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14 Crafts For Upcycling Leftover Egg Cartons

Make art out of the recycling bin with these easy egg carton craft projects.

Margo Gothelf and Jack Shepherd

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Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming, and there have been more than the usual amount of Easter bunny sightings, which means that it's time for easy Easter crafts, affordable Easter baskets, and something to do with all those extra egg cartons!

Instead of throwing them out or recycling them, why not upcycle them? Their unique shape makes them the perfect material for thousands of different crafts. So grab a paint brush and some scissors and check out the list of easy egg carton crafts for kids below! And if your kids enjoy these crafts, check out these sustainable crafts for Earth day once you're done.

1. Egg Carton Caterpillar

Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft

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This egg carton caterpillar activity is the perfect companion craft for The Hungry Caterpillar. After reading the book, gather your craft supplies and see if kids can recreate the caterpillar from the story — or create a unique creature of their own! Head over to the Easy Kids Craft YouTube page to watch the full tutorial. 

2. Egg Carton Ice Cream Cones

Egg Carton Ice Cream Cones

In the Playroom

The only downside to these adorable egg carton ice cream cones by In the Playroom is that you can’t actually eat them. To make them, you’ll need colored pom poms that represent different flavors. Attach the pom poms to the “cones” cut from egg cartons. Then kids can decorate the pom poms using smaller pom poms to make toppings such as sprinkles, cherries, and candy.

3. Egg Carton Mermaids

Egg Carton Mermaids

Art Camp Studio

Calling all fans of The Little Mermaid... This egg carton craft is specifically for you. Head over to Art Camp Studio’s blog to print out the mermaid template, then pick out a color pattern, and set your little mermaid-lover to work. While these sweet mermaids make great toys, they can also make great decorations. To make them into decorations, follow the same instructions, then add bells onto their tails, turning the mermaids into wind chimes. 

4. Egg Carton Dragon

Egg Carton Dragon

I Heart Crafty Things

Did you know that you can make a fire breathing dragon out of an egg carton? This fun project from I Heart Crafty Things is super simple and can be made using bright colored paint, yarn, pipe cleaners, tissue paper, and some sequins. These little dragons are great for anyone with a big imagination, and they make a great kid's craft for a Chinese New Year celebration. 

5. Egg Carton Masks

Egg Carton Mask

Teaching Every Day

With a little paint, glue, and some popsicle sticks, kids can craft the ultimate disguise out of an egg carton. Paint one with camouflage colors for an army disguise or one with cheetah print to blend in with the animals. Follow the instructions over at Teaching Every Day.

6. Egg Carton Ladybugs

Egg Carton Ladybugs

One Little Project

Did you know that when a ladybug lands on you it is considered good luck? Well, get ready to have endless amounts of good luck thanks to these adorable egg carton ladybugs. To make them extra lucky, paint additional spots onto the carton, as each spot represents a year of luck. Check out One Little Project to see how to make this cute craft.

7. Egg Carton Jellyfish

Egg Carton Jellyfish

The Art Kit

Ever dream of having a pet jellyfish? You're in luck, thanks to these nifty egg carton jellyfish. Along with being pretty adorable crafts, these jellyfish are also easy for kids to make. Simply cut out the top part of an egg carton, add googly eyes, and thread some yarn through the top. Find out all the details over on The Art Kit Blog.

8. Egg Carton Penguins

Penguins

One Little Project

If you’re not careful, these almost criminally adorable Egg Carton Penguins from One Little Project will march right into your heart. All you need is orange construction paper, black paint, googly eyes, and glue, and kids can make a whole family of quizzical little frozen friends. Place them on a mirror with some cotton balls and you’ve got yourself a precious little winter scene!

9. Egg Carton Shark Teeth

Shark-Teeth

Pink Stripey Socks

Get all the pipe-cleaner animals and popsicle stick people off the cardboard beach!!! The Egg Carton Shark mouth is approaching the shore and he’s feeling exceptionally chompy today. To make this set of egg carton shark (or honestly any chompy animal your kid loves) teeth, all you need is some fasteners, scissors, and (if you’re feeling ambitious) paint. Instructions at Pink Stripey Socks.

10. Egg Carton Flowers

Flowers

Moms and Crafters

If you love someone, say it with flowers. If you love someone egg-stravagantly, say it with these lovely egg carton flowers from Moms and Crafters! Along with your egg carton, kids just need some wooden dowels, scissors, paint, washi tape, and someone special to give these to.

11. Candy-Filled Easter Egg Carton Chicks

Chicks

One Little Project

Move over, Egg Carton penguins! There’s a new contender for most preposterously adorable egg carton bird, and these ones come bearing candy. These absurdly cute chicks from One Little Project are the cutest candy egg holders you’ll ever meet, and they’re super easy for kids to put together. 

12. Beehive & Bumble Bee Recycled Egg Carton Craft

Beehive

A Little Pinch of Perfect

This buzzing beehive from A Little Pinch of Perfect takes advantage of the egg carton’s honeycomb-like pattern to create a cute habitat for your happy little craft-paper bee. All kids need for this craft in addition to an egg carton is paint, glue, paper, and scissors. 

13. Egg Carton Raft Craft

Raft

Molly Moo Crafts

Once your kid's egg-carton shark has cleared the beach, it’s time to send in the pirates. Just kidding! This sweet little pirate raft is much more likely to bring everyone Easter eggs and candy. There’s even room aboard for some friendly egg carton chicks or penguins! Instructions for this one over at Molly Moo Crafts.

14. Egg Carton Wreath

Wreath

Pink Stripey Socks

Finally, if you don’t mind giving the kids a little bit of a workout with the scissors, they can make a genuinely gorgeous egg carton wreath to hang proudly on your door with just a few simple materials, including a cereal box, craft paint, and a strong glue. This one, from Pink Stripey Socks, takes a little bit more work than the other crafts, but it’s a stunner! 

Updated March 2022