Sandwich Box Monster
By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 5 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
Who knew the empty box that holds your sandwich bags could make such a cute little monster? Instead of throwing those boxes away, make this (and several other monsters) for your room. Try different colors and make an assortment!
What you'll need:
- 2 sheets of light blue construction paper
- 1 sheet of white paper
- 2 cups from a cardboard egg carton
- ¼ sheet black constriction paper
- White and black acrylic paint
- Glue stick
- Empty sandwich bag box
- Glitter glue or sparkly fabric paint
- Black marker
How to make it:
- Because there are various brands and types of sandwich bags there is no pattern for this craft. Use the box as your guide to cut the construction paper around the “mouth” area.
- Cover the box completely with light blue construction paper, leaving the hole for the mouth.
- Paint the egg cups white and set aside to dry.
- Using the box opening as a guide, cut out two curved shapes from white paper, similar to a banana shape, for the teeth. Use black marker to draw lines on teeth.
- Glue the teeth to the inside of the box opening.
- Cut two feet from light blue construction paper, a simple shape of three rounded toes works great, just be sure to leave enough room to glue them to the bottom of the box.
- Cut 6 small triangles from white paper for the claws and glue to the back side of the feet, one on each toe.
- Glue the feet to the bottom of the box.
- Check to see if the egg cups are dry and paint a black dot in the center of each one. Let dry.
- Cut out a long curved tail from light blue construction paper and glue to the bottom of the box near the back. The curve in your shape will make it look like the tail is wrapping around the monster.
- Cut out two 1” squares from the black construction paper.
- Cut eyelashes from one side of each square using a cut pattern similar to making grass blades. Glue eyelashes to the back of the egg cups.
- When egg cups are dry, trim one side off (see finished craft photo) so that you can glue the eye to the box. The egg cup should now have one side that is “flat” and can be glued to the top of the box, above the mouth.
- Finish this project by adding spots with either glittery fabric paint in a tube (so you can “write” with it) or with glitter glue.
- Remember to paint your egg cups early in this craft so that your child can work on the rest of the project while they dry.
- Try different colors of construction paper for different monsters. Match them up with your child’s bedroom décor or simply make a colorful family of monsters.
- To create the opening for the mouth, lay the box, open end down, onto the construction paper. Use a pencil to trace the opening, and then tip the box the other way to trace the other side. Be sure that the opening you cut is smaller than the opening of the box, this way none of the box will show through.