Here’s a fun craft for kids!  Recycle an egg carton into some adorable turtles, caterpillars, and frogs!  We can’t decide which animal we like best.

Egg Carton Animal Craft for Kids: Make a turtle, caterpillar, and frog!

The turtles are my favorite, although it’s hard to decide between those and the caterpillar!

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Egg cartons
  • Paint – we used acrylic, but tempera paint is less staining
  • Pom poms for the turtle heads
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners for the turtle legs and the caterpillar antennas
  • Green craft foam for the frog’s legs
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun


For the caterpillar, I simply cut off one row of an egg carton all in one piece.  I trimmed it so that it would sit flat.

Then Jonathan painted each section of the caterpillar with acrylic paint.  It would be fine to use tempera paint if you want since acrylic does not wash out of clothes.  I like it for the vibrant colors and the fact that it isn’t chalky, but beware.

Egg Carton Animal Craft

We thought that extra large googly eyes were perfect for this caterpillar.  I used a nail to poke holes for the antennas. Then I secured them with a little glue.  Jonathan loves his caterpillar!

Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft


For the turtle, simply paint one egg carton section.  We let the paint dry and then added details to the shell with a second color.

Egg Carton Turtle Craft

To assemble the turtle, you’ll need a pom pom ball for the head, some googly eyes, and pipe cleaners for the legs and tail.

Egg Carton Turtle Craft

I folded each leg piece in half and then twisted it together.  Then I hot glued the twisted end to the inside of the shell.

Egg Carton Turtle Craft

The finished turtles are just so cute!

Egg Carton Turtle Craft

It was fun to make each of them a little bit different.

Egg Carton Turtle Craft

And the kids are enjoying playing with them!

Egg Carton Turtle Craft


The frog is so simple to make.  Just paint the egg carton solid green.  Then glue on googly eyes and cut out feet from craft foam.  I attached the feet with hot glue.

Egg Carton Frog Craft

Have fun crafting!

Egg Carton Animal Craft! Make Turtles, Caterpillars, and Frogs


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  1. Adree |The Keele Deal Jan 29, 2018

    These are so cute. I need to make them with my little man. The turtles are my favorite, they are adorable.

  2. Alex Hoang Apr 15, 2021

    These were great crafts! I will get the stuff for these amazing crafts!


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