Thursday, 24 October 2013

Egg box Panda

My husband's favourite so far! Peter Panda is made from egg box bits, and that's about it - apart from some paint, plasticine and a spot of glue...and his bamboo.

Panda craft

You'll need an egg box with the cone shaped pieces down the middle - some don't have them which is why I'm mentioning it. Best to check. It's the same part used for the penguins and the monkeys.

Also, tacky glue. Make your own tacky glue by putting a small amount of PVA craft glue in an clean, uncovered jar or yogurt pot for at least a day. The longer you leave it the thicker and tackier it gets.

To make the body, cut out two whole egg cup pieces first, then measure and mark points about 2cm from the top around each cup. (More or less than 2cm is fine, as long as it's the same on both cups). Join the points and cut up and along the line carefully. Spending a bit of time measuring makes it easier to fit the two pieces together.

Use lots of tacky glue around the edges to stick the pieces on top of each other and to fill any gaps.

While the body is drying, cut out another egg cup, but make one side higher, so it curves upwards making a kind of lip or tab.

Draw a curved slot for the head, on top of the body and with nail scissors pierce a hole (keep them closed, press down and twist slightly), then cut along the line and open up the slot a little.

Push the head tab in here to check it fits. If the head sticks out too much, make your slot bigger or the tab smaller. Take the head out again.

Use two middle cones for the legs. Cut them out roughly first, then draw a line across on one side, 2cm from the top and on the opposite side draw a line 4cm from the top. Join the lines together like this and cut them out. they fit fairly snuggly to the egg cup body. Keep snipping away until you're happy, but don't glue them yet. (apologies for colour change!)

Next, paint the body and head white, and the legs + some spare card black (we used the egg box lid).

When dry, glue the legs to the body using plenty of tacky glue.

While that's drying, cut a piece for the arms from the black card. You want it long enough to wrap around the back of the egg cup body and it should curve down a little in the middle like this. Round off the ends for paws.

Cut out ears too, and remember to keep them longish at the bottom, so they can slot into holes on top of the panda's head.

Make a small hole in each paw (put the card on top of a piece of plasticine/modelling clay and push the tip of the nail scissors through)  Glue the arm piece on - it should sit a little higher than the body at the back - and push a cocktail stick through the holes to hold everything in place while the glue dries.

Use a black felt tip or paint a face on your panda. For the eyes, start by drawing a small circle with a pencil, then colour in around it.

Mark slots where you want the ears to be on top of the panda's head, making sure they're long enough. Put a ball of plasticine behind the head and use nail scissors to pierce through the card (keep closed, press down and twist a little). Carefully cut along the slots, and wiggle the scissors in and out a bit so it's easier to push the ears into place.

We gave our panda a bamboo to chew on. Cut the pointy bits off another cocktail stick and wrap and glue few small rectangles of green tissue around one end. Snip when dry.

Replace the cocktail stick holding the arms in place with the bamboo shoot.


He spends most of his time hanging out with the monkeys...

panda - make your own zoo

panda - kids craft

You can also make a bear in exactly the same way, - just change the paint colour and try a lighter shade for the muzzle and tummy (and paws if you like). 
Use the cocktail stick to hold the arms to the body while the glue dries, and then remove it.

Many more projects like this in my craft books, 'Make Your Own Zoo' and 'Make Your Own Farm Animals'


  1. He's brilliant Tracey, did you see those two on the news yesterday?

    1. missed them, but just had a look at pics of the twins, SO GORGEOUS!!

  2. He's lovely! Half term next week. I shall be bookmarking this for my 8 year old! :)

  3. Oh my goodness, Tracey, you are so good at these, and getting better!
    He is just gorgeous.

  4. What a cute project!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is fantastic - I can't believe he is made from an egg cup (well I can you just showed me). Thank you - have pinned.

    1. thanks for pinning! now trying to work out how to do a crocodile…x