The Best Recycled Egg Carton Craft:
This is our family’s favorite recycled egg carton craft! We have lots of chickens and they provide so much fun and entertainment for the whole fam. They also produce eggs, and with eggs, we often have egg cartons lying around. As a result, 2 years ago I had egg cartons coming out of my ears and I decided to use them for a couple of other things. Cause why not use them for a recycled egg carton craft or start gardens with them, or use them to hold paint? A few years back my kids had a blast making them into caterpillars and ever since then they have been begging to do it again!
So here it goes! Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make the best recycled egg carton craft:
- Egg cartons
- Hot glue gun
- Pipe cleaners (for antennas)
- Googly eyes (or eye stickers)
- Glitter (optional)
- Pom poms (optional)
- A cup of water
- Aprons (We also use daddy’s work t-shirts)
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- Cut the egg cartons length wise. If you are using an egg flat you should have 5. If you are using a dozen you should have 2.
- Paint your egg cartons.
- Choose one side of your caterpillar to be the head. Glue your googly eyes on the front.
- Cut a pipe cleaner down to 2-3 inches. Flip the painted egg carton over and pierce the underside, threading the pipe cleaner through. Secure it with a dab of glue on the underside. If you are struggling to pierce it with the pipe cleaner, feel free to use something with a sharp point like a tack. Be careful, if you use scissors or a knife you can to easily cut through the whole head.
- Use your hot glue gun to glue on your decorations. You can also add a smile with the remaining pipecleaner if you want to.
- Have fun!
For step-by-step instructions continue reading!
Detailed instruction for Recycled Egg Carton Craft:
After you have gathered the craft supplies, start by cutting the egg cartons length-wise. I use the egg flats that store 30 eggs that you can get from places like Walmart if you buy 5 dozen eggs. Be sure to follow the same process if you are using an egg carton that holds a dozen.
It should look like this:
Next, let the kids decorate to their heart’s content. This time we started by trying out their watercolor palettes since I thought the clean-up would be easier. It didn’t quite work the way we wanted so we ended up using acrylic paint.
After they painted, we hot glued on the googly eyes, pom-poms, and antennas. For the antennas, cut a pipe cleaner about 2-3 inches long. Next, flip the carton upside down. It’s kind of messy, but should be soft from the paint. As a result, you should be able to pierce the carton with the pipe cleaner. Secure it with a dab of hot glue. Additionally, we’ve done glitter, beads, and stickers. You can get super creative with this part!
Once the kids are finished, they let their caterpillars dry on our craft table. After that, we display and admire! It’s a great craft that recycles and is easy to clean up! Have a blast with this one!
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