Egg Carton Craft – Clam Friend

Create a Clam Friend: An Easy Egg Carton Craft for Kids

Looking for a fun and creative summer craft for kids that is not only entertaining but also eco-friendly? Our egg carton clam friend craft is the perfect project for busy parents with school-age children or camp counselors looking for engaging activities. This easy craft for kids combines the joy of crafting with the benefits of recycling. Added bonus: You don’t even need access to a nearby beach for this cute “shell” craft!

Egg Carton "Clam Friend" Craft

Step 1: Gather Your Materials for This Recycled Craft

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To get started, gather the following materials for this egg carton craft:

Materials Needed: Egg carton, glue, scissors, washable paint, googly eyes

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Egg Carton Craft

Prepare the egg carton:

Cut out a cup section of the egg carton to use as the clam’s shell.

egg carton cup

Cut the egg carton cup in half, as shown below.

cut the egg carton cup in half as shown.

Trim any excess edges to create the shell shape and a smooth surface.

trim to shape up the “shells”.

Glue the shells together, as shown below. Allow the glue to dry completely.

glue the “shells” together as shown.

Paint or decorate the clamshell:

Let your child’s creativity shine! Use washable paints or markers to color the clamshell in their favorite shades. They can create patterns, add swirls, or experiment with different colors. Optional: Add some glitter glue or sequins for extra sparkle!

Add eyes to the clam:

Attach googly eyes to the rounded side of the egg carton shell using craft glue. Encourage your child to position the eyes wherever they like, giving the clam friend its unique personality.

your adorable clam friend!

Personalize the clam:

Let your child’s imagination run wild by adding additional decorations. They can use stickers or other embellishments to create patterns or designs on the shell. The more personalized, the better!

Ideas for Playtime with Your Clam Friend

Once the clam friend is complete, let the fun begin! Here are a few suggestions for interactive playtime with the newly crafted clam friend:


Encourage your child to create imaginative stories involving their clam friend. Maybe the clam loves to explore the ocean, go on underwater adventures, or make friends with other sea creatures.

Puppet show:

Transform the clam friend into a puppet by attaching a craft stick or a popsicle stick to the bottom of the shell. Your child can then put on a puppet show, using their clam friend as the star.

Decorative display:

Showcase the clam friend by placing it on a shelf, table, or windowsill. It can become a delightful addition to your child’s room or a unique decoration for a camp display.

More Egg Carton Crafts to Explore:

Engaging in creative activities like this easy egg carton craft allows children to exercise their imaginations while learning about recycling and repurposing materials. With a few simple steps, you and your child can create a captivating clam friend using recycled egg cartons. This summer craft for kids will give them hours of entertainment and provides an opportunity to bond over a shared creative experience. So, grab those egg cartons and get busy crafting!

Have fun!