Recycled Materials: Egg Cartons

We’ve done a lot of projects that involve cutting old egg cartons in half or into pieces. Some of my favorites were these:

1. Egg carton caterpillar:


This is one of my all-time favorites. Love Bug absolutely loved this and played with it for days. We took a half of an egg carton and painted it green. I used a pencil to two holes through the top of the first piece and put a pipe cleaner through it for an antenna. I just twisted around the ends of the pipe cleaner then. It stayed without having to glue it or anything like that. He also painted the top of the pipe cleaner but didn’t want to do it all. We didn’t have any googly eyes, so we improvised by gluing on two cheerios, which Love Bug thought was funny.

2. Egg carton train:


This is super easy also. All you need is half an egg carton, an old toilet paper roll, and some cotton balls. Ideally you would paint it as well, but Love Bug had zero interest in that. So we just glued the toilet paper roll on the first space and then ripped apart the cotton balls and stuffed them inside to make the smokestack. His favorite part was the cotton balls. He loves working with cotton balls.

And then to go along with our caterpillar…..

3. Egg carton butterfly:


I found this idea here. I just cut three pieces of the egg carton, he painted it pink (currently his favorite color), stapled on some heart-shaped wings (glue wouldn’t hold it), drew with glitter on the wings, and then glued on two button eyes. I love how it looks like there’s a mouth, too, but that wasn’t intentional – just how he happened to not paint that part!


About Kelly

I'm a stay-at-home mom to two boys and a girl. My Love Bug is 4 and has been doing art projects since just after turning 2. My Sweet Pea is 2 and tries to do everything his brother does. Little Flower is 4 months and has no idea of all the fun she has ahead of her.
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