Make Your Own Egg Carton Caterpillar

I had so much fun making this egg carton caterpillar. It was quick, easy and made using items I already had in the house. I love that my son is getting to the age of enjoying the crafts I make for him from recycled bits and pieces. He may be a little too young to make them entirely himself, but there is nothing stopping him from enjoying the end product.

To make an egg carton caterpillar you will need:

  • An egg carton
  • Poster paint (in whatever colour you want)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Strong craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Old newspaper
  • Black marker
What You Need to Make Egg Carton Caterpillar

What You Need

Lay down some old newspaper on your work space to avoid any paint or glue spillages on your table

Cut the base of the egg carton away from the lid then trimmed the tops off the peaks found on the inside of the carton. Don’t throw the trimmed pieces away as you use these later on

Cut the egg carton base in half, length ways

Egg Carton Base

Egg Carton Base Cut Lengthways

Paint the body of the egg carton caterpillar. I used green and red to resemble the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Collecting two of the tips cut from the peaks found inside the egg carton, paint these. I painted them in yellow

Painted Body

Painted Body


Egg Carton Peaks

Painted Egg Carton Trimmed Peaks

While waiting for everything to dry, cut three pipe cleaners in half to make six pieces. Five of these will become legs, while the sixth piece is cut in half again to use for the antennae

Once the body is dry, pierce five holes down either side of the body of the egg carton caterpillar, making sure the holes lined up on both sides. Feed a pipe cleaner through both of the aligned holes and shape the pipe cleaners into legs

Pipe Cleaner Legs

Pipe Cleaner Legs

Pipe Cleaner Legs - Shaped

Pipe Cleaner Legs – Shaped

Once dry, pierce a hole in the top of each of the trimmed peak and feed through some pipe cleaner in each

Using strong craft glue, glue a googly eye to each of the painted peaks. Wait for the glue to dry

Pipe Cleaner

Pipe Cleaner through Trimmed Peaks

Googly Eyes

Googly Eyes

Pierce two holes at the top of the head of the egg carton caterpillar. Sit the googly eye peaks on top and feed through each piece of pipe cleaner under the head to secure each piece to the body of the egg carton caterpillar

Pierced Holes

Pierced Holes

Shape the pipe cleaner at the top into the antennae. Twist together the pipe cleaner inside the head of the egg carton caterpillar to secure the eyes properly

Twist Pipe Cleaner

Twisted Pipe Cleaner to Secure Googly Eyes

Use a black marker to draw a mouth onto the face of your egg carton caterpillar

Your egg carton caterpillar is now complete!

You can personalise your egg carton caterpillar however you like. Use your child’s favourite colours. Glue on embellishments to make a fancy dress caterpillar. Or you can keep it simple as I have – the choice is yours!

Egg Carton Caterpillar

Finished Product!

Egg Carton Caterpillar

Completed Egg Carton Caterpillar

What crafts have you made using recycled egg cartons? Share your ideas in the comments – I would love to get some inspiration from you!

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