Easter is just around the corner and trash cans across the country will soon be littered with empty egg cartons! I thought I’d do my part and share a few ideas for upcycling them instead. Believe it or not, with just a few steps, those little egg cradles can become beautiful flowers!
Start out but cutting the little square parts off. Don’t toss them though! They’ll come in handy later.
Continue cutting until you have a stock of little cradles.
The shape of your flower will be determined by your cut. Start by folding the egg cradle in half.
For rounded petals, cut a heart shape, like this:
For pointed petals, use straight line cuts, like this:
If you wanna get fancy, layer your petals! For my pointed petals, I hot glued two flowers together then added that little square part we cut off in the beginning.
This is a great time to get the kiddos involved! They can hand paint and embellish the flowers with paper, buttons or glitter. My kids weren’t interested in crafting on this day and since I am an impatient crafter, I went with spray paint!
I sprayed the bottom first then flipped them over and painted the top. The process was super quick as the spray paint dried on the cardboard almost instantly.
Now, you can finish your projects with the flowers like this:
OR, you can take it to the next level by molding the petals! You’ll be amazed at how the petals come to life with a little bending and shaping!
From here the possibilities are endless! Glue a magnet on the back for pretty refrigerator art.
Punch a hole in the center and add the flowers to a strand of lights.
Create a wreath using a floral ring or cardboard cut out. These can be finished in so many ways! You could paint your floral ring or add some dimension by hot glueing moss or filler.
You could also glue them to a canvas or chipboard initial for cute wall decor! There really are no limits with this upcycle, so use your imagination and let’s save some egg cartons!!