Egg Carton Apple Craft (Free Printable Template)

Get ready to turn those boring old egg cartons into a vibrant apple and worm craft! This cute craft is perfect for sparking creativity, developing kids’ fine motor skills, and adding a splash of color to any day.

Craft projects are a great way to help kids of all ages learn more about seasons, holidays and special events while having a lot of fun. Let’s get crafting!

  • Table Of Contents:
    • Materials
    • Instructions
    • Apple & Worm Template Download
    • Tips & Troubleshooting
    • Benefits of This Fall Craft For Kids
    • Final Thoughts
egg carton apple craft for kids


  • Cardboard egg carton cups
  • Construction paper
  • Brown and red paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Craft knife 


Step 1)

Print off the free template included in this article and gather your supplies! You may also want to protect your space from paint by putting down some newspaper or a tablecloth.

craft supplies and template

Step 2)

Cut two cardboard egg carton sections and paint them red with washable paint. Let them dry. You could choose green or yellow paint for different apple colors. 

paint cardboard egg carton red

Step 3)

Cut out the leaf and worm template pieces and trace them onto green and pink paper. 

cut out worm and leaf template

Step 4)

Cut out the template pieces from the colored paper and draw the eye on the worm as well as some stripes to give it more details.

cut out worm and leaf template

Step 5)

Using a craft knife or scissors, get an adult to cut a slit in the top of one of the egg cartons and insert the worm. Then paint a small piece of popsicle stick brown to look like the apple’s stem. You could instead use brown pipe cleaners as a ‘stem’ or pink pipe cleaners with googly eyes for the worm. 

insert worm and popsicle stick to craft

Step 6)

Glue the two sides of the egg carton together to create an apple shape. Insert the brown popsicle stick piece and glue the green paper leaf to the stem.

egg carton apple craft

Video Tutorial

Prefer watching video tutorials for your crafty adventures? Check out the YouTube Channel for Crafty Kids Play and watch the video instructions for this egg carton apple craft here.

Apple & Worm Template Download

You can print this worm and leaf template for your egg carton apple craft on regular white printer paper. You could also get creative and skip the template, making your leaf and worm unique to your own craft at home. This template is for your own personal use only, not for resale or commercial usage. 

egg carton apple craft template download

Tips & Troubleshooting


Feel free to customize your leaf and worm designs beyond the template. Different colors or patterns are a fun way to make your craft unique. Add extra details like glitter, stickers, or paint designs to personalize your apple and worm.

Safety First

Always have an adult handle the craft knife to avoid accidents. Young children need adult supervision when using safety scissors. Consider using a cutting mat or protected surface to avoid damage to tables or your workspace.

Worm Placement

When cutting the slit for the worm, make sure it’s just wide enough to fit the worm snugly without being too loose.

If the slit is too loose, use a small piece of tape on the inside to hold the worm in place.

Gluing Tips

Make sure to use enough glue to hold the pieces together firmly. If using a glue stick, press the pieces together for a few seconds to ensure they stick well. If you’re working with teens or adults, you can stick your egg cups together with hot glue. 

apple worm craft

Benefits of This Fall Craft For Kids

Problem-Solving Skills:

Young kids learn to follow steps and solve problems that arise during the crafting process, such as how to properly glue pieces together or how to fit the worm into the slit.

Fine Motor Skills:

This fun craft involves cutting, painting, and gluing, which all help develop the small muscles in children’s little hands and fingers, improving their dexterity and precision.

Creative Expression:

Crafting is an easy way for children to express themselves creatively, choosing colors, adding unique details, and personalizing their projects.

Final Thoughts

This is such a fun project for the whole family that uses simple supplies and recyclable materials like empty egg cartons. Making this cute craft is the perfect way to get ready for the fall season or a back to school project. Create your own egg carton apples in different colors and get creative! It’s a wonderful opportunity to talk more with your kids about why we harvest apples in the fall and learn a bit more about seasons. 

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