don’t paint it and it will be a litle safe for your jewelry and no one will know. Maybe even keep them in yout fridge to realy be safe. Nanette ST.Pierre Phoenix Az.

  9. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Jessica, I learned when I used to sell handbags to boutiques that weight helps convey quality. And in this case, it also helps keeps the ring holder from being too tippy. So I glued a washer to the bottom to make it more substantial as well as more stable. Thanks for asking!

  10. Jessica Says:

    What a fabulous idea! I will be making some to display my jewelry soon. By the way, why did you glue a washer to the bottom?

  11. Valerie Lafond-Favieres Says:

    Excellent idea and excellent tutorial! I tried it, but I didn’t have enough patience to paint it up really smooth, and I didn’t let it dry thoroughly between coats. I think it came out ok, but I will probably make this again and be more careful. You can see pics here – http://everydaypaper.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/day-10-egg-carton-ring-holder/

  12. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Christine, plasti dip is a really great idea! I’ve yet to use it so would love to hear what you think of it and of course see any photos if you make any. You can post them on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/MerrimentDesign), tweet a pic to @MerrimentDesign or just email me and I’ll share it with everyone and give you credit of course :)

  13. Michelle L. Says:

    This is such a great idea! And a wonderful tutorial – thanks for all the detailed steps and photos!

  14. Maygan Says:

    This is SO clever! I love it! I’ve definitely got to make this

  15. Rhonda @ Dollar Store Crafts Says:

    This is such a great idea! I will be linking to it from Dollar Store Crafts! :)

  16. Christine Says:

    That is a great idea. I don’t have the patience for the painting soni have another idea. After assembling the holder the way
    You showed poke
    A
    Small hole in it and stick a very thin gauge wire through
    Dip the entire ring holder into “plasti dip”.(available online or ace hardware)
    It’s a paint like rubber that u can dip tool
    Handles or absolutely anything infor a protective coating.
    Not only will it dry smoothly, you can customize
    Color, only takes one coat and is not 100% waterproof!
    I’ll try posting a
    Photo when mine is done;-) thanks for the great idea

  17. caroline @ c.w.frosting Says:

    This turned out beautifully! Plus such a clever upcycle! I have a ring holder by the kitchen sink too =)

  18. ...love Maegan Says:

    so clever!!! and eco friendly!

  19. Emily Says:

    This makes me want to take my rings off to do dishes!

  20. RebekahSue Says:

    This is such a good idea! My husband forgets his ring all the time hopefully this will help him remember! I tried to make this using an egg carton I had on hand but it didn’t work I will have to go on the hunt for an egg carton like the one you used. By the way you are amazing!!!

  21. Amanda Says:

    This is so cool! They really look like porcelain and I love the Tiffany turquoise! Great job!

  22. isabell alexander Says:

    Awesome! That looks cool.

  23. MJ Says:

    Great idea! Could use this in the bathroom :) Though my rings are a tad longer than yours…


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