Crafts with Egg Cartons for Autumn: 4 Fun & Easy DIY Ideas for the Whole Family!

by Kristiyana

Everyday life offers us with so many materials for crafting, but we often don’t see them as such. Egg cartons, for example, end up in the rubbish again and again, even though they can be so practical when you want to keep your children busy. What are some lovely ideas for crafts with egg cartons for autumn?

A bit of glue, some paint and possibly a few extra craft materials, and you can make cool autumn motifs and figures yourself or with your children, that they will definitely enjoy. So instead of throwing away every egg carton, collect several and get really creative!

Crafts with Egg Cartons for Autumn: Easy Craft Ideas for Children

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What can you make out of egg cartons? Whether mushroom figures, animals or simply brightly painted egg cartons, not only are these crafts fun, but the results also bring joy and a sense of accomplishment.

Cute Mushrooms Crafts with Egg Cartons for Autumn

Autumn season is mushroom season, so egg carton mushrooms are a cool craft idea to take up in the afternoon. And you really don’t need much, either! You can use the finished egg carton mushrooms as DIY autumn decorations for your garden beds, for the balcony boxes or the flower pots indoors. Here’s how to make mushroom crafts with egg cartons for autumn:

Option 1:

  • Egg carton
  • Acrylic paints and brushes (choose typical mushroom colours)
  • Twigs
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

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How to make the mushrooms with egg cartons:

  • Cut off the pointed elements from the egg carton (those that are between the cups).
  • Then you can paint the egg carton. Choose mushrooms colours (for example brown for porcini, yellow for chanterelle and red with white dots for toadstool).
  • Once the colours have dried, put hot glue on one of the two ends of a twig and stick it into the “mushroom hats”.
  • Once the glue has dried, the flower sticks are ready and can be used for decorating.

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Option 2:

  • Egg cartons
  • Red and white/beige acrylic paint
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Paper dots from a hole punch
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black felt-tip pen

How to make these mushrooms with children:

  • For each mushroom, you will need one of the cardboard points and a cup. So cut them down and out.
  • Paint the cups red and the tips white or a light shade of beige.
  • While the paints are drying, you or your children can punch out some white dots with the hole punch.
  • Glue the mushroom hat onto the stem and the dots onto the hat.
  • Attach the wiggly eyes and draw a mouth.
  • You can also make stone and other mushrooms this way, just by using different colours.

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A Small Forest Landscape from Egg Cartons

You can make such a cute forest landscape with egg cartons for autumn without any cutting. So simple, it’s a wonderful project for crafting with toddlers in autumn.

What you will need:

  • Egg carton
  • Acrylic paints
  • Pipe cleaners in autumn colours
  • Additional decorations such as leaves (real/wood/punched/self-cut), mushrooms, acorns, maple seeds, etc.

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Start crafting right away:

  • Paint the intact cardboard in matching colours. The purpose is to imitate a forest, so colours like green, brown, beige, maybe some blue (for a body of water) and similar natural colours are ideal.
  • It doesn’t have to be a work of art. Different splashes of colour that blend into each other until the whole box is covered are perfectly adequate and suitable for children.
  • If there are no holes in the tops of the egg carton, poke some yourself with a sharp pencil or scissors, for example.
  • Stick pipe cleaners into the holes and bend them to imitate treetops.
  • Then you can create the little trees with the chosen materials.

Interested in creating some cute & easy DIY fall decorations with pumpkins? Check out these 2 simple tutorials.

Pumpkin Wreath with Egg Cartons for Autumn

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Or how about making a cool pumpkin wreath in September or October? In addition to several egg cartons, you will also need a paper plate to use as a base for this fun wreath craft. However, you can also cut a ring out of cardboard.

What you will need:

  • Egg cartons (you need a total of 18 cups for a standard paper plate)
  • Paper plate
  • Orange and green acrylic paint and brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Green pipe cleaners

How to make pumpkin wreath with egg cartons:

  • Cut out the edge of the plate and cut off the cups of the cardboard.
  • Paint the elements with orange paint as well as one of the cups in green and let them dry.
  • Once the colours are dry, you can arrange the cups on the ring and glue them down. Don’t forget the green one, because you’re attaching it upside down!
  • Shape two leaves out of pipe cleaners and glue them into the green cardboard cup. Done!

Also read: How to Make Your Own Autumn Wreath? 3 Super Easy Tutorials

Crafts with egg cartons for autumn are a fun thing to do, as the material provides the perfect basis for super simple crafts that even the littlest ones can get involved in. Whether just for fun or to make cute decorations, it’s worth saving the cardboard boxes in any case.

Wish you could bring the kids closer together with the start of the new school year? Try these 3 easy DIY birthday calendar ideas for the classroom!

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