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Egg Carton Rainbow Craft for Kids

This fun and colorful rainbow craft cloud makes cool art to display or share. Made from a recycled egg carton, it’s a perfect spring craft to make together with your kids.

egg carton rainbow craft for kids
boy playing with rainbow craft

Over the past year, we’ve gotten pretty creative with craft ideas at home for our kindergarten and preschool age kids! This rainbow craft was a total hit to make, and they’ve loved displaying it as kid art in their rooms.

It’s a fun and easy kids craft idea, perfect to do together with your kids anywhere from ages 3-7.

For more fun ideas to create with your family, check out our Rainbow Easter Basket (it can double as a play purse!), this cool Dinosaur Craft Idea, or a fun DIY Painted Puzzle for Kids. And did you know we’ve got an e-book filled with 18 projects for kids, all made with upcycled materials like cardboard rolls, egg cartons, and old boxes?

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A Fun and Easy Rainbow Craft for Kids

I love this rainbow craft for kids because I’ll bet you have everything you need to make it, already in your stash. It comes together with simple, budget-friendly materials that you can find around your house!

It’s also a great project to teach the concept of upcycling or recycling, and show your kiddos how to use what you have on hand. An old egg carton becomes a happy cloud with just a little imagination!

boy playing with egg carton craft

Why Craft With Kids?

I’m asked frequently about crafting with our kids, and how we handle it. Yes, crafting with kids can take a little extra time and patience but the rewards and lessons learned are so worthwhile.

Crafting with kids teaches so much. It’s an amazing way to work on fine motor skills and decision making. Teaching kids to craft can be an opportunity to teach counting, measuring, and rationing supplies. You can teach cause and effect with certain projects — “if you do this, then that will happen.”

And not only does it teach those basic skills, but it is a lesson in more abstract ideas like patience and perseverance. It also flexes their creative muscles and encourages imagination to put their own creative flair on a project.

There is so much value in taking the time to make things like this rainbow craft with your kids!

egg carton rainbow craft for kids

My must-have Craft Supply for Crafting with Kids

For many of the kids craft ideas like this rainbow craft, I list a glue gun in the supplies. I’ve also had people ask about this, for safety reasons.

Rest assured, I’ve never put a full-fledged glue gun in my kiddos’ hands! (Not yet anyway — my older one is getting close to being able to handle it.)

My must-have craft supply for crafting with kids is something that not all crafters have heard of — it’s a low-temp glue gun.

Temperatures on standard glue guns can get so hot your skin will blister if you brush against them (I know this from experience!). But a low-temp glue gun designed with kids in mind actually runs about 75 degrees cooler.

It still melts the low-temp glue sticks perfectly, but it’s created with a few extra safety measures to keep little fingers safe.

In this way, you can teach your kids to safely handle a really useful tool until they’re ready for the real thing. And it adds so many possibilities to your crafting adventures!

egg carton rainbow craft for kids

Supplies You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to create an egg carton rainbow craft.

How to Make a Kids’ Rainbow Craft out of an Egg Carton

  1. Cut or tear your egg carton apart so that you have one section of six cups and two sections of two cups each. Paint all of these pieces white and allow to dry.
  2. Use the glue gun to glue the two 2-cup sections to the long sides of the 6-cup section, creating a little cloud shape.
  3. Cut a small section of a pipe cleaner and shape it into a U-shape to create a smile. Glue this onto the front of the cloud. Then draw on some eyes.
  4. Cut a few lengths of ribbon, yarn, or trim (or a mix of them all). If you like, braid some yarn to create some variety in texture.
  5. Glue all of your ribbon or trim to the lower back side of your cloud. You can arrange them in rainbow order or at random.
  6. To use as art, hang on your wall or set it on a shelf!
  7. To make your rainbow craft into a marionette puppet, tie some string or yarn onto each side of the cloud and attach the strings above to a popsicle stick. You can also add some longer strings and attach them to the rainbow pieces to make it look like the rainbow is dancing when you move the popsicle stick.
egg carton separated for crafting
painted white egg carton
egg carton made into a cloud with a smile
egg carton rainbow craft for kids

More Ideas to Try

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Egg Carton Rainbow Craft for Kids

egg carton rainbow craft for kids

A rainbow craft for kids that's fun to make and pretty to display! Try this upcycled egg carton craft today

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Empty egg carton
  • White paint
  • Sharpie marker
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Yarn or ribbon scraps
  • Optional: popsicle stick

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun

Instructions

    1. Cut or tear your egg carton apart so that you have one section of six cups and two sections of two cups each. Paint all of these pieces white and allow to dry.
    2. Use the glue gun to glue the two 2-cup sections to the long sides of the 6-cup section, creating a little cloud shape.
    3. Cut a small section of a pipe cleaner and shape it into a U-shape to create a smile. Glue this onto the front of the cloud. Then draw on some eyes.
    4. Cut a few lengths of ribbon, yarn, or trim (or a mix of them all). If you like, braid some yarn to create some variety in texture.
    5. Glue all of your ribbon or trim to the lower back side of your cloud. You can arrange them in rainbow order or at random.
    6. To use as art, hang on your wall or set it on a shelf!
    7. To make your rainbow cloud into a marionette puppet, tie some string or yarn onto each side of the cloud and attach the strings above to a popsicle stick. You can also add some longer strings and attach them to the rainbow pieces to make it look like the rainbow is dancing when you move the popsicle stick.

Notes

For many of the kids craft ideas I create, I list a glue gun in the supplies. I've also had people ask about this, for safety reasons.

Rest assured, I've never put a full-fledged glue gun in my kiddos' hands! (Not yet anyway -- my older one is getting close to being able to handle it.)

My must-have craft supply for crafting with kids is something that not all crafters have heard of -- it's a low-temp glue gun.

Temperatures on standard glue guns can get so hot your skin will blister if you brush against them (I know this from experience!). But a low-temp glue gun designed with kids in mind actually runs about 75 degrees cooler.

It still melts the low-temp glue sticks perfectly, but it's created with a few extra safety measures to keep little fingers safe.

In this way, you can teach your kids to safely handle a really useful tool until they're ready for the real thing. And it adds so many possibilities to your crafting adventures!

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