Easy Craft Project: Painted Egg Cartons

Your egg usage during this time of the year may be a bit higher than usual. Which means you might have a few empty egg cartons laying around. I’ve always had trouble throwing them out because, gosh, I can probably make something with them, right?! Yes! The answer is yes. The cartons make seasonally-perfect gift boxes.

Each tiny cup is an ideal spot to nestle little gifts, treats, ornaments or cascarones. And with a simple paint job, they’re super cute to boot!

The carton is a blank canvas of possibilities, calling out for cheerful stripes or dots. Let’s paint!

DIY: Easy Painted Egg Cartons
DIY: Easy Painted Egg Cartons
DIY: Easy Painted Egg Cartons
DIY: Easy Painted Egg Cartons


egg cartons*
craft paints
– treats and trinkets to fill them

I used flat-topped cartons from the organic section of my grocery store. I did have to peel off the labels but beyond that, they were perfect.

There aren’t real, official steps for this one. It’s a paint-as-you-wish-decorate-as-you-want kind of project. I painted the outside of each a solid color. Because there was a little writing on the inside cover, I painted it too.

After the carton was dry, I added very simple dots and stripes. For dots, you could use anything that will make a round shape — even the stick end of a paint brush!

DIY: Easy Painted Egg Cartons
DIY: Easy Painted Egg Cartons

Then, when all the paint has fully dried, fill it to the brim with the tiniest of treats or gifts. You could use toy animals, ornaments for an Easter Tree, decorated eggs, jewelry, hair bows, favorite candies — whatever you like! Tuck them into each little cup amongst some Easter grass.

Tie it up with a bow and gift it to your favorite person. These would be cute in a big Easter basket for kids, or you could fill a carton with fine chocolates for a friend. They are just so happy and spring-like! I’m sure they will bring a smile to whomever receives them.

Happy making. And happy Spring!

Created by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

65 thoughts on “Easy Craft Project: Painted Egg Cartons”

  1. on the website shopsweetlulu, they have plain egg cartons for sale on their own. some are plain, and some are printed to look vintage…unfortunately, they are only 1/2 dozen cartons, not the full twelve. but imo, the little square boxes are even cuter!

  2. This is a nice, simple alternative to all that crazy commercial stuff they have out right now. When did bigger become so much better? Totally making these for my girls this Easter.**

    **though I will still likely cave and buy my daughter the chocolate Spongebob here little heart desires.

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  14. I’m making these to hold our dyed eggs in the fridge. It will add a little punch and polish to our egg hunt Easter morning!

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  17. Fantastic idea and how creative, I am wondering what type of paint you have used is it acrylic or water based painting Gabrielle

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  40. Absolutely lovely, absolutely fantastic!
    Tried this with my almost-six-year-old boy and he was being very patient, enjoying the great combination of the colour (and the dots :).
    Thank you!

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