Three Crows Recycled Craft

  • Science & STEM
  • Grades 4-5
  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-3

Learn to recycle and make a fun harvest kids crafts at the same time! Turn a recycled cardboard egg carton into these adorable black crows!


  • 25 Pack Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Rainbow Fuzzy Sticks
  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • Cardboard Paper Roll
  • Cardboard Egg Carton
  • Foam Sheet (orange)
  • Construction Paper (white)
  • masking Task
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Hole Punch


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

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Fall craft using recycled materials


Step 2.


Cut (2) round cups from a cardboard egg carton. Tape the cups together with masking tape to form your crow shape. Repeat to make (3) crows.

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Step 3.


Paint each crow with black Acrylic Paint and set aside to dry.

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Step 4.


For each crow, cut a triangle out of an orange foam sheet for the beak. Glue onto the face with (2) Wiggly Eyes.

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Step 5.


To create the wings, coil a black Fuzzy Stick into an oval and glue onto the body. Repeat so you have (2) wings for each crow.

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Step 6.


For the crow’s tail, coil a Black Fuzzy Stick into a triangle and glue onto the back of the crow.

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Step 7.


To make the crow’s feet, cut a 1 inch piece of an orange Fuzzy Stick and fold in half to make a “V” shape. Glue onto the bottom of the crow.

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Step 8.


To make the hat, cut a ½ inch wide piece of cardboard roll and paint it yellow. Glue this yellow ring onto a circle cut from yellow construction paper.

Crow made out of recycled materials


Step 9.


Glue the hat onto the crow.


make a tree branch out of recycled materials for fall


Step 10.


Create the branch the crows are sitting on by painting a cardboard roll with brown Acrylic Paint and set aside allow to dry.

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Step 11.


Next, make leaves on a white construction paper base. You can draw and cut your own leaf shapes, or download our template found on the Fall Leaf Wreath here. Paint the leaf shapes using fall colors, such as red, yellow and orange. We used a Sponge Brush to mix colors and create texture.

Three Crows recycled craft


Step 12.


Glue your crows and your leaves onto your cardboard roll branch.

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Step 13.


On each end of the branch punch a hole with a hole punch tool. Thread a yellow Fuzzy Stick on each end  and twist ends to secure. Twist the ends of the Fuzzy Sticks together to form a loop for hanging.


Fly high and learn about the American crow with this recycled egg carton craft!

  • Flying Fun Facts: While your students create their egg carton crows, explore what makes these black birds unique with the help of National Geographic Kids. You may be surprised to learn that crows are black from beak to feet, so trade the orange craft materials for black foam and fuzzy sticks to make them realistic!
  • Smart Birds: Did you know that American crows are considered very intelligent birds?! They often pick through crops to find food, which is why many farmers use scarecrows to prevent them from eating their crops. Craft a scene by creating a recycled pumpkin scarecrow to go with the crows!

Getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving in the classroom? Trade the black paint and foam for colorful paints and feathers to create egg carton turkeys! This recycled project can be used to create any type of bird, including cardinals in the winter or robins in the spring!