Entertaining kids on a budget can be hard (especially in the summer holidays) but we're here to give you some cheap and simple creative projects that you can do as a family. Egg boxes (or egg cartons for our American crafters) are a material most of us have in the house but is often chucked in the recycling bin. Well no more! We've gathered a whole bunch egg box crafts so you can keep the kids entertained for hours on end. Whether it's egg box animals, vehicles or creepy crawlies, we've collected egg box craft ideas that even the fussiest kids will enjoy. We've also got egg box crafts for every season and occasion so you can make Mothers Day cards, Halloween decor and Christmas tree decorations all with the humble egg box. These mini projects make great party entertainment too so when it's your turn to look after the little ones and their friends you can have a moments peace while they paint egg boxes.


Make sure you check out our craft ideas for kids which features a whole range of fun activities including a few extra egg carton crafts! We've also got some easter crafts for kids so you can celebrate spring together but for now, here's some egg box craft ideas that will let your little one's creativity fly.

39 egg box craft ideas

1. Egg box monsters

egg box crafts monster

These crazy little monsters are by The Craft Train and will be so much fun for you and the kids to make. You'll be able to make three monsters from just one carton! Cheap, simple egg carton crafts are just the best.

2. Egg box ghost and bat bunting

Egg box ghost and bat bunting

Make some DIY Halloween decorations with Blue Bear Wood's fun egg carton bunting. Affordable Halloween decor that the kids can make is a win-win in our eyes.

3. Halloween egg box treat boxes

Halloween egg carton crafts

These little egg box cartons have been turned into some spooky pals with The Centsible Life's free tutorial. Fill with Halloweeny treats and hide them around the house for a spooky Easter egg hunt. Check out our easy Halloween craft for kids for more simple projects to make with your kids.

4. Egg box eyeball props

Egg box eyeball props

Multiples and More are here to turn your old egg cartons into a quick monster costume for your kids. Help them paint their creepy masks and pair them with our DIY monster costume and you've got a quick, cheap outfit.

5. Egg box ladybird

egg box crafts ladybird

Egg box ideas don't have to be egg-related at all. Why not make a little ladybug from your spare cartons? One Little Project shows you how to create your own creepy crawlies.

6. Egg box mermaids

egg box crafts mermaid

Nelly's Treasures have lots of different kids crafts on their blog but we particularly love their egg box crafts. These lovely mermaids will give your kids so much joy and allow their creativity to fly (or should we say swim?).

7. Egg carton spring wreath

egg carton spring wreath

Kitchen Counter Chronicles have got the spring interior egg box crafts down. They show you how to make this lovely colourful wreath that both you and your kids will enjoy making.

8. Egg box crab

egg box crafts crab

This friendly little fella is made from just one egg box and can be made in a pinch. Spruce Crafts have a few egg box crafts on their site but we think this guy is our favourite.

9. Egg carton vehicles

egg carton vehicles

Egg cartons crafts don't come cooler than Wonderbly's egg box vehicles. They've got eight different vehicles for you and the kids to make meaning you can create a whole garage just out of egg boxes.

10. Egg box teacup cards

egg box crafts teacup crafts

Get the kids to help you create some lovely DIY cards using egg cartons. In The Playroom shows you how you can turn egg cartons into these super cute teacup cards. These would be ideal for get well soon or birthday cards for granny and grandpa!

11. Egg carton treasure box

egg carton treasure box

Let your little ones store their treasures in Messy Little Monster's egg box treasure chest. You could even get the kids to paint their own chests but fill with surprises for them. Everything from sensory play items or chocolate coins could be in their pirate chests.

12. Egg box jellyfish

egg carton jellyfish

Teach your kids about the creatures of the deep with The Art Kit's egg carton jellyfish. These would look fab hung up in a mobile or in a window for a sea-themed display.

13. Egg box Easter checkers game

egg box crafts easter checkers

Easter egg carton crafts will have you celebrating spring in a cheep (get it?) and affordable way. Tonya Staab shows you how to turn egg cartons into bunnies and chicks for a game of Easter checkers!

14. Egg box fairies

egg box crafts fairies

Turn old egg boxes into dainty fairies using Art Campala's free tutorial.

15. Egg box chameleon

egg box crafts chameleon

Mini Mad Things has some of the coolest egg carton crafts on the web and we just love this funky chameleon tutorial.

16. Egg box dragon

egg box crafts chinese dragon

Teach your kids about Chinese New Year with I Heart Crafty Things dragon egg box tutorial. We've also got three Chinese New Year decorations tutorials here on Gathered so you can celebrate in style.

17. Egg carton turtles

egg carton turtles

Emma Owl's mini egg box turtles make a great weekend activity to do with your little ones. Get the paints out and let me decorate their own mini turtles.

18. Egg box apple

egg box ideas apple

Egg box crafts don't come tastier than Non-Toy Gifts DIY apples. Follow their tutorial and keep your kids entertained.

19. Egg carton animal cards

egg carton crafts animal cards

These funny little egg carton cards are by Viridian Art Studios who have their very own Youtube channel. Pop their video on your laptop and craft along to their tutorial with your kids.

20. Egg carton ice creams

egg carton crafts ice cream

Whip up some delicious egg box crafts with In the Playroom's DIY ice cream cones. This is a great stash buster because the kids can decorate their ice creams. Your leftover sequins, beads and glitter will make colourful sprinkles, cherries and chocolates.

21. Egg box masks

egg box crafts masks

Create your own superhero masks and secret agent disguises with Recycled Crafts egg box mask tutorial.

22. Egg box penguins

egg box crafts penguins

Our egg box crafts have headed to the North Pole! Make your own little egg box penguins with One Little Project's free tutorial.

23. Egg carton pumpkin wreath

egg box crafts pumpkin wreath

Egg box crafts are for every season and Manda Panda Projects pumpkin egg box wreath is ideal for Autumn!

24. Egg box Easter baskets

egg box crafts easter baskets

From Autumn to spring egg box crafts! These super cute Easter baskets are made from just egg box. Check out Crafty Morning's tutorial.

25. Egg box train

egg box crafts train

Choo choo all aboard the egg box train! Chug away to your favourite destination with The Craft Train's free egg box tutorial.

26. Egg box seals

egg box crafts seals

Splish splash with Patchwork Parent's egg box seals! They have a whole zoo of egg box crafts on their blog so head over for even more egg fun.

27. Egg box daffodils

egg box crafts daffodils

Drop a bunch of egg box daffodils as a spring surprise to granny and grandpa. Intimate Weddings have a free tutorial on their blog and we've got a paper daffodil tutorial right here on Gathered!

28. Egg box Christmas ornaments

egg box crafts christmas ornament

There's tons of Christmas egg box crafts over on Pinterest and we particularly love this set from Hello Wonderful. For more festive kids ideas check out our Christmas crafts section here on Gathered.

29. Egg box butterfly

egg box crafts butterfly

Let their creativity fly with Nellies Free Range DIY butterfly tutorial.

30. Egg box necklaces

egg box crafts necklace

Get the kids to make their very own grown-up jewellery with The Imagination Tree's egg carton tutorial.

31. Egg carton oysters

egg carton crafts oyster

Deep-sea egg carton crafts are the cutest. Once your little ones have made the mermaids (featured earlier) help them to make some oyster sidekicks with Steam Sensational's free tutorial.

32. Egg box finger puppet mice

egg carton crafts finger puppet mice

Make your own egg box show with Mas and Pas finger puppet mice tutorial.

33. Egg box toadstools

egg box crafts toadstools

Turn your egg boxes into magical fairy toadstools with Krokotak's free tutorial. International egg box crafts!

34. Egg carton fairy crowns and bracelets

egg box crafts fairy crowns

Wearable egg carton crafts will provide hours of fun long after they've made the project. Show your little ones just how magical they really are with Mom 2 Posh Divas floral crown and matching bracelet tutorial.

35. Egg box snails

egg box crafts snails

More creepy-crawly egg box crafts for you! Where Imagination Grows shows you how to make these really sweet snails with just pipe cleaners, googly eyes and pipe cleaners.

36. Funny face egg box crafts

funny face egg box crafts

Make silly faces with your kids using Mini Mad Things egg box crafts tutorial. They remind us of Dum Dum from Night at the Museum!

37. Halloween egg box crafts

Halloween egg box crafts

These funny little treat boxes are the perfect egg box craft for Halloween. DIY N Crafts show's you how to attach them together and stuff them with sweets for a tasty treat.

38. Camera egg box

Camera egg box crafts

Out of all Lets Do Something Crafty's egg box crafts, this is our favourite. Turn an old egg box into a cute camera with your kids and help them become a mini photographer.

39. Egg box owls

owl egg box crafts

These egg box crafts are a hoot! Help your kids make their own little owls using Mas & Pas free tutorial.


We've hope you've enjoyed our egg box crafts! Make sure you check out our paper crafts for kids if you're looking for even more weekend activities. If you manage to grab some time to yourself (a miracle we know) then head to our five minutes crafts which has some lovely, quick projects for adults.


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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