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Hungry Caterpillar Craft: Complete

Egg Carton Caterpillars

April 17, 2012 Sarah Coggins
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Between the gift of a new BIG copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (which came with a small plush caterpillar that literally fits through the holes!) and a visit to a new local art reuse center, my son and I were inspired to make caterpillars.


  • Egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint & brushes
  • Pipe cleaners (wire cutters to cut in half)
  • Googly eyes & glue (optional)

Hungry Caterpillar Craft: Supplies


First, I cut the top off the egg carton and then cut the bottom into two long pieces – giving us each a caterpillar “body” to work with (I enjoy these crafts too!).

Hungry Caterpillar Craft: Egg Carton

Then we used red and green acrylic paints to add color. For all his desire pre-project to paint, it didn’t really capture my son’s attention very long. His was a minimalist caterpillar.

Hungry Caterpillar Craft: Painting

After the paint was dry, I used the scissors to punch small holes in the head of each for the antennae. I cut one pipe cleaner in half using needle nose pliers (they are also helpful for pressing the ends to reduce any sharp points). We formed a ‘U’ shape with our half and pushed it up through the holes giving us nice fuzzy antennae.

Hungry Caterpillar Craft: Antennae

Finally, we added a little dot of green paint for the nose and glued on googly eyes.

Hungry Caterpillar Craft: Complete

Very simple, fun craft. And, amazingly, they both survived several days including being played with!


  • Linda April 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm
    Very cute project! I love Eric Carle.
  • Staci April 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm
    Super cute! TFS. :-)
  • Mandy Byron March 20, 2013 at 2:41 am
    Too cute! I'm linking back to you on my blog. I can't wait to do this with my son!
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