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Egg Carton Crafts for Kids

Sujata Iyer Nov 22, 2018
Don't throw away those egg cartons. Make something wonderful out of them after reading the ideas given here.
Wealth from waste is one of the best policies to live by. There are so many things that can be reused in so many different ways. Instead of throwing them away, you can make something special. One such thing is egg cartons. Here, you will get to know how to make crafts from egg cartons, thus engaging kids in a creative and useful project in their holidays!

You'll Need

  • Egg cartons
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Chenille stems
  • Paints and paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Tape
  • Yarn
  • Beads
  • Felt paper
  • Pipe cleaners

Sea Animals

Make your own aquatic animals using egg cartons. Just follow the simple instructions given here.


  • To make a crab, first cut out one cup from the egg carton using the knife or scissors.
  • Then, paint the cup in the color of your choice.
  • While the paint is drying, cut the chenille stems into small pieces.
  • After the cup has dried, turn it over and stick the pieces of chenille stems along opposite sides of the rims to make the legs of the crab.
  • Take two chenille stems and bend them in the shape of pinchers.
  • Stick these at the head of the cup.
  • Give the pinchers some support while they dry and then stick the wiggly eyes onto the head.
  • Your crab is ready.


  • To make a jellyfish, again, cut out a cup from the carton.
  • Paint it whatever color you wish.
  • By the time the paint dries, cut the yarn into pieces and braid them. Make as many braids as you want.
  • Stick these braids along the rim of the cup from the inside.
  • Let it dry and then paste the wiggly eyes on the head. Your jellyfish is ready.


  • First, cut out a cup from the carton and paint it.
  • As the paint dries, cut out strips of felt paper in the shape of octopus tentacles and stick the beads on one side.
  • After the paint dries, stick these tentacles, beaded sided facing in, on the rim of the cup (from inside).
  • Paste the wiggly eye and your octopus is ready!


  • First, cut out 2 cups from the carton.
  • Paint them whichever color you wish.
  • Stick wiggly eyes on one and then stick both the cups together from one side using tape.
  • Your oyster is ready!
Put these aquatic animals in a transparent glass bowl (minus water, of course) with some artificial plants and you have your own egg carton aquarium.

Other Animals

You can make different animals or insects using egg cartons! This will help you in 2 ways: it'll get your kids interested in arts and crafts AND you can also help them learn names of animals in a fun way. Let's see how easily you can make them.


  • Take 4 or 5 cups from the egg carton.
  • Poke two holes at the top of one cup with a knife and insert two small pieces of chenille stems for antennae.
  • Paint all the cups in different colors.
  • Stick the cups end to end using glue or tape.
  • Your colorful caterpillar is ready!


  • Paint one cup red with black dots.
  • While the paint dries, cut a pipe cleaner into 6 small pieces.
  • Make 3 holes on each side of the cup and insert the pieces of pipe cleaner.
  • Paste wiggly eyes on top and your pretty ladybug is ready!


  • Take one cup form the egg carton and paint it gray.
  • Take another one and cut it into half, vertically.
  • Paste each half on opposite sides of the cup.
  • Add wiggly eyes to the full cup and hang the bat upside down at a door or window.


You can also make pretty flowers using an egg carton.
  • Paint 4 to 5 cups in bright colors.
  • Make holes at the base of the cups and insert the chenille stems through them.
  • Turn these upside down and you have a beautiful bouquet of colorful flowers!
These crafts encourage the three 'R's to conserve the environment: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Egg cartons are generally made from styrofoam which does not degenerate up to a period of five hundred years. Recycling them into something so creative and fun is another way to teach your kids the importance of environment conservation.