Egg Carton Bugs!

What a fun and creative way to reuse egg cartons you or your whaanau may have collected during lockdown, around home or in your cardboard and paper recycling bins.

Children of all ages will enjoy creating their very own bugs, insects and creepy-crawlies in this egg carton craft! Halloween is coming up next month on Sunday 31st October. Lockdown could be great opportunity to make a head start on your creepy crawly Halloween decorations!


· Egg carton

· Paint

· Paint brushes

· Glue

· Googly eyes (or you can make your own)

· Pipe cleaners

· Tissue paper or plain paper

· Craft needle or push pin

· Scissors

· Felt pens


Bugs can be made from one egg cup or from several cups cut in a row.

1. Cut off the top of the carton, leaving just the bottom.

2. Separate individual egg cups or cut two or three egg cups in a row.

3. Paint the outside of the cups with your desired colours.

4. Paint a few individual egg cups, for example paint one cup red to create a single lady bird, paint two cups black to create beetles, or paint three cups green to make a caterpillar. But it’s completely up to you what colours you choose to use!

5. Once the paint has dried, use felt pens to add details (such as dots and lines).

6. Glue two googly eyes to the front of an egg cup of each colour for the head and cut different lengths of pipe cleaners to use for legs or antennae.

7. Use a craft needle or a pushpin to punch holes in the cups where you want to insert the pipe cleaners. Thread the pipe cleaners and secure the ends by bending or twisting them inside the cup. You can also cut wings out of tissue paper and glue them to your finished bugs.

We would love to see some photos of your bugs, insects, and creepy-crawlies. Send your pics to Gemma at

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar - Bradley Millar

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