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Egg Carton Critters | Recycled Crafts

Egg Carton Critters

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Populate an entire insectopia with cardboard caterpillars, ladybugs and snails.


  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Tempera paint and brushes
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Hole punch
  • Pipe cleaners


  1. Cut 12 cups out of the egg carton bottom. Trim the edges and then paint the outsides.
  2. Glue on googly eyes and punch a hole for the mouth, centered on the edge.
  3. To create each set of legs, begin by cutting the pipe cleaners into 4-inch sections. Then punch three leg holes in each side and insert a pipe cleaner piece through each one. Bend the center up inside the shell and shape the ends for the legs and feet.
  4. For antennae, use a pushpin or the end of a paper clip to poke two holes above the bug's eyes. Push a pipe cleaner through and bending it into shape.