If you’re looking for a cute recyclable craft to do with your kids, this is it! Check out this Egg Carton Alligator Craft for Preschoolers and even Kindergartners and beyond!
This photo below is the original alligator craft. Be sure to scroll all the way down to see the updated one that I made. Updated 2020.
Egg Carton Alligator Craft for Preschoolers
Back in 2013, a blogger named Jamie, who owned Bugs and Beans, shared her Egg Carton Alligator craft here with my readers. Sadly, that blog no longer exists, but the popularity of this craft lives on. So, I wanted to send it back around for new eyes to see. I don’t take credit for this at all, and Jamie did a fantastic job with it. Read her story in the next paragraph.
Recycling at its best.
From a fan – This is a perfect homeschool craft for kids!
From the original crafter:
“Thank you, Kim, for allowing me to share one of my son’s favorite craft with your readers! My son saw this craft at the store and wanted to buy it! It was 10 dollars, and the egg carton and toilet paper rolls were NOT included. The box contained scissors, paint, eyes, teeth, and that’s about it. So I told him we have all those things at home we didn’t need to buy them. He was fine with that!”
>>>Insert>>> I have redone her instructions to include better step-by-step instructions.
Egg Carton Alligator Craft
- Two cardboard egg cartons
- Green paint
- A pair of large googly eyes
- Four toilet paper rolls
- Paint or sponge brushes – get a small brush for hard to reach spots and grooves.
- Glue & scissors
- Construction paper (small pieces of red and white)
Instructions to make egg carton alligator craft
Step 1: Cutting the egg cartons
Open first egg cartons and cut vertically down the middle, so you have two pieces (The top of the carton and the bottom of the carton.) Also, cut the extra flap off if there is one – you will not need that piece.
Then, cut the top of the egg carton horizontally in half. This section will be the alligator’s mouth. Discard or recycle the other half.
Now, with your second egg carton.
Cut this egg carton vertically – same as you did for the first egg carton. Now, cut the bottom part horizontally in half. You’ll only need half of the bottom, so place the other pieces aside for another project or recycle. This section will be for the alligator’s head.
Step 2: Painting the alligator parts
Paint your three egg carton pieces (the back, head, and mouth)
Now paint the four toilet paper rolls.
Step 3: Gluing parts together
First, glue the legs (toilet paper rolls) to underneath the alligator’s back (up inside the egg holes) in the last two and the first two holes.
Then, glue the head to the alligator’s back first by overlapping. Let dry before gluing mouth.
For mine, I had to use more than just a glue stick to get the head and mouth to stay on. You may want to use double-sided tape for this part.
Step 4: Add Embellishments
Attach the giant googly eyes.
Cut out large teeth and a long tongue from construction paper and glue on where you want it.
Okay, here’s mine. What do you think?
If you like this Egg Carton Alligator Craft, then you’ll want to see my Turkey Treat Holders using egg cartons – A DIY Thanksgiving Kids’ craft and my very favorite craft of all!
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