Recycled Egg Carton Insects

I need you to imagine that this craft was photographed in a lovely spring garden of blooming daffodils, crocuses, and snow drops; not in a garden filled with April Fool’s Snow! Nevertheless, you’ll find that Recycled Egg Carton Insects are an excellent spring craft and boredom buster for your child!

egg carton insectsMaterials:

  • Egg cartons (butterfly, ant, lady bug, caterpillar)
  • Paint (butterfly, ant, lady bug, caterpillar)
  • Googly eyes (butterfly, ant, lady bug, caterpillar)
  • White glue (butterfly, ant, lady bug, caterpillar)
  • Hot glue gun (butterfly, ant, lady bug, caterpillar)
  • Scissors (butterfly, ant, lady bug, caterpillar)
  • Chenille stems (butterfly, ant, lady bug)
  • Pom poms (butterfly,lady bug, caterpillar)
  • Paper (butterfly)
  • Wooden clothespins and sponges (butterfly)


I am only going to share the tutorial for the butterfly, as the other insects are very simple to figure out just by looking at the photograph!

1. Cut an egg carton into three sections. As your child paints the sections black, tell them that an insect has 3 sections to their body: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen.

painting bug2. While the body is drying, cut out a set of butterfly wings from the paper. Show your child how to paint them using a clothespin sponge (simply cut a sponge into four sections and slide into a clothespin).

April 12 1833. When the body and wings are dry, use the hot glue gun to attach the googly eyes to the head and the thorax to the paper.

4. Use the end of a pen or nail to poke a small hole in the egg carton where the antenna must go. Twist them together so that they stay in place. If you desire, do the same to add six legs to the butterfly’s body.

April 12 2145. Hang and enjoy!

April 12 244Aren’t they cute? Now, be sure to hold onto what is left of the egg carton because I have another recycled egg carton craft coming up for you soon!

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