Fringed Milk Carton Topiaries

By  Kathleen George  for  The Dow Chemical Co.

sizes: large, 5"x12"; medium, 4"x9"; small, 4"x6"

  • Fringed Milk Carton Topiaries


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Cones: 12”, 9”, 6”
  • Cardboard quart-size milk cartons, 11
  • Christmas ornament picks, three
  • Ribbon of choice


  • Straight pins
  • Needle tool
  • Tile nippers
  • Low-temp glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, craft knife
  • 1. Wash and dry milk cartons. Using craft knife, cut top and bottom from each milk carton. Cut apart cartons vertically along one long edge so cartons will lay flat.
  • 2. Using ruler and craft knife, trim cut edges so they're straight and square. Cut carton into 2-1/2"-wide strips for 12" and 9" cones and 2-1/4"-wide strips for 6" cone.
  • 3. Use tile nippers or other strong scissors to cut 1/4"-wide fringe along one edge of each strip, leaving about 3/8" uncut along top edge.
  • 4. Pierce small holes 1/2" apart along top edge using needle tool. (Note: This will help make pinning easier.)
  • 5. Slightly curl fringe by rolling strip over pencil. Beginning at bottom of cone, pin strip of fringe all around cone. Continue pinning fringed strips around cone, slightly overlapping each layer with layer below. (Note: If there is gap where ends don't meet, cut small length from another strip to fill in space.)
  • 6. Carefully remove ornament from each pick and adhere to top of each cone.
  • Tip
  • 1. If you're using larger, half-gallon milk cartons, you'll need just six cartons to make this trio.