Hillary Chybinski: How-To Make an Egg Carton Caterpillar

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

How-To Make an Egg Carton Caterpillar

Easy DIY Kids Craft Egg Carton Caterpillar

I love using things we have around the house to inspire some crafting with my kids. Not only do you get to keep thing green by reusing, but many times, these crafts and DIY projects are also pretty easy. We like easy! I had a lot of egg cartons on-hand, so we decided to make bugs. Caterpillars are pretty cute and colorful, especially when you let your kids make them.

This is one craft we did that turned out really well and we both loved it: An Easy DIY Egg Carton Caterpillar (I may have seen this on Nick Jr. or somewhere else, which inspired me). Perfect for little hands (and not so little hands).

Cardboard Egg Carton
Acrylic Paints (poster paints work too)
2 pipe cleaners - long
1 set of google eyes
Hole Punch
Craft glue or Glue Dots

Cut out the 12 egg cups from the carton. You can make 2 caterpillars with 6 cups on each one.  You don't have to be perfect - just cut them out.

Easy Instructions for making a DIY Egg Carton Caterpillar

Paint the egg cups however your heart (or your child's heart) desires.  The more colorful the better.

Easy Instructions for making a DIY Egg Carton Caterpillar

Allow the cups to dry.

Easy Instructions for Making a DIY Egg Carton Caterpillar

Pick a cup for the head, and punch a hole in one side of the cup.  You are going to use these holes to "string" the cups onto the pipe cleaner.  Loop or tie-off the pipe cleaner under the head cup so it won't slide off.

Punch holes (2 in each cup) for 4 of the cups - on opposite sides.  String the cups onto the pipe cleaner.  I left a little space for them to slide - but not much.

For the last cup, only punch  1 hole - like the head and tie it off underneath.  That's the end/tail.

Now use a glue dot or craft glue to attach the Google eyes on the head.

Egg Carton Caterpillar

I used a smaller black pip cleaner as antennae - I poked 2 small holes in the top of the head, bend the pipe cleaner in the middle and poked the 2 ends through the holes.  I snipped a bit off the tops of the antennae and folded it down to get rid of the sharp edge.

 Recycled Craft - Egg Carton Caterpillar

Done.  If you make these - be sure to stop back and let me know how they turn out.

catch you soon -


  1. This was one of my son's favorite crafts to make ever!

  2. These are really cute, Hillary. I'll have to save a couple of egg cartons and make them with my girls.

  3. My boys will love making these!

  4. This is such a great kids craft

  5. This is totally adorable. A great for craft - perfect for downtime during the weekend with kids!

  6. I totally forgot about these, I need to make some with the kids.

  7. I always forget about this when I recycle the egg cartons. Such an easy fun craft!