When I saw this picture on Pinterest, I couldn’t wait to begin!
Unfortunately, it was only a picture and didn’t link to a tutorial. Since I happen to have A LOT of egg cartons at my disposal (my husband raises chickens for a hobby), I decided to dig in and see what I could come up with.
Not too shabby, if I say so myself!
My toddlers had a blast painting the egg cups! Instruct them to swirl their paint brush in each egg cup until the entire cup is covered in paint. I’ve found that using cups of paint with color coded paint brushes really helps to keep the paint colors from all being mixed into a lovely shade of brown.
Let the painted egg cups dry and then enlist the help of a much older child. I didn’t have that option and whew... cutting egg cartons into flowers was some fierce hand exercise. Of course, you might not attempt to make 4 dozen flowers in one sitting ;)
As I cut the egg cups out of the carton, I rounded the edges and then snipped “petals”around the edges. The petals are made by making small cuts from the edge of the cup toward the bottom. Carefully fold those back and VOILA... a flower!
I also played around a little bit with cutting some of the egg cups really short and using them as the middle. This was nice especially for cups that needed more color. You could incorporate any scraps from other crafts. I let my toddler choose some fuzzy balls for the middle of her flowers.
To finish them off, I put a big glob (technical term) of hot glue on the back of the flower and held a pipe cleaner in place until the glue hardened.
Now, tie with twine for a sweet bouquet or simply plop them in a vase. Flowers that don’t need water and won’t die or disintegrate because I forgot to take care of them... now that’s a flower I can get behind!
recap: 1. SUPPLIES: egg carton, multi colored paints & brushes, scissors, pipe cleaners, hot glue 2. Paint each egg cup with paint. The more colorful, the better! 3. Once paint dries, cut each egg cup out of the egg carton. 4. Trim the top of each egg cup so that the top is a clean circle. 5. Snip the flower petals by making small, straight snips from the top edge of the cup towards the center. 6. Carefully fold the cardboard back between each snip. 7. Add any extra decorations to your flowers (fuzzy ball centers, spiraled wire centers, etc.) 8. Using hot glue, glue a pipe cleaner to the BACK (unpainted) of the flower. Hold in place until glue hardens. 9. Repeat for the remaining 11 flowers :)