Let’s make an egg carton caterpillar craft with kids! This easy egg carton caterpillar craft for preschool-aged kids is also a wonderful addition to studying the life cycle of butterflies or the perfect craft for reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Kids of all ages will love this egg carton caterpillar which is literally what egg cartons were made for…right? Make this caterpillar craft at home or in the classroom.

egg carton caterpillar craft made with egg cartons, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and paint.
Adorable egg carton caterpillars.

How to make an egg carton caterpillar craft

This Easy Preschool Caterpillar Craft is so simple and one of my childhood favorites. This craft was able to be done almost completely without adult “interference” by my (just about) 3 year old.

Related: Butterfly facts for kids, 50 Amazing Egg Carton Crafts for Kids, & Cute Very Hungry Caterpillar Art for Preschool

You probably have all of the supplies you need at home making this an inexpensive craft to make.

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Supplies needed to make an egg carton caterpillar

Supplies Needed for egg carton caterpillar craft - brown egg carton, googly eyes, paint, and pipe cleaners to make an egg carton caterpillar craft.
Craft supplies needed to make an egg carton caterpillar craft.

Instructions for making an egg carton caterpillar

Watch Our Quick Video Tutorial for this Caterpillar Craft

Step 1

A brown egg carton being cut in half to make egg carton caterpillars
Cut egg carton cups in half lengthways to make two caterpillars.

Cut egg carton length-wise so you get one long bumpy caterpillar body.

How to cut an egg carton tip:  I found it easiest to cut it using a combo of a sharp serrated knife and scissors.

Step 2

caterpillar craft for kids
Twist different colors of pipe cleaners and poke them into the top of the egg carton.

Paint or color the body of the caterpillar. Affix facial features (or draw them on). Poke two holes in the top of the head. Wrap the pipe cleaners around each other, bend them into shape, and poke them through the egg carton.

Our finished egg carton caterpillar craft

Caterpillar Craft egg carton for kids to make
Egg carton caterpillars decorated by kids.
Yield: 2

Easy Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft

Easy Egg Carton Caterpillar Craft

A caterpillar craft for kids made out of egg cartons.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • • Egg carton (the cardboard kind is easier to decorate) 1 carton = 2 caterpillars
  • • Pipe cleaner (1/2 per caterpillar)
  • • Paint, markers or stickers to decorate
  • • Googly eyes

Tools

  • • Scissors
  • • Glue

Instructions

  1. Cut egg carton length-wise so you get one long bumpy
    caterpillar body.
  2. Paint or color the body of the caterpillar.
  3. Affix facial features (or draw them on).
  4. Wrap the pipe cleaners around each other, bend them into shape, and poke them
    through the egg carton.



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Caterpillar Craft finished project
Egg carton caterpillars painted and decorated by preschool-aged kids.

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Have you made our egg carton caterpillar craft with your kids? We would love to know how it turned out.



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2 Comments

  1. I love this activtiy. I am going to do it with my little ones tomorrow. I remember doing this when Iw as little and loving it.