While I am anxiously waiting for the flowers in my patio boxes to grow, I made some pretty flowers of my own out of egg cartons- a fun upcycled project for kids of all ages (even grown-ups)!
What you’ll need: a egg carton, pair of scissors, a thin screwdriver or skewer, paint (I used acrylic), glitter (optional) & pipe cleaners. I would also suggest: newspaper (so your table doesn’t get ruined) and a pretty vase to put your “flowers” in!
Carefully cut out all 12 of the egg carton cups.
Trim off the edges with scissors.
Adults: Poke a hole through the middle of the bottom with a small screwdriver or metal skewer.
Paint the egg carton cup all around & add glitter to the middle, if desired.
Note: egg cartons tend to suck up paint, so don’t be surprised if you have to use a LOT of paint…
While you are waiting for the paint to dry, twist little leaves on the stem (optional).
Once the paint is dry (probably about 15-20 minutes), stick the stems through the bottom of the carton’s hole you made & leave about 1/2 an inch to wrap the flower’s pistil.
Wrap a yellow pipe cleaner around the tip of the stem to represent the flower’s pistil.
You may need to temporarily pull the stem through more to do this.
Once you finish wrapping (careful of the pipe cleaner’s sharp tip…adults, please do this for a young child under 5), it will look like this.
Note: This is also a great way to teach kids about the parts of a flower:
Some of the flowers may slip down a little on the stem, so feel free to bend a little part of the stem under the flower to keep it up.
Arrange the “flowers” as you like in a vase!
Finished product- upcycled egg carton flowers!