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How To Make a Bee from Old Egg Carton

In my house, some of the most popular crafts I ever do with my kids are also the cheapest and simplest. For some reason, they really get a kick out of it when we take things out of the recycling bin that would otherwise be thrown away and turn parts of those things into awesome little crafts and characters! We were on a big tin can crafts kick for a while there, for example, and recently my youngest came to us holing an emptied egg carton we’d just put in the bin and asked me if I’d help them turn it into something fun. That’s how these adorable little egg carton bees were born!

Egg carton bee

As I usually try to do, I made one extra so I could show other crafters who might be looking for cute upcycling ideas how it’s done. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • An empty egg carton
  • Two googly eyes
  • Yellow paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • A black marker

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Egg carton bee materials

Step 2:

Use your scissors to cut one cup from the bottom of the egg carton, trimming the edges and shape until it’s nice and neat. You’ll work with the egg cup flipped upside down.

Egg carton bee cutting

Step 3:

Use your paintbrush to paint your egg cup entirely yellow on its outside surface. Set it aside to dry.

Egg carton bee paint

Egg carton bee step 3

Step 4:

Use your black marker to draw the shapes of two wings on your blue paper. I made mine about an inch long and half an inch wide each, and shaped almost like upside down teardrops but with a blunt end on the tapered end instead of a pointed one. Cut your wings out.