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I finished this egg carton flower project the weekend before last, took all my photos, and I completely ran out of time to blog about it. With my new job, life has been a little hectic. Even though it’s only 16 hours a week, it’s definitely an adjustment. And I work afternoons, so whatever I don’t get done before work pretty much waits until the next days, as my evenings are devoted to dinner and hanging out with my mister. Which isn’t a bad thing, just something that I need to get used to.
Anyway, you might remember this picture that I posted on twitter and facebook:
This is an Anthropologie window display. I love visiting Anthropologie – I have to say I rarely buy anything, but it is a treat for my eyes and gives me lots of ideas for DIY projects and home decoration. When I saw this display and realized it was made from egg cartons, I really wanted to make something similar for my apartment. It’s simple, gorgeous and provides a great way to upcycle something basic into something beautiful! So I started saving the cups from egg cartons. Then I bought some cloth stem wire from Joann’s, got out my food coloring and hot glue gun and went to work. I ended up with this:
Egg Carton Flowers Tutorial
Supplies (scroll to the end to purchase)
- 1 egg carton
- Food coloring, water and container
- Seed beads
- White glue
- Cloth stem wire (1 packet contains 12 stems)
- Jewelry Pliers
- Hot glue gun
Cut V shapes into the sides of the cups and then round the tops to create petals.
[For the square bottom cups I cut a V above each corner and had four petals as you can see above, but for the round bottom cups I only cut three Vs and thus had three petals.]
Dye your egg cups! I dyed mine blue and purple and used food coloring mixed with water. For one cup of water, I used almost half a bottle of food coloring. You can experiment with the amount of food coloring you use. Just start with a few drops and work your way up. Soak the egg cups in the dyed water for a minute or two, then set out on cardboard or paper towels to dry.
[When the cups are wet it’s very hard to tell what color they will turn out to be – you really have to let them dry to be able to tell.]
Now you’re ready to add beads, if you want. Since I am displaying my flowers in vases, I wanted them to look like actual flowers with a center area. Squeeze a dollop of white glue in the center of the cup and cover with beads – and don’t worry, the glue dries clear of course!
Curl one end of each stem wire and bend it at a 90 degree angle to the rest of the wire. Then, hot glue those stems! Squeeze some hot glue onto the bottom of each cup, smoosh the curled end of the stem wire on top, and set upside down to dry (they dry really quickly)!
Display these beautiful babies around your house and enjoy!
And, if you wanted a different spin on this tutorial, this would make a really beautiful garland or hanging wall art like the Anthropologie display. After dying, you could string your egg cups on twine or floral wire. I totally would have made a hanging wall art display, but currently I have nowhere to put such a display, my apartment being teeny tiny. Someday I think I’ll make one for my craft room. Someday meaning, someday when I actually have a craft room. Right now I have a craft shelf and a craft desk – he he!
Enjoy your weekend, and I hope you have fun with the flowers! xx
Want to buy supplies? Check out the list below! (you don’t need all the different seed bead sets on the list, but I wanted to include some different color options!)