Egg Carton Crab Craft for Kids

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    Make This Easy Crab Craft

    Sherri Osborn

    Find out how to create this fun crab using egg carton cups and a few other supplies.


    • Age Guideline: 4 Years and Up
    • Time Required: 20 minutes

    The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.


    Let's begin.


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    Gathering The Supplies

    Sherri Osborn

    Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:


    • Egg Carton
    • Acrylic Paint
    • Craft Glue
    • Chenille Stems
    • Wiggle Eyes
    • Monofilament or String (optional)
    • Scissors
    • Utility Knife
    • Paint Brush

    Now we can start.


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    Cutting the Egg Carton

    Sherri Osborn

    Use the scissors or utility knife to cut one cup section from the egg carton. Trim to create an even edge around the cup. Adults should help kids with this step.


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    Painting the Egg Carton Cup

    Sherri Osborn

    To create my crab body, I painted the bottom side of the egg carton cup red. Use whatever color you like. Let the paint dry.


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    Cutting Chenille Stems

    Sherri Osborn

    While you are waiting for your crab's body to dry, you can cut your chenille stems. You will need 2 chenille stems of the desired color and cut several pieces. These sizes are approximate:


    • 2 pieces 6-inches long
    • 2 pieces 1/2-inch long
    • 8 pieces 1 1/2-inches long

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    Glue on the Legs

    Sherri Osborn

    Glue the eight 1 1/2-inch pieces of chenille stems around the edge of the egg carton cup as shown in the photo. Be generous with the glue!


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    Bending the Pinchers

    Sherri Osborn

    Take the two 8-inch pieces of chenille stem and bend them as shown in the picture above, so they look like pinchers.


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    Glue on the Pinchers

    Sherri Osborn

    Glue the pinchers to the crab as shown in the photo above. You may need to use something to hold up the pinchers while the glue dries (As you can see in the picture above, I used extra egg carton cups). Let the glue dry completely.


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    Preparing for Eyes

    Sherri Osborn
    The two 1/2-inch long pieces of chenille stem are glued just above the pinchers.
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    Adding Eyes

    Sherri Osborn

    Glue a set of wiggle eyes onto your crab, right onto the tips of the 1/2-inch chenille stems you previously glued on.


    If you want to be able to hang your crab, glue a piece of monofilament or string to the top. Let the glue dry completely before you attempt to hang it up.