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9 Adorable Egg Carton Crafts for Kids That Turn Trash Into Treasure

Don't toss out your egg cartons! Instead, use them in these creative crafts for kids. With a little creativity, you can transform egg cartons into dolls, puppets, and even masks.

egg carton crafts for kids
Written by
Riley Baker
When a child wants a new toy, it's typically bought online or at a
chain store
. But a great way to save money is to get creative and utilize what you already have at home—starting with egg cartons.
what you already have quite literally turns trash into treasure. Sure, an egg carton doesn't look too exciting to a child as-is—but with some paint, pipe cleaners, and other knick knacks from your craft drawer, you can work together to transform it into something way more unique and exciting than what you'd find on a store shelf.
When you're ready to get crafty, try out one of the egg carton crafts for kids below. From mermaid dolls to pirate ships, you're in for a world of fun by simply using your imagination.

9 Egg Carton Crafts for Kids

Egg Carton Checkers

Photo: JessieDaye
Why buy a game of checkers when you can make your own using an old egg carton? This adorable version pits bunnies and chicks against each other.

Alligator Affirmation Box

egg carton crafts for kids
Photo: Crayon Box Chronicles
Not only is this egg carton alligator a blast for kids to paint and assemble, but it also comes with an added bonus. It's filled with
positive affirmations
that help kids build confidence, inner strength, and a positive attitude.

Egg Carton Mermaid Dolls

egg carton crafts for kids
Photo: Art Camp Studio
This sweet mermaid doll utilizes an upcycled egg carton to create its majestic tail. Paired with other leftover cardboard you have on hand, you'll be able to create your child's new favorite toy.

Egg Carton Vehicles

Photo: Wonderbly
Egg cartons can easily be transformed into toys that will keep kids busy for hours—including these vehicles, from fire engines to dump trucks. All you need is some paint and a little creativity.

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Egg Carton Jellyfish Puppets

Photo: The Art Kit
This fun and easy craft allows kids to turn an egg carton into cute jellyfish puppets with the help of some googly eyes, paint, and yarn. Once they're finished, it's time to play and put on a puppet show.

Egg Carton Building Blocks

egg carton crafts for kids
Photo: The Pinterest Parent
What kid doesn't love playing with building blocks? Save up your egg cartons and use them to create this colorful cardboard option they can stack into pyramids, houses, castles, and whatever else they dream up.

Egg Carton Pirate Ship

Photo: CleverPatch
Making your very own pirate ship is a breeze when you have an egg carton on hand. It even comes complete with flags, pirates, and an anchor.

Egg Carton Mask

Photo: Picklebums
This craft allows you to make a fun mask with an egg carton. Have your kiddo get creative, adding feathers, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and whatever else you have on hand to allow their vision to come to life.

Egg Carton Whale

egg carton crafts for kids
Photo: iHeartCraftyThings
It doesn't get much cuter than this egg carton whale. It even utilizes a pipe cleaner to make it look like water is shooting out of its blowhole.