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How to Make Flowers from Paper Egg Cartons

Use paper egg cartons to create beautiful flowers and succulents

pink flower made from egg carton


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Hello, friends! I hope you're doing okay during these strange times we're experiencing. Things are good here, and we're all either working from home or taking online classes. We're so thankful that none of us have to work outside of the house.



Today is the April edition of the Thrifty Style Team Challenge! Each month, my thrifty teammates and I share budget-friendly ways to decorate your home. We use items that were free, thrifted, second-hand, etc. My talented friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate hosts the tour each month and there are always so many great ideas. 



colorful flowers made from paper egg cartons

For my project, I wanted to create something using materials that most people would have on hand. I put on my thinking cap and decided to use some of our paper egg cartons that were headed for the recycle bin. 


metal flower frog spikes and flowers made from paper egg cartons

And since it's spring and there are so many flowers blooming, I wanted the project to have a spring look. 

vintage garden hand rake and colorful flowers made from paper egg cartons

So I decided to make some flowers and a succulent. It was easier than I thought it would be.

colorful flowers made from paper egg cartons shown with vintage garden tools

All you need to do for this project is cut the cup parts of the egg carton into flower shapes and then paint them. Easy as pie. 

vintage garden tools and colorful flowers made from paper egg cartons

I used some watercolor tubes that I had on hand to color them. And I was going to attach them to a canvas for some pretty wall art, but then I remembered this little twig bench planter with mini terracotta pots that I found at a yard sale years ago for $1. You can get much thriftier than that!

vintage garden hand rake and flowers made from paper egg cartons

I made the pink one first so it's a little rougher looking than the other two. 

colorful flowers and succulent made from paper egg cartons

The succulent was the next one I made. I had fun blending the green, white, and a bit of yellow for the color. 

yellow daffodil made from paper egg carton

The daffodil was the last one I made. I painted the tip of the center with some orange watercolor to make it look more real.  

colorful flowers made from paper egg cartons with vintage garden tools

I gotta tell you, I had to make myself finish this project. Not that it's difficult, but I just can't seem to get too motivated with everything that's happening around us right now. I'm so glad I finished it because I think it's one of my favorite little projects that I've ever done! It's so happy and cheerful!

egg carton flowers with vintage garden tools

And I love flowers and garden decor so this is just perfect for me. (I shared some fun, thrifty ways to add garden decor to your home here recently → 8 Easy Ideas for Cottage Garden-Inspired Decor)

Here's a quick tutorial for how I made the egg carton flowers. 

Yield: 4-6
Author: Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge
Estimated cost: $5

How to Make Flowers from Paper Egg Cartons

These paper egg carton flowers are budget-friendly and fun. It only takes a few supplies and is family friendly.
prep time: 1 hourperform time: 5 Mtotal time: 1 H & 5 M

materials:

  • Watercolor or Acrylic Paints
  • Paper Egg Carton
  • Mini Terracotta Pots (optional)
  • Kraft paper gift bag filler (optional)
  • Newspaper                                                                                                                                        

tools:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Artist Paint Brush
  • Scissors

steps:

  1. Use some precision cutting scissors to cut the egg carton into various shapes, as shown in the photos.                                                                                                                                                   
  2. Paint the flower petals or succulent petals using your watercolor or acrylic paints.                       
  3. After the paint dries, glue the layers together using your hot glue gun.
  4. Place the flowers in a teacup, small pots, or even an unused egg carton for a pretty display. You can also attach them to a canvas for wall art.
  5. (optional) If you use mini terracotta pots, add a bit of newspaper and gift bag filler to prop up the flowers.  
Created using Craft Card Maker

If you prefer a video tutorial, I just added a full-length, step-by-step one for these flowers to my new YouTube channel and you can see it here ↓

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flowers made from paper egg cartons


Have you ever used egg cartons for any craft or art projects? Leave me a comment below and let me know about it!





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10 comments

  1. Angie,
    Well if these are not the most clever and creative sweet crafty flowers! Just adorable. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to try these.
    Happy Easter. Have a wonderful weekend.
    xoxo
    Kris

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    1. Thank you so much, Kris! They're pretty easy and very therapeutic! Have a great weekend! ~ Angie

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  2. i like this idea. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Your flowers are adorable, Angie! I adore this idea and hope to try this very soon.

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  4. Angie, these turned out so pretty! What a fantastic idea. xoxo

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  5. Angie I can't believe how realistic these look! And they're perfect in that little basket! Happy Easter friend!

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  6. Angie, these are so unique and just adorable. I plan to feature you on my weekly round up tomorrow. Cynthia from Create With Cynthia.

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  7. This is really SO adorable, love it!

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  8. Really love these...can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Adorable project Angie! I hope you will share it on our Tuesday Turn About Link Party this week.

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