With Easter just around the corner, chances are you’ll soon have some extra egg cartons on your hands. Put them to good use with these simple crafts perfect for kids of all ages. From dump trucks to colorful chicks, keep reading to let the upcycling begin.

1. Lovely Ladybugs

Turn your old egg cartons into adorable ladybugs with this tutorial from One Little Project. Gather up pipe cleaners, pom poms and googly eyes and get crafting. Grab the instructions by clicking here.

2. Flower Bouquet Picture

Crafty kids will love making this flower bouquet canvas from Mod Podge Rocks. With brightly colored paint, a little glue and a layer of sparkly Mod Podge, it’ll come together in an afternoon. To get all the details, click here.


3. Tweet-Worthy Chicks

These cute chicks from Typically Simple can double as an Easter project—and they’re a super fun way to make use of egg cartons. They’re also easy to make with items you probably have on hand. Click here to get the details.

4. Dump Truck

Even a first-time maker can tackle this simple dump truck project. The bed goes up and down with the help of a few pipe cleaners, and there’s plenty of space to add construction workers. Find out what you'll need over at Rub Some Dirt On It.

5. Sea Creatures

Create an entire underwater world with just four supplies. You’ve got the egg cartons; find out what else you’ll need at Fantastic Fun and Learning. One down, three to go!

6. Easter Checkers

Yes, this adorable checkerboard will take a few afternoons to complete, but it will be worth the effort when you see how much fun your kids have playing with it year after year. We love the bright, fresh colors and the basic supply list. Visit DIY guru Tonya Staab at Create-Celebrate-Explore and see how to make your own.

7. Blocks

Using egg cartons as building blocks? Pure genius. Once you’ve cut up your stash, have the kids paint it all in bright hues. After that, the possibilities are endless. Take a peek at the great tutorial from The Pinterested Parent right here.

8. Insects

These little guys are more cute than creepy and use up plenty of cartons. Parents, you'll probably have to handle the task of arranging the pipe cleaner legs just right. Get the how-to over at Pink Stripey Socks.

9. Flower Crown

It’s definitely a project that requires help, but she’ll be the Queen of Spring if you decide to tackle this cool flower crown. You can handle the glue gun, she can design her own flowers. Find out how it’s done over at Hello Wonderful.

10. Brown Owl

Who-who-who's up for transforming an egg carton into a feathered friend? This clever craft from Art and Soul Preschool is super easy. If you have a decently stocked craft drawer you likely have the googly eyes, feathers and paint ready to go. To get the instructions, click here.

11. Window Mobile

The ceiling's the limit with this ultra-pretty mobile from Buzzmills. This easy-breezy creation uses watercolors to create hanging flowers out of egg carton cups. The result is something worthy of a fancy window display—or maybe even a relaxing nursery. Click here to find out how it's made.

12. DIY Disguise

This mask craft from Teaching Every Day is great fun for a masquerade dress-up bash. You only need a few supplies, and it's easy enough for younger crafters to do the majority of the steps. Customize with the kids' favorite colors or add feathers for additional panache. Click here to get the details.

13. Petite Penguins

How cute are these penguins from Green Owl Art? They're just the right size for little hands and don't require a lot of materials or time. Couple the activity with a viewing of Happy Feet, and you've got one egg-cellent afternoon. Get the instructions by clicking here.

14. Crafty Crocodile

Here's a smile, crocodile! This green grinner from My Kid Craft is a lot of toothy fun. Best part? It requires three egg cartons to make—ideal for using up a big supply. Get the whole tutorial here.

15. Star Wars-worthy Space Ship

In a galaxy far, far away, there's surely a Wookie who'd love to travel in this egg carton spaceship. A perfect transport for action figures, LEGO adventures and more, this ship is fueled by imagination, plus it's an easy collaborative creation for parents and kids. Thanks to The Weisse Guys for the idea; click here to learn more.

16. Toy Camera

Thanks to Let's Do Something Crafty, your kids can snap the perfect pretend photo. Though this craft may need a bit more grown-up involvement, the kids can definitely help out with painting, braiding the camera strap or arranging the different elements of the "camera." Click here to get the instructions.

Which egg carton craft will you try with the kids? Tell us in the comment section below!

—Gabby Cullen & Abigail Matsumoto


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