Egg Carton Turtle ReCycled Kids Craft

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This egg carton turtle is both easy and fun to make – and seriously… an egg box does not get much cuter than this!!

The egg boxes come from our “magic box,” which is still our most used craft supply box…

Egg Carton Turtles - great recycling craft idea

What do you need to make Egg Carton Turtles?

Empty Egg boxes

Green Cardboard – I used two shades… bright green and a slightly darker green

Pom Poms – I used green ones

Googly Eyes

Making egg carton turtles


How did we make our Egg Carton Turtles?

First I cut the egg boxes into individual ‘shells’

Then I added 3 shades of green paint to a pallet and we got painting…

I Used 3 shades as we were trying to create a somewhat mottled effect on the shells…

I cut out the underside – an older child can do this themselves.

Here is a template for you to download! CLICK HERE…

I made sure that there are 2 sizes – as egg box sizes do vary!

Turtle Template Pic-01

A turtle has 2 legs and 2 arms – just like a tortoise – only a turtles arms and legs are shaped like paddles to help them swim!

They also have a little pointy tail at the back.

This picture below is of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle (photo credit David Mark) – it shows you the paddle like arms and legs…


Then we stuck a shell onto each body and added a pom pom head with small googly eyes!

Very simple to do – and so cute!

We left a day between the egg box painting and the assembly – to let the paint dry!

And here they are: our Egg Carton Turtles!

Egg Box Turtles


This is such a good idea to do when learning about the sea or reptiles!

It is also a FANTASTIC way to start talking about nature conservation – and about protecting the beaches – and no drive areas where the turtles lay their eggs.

Watching turtles hatch and head for the sea is really special – and something you should really try and see in your life! This is such a cute video…

These guys are super cute!

Egg boxes are never going to look the same again!!

Kids ReCycled Craft Project - Egg Carton Turtles


Let us know how you get on with this!

We would love to see your turtles! Feel free to pop them onto our Facebook Wall!



Looking for some more Recycled Craft Ideas?

Here is a link to 30+ Egg Carton Crafts for Children!

And here are some FANTASTIC ideas from our Blogger Friends, we love these!…

cardboard roll flower

TP Roll Flower Craft – how clever is this idea!!

from Teach Me Mommy

recycled bubble wrap goldfish blue

Bubble Wrap Gold Fish – as if we needed another reason to LOVE bubble wrap!

from Crafty Kids at Home

recycled yogurt pot fish bowl craft - square with title

Yoghurt Pot Fish Bowl – great idea to include in an under the sea craft!

from Play and Learn Everyday

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  1. Aly

    Hi Emma,
    This is super cute! Did you add a pattern? If you have a template, I won’t have to create one, so I thought I’d ask. My students will love these! Thanks!

  2. Ruth J

    Hi! LOVE this! We are planning on using this idea for our VBS this summer. Do you have a pattern you could share for the flippers/tail or a picture of the piece? Also, did you just use regular white glue to attach it all together?


    1. Emma Owl

      Hi! Thanks so much!We loved doing this!!
      I used regular glue.
      There is not a pattern for the flippers and tail – it is all one part, but good idea – thanks, I’ll add a pattern!

  3. Kenddall

    I love this craft so much! I am assisting in my church’s bible school this year and the theme is “under the sea”! So excited because this is the perfect craft to do with the toddlers! Thanks a ton!

  4. Margie

    Hi thanks for this. I am doing a delpoma in childcare and this is going to be an activity i am going to use. Thanks so much


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