May flowers…

by Jen on May 11, 2011 in craft,kids,spring

egg carton flowersWe certainly have had enough rain to result in some beautiful May flowers. Today I am talking about flowers made from paper. I was getting ready to toss my empty egg carton in the recycling the other day, when my youngest daughter asked if we could do a craft. Egg carton…craft…why not?! Here’s what we didmay flowers

Springtime Egg Carton Flowers

egg carton (paper kind)
paints
paint brush
assorted beads
glue gun
cereal box (empty)
green construction paper
scissors
glue stick
string
 
1. dismantle the egg carton; cut the lid off, cut the egg holder side into individual sections

egg cartons cut up

2. with each individual section, cut 2/3 of the way down the sides in four spots

egg carton pieces

3. fold the “petals” down, creating 4 petals
4. load up a plate as your artist palette

paint

Hot tip: for easy clean up, cover your plate with plastic wrap

kid painting

5. paint the flower as you like, set aside to dry
6. heat up glue gun

egg carton flower with beads

7. put a drop of glue inside the flower, place selected bead into the glue
8. to make the base, where you will adhere your flowers, take the cereal box and cut out the shape of base you would like, we made an oval

Egg carton flower background

9. trace this shape onto the green construction paper, cut out the construction paper and adhere the construction paper to the cereal box cut out…base is done

gluing egg carton flowers

10. when all flowers are dry and base is complete, using glue gun adhere flowers to the base

hanging egg carton flowers

11. poke a hole in the top of your base and feed string (or ribbon, or pipe cleaner) through the hole

egg carton flowers done

12. hang your flower display on your front door for all to see!
 
This is a great project to complete over the course of a day or two. Because the flowers need to dry between stages, you can walk away from the project and pick it up at another time. I love these type of projects, since they allow the kids to really think about what they want to do. Our door is now adorned with a beautiful arrangement of May flowers! Enjoy!
 
P.S. Meatless week is moving right along! Thanks to my friend Elise, we enjoyed the Epicurious recipe for Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard…delish.
meatless chili

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ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯ ಅಮ್ಮ/Putti Amma May 18, 2011 at 10:28 am

These are beautiful!!

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KitchenCounterChronicles May 18, 2011 at 10:50 am

Thanks!

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Sarah @ Sarahndipities May 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

This is so great! Thanks for sharing at Make Something Monday!!

~ Sarah

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Rebekah March 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Just lovely!! I pinned this to my Spring Board on Pinterest.

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maggy, red ted art March 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Soooo pretty! Love all the colours! We will be making some soon too, can’t wait!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

Maggy & Alissa

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KitchenCounterChronicles March 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

Have fun! Thanks!

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Aleacia March 29, 2012 at 9:42 am

These are so lovely! I really like the mixture of beads in the center of each flower :)

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Carolyn April 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm

At last I have now an idea on what to do with my egg trays at home. With all the colorful paints and beads added at the center, one can hardly recognize the flowers to be egg trays before.

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Jo March 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

I love these flowers. Would you mind If I add a link and maybe a photo to our spring flower garden post. http://mothersmessymadness.blogspot.ch/2014/02/spring-flower-garden.html I’m also planning another one making spring flower arrangement using fresh materials and egg box flowers if I could include it here as well. Thanks. Let me know.

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