Making an Egg Carton Alligator

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July 24, 2018

Egg Carton Alligator - finished egg carton gatorThis is an adorable little alligator made from painted egg cartons, toilet paper tubes, and paper scraps. It is a cheap craft for all ages!

A hot glue gun is recommended for putting the alligator's jaw together. Children should have adults do that part. You can also forego the hot glue if you have time to sit and pinch the jaw with regular glue. :)


Total Time: 90 minutes

Yield: 1 alligator


  • 2 egg cartons
  • 2 toilet paper tubes
  • scissors
  • green and pink paint (and any accent colours, if desired)
  • paintbrush
  • white paper
  • black paper
  • glue
  • hot glue
Egg Carton Alligator - supplies


  1. Cut off the bottom of one of the egg cartons to make the alligator body. Cut the second egg carton in half, then split the top and bottom. This will make it's mouth.
  2. Egg Carton Alligator - cut the bottom off one carton, cut the other in half and then split top from bottom
  3. Paint the exterior of all the egg carton segments green. Let dry.
  4. Egg Carton Alligator - paint the outside of all pieces green and allow to dry
  5. To make its legs, cut the cardboard tubes in half, then paint green. Let dry.
  6. Egg Carton Alligator - cut TP tubes in half and paint green

  7. The lower jaw of the alligator will be the flatter top piece of the egg carton half. When its green paint is dry, paint the inside pink.
  8. Egg Carton Alligator - paint the top of the half carton pink on the inside once the green is dry
  9. Cut two strips of white paper at least 11 inches long.
  10. Egg Carton Alligator - cut two pieces of white paper 11 inches long
  11. Cut little triangles out of the white paper to make long strips of alligator teeth.
  12. Egg Carton Alligator - cut out triangles to make teeth
  13. Glue them into the top and bottom mouth pieces.
  14. Egg Carton Alligator - glue to top and bottom of the mouth pieces

  15. Cut out tiny triangles out of one side of each toilet paper tube to make claws.
  16. Egg Carton Alligator - cut tiny triangles out of one side of legs to make claws
  17. Cut very short strips into the tops of the legs so they can fit into the alligator body, inside the egg holding cups.
  18. Egg Carton Alligator - cut short strips in top of TP tubes so they fit inside the egg holding depressions
  19. Glue 2 into the last cups and 2 into the second set of cups.
  20. Egg Carton Alligator - glue 2 in the last row of cups and two in the second from the other end
  21. Glue top mouth piece over the first row of egg cups on the alligator body. Glue the bottom piece right under. Trim the teeth so they're a nice fit.
  22. Egg Carton Alligator - glue top and bottom mouth parts to body and trim teeth

  23. Cut out 2 round circles for eyes, then 2 smaller black circles for pupils. Glue pupils onto eyes.
  24. Egg Carton Alligator - cut two white circles for eyes and two smaller ones for pupils, glue
  25. Glue eyes onto the third set of egg cups on the top mouth section.
  26. Egg Carton Alligator - glue eyes to the third cup set on the top of the mouth
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July 25, 20181 found this helpful

That's so cute Attosa. Little Ali, haha :)

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July 26, 20181 found this helpful

Hahahaha leave it to you, Suz, to have cute names for everything!! x

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

Wonderful idea and great way to repurpose everyday items.

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August 13, 20200 found this helpful

My granddaughter and I had fun making this

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