Egg Carton Caterpillars

Between the gift of a new BIG copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (which came with a small plush caterpillar that literally fits through the holes!) and a visit to a new local art reuse center, Dylan & I were inspired to make caterpillars.


  • Egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint & brushes
  • Pipe cleaners (wire cutters to cut in half)
  • Googly eyes & glue (optional)

First, I cut the top off the egg carton and then cut the bottom into two long pieces - giving us each a caterpillar "body" to work with (I enjoy these crafts too!).

Then we used red and green acrylic paints to add color. For all his desire pre-project to paint, it didn't really capture Dylan's attention very long. His was a minimalist caterpillar. :)

After the paint was dry, I used the scissors to punch small holes in the head of each for the antennae. I cut one pipe cleaner in half using needle nose pliers (they are also helpful for pressing the ends to reduce any sharp points). We formed a 'U' shape with our half and pushed it up through the holes giving us nice fuzzy antennae.

Finally, we added a little dot of green paint for the nose and glued on googly eyes.

Very simple, fun craft. And, amazingly, they both survived several days including being played with!


  1. Very cute project! I love Eric Carle.

  2. Too cute! I'm linking back to you on my blog. I can't wait to do this with my son!


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