We have a feeling you’ll be well-stocked in egg cartons soon. Don’t toss them in the bin—those thin cups have always been a sweet supply to save for crafty little hands. To help you get started on a mini-maker session we rounded up 13 clever ways to create with egg cartons. From dump trucks to flower crowns, the best ideas are right here. Scroll down to discover them all.
photo: Becky Whitney via Rub Some Dirt On It
1. Heavy Loader
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.
photo: Shaunna Evans via Fantastic Fun and Learning
2. Under the Sea
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!
photo: Tonya Staab via Create-Celebrate-Explore
3. 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.
photo: courtesy The Pinterested Parent
4. Block Party
Using egg cartons as building blocks? Pure genius. Once you’ve cut up your stash, have little helpers 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.
photo: Leslie Manlapig via Pink Stripey Socks
5. Carton Crawlers
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.
photo: Agnes Hsu via Hello Wonderful
6. Crafty 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.
photo: Art and Soul Preschool
7. Feathered Friend
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.
8. Mobile Art
The ceiling’s the limit with this ultra-pretty mobile from Buzzmills. This easy-breezy creation uses watercolors (a kid fave) 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.
photo: Teaching Every Day
9. 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.
photo: Green Owl Art
10. 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.
photo: Lucy at My Kid Craft
11. Crafty Croc
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.
photo: The Weisse Guys
12. 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 space ship. A perfect transport for action figures, LEGO adventures and more, this ship is fueled by imagination—and an easy collaboration creation for parents and kids. Thanks to The Weisse Guys for the idea!
photo: Let’s Do Something Crafty
13. Picture Perfect
Thanks to Let’s Do Something Crafty, your little artists 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.”
Which egg-cellent craft will you try with the kids? Tell us in the comment section below!
—Gabby Cullen & Abigail Matsumoto