TOCK Crafts – Ocean Creatures

Make A Whale or a Crab from old Egg Cartons

Turn your old egg cartons into imaginative ocean creatures.

To Make the Crab You Will Need:

Cardboard egg carton
Acrylic Red paint
Paint brush
4 Red Pipe Cleaners
Glue
Googly eyes
Scissors

Instructions:

Using an empty egg carton cut out one of the egg sections to make the body of the crab.
Paint the cut out section with red acrylic paint and leave to dry.
Take one of the pipe cleaners and fold to make 2 eye stalks as shown in the step 3 illustration below. The fold will look like a goal post.
Make two small holes in the top of the painted egg carton close to one edge.
Pull the open parts of the pipe cleaner through the holes.
Fold the two stalks in half and twist, leaving an untwisted loop at the top.
Stick googly eyes on the top loops.
Make two small holes in the front of the egg carton for the claws. 
Fold the another pipe cleaner to form 2 claw arms the same as illustration step 3.
Pull the open parts of the pipe cleaner through the claw holes.
Bend the pipe cleaner ends to make claw shapes.
Cut the last of the two remaining pipe cleaners into equal quarters to make a total of 8 equal length legs.
Glue the legs inside the egg carton (4 each side) then bend to make legs with knees.  

Example carton crab:

To Make the Whale You Will Need:

Cardboard egg carton
Acrylic blue paint
Blue card or craft foam
Paint brush
1 Blue or white pipe cleaners
Blue food colouring (optional to colour pipe cleaners)
Glue
Googly eyes
Marker pen
Scissors

Instructions:

Using an empty egg carton cut out one of the egg sections to make the body of the whale.
Paint the cut out section with blue acrylic paint and leave to dry.
Cut one tail and two fin shapes from the blue card / craft foam as shown in illustration step 3.
Glue the tail inside the egg carton.
Turn the carton over and glue on the 2 fins.
Glue the googly eyes on the front of the whale.
Using the marker draw a happy smile.
With the scissors, carefully make a small hole in the top of the carton.
Cut the pipe cleaner into quarters for the water spout. Optionally colour the pipe cleaner with dye if you are unable to find a blue pipe cleaner.
Insert the 4 strips of pipe cleaner in the hole and twist together at the end inside the carton.
Turn the carton over and curl the ends of the 4 water spouts to finish your masterpiece.  

Example carton whale: