Busy Hands: Egg Box Alligator Puppet

Some of our best craft projects are the ones in which we reuse or repurpose a junk item. That's why I have a hoard of cereal boxes, cardboard tubes, and egg cartons in my house! These are the kind of items which lend themselves to a wealth of creative ideas.

Our newest recycled craft is this Alligator Puppet that's really simple to make, but a fun toy for a child with an imagination. Plastic egg boxes are harder to work with than the carton ones, which are easier to paint or glue things on. But here in Dubai, the plastic ones are more commonly found, and one of the ways I've been using them are as disposable paint pots!

Back to our alligator craft, read on to see how we made it.

Egg Box Alligator Puppet craft for kids

These are the materials you need to make this Alligator Puppet:

- Plastic or paper carton egg box (six eggs holder)
- Dark green coloured craft paper
- White craft paper
- Black marker
- Glue, clear tape, and scissors

Here's how you can make it:

1. Measure the width of the box from the front, and cut out the green paper to cover it over the top to bottom, as shown below. Make sure you measure it while the box is closed.

2. Tape the paper in place or glue it on. I taped it mainly on the front and bottom, so the box can open and close freely.

Making an Alligator Puppet with an egg box

3. Cut out the teeth with white craft paper for the top and bottom, and glue on.

4. Cut out circles for the eyes and mark the eyeballs using a black marker. You can also use large googly eyes. Also, draw nostrils with the marker.

Egg Box Alligator Puppet

The puppet can be used by opening and closing the box by hand. You can also use this technique to make a monster or alien!

Looking for more recycled craft ideas? Here are some more we have done:

Cereal box parking garage

Cereal box ball game

Cardboard box bus

Penguin snow globe

Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft 
you can do with toddlers and young children.

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abigail said...

What a clever idea!

Catherine said...

This is a great idea! Our egg cartons are usually card not plastic.


Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

I love this a simple idea but so effective. I love the white teeth, very fierce! #Pintorials

My Bored Toddler said...

Love it! I've shared and pinned!

Karen Bell said...

Lovely simple idea and a great way to spare some imagination and play for children. Love the teeth.
Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

Joanna McCaffrey said...

Great little craft! this is going straight onto my Pinterest board!

Tarana said...

Yes, problem is they're mostly plastic here!

Tarana said...

Thanks Fiona!

Tarana said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

Tarana said...

It makes for great imaginative play!

Tarana said...

Thanks Joanna!

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Great idea! So simple too :) #letkidsbekids

Hannah Taylor said...

Oh wow i'm going to try this with my daughter.

Loving Life With Little Ones said...

We made an egg box crocodile recently too, yet to write the post though, it is a great idea #letkidsbekids

Louise George said...

That's a great craft idea. I haven't tried doing crafts with egg boxes yet so might have to give this one a try :-)

Mulitcraftingmummy said...

Cool craft idea. We love to hang onto all kinds of boxes and packaging as well and it drives my hubby crazy! #letkidsbekids

Eileen Teo said...

Totally love it! Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing it with us! #pintorials

Merlinda Little said...

Wow this is so good. Only you can think of something nice like this =) #letkidsbekids

Tarana said...

Hope she has fun with it!

Tarana said...

Would love to see how yours turned out!

Tarana said...

Mine too!

Tarana said...

Hope you do!

Tarana said...

Thanks Eileen!

Tarana said...

Thank you Merlinda :)

Tarana said...

Thanks Jen, I will!

over40andamumtoone said...

That's such a good idea - really effective

Loving Life With Little Ones said... -the post is up now!

kidGLloves said...

Lucas says - I LOVE junk modelling - it's so much fun and that it such a cool crocodile!! Great idea and thanks for linking up to #minicreations

Carin Kilby Clark said...

So cute! We'll have to try this.

Chris Carter said...

Very cute!!!

TheMissusV said...

Genius! We always throw away egg boxes. We have plastic and cardboard boxes available here. Now I know what to do with them! You are so good at stuff like these Tarana!

Kristi - Finding Ninee said...

LOVE and pinned!

Jill Robbins said...

So cute! I always throw out my egg boxes and think "I bet we could make something with this" and that's as far as I get.

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