This adorable egg carton dragon is a fun recycling craft project that is sure to be a hit. These kites are made in a short time and can be used as dolls, toys or decorations. Do it one by one or in a dozen, it won’t be cuter than these dragons. They are a perfect children’s craft that teaches recycling and promotes imagination.
Egg carton dragon
Whether you’re making this egg carton kite for a fun summer craft or to celebrate Chinese New Year, this is a great project. With inexpensive materials, most of which are recycled materials, kids will love making this simple craft. You will love that your kids will love crafting, and as mentioned, you can easily teach them how important recycling is.
This is a great craft for birthday parties, summer camps, or at school. Because the materials are so cheap, it is easy to make these kites for many children at the same time. I think it’s great that this is a painting craft that can help children stay busy for a long time. But the best? Children can really adapt their kite to their personality.
Which color is best for cardboard egg boxes?
The great thing about painting on cardboard egg boxes is that almost every type of color works. For my version of this kite, I used spray paint that I already had on hand. You may also find that acrylic or finger paints have the best color, but watercolors or water-washable paints also work. If you want to make many of them quickly, you can follow my example and also use spray paint and paint all the egg boxes at the same time.
I always have acrylic paint on hand for handicrafts. They are inexpensive, available in tons of colors, and easy to find in most stores. If you are working with children who waste a little more color while doing handicrafts, they may prefer to use the cheaper washable children’s colors or even tempera colors.
How do I cut egg boxes apart?
It is easiest to cut the egg box up and down along the crease. I prefer an Exacto knife or a craft knife when I cut the pieces of the egg box apart. You can also use sharp scissors to reduce the crease. If you cut the egg boxes between the holes, an Exacto knife may be the easiest way to cut them apart.
Variations for decorating dragons
I went with my kite very simply with green color and a classic red thorn on my back. However, dragons are all fictional and can be delivered in any color and style you prefer! This is one of my favorite things about this project – there is no right or wrong way for you and your children to decorate their kite.
Offer children a variety of colors. You can add stripes, flames or even polka dots. It doesn’t just have to be a monochrome dragon. You should also offer a variety of cardboard, felt, or cardboard colors to create the tongue, eyes, and thorn along the back.
You can add glitter, sequins, stickers, or pieces of felt to add more realistic scales. Children may want to assign a specific gender to them. So add things like pearls or jewelry, hats, or other embellishments that can help determine a gender. Whatever you do, make this a fun project that is ideal for children to develop their imaginations.
Can I use styrofoam egg boxes instead?
You can be sure! I only get the cardboard egg boxes near me, but I know they are not always available. If you only want to use styrofoam boxes, you can also use them. The only difference is that water-based paints do not adhere well. For best results, you should use acrylic paint for these projects.
Supplies are needed
How to make an egg carton kite
Cut two egg boxes apart. You will need 1 1/2 egg carton per kite you make.
Spray all sides of the 3 parts of the egg carton with paint (or, if desired, with hand paint). Set them aside to dry.
Once the paint has dried, glue pieces of an entire box together.
Next, glue the bottom half of the second box onto the top of the entire box, place it bottom-up and half-back on the first box so that it is offset.
Draw two large black circles for the nose on the front of the bottom box.
Then trace and cut 2 white circles out of paper.
Draw black circles in the middle of the white circles.
Glue or glue the white circles on the front of the second box to create eyes.
Cut out 3 strips of red paper 8-10 inches long.
Use a pencil to unroll one end of each strip of paper.
Glue the three strips of paper together at the flat end so that they overlap slightly.
Attach the three rolled pieces of paper to the bottom of the kite so that a tongue protrudes.
Cut a piece of cardboard or cardboard to match the top cardboard box and then cut one side into spikes or large triangles.
Glue them in the middle of the egg box.
Continue decorating with paint, sequins, ribbons, and similar items.
More egg carton crafts for children
If you want to use more egg boxes, check out my other fun projects! Start with these little egg carton toy cars! They are super cute and easy to decorate for children. You can check out this list of creative projects that you can create with egg cartons. However, one of my favorites is this tutorial on how to make egg carton roses.
If you’re interested in holiday-specific ideas, check out these little egg carton Easter Bunny kids crafts. Your children may also like this mini Easter egg box. This little egg carton hen is adorable too! Of course, I love Halloween, so my favorite for the holidays has to be the monster egg box treats.
If you don’t have egg boxes on hand but still want to carry out this project, you can actually buy empty egg boxes from Etsy! What a great way to help someone else while providing the craft supplies you need!
Preparation time 5 minutes
Active time 15 minutes
Extra time 15 minutes
total time 35 minutes
Estimated costs $ 1
Paint and decorate your kite in any color and style you prefer. It is easy to make them unique for each child.
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