Make a caterpillar craft with an empty egg carton

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Kids love to play with toys they create themselves. It often gives them more enjoyment knowing they created the toy themselves. Of course, they may be more upset if it breaks. This craft is a lot of fun to make and play with.

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Instructions

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    Take your egg carton and cut off the top
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    Next look at the row of holes in the carton where the eggs used to go. These holes are going to be the body of the caterpillar.
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    Separate the carton into long single rows of caterpillar bodies
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    Make sure you cut the carton into rows instead of columns. That way, you can make a longer body.
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    Cut between the egg holders all the way down the row until you have two (or three depending on the egg carton) individual rows of carton/caterpillar body.
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    Flip the carton upside down so that the egg holders from boxes
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    Paint the body whatever colors you desire
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    You may also choose to use markers instead as a neater medium.
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    Decide which end of the caterpillar you want to be the head
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    The face should be on one of the narrow ends of the body.  
    1. Draw or paint two circles for eyes. If you are using googly eyes, wait until step #4 before making the eyes.
    2. Paint or draw the rest of your caterpillar's now. You may also want to draw or paint on a nose and mouth.
    3. For googly eyes. When the caterpillar is dry, you may dab some glue onto the googly eyes and place them on the narrow side of the first carton.
    4. If you want to make a nose with cotton balls (better if in color), then you can glue that on now as well.
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    Take one long pipe cleaner and poke it through the top of the caterpillar's head for antennas
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    Feed the pipe cleaner through one hole and out the other. If the cardboard is stubborn, you might have to use scissors or something else sharp to poke the holes. You can leave them straight up, bend them at the top, or curl them. You can use construction paper instead if you like. For those using construction paper, cut out two long rectangular strips, bend the ends of the strips and glue them to the top of the caterpillar's head. Let it dry. Then take your scissors and run them along the construction paper creating tension in the same manner that one might curl a ribbon. You can also cut out two small circles and draw a smaller circle inside of the two circles for eyes. Glue these on the front of the face and let them dry.
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    If desired you may now add any excess construction paper circles, cotton balls, glitter, or another decor to the body.
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What Else Can I Do With an Empty Carton?

Egg Carton Fish

Another craft idea to make out of egg cartons (that you might think of tossing into the trash bins) is to make fish out of them. Gather the materials together before starting, to make this easier, faster and fun to make. Creating this craft together with your kids will be a good bonding time as well.

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MATERIALS NEEDED

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    Empty egg cartons (cardboard variety) clear of dirt and dust
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    Pair of scissors
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    Glue (if you opt to use a glue gun, do not let the children touch it)
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    Water based paint of your color choice
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    Craft foams of any bright colors
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    Pipe cleaners
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PROCEDURE

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    Cut the egg cartons' cups individually.
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    Take two of the cups and glue the open edges together to make a triangular shape.
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    Take another cup and stick it to one end of the triangular shape you made earlier, it now forms a fish.
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    Paint the fish any color you choose (use black paint for eyes and be creative when painting the body), using a lot of colors will make it more interesting.
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    Cut foam shapes to make fish fins and attach them with glue on either side of the fish.
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    Cut a pipe cleaner and poke it into the mouth of the fish.
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Egg Carton Pirate Ships

This craft is fun and very easy to create. It involves only a few materials and you are good to go.

MATERIALS

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    About three empty egg cartons
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    Paintbrush and Craft acrylic paint (brown or you can choose your own color)
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    1/4 cup play dough, or modeling clay
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    Toothpicks
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    A sheet of bond paper
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    Pair of scissors
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    Glue
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PROCEDURE

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    Start painting the cups with either brown or your own choice of color, inside and out
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    Set them aside.
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    Make sails out of the bond paper
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    Large and small ones according to your preference.
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    Break the toothpicks in half and set them aside
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    For the large sails, use the toothpicks as is.
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    Glue two pieces of bond paper for small sails with the toothpick right in the middle
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    Do the same procedure for the bigger sails, but use the uncut toothpick for them.
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    Let them.
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    Take the painted egg carton cups and line them in front of you.
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    Roll a small portion of modeling clay or play dough ion your palm and flatten it on the cups
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    Stick the large sail you made earlier in the middle of the clay, then do the same for the smaller sails (you can stick smaller sails on either side of the bigger one for a cool effect).
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Bat Egg Cartons

This cool craft idea to make out of empty egg cartons can also be used as decoration for Halloween.

MATERIALS

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    Egg cartons (empty and cleaned)
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    A pair of scissors
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    Craft glue
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    Black acrylic paint
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    Paintbrush
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    Small white craft or bond paper
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    Wiggly Eyes (optional)
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    Thread or Ribbon (optional)
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PROCEDURE

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    Cut the egg cartons in three lines.
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    Cut a "You" inverted shape in front and at the back, and leave the middle cup uncut
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    Or you can cut it up with any shape you like, as it will become the bat's face.
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    Brush the bat shaped egg carton with black paint and let it dry.
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    Stick the optional googly eyes in the middle part of the bat or cut eyes out of the white paper.
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    Make a hole at the top part of the bat to tie it with thread or ribbon (if you want to hang it).
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Kids participating in these crafts should use safety scissors.
  • You may want to pre-cut the egg cartons for very young children.
  • Warning: Any children under the age of two or three may try to eat the crafts, and therefore it may not be suitable. I suggest you only try it with ages three and up. Supervision for anyone six and below is recommended.
  • Minimize the mess by placing newspaper underneath your craft while creating it.
  • If caterpillar legs are uneven, you can cut them.
  • Use leftover egg cartons for paint.
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