Wait until you see the dancing fish!
With Easter just around the corner, chances are you’ll soon have some extra egg cartons on your hands from all that egg dyeing. Put them to good use with these simple egg carton crafts for kids of all ages, that extend far beyond Easter. From flowers to colorful chicks to a game board, these easy crafts for kids are definitely a must this spring.
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Candy-Filled Egg Carton Chick
This candy-filled chick from One Little Project is a project and a fun treat all in one! Fill it with your or your kiddo's favorite Easter sweet.
Egg Carton Jellyfish Puppets
Create whimsical jellyfish puppets when you use this adorable design from The Art Kit. Egg cartons, paint, yarn, and googly eyes are pretty much all you need to create these under the sea creatures!
Egg Carton Pots
This craft uses a different part of the egg carton––the pointy part that touches the lid. All you have to do is cut out that piece, fill it with soil, and then top it with an adorable and tiny succulent. Attach string and hang for your very own hanging planter. You can find all the details at Journey Into Creativity.
Egg Carton Flower Prints
Let your little Picasso get creative by making egg carton flower prints! This craft from Meaningful Mama is simply fun and perfect for some Spring crafting. Put these works of art in a frame, or get the kids to make some cards for grandparents––you can't go wrong!
Dancing Egg Carton Fish
A perfect craft for big kids, these Dancing Fish from Brainy Beginnings Network involve painting and a little sewing. Once assembled, make these gorgeous fish dance or hang them up as a super cute decoration.
Egg Carton Craft: Ladybugs
Turn your old egg cartons into adorable ladybugs with this tutorial from One Little Project. Gather up pipe cleaners, pom poms, and googly eyes and get crafting.
Egg Carton Art on a Canvas
Crafty kids will love making this flower bouquet canvas from Mod Podge Rocks. With brightly colored paint, a little glue, and a layer of sparkly Mod Podge, it’ll come together in an afternoon.
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Spring Chicks Egg Carton Craft
These cute chicks from Typically Simple can double as an Easter project—and they’re a super fun way to make use of egg cartons. They’re also easy to make with items you probably have on hand.
Egg Carton Toy Camera
Thanks to Let's Do Something Crafty, your kids 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."
Egg Carton Sea Life Craft
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!
Egg Carton Checkers Game Board
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.
Egg Carton Building Blocks
Using egg cartons as building blocks? Pure genius. Once you’ve cut up your stash, have the kids paint it all in bright hues. After that, the possibilities are endless. Take a peek at the great tutorial from The Pinterested Parent.
Egg Carton Bugs
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.
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Egg Carton Flower Crown
It’s definitely a project that requires help, but your kiddo will be the queen or king of spring if you decide to tackle this cool flower crown. You can handle the glue gun, they can design their own flowers. Find out how it’s done over at Hello Wonderful.
Egg Carton Owl
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.
Egg Carton Masks
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.
Egg Carton Penguin
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.
Egg Carton Crocodile
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.
Spring Robin Egg Carton Candy Box
These adorable little robins are made from recycled egg cartons, and as a bonus, they have a little treat inside! Not only are they filled with your favorite candy, but they're also super easy to make. Check out the step-by-step tutorial from Almost Unschoolers here.
Related: 33 Easter Egg Decorating Ideas That Don’t Use Dye
Egg Carton Ocean Craft
Let your kids learn their imagination is as deep as the ocean with this fun egg carton ocean craft. Use the container as a vignette, where little ones can paint with colors of the sea, then fill it with ocean creatures and plants. Get the details from The Imagination Tree.
—with additional reporting by Taylor Clifton and Karly Wood