People always (mainly my husband) make fun of me when they see the stack of egg cartons piled up high in my dining room. My response is always…”I am waiting for a really good opportunity to use them…one will come!” And one always does. There is constantly a use for these egg cartons that my family buys on a weekly basis. We make sure to buy the cardboard kind, but some of the other versions are good for the following projects as well!
Here are 19 ways to recycle these priceless egg cartons!
1. Seed starter containers. They are perfect for this because when you’re ready to transplant them into the ground, you can just rip off the bottom and plant directly into the ground. Note: They may take a bit longer to break down than peat pots, so make sure to rip off as much of the bottom as you can without hurting the roots.
2. Recycle the individual holders into flowers for someone special. Here is my tutorial on how to do this. It’s perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, etc.
3. Ask a local farm if they are in need of egg cartons for their farm fresh eggs. Many of them sell the eggs and with them go the cartons, so they may be very happy you asked.
4. Storage for your nature walk contents. If you are anything like us, we LOVE to go on nature walks during the spring, summer, and fall. My kids always collect TONS of treasures that they stuff in their pockets. This is a perfect way to collect all of those treasures.
5. Make a caterpillar. Spring is coming and caterpillars will begin the process of metamorphosis. Teach your child all about the life cycle of the butterfly while creating a beautiful caterpillar out of an egg carton. Then visit a local butterfly house to see what those caterpillars become!
6. Use it as a holder for screws and other hardware in the garage. I am always looking for ways to organize this part of our lives. Enough said.
7. Make some Animal Noses. These design-your-own animal noses from Baby Jungle are just adorable.
8. Ask a local preschool if they would like them so that they can use them for crafts. A lot of times, preschools need a large number of each item because of the number of children. These cash strapped programs are usually very happy to receive them!
9. Secret Spy Glasses. These are the bomb! My kids SO enjoyed having these on. It was like they turned into secret spies for real! They’re really easy to make, just cut out two egg holders (my kids faces were small enough to keep them attached in the middle), then staple ear holders (made out of cardstock) to each side and fit them around the kids’ ears.
10. A card holder when playing cards with kids. I LOVE this idea. My kids love playing cards, but their little hands have SUCH a hard time holding all of the cards and keeping them shielded from the eyes of the other players. This is an easy solution to that problem.
11. Fire Starters for Campfires. Follow the instructions here. This is such a great idea and I am definitely using it this summer for our camping trips!
12. Use the cartons to store beads or other crafts in. C will often get out her whole bead collection and want to make a necklace. This is a nice way to get her to sort them before she starts. She puts one type in each holder. Then, it is much easier to make a pattern!
13. Organize small ornaments. Works great for Christmas ornaments or egg ornaments for Easter. I also have ornaments for the kids’ trees that I store in these. They are much easier to sort through than just wrapping everything in paper towels or tissue paper.
14. Make a spring wreath. This wreath is absolutely adorable and I am definitely making it for spring this year! What a great craft project for the kids… (and mom)!
15. A cake pop stand. Occasionally I will make cake pops for the kids for their school parties, or just because it is fun to be creative. Every time I do, I get to the stage where I dip them in chocolate and then rush around to find a place to stand them up so they can dry. Not anymore! Turn the egg carton upside down and stick a cake pop in each egg holder for them to dry. A perfect drying rack! Here is a good example!
16. A holder for hair clips and hair ties. If you have a little girl and are anything like us, you find hair clips or hair ties all over your house! Try using an egg carton (decorated of course) to keep them all together.
17. A painter’s palette. C and G LOVE to paint. We usually use a paper plate to put all of the paint colors on, but at some point during the experience, the colors all seem to run together. An egg carton looks perfect for keeping the colors all separate and it makes for easy clean up too!
18. Snowman Craft. Cut out the egg holders in sections of three and paint them white. Then decorate them like a snowman. Paint a face on it, use a ripped piece of fabric for a scarf, some buttons, and make a hat! An adorable winter craft for your little one!
19. Compost. Just tear them up and add them to your compost bin! They may take a bit to break down, but they will eventually and you can then feel good about what you are putting on your garden!
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