Lately it seams like our family is eating an abundance of eggs. Making the egg carton containers endless around our house. So, I thought I’d see what kind of toddler crafts we could use to upcycle our egg cartons. I went on Pinterest and was surprised with how many ideas that were out there. My daughter loves flowers, and our family loves to hike so, we started with making a flower wreath and a treasure chest.
Egg Carton Flower Wreath
- 1 egg carton
- Exacto or craft knife
- Paint brush
- Paint palette (optional)
- Leftover box
We started by practicing with scissors to cut apart each egg cup. My daughter has never really used scissors before so, she really enjoyed this part, and it required a lot of time to complete. We also cut of the top of the egg carton and the folding flap.
FYI—Scissors are a great fine motor coordination and grip strengthening activity. As an occupational therapist I see and hear about kids falling behind in these areas which, impacts their writing abilities. Implementing fine motor coordination and grip strengthening into your child’s activities will be very beneficial for grade school.
Next, we painted each egg cup to resemble flowers.
Now I cut the leftover box into a wreath shape with the scissors and exacto knife.
Then onto arranging the flowers onto wreath, allowing enough space for all flowers to fit evenly. Afterwards, we glued each flower onto the wreath. We let the wreath sit overnight to allow the glue ample time to dry.
I cut a hole at the top of the wreath with the exacto knife and added a zip tie to hang the wreath.
My daughter enjoys decorating and she helped hang our flower wreath on our front door.
*Disclaimer- this took us working on it daily for approximately a week to complete. There were so many cups to cut out and paint. My toddler is two years old; this craft would be better suited for an older child with a longer attention span.
Egg Carton Treasure Chest
We enjoy hiking as a family and now that our toddler can walk more, she has not been enjoying hiking as much. I looked for ways to make hiking more engaging and found many treasure hunting ideas. Since we had the extra egg cartons, I thought one would make a great treasure chest. Especially, with its locking features already incorporated in the egg carton.
- Egg Carton
My toddler and I talked about different colors we typically see when hiking. Then we chose those marker colors. I’ve also tried using crayons to color the cups and have found that markers work easier and quicker.
Next, my toddler colored each cup a few different colors with the colors we previously picked.
We took our treasure chest with us out on a hike. I talked to my toddler about finding the color treasure our treasure chest required. Throughout the hike my toddler helped look for certain colors. It was fun to see her checking her treasure chest, determining what color see needed to find next, and then watching her locate that color and put it into her treasure chest. It was noticeable how much it helped her enjoy hiking. We’ve have done it a few times since and I’ve noticed we can’t do it every time or it’s not nearly as magical and fun.
Please comment below what arts and crafts projects you’ve used egg cartons for. We still have numerous egg cartons, and I could use some creative ideas for our next project!
I’m a stay at home mom with our two kids. I really enjoy doing crafts with my toddler however, that is typically a challenge with her limited attention span, messiness, and desire to always have clean hands. So, I’m always looking for ways to make crafting an enjoyable experience and fond memory for the both of us.