Let’s make egg carton daffodils. I love making egg carton flowers. My kids and I have been making egg carton flower wreaths for over a decade…a decade?! I’ve shared how to make egg carton poppies and bouquets of randowm flowers. This time around I’m focusing on one of the quintessential spring flower with a beautiful egg carton daffodil wreath.
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One of the first flowers to pop through the soil in spring is the daffodil. In our garden, I planted daffodil bulbs a few years ago. I had little faith they would survive the ongoing attacks of our neighbourhood squirrels. But, they made it. They’ve returned year after year. So, when I was thinking about making a new egg carton flower wreath I wanted to celebrate the simple beauty of daffodils.
How to Make Egg Carton Daffodil Wreath
cardboard egg carton
acrylic paint – orange, yellow, white, and green
small embroidery hoop
The first step in making egg carton flowers is breaking down the egg carton. Use your scissors to cut the egg carton into individual cells. You will want to keep the tall dividers as whole as possible, as they will be the center of the daffodil flowers.
Once you’ve cut the egg carton into pieces now you will want to use the scissors to cut the petals in the egg cartons. Your petals can be rounded or sharp, it’s totally up to you. While these are daffodils, they are made from egg cartons and it’s up to your imagination to decide what they look like.
When the petals are cut, trim down the tall divider pieces to a length that you like, for the center of the flowers – known as the “trumpet” of the daffodil. You may like dramatically long trumpets or trim and short trumpets. Next, use the remaining lid of the egg carton box to cut out leaves and stems for the daffodil flowers. Finally, I decided to fill the center of the daffodils with tall daffodil anthers and stigma. Cut a narrow piece of the egg carton lid into 3 or 4 or even one single stick – they sticks should be slightly longer than the trumpet part of the flower, so they can be poking out of the flower.
When all the cutting is done it’s time to paint. Use the yellow paint to coat the inside and outside of each egg carton flower head. Use the orange to paint the tall flower trumpets – inside and out. Paint the stems and flowers green. Paint the flower stamens and stigmas white. Daffodils come in various combinations of orange, white and yellow. This is the combination I decided to go with. Set all the pieces aside to dry fully.
Once everything is dry, it’s time to glue the pieces together. You will need to glue the long tendrils into the flower trumpet and the trumpet to the inside of the flower petal piece. It’s okay if everything isn’t exactly straight and perfect – few things in nature are straight and perfect. Set the flowers aside to cool and dry.
Now it’s time to work on the wreath. For our wreath, I wanted a nice small wreath, so I chose a small embroidery hoop and only made 3 daffodils. However, if you want to make a larger wreath you can use the same technique with more flowers. It’s always best to work with an odd number of flowers.
Open the embroidery hoop and loosely wrap the orange ribbon around the entire inner hoop. Start the wrapping at the screw fitting, as this part will be covered by the flowers. Then close the embroidery hoop, tightly, and wrap the hoop again with the ribbon. When you get to the end tie the ribbon ends together. It should be secured by the knot and the fact that half of it is tight in the hoop.
Now you will need to cut a few leaves from the green felt. I like the look of combining the felt with the cardboard of the egg carton. The felt and the ribbon add a little softness to the wreath.
And, now it’s time to make the wreath. Glue the leaves first. Overlap the felt leaves and the egg carton leaves over the screw fitting. Extend the leaves along the hoop, making a leafy base where the flowers will sit.
When the leaves are in place, glue the daffodil flowers in place. I like the simplicity of 3 daffodils, but you could totally add more. Play around with the position of the flowers, before you glue them in place. Once you find a design you like, use the glue gun to secure them in place.
I love how this egg carton daffodil wreath turned out. It will make the perfect addition to our spring decor. I will be hanging this one in my bedroom. Honestly, it may end up being a permanent piece, I love it so much.
How to Hang an Egg Carton Wreath
There are a few different ways to hang the wreath. The easiest way is to place a clear thumb tack on your wall and rest the hoop on the thumb tack. Alternatively, you can glue a loop of ribbon to the top of the wreath and then hang the wreath on a nail, a wreath hook, or a thumb tack. I also love the dramatic look of hanging the wreath from a long loop of thick ribbon. How will you hang your beautiful daffodil wreath?!
The best thing about egg carton flowers and wreaths is that they last forever. I still have the first egg carton flower piece that my girls made – over 10 years ago. It still looks amazing. I blow the hair dryer on it to dust it off every once in a while. I really hope you enjoy making egg carton flowers and especially these gorgeous egg carton daffodils.
Check out our lovely egg carton flower bouquet
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