How to make kids Christmas crafts out of egg cartons
When you’re looking for kids Christmas crafts, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. They need to be easy, they need to use inexpensive materials, and they need to result in something the kids can enjoy and be proud of. These fun candy trains fulfill all three requirements. They also make good gifts, and they provide a great opportunity for schoolteachers to talk about recycling.
Depending on the age of the children, you may want to set up some parts of this craft ahead of time. Otherwise, recruit older children to help — little ones and bigger ones alike love helping with kids Christmas crafts, especially if it gets them out of school or homework.
Kids Christmas crafts: All aboard the candy train!
What You’ll Need
-One egg carton per child
-Two small Styrofoam balls per child
-1.5 yards of pretty Christmas ribbon
-Christmas decorative items such as stickers, paint, ribbon, etc.
-Pre-wrapped candies (watch out for allergies and avoid “choking” sized candies)
What to Do:
1. Cut the egg cartons in half and discard the top (flat) side (or save it for another craft).
2. If desired, paint the egg carton. If you’re using Styrofoam, mix your paint with a few drops of liquid dish soap to help it adhere to the surface.
3. Glue the ribbon around the top of the train to make a decorative trim.
4. Cut the Styrofoam balls in half and glue each half ball to the side of the egg carton to create ‘wheels.’ You can also paint these if desired.
5. Decorate your candy train as you see fit. If you put stickers on, double secure them with glue, as they will peel off the paint quite quickly. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could even construct a Santa or reindeer out of pompoms to attach to the train with glue.
6. Let everything dry completely — if you fill the train before the glue dries, the wheels will fall off.
7. Fill the train with candy and you’re done!
These are great kids Christmas crafts for school, church groups, family parties, or gift making. Kids can personalize them as much as they see fit, and everyone appreciates a gift they can eat. The kids have a good time making them and the recipients have a good time consuming them — that is, if the kids don’t get there first.
There are many other things you could do with this sort of craft. For example, you could turn it into a sled instead of a train and glue candy canes on the sides as sled runners. Use your imagination and have a great time — after all, that’s what doing kids Christmas crafts is really all about.