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Egg Carton Totem Pole

Egg Carton Totem Pole
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

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Julie Kirkwood
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We are learning so much about early Native American history in our house. My kids love to learn through crafts so while we were learning about the history and purpose of totem poles, we decided to make one, using a cardboard egg carton, a little paint and some colored paper.

How We Did It

Egg Carton Totem Pole
We assembled our supplies for the project. The circle punch is optional but my kids love to use this fun tool from my scrapbooking supplies. It is a great chance to work on hand strength, which improves fine motor skills, so we use it often. If you don't have one, just trace or draw circles and cut them out with scissors.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
First, we cut our egg cartons down the middle of the egg compartments.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
We trimmed off the lid and discarded it. We trimmed off the front flap, then also trimmed two angled pieces from each end. This will serve as a wing piece between the two carton sections when glued together later.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
Next, we used brown paint to completely cover our egg carton pieces.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
Time for the paint to dry. While we waited, we worked on the animal faces for our totem pole.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
We used our circle punch to make colorful cut outs.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
Next, we drew animal faces on the circles.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
When our painted egg cartons were dry, we drew some designs on the wing section.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
We glued our animal faces on the one side of the egg carton, adding a few embellishments, like a beak for our eagle.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
Then we glued the two sides of the egg carton together, with the wing piece in the middle.
Egg Carton Totem Pole
Our totem pole was complete and ready to add to our Thanksgiving decorations.

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