27 Incredible Egg Carton Crafts Kids Can Make

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Recycled art projects like these egg carton crafts are a great way to teach kids about reusing materials rather than tossing them out in the trash. What can you make out of an egg carton? The possibilities are endless! With a little imagination and creativity, you can make lots of fun things.

I prefer cardboard egg cartons because they’re recyclable and compostable. But you can’t always find eggs in cardboard cartons in the stores, right? If you’re working with Styrofoam egg cartons, you’ll need to make sure to use acrylic paint because washable paints (like tempera) will not adhere to foam.

collage of egg carton arts and crafts for kids

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With that in mind, let’s get to some common craft materials you’ll find useful when making egg carton crafts for preschoolers.

Materials Needed for Crafts with an Egg Carton

Egg Carton Animals

We’ll kick off this list of things you can make with egg cartons with some adorable animal crafts. From bees to sharks and everything in between, these projects will surely get your creative juices flowing.

1. Egg Carton Bee

Warm weather is abuzz with all sorts of interesting bugs, so make these bees in honor of all the flying critters you see! It’s a great way to introduce kids to the benefits of bees to our ecosystem while you’re crafting together.

When you are done crafting this fun egg carton bee, check out these other fun bumble bee crafts!

bee made out of an egg carton cup

by Buggy and Buddy

2. Egg Carton Shark

Can you hear the Jaws theme in your head now? Fortunately, these sharks aren’t scary at all and are lots of fun to make for Shark Week or as part of a unit study on marine animals.

Instead of using the egg cups from the carton, you’ll use the pointy bits to make the shark’s head and body. Add funs and a face, and your ocean predator is complete.

egg carton shark on ocean-themed background

by Crafts by Ria

3. Goldfish Craft

You can’t help but smile at these colorful egg carton goldfish. Tissue paper is the perfect material for their flowy fins, and the mouth is made using a pipe cleaner. Add black and white pom-poms for the eyes, or use googly eyes, if you’d prefer.

goldfish made with egg cartons and tissue paper

by The Craft Train

4. Frog Finger Puppet

Act out your favorite frog-themed stories or songs with these interactive frog finger puppets. Stick your fingers in the two cups to make the frog’s mouth open and close. Time to catch some flies, then head here for more frog crafts!

finger puppet frogs from egg cartons

by My Bored Toddler

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5. Egg Carton Bunnies

When Easter comes around, keep these egg carton bunnies in mind for holding popular treats like Cadbury mini eggs or jellybeans. Yum! The long craft foam ears and fluffy pom-pom nose make these bunnies extra cute.

egg carton bunnies

by The Best Ideas for Kids

6. Egg Carton Turkeys

Create some turkeys to adorn your Thanksgiving table this year. You can even put names on them to serve as placeholders! The craft feathers are a colorful and whimsical touch.

colorful turkey craft using egg carton cups

by Steamsational

7. Ant Craft

Use three segments of an egg carton to make a model of an ant. Explain that it has three parts — head, thorax, and abdomen — while you paint and assemble each part. What a fun project for an insect unit study!

ant craft on glass table

by Teaching Mama

8. Egg Carton Butterfly

A group of four egg cups is the perfect shape for a butterfly! Paint the cups with beautiful colors, and add a pipe cleaner body in the middle (with antennae). When you are done giving this egg carton butterfly a go, try one of these cute butterfly crafts!

butterfly craft from recycled materials

by Crafty Morning

Related craft: Life Cycle of a Butterfly Craft for Kids

9. Egg Carton Ladybugs

Did you know that ladybugs (or ladybirds) are considered good luck in some cultures? These beautiful, cute bugs go great with a story about ladybugs, such as The Grouchy Ladybug, Ladybug Girl, or Ten Little Ladybugs.

three ladybugs made with egg cartons

by Buggy and Buddy

10. Egg Carton Sheep

Add some cotton balls and googly eyes to an egg carton cup painted black, and you have a cute little sheep. Not “baaaad” for a 10-minute craft!

easy sheep craft with egg cartons and cotton

by Our Kid Things

11. Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft

Cute little caterpillars are the beginnings of beautiful butterflies. Make this version using pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and egg cartons.

You don’t have to paint them at all, but you can if you’d like. Paint them red and green to look like Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar.

two cardboard caterpillars

by Kids Activities Blog

chore chart

12. Egg Carton Narwhal

Narwhals sound like the stuff of legends — like unicorns — but they really exist! Teach the kids about these fantastical creatures by making egg carton narwhals using egg cartons, paint, glue, and googly eyes.

blue and yellow narwhal craft

by Steamsational

More Fun Egg Carton Crafts

Animals aren’t the only thing you can make with recycled egg cartons. Try one of the projects below — snowmen, boats, and apple trees — wow!

13. Egg Carton Snowman

Trying to find something fun to do on a snow day? Make an adorable egg carton snowman using buttons, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and foam.

You’ll need three consecutive egg cups attached together to make the snowman’s body. Paint them white, and add your accessories to make your own version of Frosty the Snowman.

egg carton snowman craft

by Simple Everyday Mom

14. Egg Carton Garden

Create a standing flower garden using an egg carton (for the grass), popsicle sticks, and construction paper flowers. Won’t this look lovely in your window this spring?

paper flower garden

by The Best Ideas for Kids

Related craft: 20 Pretty Spring Flower Crafts For Preschoolers

15. Egg Carton Apple Tree

Whether it’s back-to-school season, fall, or your child is just learning about apples for fun, this egg carton apple tree project is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Placing the “apples” helps kids practice dexterity and other fine motor skills. Use pouch caps or pom-poms for the apples.

If you are looking for more fun apple crafts, try making this DIY apple bird feeder!

apple tree craft made with egg cartons

by Taming Little Monsters

16. Monster Treat Holders

These not-so-scary monsters are perfect for holding Halloween treats. They’ll make fun favors for your party guests; the kids can help you assemble them. Also, check out these Halloween crafts!

monster treat holders

by The Craft Train

17. Egg Carton Halloween Crafts

Speaking of Halloween, you can also use egg cartons to make a pumpkin, a witch, a ghost, a vampire, a bat, and Frankenstein’s monster. Who knew you could make so many things from a single egg carton?

pumpkin, witch, ghost, vampire, Frankenstein Halloween crafts

by The Best Ideas for Kids

18. Mushroom Craft

Egg carton mushrooms are so cute and easy to make. Kids can add them to their fairy gardens or use them when playing with Trolls or Smurfs.

cardboard mushroom craft on grassy and blue sky backdrop

by Artsy Craftsy Mom

19. Egg Carton Goggles

Call them superhero, spy, or pilot glasses — no matter their name. They’re super fun to make and wear. You’ll need two attached egg carton cups per pair of goggles, along with some pipe cleaners and paint.

Cut the bottoms out of the egg cups so you can see (little ones will need help with this), and you’re ready to rock your cute eyewear.

goggles made with egg cartons

by Our Kid Things

20. Egg Carton Easter Basket

What are egg cartons perfect for? Holding eggs, of course! Turn one into an Easter basket to hold your Easter eggs. You’ll need pretty pastel paints and pipe cleaners in coordinating colors to make the handles.

easter baskets made from egg cartons

by Creative Family Fun

21. Egg Box Bird Feeder

Turn a carton into a bird feeder for our fine feathered friends. Run yarn or twine up through the holes in the carton and fill the bottom with bird seed. Hang it on a tree branch and keep an eye out to see what kinds of birds come to visit.

bird feeder craft hanging on tree branch

by Crafts on Sea

22. Mayflower Boat

Learn about history with a hands-on craft that’s perfect for the Thanksgiving season. You’ll use an egg carton to make the Mayflower.

Paint the bottom, and use patterned scrapbook paper and straws to make the sails.

mayflower boat from egg cartons

by Woo Jr.

Related craft: 20 Fun Straw Craft Ideas for Kids

23. Egg Carton Flowers

One of the most beautiful things you can make with recycled egg cartons is flowers. Perfect for springtime, these flower cards make beautiful DIY gifts for Mom or Grandma on Mother’s Day.

flower card for mothers day

by Easy Peasy and Fun

24. Egg Carton Turtle

If you love recyclable art you are going to love this egg carton turtle! Not only is he super cute, but he’s also an eco-friendly craft that you can make using materials you probably already have at home. Plus, it’s a great way to teach kids about the importance of reducing waste and turtles!

turtle made out of egg carton

by Crafty Art Ideas

25. Egg Carton Tea Cup Card

Get ready to brew up some creativity with this adorable egg carton teacup card craft! Perfect for little hands and big imaginations, this charming DIY project combines recycling with artistic flair. Using simple materials like egg cartons, paint, and paper, kids can design their own unique tea cup cards to gift to friends and family.

egg carton cards that look like tea cups

by In The Playroom

26. Egg Carton Ice Cream Cones

Get ready to scoop up some fun with these adorable egg carton ice cream cones! This delightful craft project is a sweet way to repurpose egg cartons into colorful and creative masterpieces. With a few simple materials like paint, paper, and glue, kids can transform ordinary egg cartons into delicious-looking ice cream cones that never melt.

Whether it’s a sunny day activity or a rainy day treat, these cute creations are sure to bring smiles and spark imaginations.

ice cream cone crafts made from egg cartons

by In The Playroom

27. Hungry Caterpillar Made From an Egg Carton

Get ready to witness the transformation of an egg carton into a charming critter with this adorable egg carton-hungry caterpillar craft! Inspired by the beloved children’s book, this craft project is a fantastic way to engage young minds while recycling materials. With a bit of paint, googly eyes, and some imagination, kids can bring this iconic character to life right in their own homes.

hungry caterpillar made from egg carton

by Two Pink Peonies

Keep the fun going with these awesome books!

Cut & Color Crafts For Kids – This book has 35 fun craft ideas you can make out of recycled material. This would be such a fun gift for a friend or your child!

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Summary- Egg Carton Crafts For Kids

Egg cartons are inexpensive and easy to come by, making them a great crafting material for kids. And the best part? Once you finish your egg carton craft project, you can use it as a decoration that your whole family can enjoy!

Egg carton crafts for kids are so much more than just a fun activity – they’re an opportunity for young minds to create something unique to display around the house. So what are you waiting for?

Grab your egg cartons, some glue, and markers, and start having a creative afternoon! You never know just what kind of amazing creations their imaginative minds will come up with!

Want to craft another day? Pin this list of egg carton arts and crafts to come back to later!

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