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7 Crafts For Upcycling Leftover Egg Cartons

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

Margo Gothelf · about 1 year ago

Chances are that you have a few egg cartons around the house. 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 below!

1. Egg Carton Caterpillar

Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft


This egg carton caterpillar activity is the perfect companion craft once you’ve read The Hungry Caterpillar. After reading the book, gather your craft supplies and see if you can recreate the caterpillar from the story — or create a unique creature of your 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. Once you’ve picked out the flavors, attach the pom poms to the “cones” cut from egg cartons. Then 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. Once you have the template, gather the remaining supplies, pick out a color pattern, and get to work. While these little 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 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, you 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 when you make these adorable egg carton ladybugs. If you want 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? Well, it looks like you are in luck, thanks to these nifty egg carton jellyfish. Along with being pretty adorable crafts, these jellyfish are also easy 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.