Creating Eco-Friendly Fun : Caterpillars From Recycled Plastic Easter Eggs


Looking for a fun and eco-friendly craft project to do with your kids? Look no further than these adorable caterpillars made from recycled plastic Easter eggs! Not only are they a great way to reuse those leftover holiday decorations, but they also provide a creative outlet for your little ones. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of making these cute critters and share some tips for adding your own personal touch. So grab your glue guns and get ready to transform those plastic eggs into something truly special!

My oldest daughter, Emma made these Cute Caterpillars from Recycled Easter Eggs several years ago.  It wasn’t until I was in my garage hunting around for things that I came upon all of our Easter things.  We had a bag of the plastic Easter eggs that we like to use year to year if we can instead of having to by new ones every year because they just seem to end up in the garbage can.  So, I decided to bust out the eggs and have my youngest daughter Lily make these fun Cute Caterpillars.    I forgot how much Emma liked this project.  This was true with Lily too.  She went bonkers over these Cute Caterpillars.  She can’t stop playing with them.  So here is my  warning to you parents!!!  Your kids will flip over these. :)  Gather up all of those plastic egg that you have and let’s recycle them.



Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs (I used the ones that have two holes in them.)
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners Per Caterpillar
  • Sharpie
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors

Step 1: Gather several eggs that have two holes in them.  If any of your plastic eggs are attached, take them apart.  If you have any long plastic string pieces hanging off the egg, trim these with scissors.   Have your son/daughter thread two pipe cleaners through the holes of the egg leaving enough room for the antennas.Step 2: Twist the pipe cleaners tight a couple of times right underneath the egg.  You may want to help your kids with this just to make sure the pipe cleaners have been twisted tight.Step 3: Thread the eggs onto the pipe cleaners.Step 4: When you have roughly around 10 or so, take the next egg and flip it around when threading it onto the the pipe cleaners.  This will create the nice rounded cap end for the end of the caterpillar.  Twist  and trim the ends of the pipe cleaners to make a rounded tip at the end of the caterpillar or as my daughter calls it the caterpillar butt.  🙂  You could use hot glue and seal the end of the egg onto the other one. Step 5:  Use a Sharpie marker and add the mouth.  Hot glue the eyes into place.

So, here is a close up of the caterpillars.  They’re just so darn cute that I have to show you all of them.


 These bend and curve too.  You’re kids will be able to move them to play with.

My daughter ABSOLUTELY loves these and your kids will too!  Enjoy making these.  They’re just TOO much fun.

Creating caterpillars from recycled plastic Easter eggs is a fun and eco-friendly craft project that you can enjoy with your family. Not only does this activity provide a creative outlet, but it also promotes sustainability by reusing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. By repurposing plastic Easter eggs, you can teach children about the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment. So gather your supplies and get ready to embark on a fun and educational crafting adventure. If you have any other creative ideas for using recycled materials, we’d love to hear about them! Let us know in the comments below and inspire others to join the movement towards a greener future.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clean plastic Easter eggs?

Just give them a bath in warm, soapy water instead of wiping them down. After about ten minutes, remove them, place them on a towel, and give them an hour to air dry. You’ll have cleaner Easter eggs than previously.

Why do we collect Easter eggs?

While eggs were traditionally associated with fertility and rebirth, Easter eggs represent the empty tomb from which Jesus rose from the dead in Christianity and are used to celebrate Eastertide.

Why are Easter eggs egg shaped?

The egg has long represented new life, birth, purity, fertility, and regeneration in the Christian Easter tradition. The chick emerging from the egg symbolizes Christ’s resurrection, and the oval shape of the egg represents the stone rolled away from Christ’s tomb. Historically, early Christians dyed eggs red.

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