With Easter this weekend, most of us are certain to have an abundance of egg cartons around the house that are perfect for this egg carton craft! This year, get creative with upcycling your egg cartons instead of sending them to recycle. Egg carton flowers are really simple to make and they can be a great embellishment for so many projects!
Egg Carton Craft – DIY Upcycled Egg Carton Flower Wreath
- 2 paper/cardboard egg cartons
- 1 straw wreath
- 1 roll burlap ribbon
- hot glue and glue gun
- dried flowers and grass of your choice
You’ll begin by cutting apart the egg cartons. The flowers will be made from the upright pieces that separate the eggs and loose petals will be made from the remainder of the carton. Cut the carton apart until you have several of the uprights separated. You can see in this photo what pieces will be used.
After you’ve cut the upright pieces apart, begin cutting them into petal shapes. Each upright will create 4 petals. You will use 3 uprights for each flower. You’ll want to cut them at various depths and shape the petals slightly different to form unique flowers.
For the two outside layers of petals, you will keep the base of the upright intact. However, for the inside portion of the flower, you will completely cut open the upright so that it can be gathered tightly to form the center.
Form your center like this:
When all 3 layers have been cut into petals, use a small amount of hot glue to secure each one inside the other. You can carefully bend the petals to give extra character to each flower.
Loose petals can be cut from the remainder of the egg carton and can added to make flowers appear more full or can be glued together to create smaller flowers or buds. You will want to create 5-7 flowers of various sizes, depending on the size of your wreath.
After you’ve created the egg carton craft flowers, begin preparing your wreath. To cover the wreath, carefully hot glue one end of burlap to the straw wreath form. Begin wrapping the burlap ribbon tightly around the wreath, overlapping each layer. You can wrap the wreath several times or only once depending on how much coverage you desire. When you’ve finished wrapping the wreath, secure the burlap to the back with hot glue.
Begin attaching the egg carton flowers to the burlap with hot glue. You will want to place them in a rather tight cluster. Add small bunches of colorful dried grass or other dried flowers in between the egg carton flowers.
This egg carton craft could be made in variations for every season or every room of the house. The egg carton can be painted to give color or applied to many different projects – mirrors, picture frames, lights, and so much more.
Give new life to those egg cartons you have left over from dying eggs!