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Make This Easy Crab Craft
Find out how to create this fun crab using egg carton cups and a few other supplies.
- Age Guideline: 4 Years and Up
- Time Required: 20 minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making this craft.
Let's begin.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Gathering The Supplies
Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
- Egg Carton
- Acrylic Paint
- Craft Glue
- Chenille Stems
- Wiggle Eyes
- Monofilament or String (optional)
- Utility Knife
- Paint Brush
Now we can start.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Cutting the Egg Carton
Use the scissors or utility knife to cut one cup section from the egg carton. Trim to create an even edge around the cup. Adults should help kids with this step.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Painting the Egg Carton Cup
To create my crab body, I painted the bottom side of the egg carton cup red. Use whatever color you like. Let the paint dry.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Cutting Chenille Stems
While you are waiting for your crab's body to dry, you can cut your chenille stems. You will need 2 chenille stems of the desired color and cut several pieces. These sizes are approximate:
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- 2 pieces 6-inches long
- 2 pieces 1/2-inch long
- 8 pieces 1 1/2-inches long
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Glue on the Legs
Glue the eight 1 1/2-inch pieces of chenille stems around the edge of the egg carton cup as shown in the photo. Be generous with the glue!Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Bending the Pinchers
Take the two 8-inch pieces of chenille stem and bend them as shown in the picture above, so they look like pinchers.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Glue on the Pinchers
Glue the pinchers to the crab as shown in the photo above. You may need to use something to hold up the pinchers while the glue dries (As you can see in the picture above, I used extra egg carton cups). Let the glue dry completely.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Preparing for EyesThe two 1/2-inch long pieces of chenille stem are glued just above the pinchers.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Glue a set of wiggle eyes onto your crab, right onto the tips of the 1/2-inch chenille stems you previously glued on.
If you want to be able to hang your crab, glue a piece of monofilament or string to the top. Let the glue dry completely before you attempt to hang it up.