Upcycle an ordinary old egg carton into an adorable sugar glider craft. Make him flatten his body and glide around the room – so cute!
This Australian animal craft is a fun activity that becomes a DIY toy when complete and is a great recycling craft for Earth Day too.
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Australia has an abundance of adorable animals, but you have to admit that certain species get all the glory. Yes, I know, you don’t get much cuter than a koala or a little baby joey in mama’s pouch, but some animals, like our friend the Sugar Glider are often forgotten.
Not today. Here is a cute Sugar Glider craft you can make from an egg carton. Younger kids will need help cutting the pieces out and hot gluing them, but they can paint and decorate themselves.
Just so you know exactly what animal I’m talking about I’ve included a photo of a real one (stock image). Too cute, right?
How to make an egg carton sugar glider craft
You will need:
- An egg carton
- Acrylic paint
- Hot glue gun
- A scrap of paper
- Black marker
- Glue stick
Cut the egg carton up into pieces, the best way to explain how is with the video tutorial above.
Here is a photograph of the finished pieces ready to be assembled. The feet are made of the sides of the flat piece including the bend, which have been cut into toes. The tail is the flap which closes the carton. The body is the middle section of the flat piece. The ears are made from a scrap of the flat piece. The head is made from two cups joined together with the pointy bit still attached, trimmed down to size.
Use a hot glue gun to stick the pieces together.
Paint it with acrylic paints. I’ve attempted to stick to a simplified version of the actual markings of the sugar glider.
A lot of kids would probably to prefer to get creative and paint it however they like though, that is fine – there are no rules!
Draw two eyes which are roughly the size of the inner circle. You can just guestimate it, the eyes I drew are maybe a millimetre or two wider than the inner circle when glued inside, which is fine. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Use a glue stick to glue the eyes into place.
…and that’s all there is to it! This little sugar glider is ready to play.
More Australian animal crafts for kids:
- Create a frilled neck lizard from a recycled paper roll
- Here is an adorable printable paper plate possum craft
- Got cicada shells? Why not create some cool neon cicada shells using nail polish
- These printable paper chain pythons are pretty cool – and don’t worry they don’t bite!
- This printable paper frog craft is based on the green tree frog from Tropical North QLD
- Here is an easy paper plate cassowary to cut out and put together
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