6 Crafts for Children with Egg Cartons

These crafts with egg cartons will allow you to spend very fun and pleasant moments with your family. Take note of these ideas.
6 Crafts for Children with Egg Cartons

Last update: 21 August, 2022

Is there anything more fun than spending some time making crafts with children? All you have to do is recycle some materials you have at home and let your imagination run wild. In addition to encouraging creativity and manual skills, you can make children aware of the importance of taking care of the planet and reusing everything they can. In this case, we’re going to take advantage of egg cartons to shape our creations.

If you want to spend a fun and artistic afternoon with your children, don’t hesitate to get down to work and follow some of the ideas we’re going to give you below. Let’s get started!

Let’s recycle egg cartons!

If we just use our imaginations, we’ll discover just how many materials there are that we can reuse. Crafts with recycled elements are a very interesting alternative for children to learn the importance of acquiring this ecological habit.

With old egg cartons, they can make their own toys or accessories to decorate their room. And what’s more, they’ll be motivated every day by the pride of having made them themselves!

Egg cartons allow us to create beautiful objects, if only we let our imagination fly. So, what are you waiting to try? Take note of these creative ideas!

A toddler playing a game with an egg carton.
Encourage your children to reuse household materials and create their own original toys.

Crafts with egg cartons for kids

Now, let’s start looking at some projects that we can do with this versatile material that we all have at home. Shall we get started?

1. Cute bats


  • 1 egg container
  • Black paint
  • A piece of wool or string to hang them
  • 2 plastic eyes (optional)

Step by step

  1. Cut the egg carton in threes. You’ll use the hole in the center for the head of our bat and the hole on the sides will be the wings.
  2. Then, you’ll cut some points around the holes, which will be the wings. Next, you’ll paint them all with black paint.
  3. Once dry, you can paint the eyes with white paint or glue the googly ones that are sold in any craft store.
  4. Finally, you’ll string a piece of yarn or string through the head of our bat so we can hang it in whatever place we like the most. Now you have your bat!

2. Fun little chicks


  • Egg cartons
  • Colored paints and brushes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A piece of orange paper or cardboard
  • A piece of paper or white cardboard painted orange (optional)

Step by step instructions

  1. Cut out two holes from the egg carton and remove any excess that may be left around the edges.
  2. Glue the two holes one on top of the other, matching both holes.
  3. Paint with the color of your choice and let it dry.
  4. Finally, you’ll create a beak and paint some eyes or glue some on. You can also add a little piece of feather on the chick’s head.

With more cut-outs, you can make as many chicks as you want!

3. A colorful worm


  • A large egg cup
  • Colored paints
  • A paintbrush
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step by step instructions

  1. Cut a row of holes from the egg carton to get the body of the worm.
  2. Then you’ll paint each section of your worm with a different color.
  3. Let the paint dry.
  4. Glue the movable eyes to the first hole of your row, which will be the head of your worm
  5. Finally, insert two small pieces of pipe cleaners at the top, which will be the antennae. To attach them, just use a little glue.

4. A little bee with egg cartons


  • A cardboard egg carton
  • Black and yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Movable eyes
  • Black and silver pipe cleaner
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step by step instructions

  1. Cut two holes from the egg carton.
  2. Paint them yellow with black lines.
  3. Cut the black pipe cleaner into six small pieces and use them for the legs and antennae.
  4. With the silver pipe cleaner, shape the wings.
  5. Finally, glue each of these parts in place.

5. A turtle

This turtle is very easy to make and will be very pretty, so be sure to try it!


  • A cardboard egg carton
  • Green cardboard
  • Brown paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Movable eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step by step instructions

  1. Cut out four holes from your egg carton and paint them with brown paint.
  2. Then, draw the shape of the turtle on the cardboard or get a template from the internet.
  3. Glue each hole on top of the cardboard turtle shape to make the shell and leave the legs and head uncovered.
  4. Finally, glue on the movable eyes.
A mother doing crafts with her duaghter.
Share some craft time with your children, not only to entertain them, but also to enhance learning.

6. A happy ladybug

And finally, we’ll leave you with the idea of this beautiful ladybug. Your child will love it.


  • An egg carton
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Red and black paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Small black pompoms
  • Movable eyes

Step by step instructions

  1. Cut out a hole for each ladybug you want to make.
  2. Paint it red with black polka dots.
  3. Glue the black pompom so to its the head along with the movable eyes and the two antennae, which will be two small pieces of the black pipe cleaner.

Cute, isn’t it?

About crafts with egg cartons for kids

These egg carton crafts will make you spend very entertaining and fun times with your family. In addition, we mustn’t lose sight of the multiple benefits that these activities bring to children: They improve concentration and attention, encourage the development of creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills, promote teamwork, and improve social relations.

As you can see, crafts are a very good entertainment option for those afternoons when boredom appears. So, what are you waiting for to get down to work? Let’s have fun!

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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