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.
Make a Halloween bat with your kids from a recycled egg carton.
Approximate Time: 15-25
black spray paint
First cut the top and sides of the egg carton off so you are just left with the bottom.
Next cut the bottom into 4 pieces, each with 3 egg holes. You can make 4 bats from one recycled egg carton.
Cut half circle shapes on each of the ends of each bat to make the wings.
Next you will spray paint the bat black.
Once it dries poke a small hole in the top of the bat's head. Now your child can help assemble the rest.
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.
Now you can hang the bat somewhere as a Halloween decoration.
brown or green pipe cleaner, tissue paper, or brown paper bag
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.
Glue the two pieces together to make an egg shape.
Paint the outside of the cups orange and let dry.
When completely dry you can draw on the face of the jack-o-lantern with the permanent marker.
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.
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 pipe cleaners
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.
Paint the three Styrofoam pieces black and allow to dry.
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.
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.
Cut another black pipe cleaner in half and stick the two ends into the head of the ant to form antennas.
I was trying to think of a way to make Easter eggs that you could fill with treats from stuff I had laying around the house and these are what I came up with. These egg carton Easter eggs are made with the paper egg cartons.
paper egg carton
thick upholstery tread
Easter treats to fit inside
Optional: ribbon and other embellishments
Alternative method: use hot glue instead of thread.
Cut two egg cups out of the carton and then cut them down so that they have even ends.
Decorate both egg cups with the paints and let dry.
Sew the two ends of the egg cups together with each stitch about 1/4 inch in from the edge.
When you have stitched just over 1/2 way around the egg, stuff egg with treats.
Sew up the rest of the egg.
An alternative to sewing is to hot glue the two egg cups together.
Follow steps 1 and 2 from above.
Fill one cup with some treats, pre-wrapped candies are the best if you are going to hot glue because some glue may find its way into the inside of the egg.
Fit the two egg carton cups together the best you can. There may be some overlapping and gaps, and that is okay.
Glue all the way around the seem. If there are any gaps add a little extra glue. Let glue cool down.
Once glue is hard you can choose to add any other decorations such as ribbon around the seem, in order to hide the hot glue.
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.
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.