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16 Egg Carton Christmas Crafts That Are Fun for the Entire Family

Most kids love eggs, and eggs are a super healthy protein choice for the entire family. However, what do you do with the egg cartons when it’s empty? If you’re a crafty parent, you don’t toss egg carts in the trash because you know that egg carton Christmas crafts are super fun and easy to make.

Egg Carton Christmas Crafts
How to make a Christmas tree from an empty egg cartons.

When you do egg carton Christmas crafts with your kids, you don’t just make fun and easy Christmas decorations. You’re also teaching the kiddos about sustainability and recycling. An added bonus is that they’ll be increasing their fine motor skills and exercising their creativity. Let’s dive into this mega-list of egg-cellent Christmas crafts made out of the humble egg carton.

1. Gigantic Egg Carton Christmas Crafts Tree

This huge egg carton Christmas craft uses up a ton of egg cartons if you have them. And it’s so gorgeous that it’s almost worth using up all of your egg cartons to make.


  • Lots of egg cartons
  • Glue
  • Something for the top (angel, star, or bow)
  • Large piece of round or square cardboard for the base

You can get as creative as you want with the decorations for this tree, and it’s big enough to be the main tree in your home. If you’re a person who raises chickens, this is such a delightful themed Christmas tree.

Find this egg carton Christmas craft here: Design Rulz

2. Lace Angel Ornaments

Who doesn’t love sweet little angels at Christmastime? These are made from egg cartons and wooden beads.


  • Egg cartons
  • Wooden beads
  • Glue
  • Fabric and lace scraps
  • Sharpie fine-point marker (optional)

You can dress them in whatever you have lying around. Old bits of lace and ribbons are perfect, and you can even use a fine-point Sharpie marker to draw little faces on the wooden beads.


3. Egg Carton Nativity Scene

Number three on our egg carton Christmas crafts list is making a Nativity Scene!

We can’t find the original source for this idea and image, but it looks like it would be pretty easy to make. The detail is amazing.


  • Egg carton
  • Toilet paper rolls or short large dowels for the bodies
  • Clothespin for the baby Jesus
  • Fabric scraps
  • Markers for the faces
  • Yellow artificial grass or hay
  • Foam to cut out stars (or star stickers)
  • Paint in various colors (brown, blue, gold, green, white)

Use your imagination to make this as unique as you want. It would look equally adorable if you add a little drummer boy, the Wise Men, and a donkey, for example.

Source: Pinterest

4. Egg Carton Snowmen Christmas Craft

These charming little snowmen are completely adorable. Their cheery smiles and huge orange carrot noses are what make them so special. The oversized scarves help, too.


  • Egg carton
  • Small pieces of fabric
  • Black buttons
  • Pint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Orange cardstock or foam sheet for the nose
  • Pom-poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Baker’s twine
  • Sharpie marker to draw the mouth
  • Pink marker to draw little rosy cheeks
  • Glue dots (optional)

These cute snowmen can work well as ornaments, or you can even glue a magnet to the back to create a refrigerator magnet.

Source: Simple Everyday Mom

5. Egg Carton Christmas Crafts Jingle Bell Ornaments

What would the holidays be without sleigh bells? Though most of us have never ridden in an actual “one horse open sleigh,” we can still love and sing “Jingle Bells.” These little jingle bell ornaments are so heartwarming.


You can make these in any colors you like and they can match your Christmas tree and holiday decor.

Source: Powerful Mothering

6. Cheerful Tiny Egg Carton Angel

Although we have another angel on this list, we fell in love with this sweet little one. Her rosy cheeks and cheerful smile are absolutely adorable.


  • Egg carton
  • Glittery pipe cleaner
  • Beads
  • Feathers
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Wooden bead with a hole in it
  • Thin-point Sharpie markets
  • Knife
  • Pencil for poking a hole in the egg carton

You can also use paint if you want to make the dresses in different colors. This would be great if you’d like to make little dolls instead of angels.

Source: Meaningful Mama

7. Elaborate Nativity Scene

This gorgeous nativity scene we found online is one of the most elaborate and detailed egg carton Christmas crafts we’ve seen in our searching. Not only does it have the Madonna and child, but it also has the Three Kings, some shepherd boys, and an angel.


  • Egg cartons
  • Wooden beads in different skin shades
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fabric scraps
  • Straw or hay
  • Paper for the angel wings
  • Toothpicks or wood pieces for the shepherd’s staff
  • Ornaments for the crowns of the Three Kings
  • Buttons to hold their robes together

We love that they used different colored beads to show all the different colors of the world in this nativity scene. You can even put this scene in a little manger.

Source: April Showers

8. Egg Carton Wreath

The wreath pictured here has spring colors, but you can easily make this gorgeous door decoration using whatever colors match your Christmas theme.


  • Egg carton
  • Craft paint in desires colors
  • Cereal box
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (or other strong glue)

This wreath would be gorgeous in the new popular black and silver Christmas colors, or even the poppy red and turquoise we’ve been seeing in the last few years.

Source: Pink Stripey Socks

Bonus: Here is a free downloadable activity guide and tutorial for another gorgeous Christmas egg carton wreath.

9. Elf on a Shelf

What is Christmas without the adorable “Elf on a Shelf” character? As it turns out, you can make your own!


  • Egg carton
  • Black Sharpie
  • Tan paint
  • Scissors
  • Green, white, and red paper
  • Glue or tape

These look different from the traditional “Elf on a Shelf,” but we think they’re completely adorable.

Source: Crafty Morning

10. Egg Carton Christmas Tree

This isn’t the first egg carton Christmas tree craft on this list, but it’s so unique that we had to share this great idea. It uses egg cartons in a totally different way from the other projects.


  • Egg cartons
  • Tempera paint (green, blue, red, yellow, and white)
  • Corrugated cardboard box
  • Tacky glue
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Adhesive spray
  • Popsicle stick
  • Yellow construction paper or cardstock
  • Masking tape

Tiny hands may take longer to complete this project, so you might want to spread the work out over a few days or a week.

Source: Daycare Answers

11. Glittery Egg Carton Christmas Ornaments

The jewel tones of these gorgeous Christmas ornaments really stand out and would look beautiful on any Christmas tree.


Like most of the egg carton Christmas crafts we’ve shared, these can be done in whatever colors work with your holiday theme.

Source: The Pinterested Parent

12. Snowflake Garland

These beautiful snowflakes hanging in a garland look so elegant in a window. They’re super easy to make and you can even use glitter to make them sparkle.


  • Egg cartons
  • Scissors
  • String or twine for hanging in a garland
  • Glitter (optional)

Here’s an idea: Intertwine the snowflakes with fairy lights for a spectacular display.

Source: White House Black Shutters

13. Santa Claus and Rudolph

The fuzzy pom-pom on top of Santa’s head is what makes this unique egg carton Christmas craft so special. Rudolph standing there beside him is a huge bonus, too. We love his twig antlers.


  • Egg cartons
  • Pencil for tracing their faces
  • Paint (red, brown, white, gold, black, and green)
  • Twig for Rudolph’s ears
  • Large pom-pom for Santa’s hat
  • Small red pom-pom for Rudolph’s nose
  • Popsicle sticks for Santa’s hands
  • Scissors

Note the adorable Christmas trees in the background with the floating stars over them. To make those, you will need green paint, gold cardstock or foam for cutting out the star, and small bits of wire. You can make them using the exact same process as you used to make Santa and Rudolph.

Source: Mamma Book

14. Egg Carton Christmas Crafts Candy Cane

Candy canes are a signature part of Christmas. Does anyone even eat them anymore? Not sure, but they are still so cute hanging on our Christmas trees and decorating our homes.


  • Egg cartons
  • Red and white paint
  • Pipe cleaners

You can use these to decorate your tree or hang them around your home. Jodi at Meaningful Mama also uses this activity to teach her children about the symbolism of the candy cane.

Source: Meaningful Mama

15. Egg Carton Penguins and Iceberg Home

These cold-weather birds have come to be associated with the holiday season thanks to media, TV shows, and movies. And why not? They’re adorable.

Supplies for the penguins:

  • Egg carton
  • Small piece of cereal box card or stiff cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Paint (white, black, and yellow)
  • Straight-edged nail scissors
  • Fine-tip black pen or gel pen

Supplies for their iceberg homes:

  • Egg cartons
  • Ice cream carton lid or similar small round objects

This display would be so cute on a table or in a tiny village. These cute penguins should be in every home!

Source: Patchwork Parent

16. Egg Carton Reindeer

These little reindeer egg carton Christmas crafts are over-the-top cute. They’re so easy to make, and the little googly eyes make them precious.


  • Egg carton
  • Googly eyes
  • Red pom-pom
  • Hot glue gun
  • Brown cardstock
  • Brown paint

You can also turn them into ornaments by adding some wire or a pipe cleaner.

Source: Crafty Morning

Which of These Egg Carton Christmas Crafts Will You Make First?

This list of egg carton Christmas crafts has tons of egg-cellent ideas. Which one will you make first? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to share with us any great ideas that we may have missed.