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Reusing or Recycling Egg Cartons and Eggs Shells at Home
The egg carton is empty, don't throw it away! There are dozens of ways you can use an egg carton around the house. Storage, seed starting, and crafts are just a few ways those empty cartons can be turned into something valuable.
Did you know egg shells are valuable too? They are wonderful for fertilizing soil by composting. When your egg shells are empty add them to the compost bin or save them for a variety of useful crafts also.
Reusing Egg Cartons
3 Ways to Reuse an Egg Carton
Egg cartons can usually be recycled, but reuse benefits the environment more than recycling. By putting egg cartons to use in your home, energy is not consumed in the recycling process. Here are 15 ways to put an egg carton to reuse today.
1. Organize small objects, such as buttons, pins, change, or beads.
2. Starting Seeds in the Spring.
3. If you know some one that raises chickens, they would be happy to have them for storing the eggs.
In addition to these common reuses, there are so many crafty ways to reuse egg cartons and egg shells. Many of them are perfect for the Easter holiday.
Craft Tulips Made from Egg Cartons
Egg Carton Tulips
Recycled Crafts to Reuse Egg Cartons
With some egg cartons, pipe cleaners, and tissue paper, you can make these egg carton paper tulips. They are a perfect spring craft project, or a beautiful Easter gift. In this tutorial, egg cartons are used to make the outside of the tulip, but I have seen egg shells used for this also, just be much more careful when poking the hole in the bottom of the eggshell, so as not to crush it. This is a great way to reuse egg shells that have already been broken in half.
Egg Carton Animals
Crafts for Recycling Egg Cartons
Young children can make small animals from egg cartons using markers, or paint, and pipe cleaners. Here are some ideas for creating a spider, ladybug, caterpillar, camel, and bat.
Egg Carton Mask
Recycle it into an Egg Carton Mask
Education.com has instructions for preschoolers to make this cute little egg carton mask. This would be a great craft for a group of young children, as several masks could be made from one carton. All you need is:
Reusing Egg Shells
Recycled Crafts Using Egg Shells
Teach a child about reuse and growing seeds at the same time. When spring is in the air, children and adults alike will enjoy sprouting grass seed in this egg shell planter.
Egg Shell Mosaic
An Inspiring Egg Shell Reuse Craft
A beautiful and truly inspired egg shell craft, mosaics can be made using egg shells that are less than perfect. Take your broken egg shells and color them, if they are not colored already. Glue the shells to a backing such as construction paper, or cardboard. Perfect for children of any age and a great way to reuse already colored Easter egg shells.
Make a Kinara for Kids
Kid's Craft to Make a Kinara from an Egg Carton
Even your first grader can get involved in the lighting of the Kwanzaa Kinara with this clever flameless Kinara project! It's a cute and clever craft made from reusing an egg carton.
Make an Old Cross from an Egg Carton
Egg Carton Cross
This is a beautiful cross craft for Easter. Who would think something so beautiful was a reused egg carton? Teach your kids to recycle and put that old carton to good use. You Need:
* Egg Carton
* Tacky Glue
* Silk Flowers
Video Ideas for Reusing Egg Cartons on YouTube
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Comments on Reusing Egg Cartons and Egg Shells
anonymous on October 09, 2012:
You can separate your jewelry so that your necklaces and bracelets don't get tangled up. You can also put pairs of earrings together.
aliciamaggie54 on June 08, 2012:
Thank you for the ideas. I never thought of these before. I guess there are multiple ways to use an egg carton.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on April 21, 2012:
These are great eggs and egg carton crafts! Love the simple ones that little ones can easily do!
anonymous on April 19, 2012:
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Lorelei Cohen from Canada on February 28, 2012:
The cardboard egg cartons can also be easily made into bats for Halloween time crafting for kids. You are so right that there are so many uses for everyday household items. We just need to look at our trash with a little different eye. In long ago years gone by they recycled virtually anything they could from their grocery purchased.
FunkyJewelleryUK on May 15, 2011:
NIce lens. Very cute :)
Joyce T. Mann from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA on April 16, 2011:
We buy our eggs from a local farmer. We recycle by simply returning our empty egg cartons for him to refill with fresh eggs. Great lens! Thanks!