7 Recycled Egg Carton Crafts for Kids

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Egg cartons are easy enough to recycle by throwing them in with your paper, but we love to provide ideas that take you beyond the bin. First off, there are a ton of practical ways to reuse egg cartons, from handy homemade fire starters to recycled seed starters for your garden.

Previously, we explored how to creatively recycle and reuse other everyday kitchen items such as milk jugs, so now it’s time to look at egg carton crafts. Egg carton crafts are inexpensive, easy to make, and turn out super cute.

recycled crafts for kids egg carton crafts
Egg carton crafts are easy, super cute, and inexpensive.

Recycled Crafts for Kids

Most of these egg carton crafts are intended for kids, but anyone can create them if they feel like it! All you need are some simple art supplies, such as acrylic or tempera paints, felt, pom poms, pipe cleaners, glue, and of course googly eyes. Egg carton crafts are fun to do around Easter, but feel free to work on them anytime.

The individual cups of the egg carton separate easily and form the basis for the body of many an imaginative animal. Here’s a great handpicked collection of egg carton crafts from around the web:

Whoever said you need to act your age? Spend your free time making a sailboat from an old egg carton.

Easy Recycled Egg Carton Crafts

This Chinese dragon from Museum Girl ROM also incorporates some tissue paper. Have a look around your house and see what you can find to decorate your creations.

recycled crafts for kids egg carton crafts

If all else fails, or you don’t feel like crafting today, we’re sure your cat will enjoy tearing up your old egg cartons, as seen in the photo below. Note: Salmonella bacteria may stick to the cardboard of egg cartons, causing a danger to children and others with weak immune systems, so if you think an egg has broken in your carton, be sure to use your best judgement and don’t risk infection.

recycled egg carton crafts

Photos: rmkoske, kellinahandbasket

Think twice the next time you put your egg cartons in the recycling bin- grab ’em out and make something with them instead.

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