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Recycled Egg Carton Bowls

By: Elsie Deliz-Fonsec
Updated May 05, 2021
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If you love to make recycled crafts or simply want to save some money, consider creating these Recycled Egg Carton Bowls. These bowls are tiny, so you can use them to store small items like jewelry and buttons. These bowls can also help you organize different kinds of beads. Egg carton crafts may not seem classy or sophisticated, but this project really breaks the mold. Try something new and create a project that you'll want to show off to everyone.

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting



Materials List

  • Egg cartoon -paper
  • Small bowl or cup
  • Large bowl with a cup of water
  • School glue or tacky glue
  • Food coloring or acrylic paint
  • Plastic bag for lining of small bowl
  • Lace for decorating (optional)
  • Paper bag to cover table or work space
  • Egg cartoon -paper
  • Small bowl or cup
  • Large bowl with a cup of water
  • School glue or tacky glue
  • Food coloring or acrylic paint 
  • Plastic bag for lining of small bowl
  • Lace for decorating (optional)
  • Paper bag to cover table or work space


  1. Take egg cartons and break into small pieces and place in large bowl with water.

  2. Let it sit for around 10 minutes.

  3. Them mix well into it become soft and like a paste .

  4. Put gloves on and add food coloring and glue (school glue and tacky glue). Use about 4 tablespoons of each and mix it well.

  5. Take small cup or bowl and line it with a piece of plastic bag .Cut plastic bag large enough to fit bowl and that it also extends out of cup.

  6. Place mixture into bowls and start shaping with your fingers go around until you have a smooth shape of a bowl .

  7. Place in an sunny spot and let dry for around 12 hours then carefully take plastic of and turn it upside down and let it dry for 1 day.

  8. When dry your piece will be hard.

  9. You can decorate it and paint it.

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I love a good recycling craft, more so one that involves naturAl materials. These days most egg trays are plastic so when I came across this I was intrigued. I bet kids could have fun moulding all types of shapes and painting them.

I am making these this week but need to know about the glue. The instructions say school glue OR tacky glue, then it says use 4 tablespoons of each. Is it both or either/or?

That's a great question! I would use both since tacky glue is a bit stronger. It'll make your bowl sturdier. Let me know how it turns out!

I realize that this is months later.. But what they probably mean is, when they say 4 tbs. of each, 4 of food coloring and 4 of glue, since the direction is on the same line.

Hi paver, I think you could make larger items with this material since it is reinforced with the glue. Reminds me of the papier mache pumpkins and Easter bunnies from the 1950's using a similar type of base. I made bells from the egg carton cups, but it was the same shape, so with this method, you could for, them into actual bell shapes! We used to,paint them, but by adding the color to the entire material it would be richer looking! Looks like fun!

I was just thinking they reminded me of paper mache from when I was a kid but we used newspaper. I have not done or thought of this in years. Have you made these eggs?

HI Weberme, haven't made these egg carton bowls, but like you have made newspaper papier-mch using a balloon as a form. This egg carton method is much sturdier and I think you could use a balloon or other bowl to,form it for a less rustic look.

I agree. The egg carton is much studier. I have not tried it yet either.

Thanks, Marilyn B. I never did get it made for Easter last year, but another one is coming up soon! Unfortunately, I didn't save any egg cartons, either, but I still have time for that.I am going to try a largish one for the table. It does look like fun!

So many egg cartons have been wasted by throwing them away! ) I immediately thought about a rustic type of centerpiece for Easter it should be easy enough to decorate for that (or anything, actually). Do you think there any limit to how large one could make a bowl like this?

It's amazing what you can do with recycled materials. These would be great for storing little odds and ends around your house.

This looks incredibly easy to make. I especially love the one with the floral pattern. Quite genius.

I use the plastic containers from applesauce singles the fruit singles to store things in use to put paint in for small projects.


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