Egg Carton Ants

Calling all insect lovers!

With a few simple steps and supplies, you can recycle an egg carton into giant ants for some fANTastic fun.


  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Assorted tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sharp pencil
  • 4 pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes


  1. Cut a strip of three cups from the egg carton.
  2. Paint the cups whatever color you'd like, and let dry.
  3. Using a sharp pencil, poke two holes in the top of the first cup. From inside the cup, poke both ends of a pipe cleaner through the holes to make antennae (one end through each hole).
  4. Next, poke a hole on the sides of each cup (six holes per ant). Push a pipe cleaner through the holes in the first cup—these are the legs. Repeat with the second and third cup.
  5. Glue the googly eyes onto the ant's head.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for remaining ants.