Crafts Using Egg Cartons

Egg cartons are an essential in many crafts for children, including seasonal decorations. This is a guide about crafts using egg cartons.

Egg Carton Pumpkin
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With just an egg box and oddments of yarn you can make your child a fun ice cream shop to play with. Choose bright colours which represent the various flavours such as vanilla, banana, strawberry, or mint.

egg carton and pom pom ice cream cone

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Egg Carton Pumpkin


  • empty paper egg carton
  • Ex-acto knife or scissors
  • hot glue or white glue
  • orange Paint
  • Sharpie permanent marker
  • brown or green pipe cleaner, tissue paper, or brown paper bag


  1. Cut two cups off the empty paper egg carton. Be sure that they are straight so when you put the two cups together they are flush with each other.
  2. Glue the two pieces together to make an egg shape.
  3. Paint the outside of the cups orange and let dry.
  4. When completely dry you can draw on the face of the jack-o-lantern with the permanent marker.
  5. For the stem you can poke a hole in the top and feed either a pipe cleaner, a rolled up piece of tissue paper or a piece of brown paper bag into the hole. I used a piece of rolled up paper bag on mine. First I crumpled it up to make it soft, then rolled it. Once in the hole I shaped it so it curved.

These would be good as place setting table decorations or just put a few of them around the house.

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Filled egg crate with gift tag.I don't know about you, but I love Cadbury Eggs. I thought a fun way to give them as a gift would be to put them in an egg carton.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 egg paper carton
  • 6 Cadbury eggs
  • spray paint
  • embroidery floss or ribbon
  • gift tag (homemade or store bought)


  1. Using scissors, cut a paper egg carton in half.
  2. Supplies needed for Cadbury egg gift.

  3. On a covered work surface (that is well ventilated) spray paint the outside of the egg carton any color you choose.
  4. Allow to dry and apply additional coats of paint until no more of the carton label shows through. Apply 1-2 coats of paint to the inside as well.
  5. Once the egg carton is completely dry put the Cadbury eggs into the carton.
  6. Cadbury eggs in painted egg crate.

  7. Wrap string or ribbon around the carton and tie the tag onto it. You now have a yummy treat to gift to a friend (or to yourself!).

By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA

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We cut out cups from egg cartons and painted them each different colours. Then we added googly eyes, foam pieces for noses and pipe cleaners. We filled with heart candy. The kids really enjoyed this project.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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A way to make Easter eggs that you can fill with treats made with egg cartons.

Some Easter eggs made from

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Halloween Egg Carton BatMake a Halloween bat with your kids from a recycled egg carton.

Approximate Time: 15-25


  • egg carton
  • black spray paint
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • ribbon


  1. First cut the top and sides of the egg carton off so you are just left with the bottom. Bottom of Egg Carton

  2. Next cut the bottom into 4 pieces, each with 3 egg holes. You can make 4 bats from one recycled egg carton. Cut Egg Cartons

  3. Cut half circle shapes on each of the ends of each bat to make the wings. Bat shaped Egg Carton

  4. Next you will spray paint the bat black. Egg Carton Bat Craft Supplies

  5. Once it dries poke a small hole in the top of the bat's head. Now your child can help assemble the rest.

  6. Have your child place a small amount of glue on each eye and place on the bat's face. Next have your child push the ribbon through the hole. Tie a few knots on the bottom side to keep it from sliding through. Ribbon Bat Hanger

  7. Now you can hang the bat somewhere as a Halloween decoration.

By Domestic Charm from AZ Halloween Egg Carton Bat

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Use your egg cartons before you throw them out! When they are empty, write a different number in each space; either 1-12 or 0-11. Then place 2 beans, coins or other small items in them and close the lid. Shake and reopen. Wherever your items landed, make your kid add or multiply the numbers together. If they get it right, then they get a point, whoever gets the most points wins.

By Lora from Hickory, NC

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Ant on table.This oversized ant is sure to cause a stir at your next outdoor picnic. Make them to use as table decorations.


  • 2 Styrofoam egg shapes
  • 1 Styrofoam ball shape
  • black paint
  • paint brush
  • black pipe cleaners
  • glue
  • googly eyes
  • scissors


  1. Locate 2 Styrofoam egg shapes and 1 Styrofoam ball shape. They sell these in different sizes in stores, so just try to get the same size around egg as the ball so they match up good.
  2. Paint the three Styrofoam pieces black and allow to dry.
  3. Using toothpicks or a wooden kabob skewer, attach the ant body by placing in order an egg shape, the ball in the middle, and an egg shape on the other end. Stick the toothpick or skewer through the Styrofoam shapes. If the skewer is too long, just cut to size.
  4. Cut 3 black pipe cleaners in half. Fold each in half and bend to resemble ant legs. Stick the loose ends into the Styrofoam. I put all three legs on each side in the middle ball, and angled them accordingly.
  5. Cut another black pipe cleaner in half and stick the two ends into the head of the ant to form antennas.
  6. Glue on googly eyes.
  7. Enjoy your faux ants all spring and summer!

By Jayme from Harrisonburg, VA

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Anyone have fun craft ideas using egg cartons?

Julia from Maryland

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fix paper egg cartons onto a set of string lights to create a pretty set of floral lights.

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Here's an easy decoration to make from paper egg carton cups and black pipe cleaners. Add it to your centerpiece or hang them from the corners with webbing.

Section of egg carton and pipe cleaner spider.

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I just got back last night from a weekend of fun and games with my 5 year old granddaughter, Megan. We all know how little kids love to give presents to grown ups. She gave me some bells that she had made from a recycled paper egg carton. You just cut out the little cups and paint.

She also offered to let me borrow her extra tooth brush so I wouldn't have to walk all the way downstairs where my tooth brush was kept.

By MartyD from Houston, TX

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This video shows you how to make a Cadbury Egg Carton Gift. View the full project here: Cadbury Egg Carton Gift

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