Crafte Diem: Egg Carton Flowers

~Crafte Diem (seize the craft!) is a bi-weekly feature showcasing a craft tutorial~

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:

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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

Step One

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Cut the egg cups out of the carton.
[I actually used cups from two different types cartons – some have square bottoms and some have round – I personally like the round a lot better]

Step Two

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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.]

Step Three

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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.]

Step Four

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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!

ps – this is what all my flowers looked like once they were all beaded!
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Step Five

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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)!

Step Six

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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!)

33 Responses

  1. Jewel says:

    Hey Laura,

    What a great idea, they turned out really cute. A garland of them might be interesting …

  2. Julie Henderson says:

    So pretty! I always gravitate to upcycled loveliness. You could also just simply paint the carton flowers w/ acrylic in your desired color. Yeah, I agree that Anthro is such a great inspiration source, though I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything there. Three years ago, we were living in San Antonio & visited the the Anthro there, where the decor display was this profusion of happy funky flowers made from water bottles, all cut & spray-painted, & stylized. :-)

    • Laura says:

      Hello Julie! I’m so glad you like the flowers :) and painting them with acrylic paint is a wonderful idea – it never occurred to me before but I’ll have to try it for the next batch!! Also, I could live inside Anthro. I’m always snapping pictures for craft ideas whenever I visit!

  3. gio says:

    bellissime ….brava Laura …grazie della condivisione
    gio
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  4. Luiza Comin says:

    Também faço flores com caixas de ovos, mas nunca usei corante, ficaram bonitas, também vou tentar fazer desse jeito, já pintei com tinta para tecido e ficaram ótimas. Beijo

    [English Translation: I also make flowers with egg cartons, but never used dye, were beautiful, I will also try to do it this way, now painted with fabric paint and looked great. kiss]

  5. Linda Pike says:

    Laura, would the egg cartons that come in colors work just as well? I’ll have to tell my craft guru about this for all the different groups she teaches!

    • Laura says:

      Linda – do you mean the Styrofoam ones? I don’t see why they wouldn’t work, as long at you like that look. I liked the more neutral tones of the cardboard, but I think the bright pastels of the Styrofoam would be really pretty too, especially for Spring/Easter :) Please let me know if you have any more questions, and thanks for the comment :D

  6. Cute idea! I’m constantly going through egg cartons.

    Pinned your Tutorial here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/444730531924064638/
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    • Laura says:

      Thanks! I’ve got another egg carton flower project planned, but I’m going to save it for spring, when flowers are more in season ;)

  7. Glaucia says:

    lindo criativo 100% reciclalvel ameiiiiii.

  8. Mirta says:

    Laura las flores que publicaste, son preciosas, si no es mucha molestia me enviarías otros trabajos que hagas!!!!! POR FAVOR??? Gracias y cariños

    • Laura says:

      Mirta – I’m really glad you like the flowers. (Me alegra mucho que te gustan las flores) Hopefully I’ll have some new tutorials up soon. (espero tener algunos nuevos tutoriales hasta pronto) Happy New Year! (feliz año nuevo)

  9. Amy W says:

    Wow. These are so lovely!! I love how simple they look and are to make! Please stop by my link party and share.

    http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2014/02/link-it-or-lump-it-party-no-24.html
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    • Laura says:

      Thanks Amy! They really are a simple project, and the best part is there are so many different ways to use them, plus different variations to try. You stick with super simple dyed egg cartons with no beads, or go for acrylic paints and really get crafty with :) Anyway, thanks for the love – am stopping by your link party now!

  10. Shelly says:

    This is really cute and creative!!! I’m pinning this one for sure! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!

    Shelly
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    • Laura says:

      Thanks so much Shelly! I’ve been enjoying your site since I came across it too – I think the Burlap Wreath you recently posted is very cute :)

  11. evgenia says:

    Very creative idea, and does not coast much. Good project for mix media class!

  12. Karen says:

    Love the idea. I wonder if Easter Egg dye would give deeper colors.

  13. VAUTHIER says:

    Bonjour, est-il possible d’acheter cette cascade de fleurs dans les mêmes tons ? Pouvez-vous la réaliser sur commande ? Je suis intéressée

  14. Anne Young says:

    I loved the flowers cascading down in the photo.

  15. Hallo! ich habe dieses Bild gesehen und es für eine tolle Idee gefunden, sehr Krativ und wollte wissen aus welchen Material es gefertig wurde. Ich hätte nie gedacht dass es aus Eierkarton gemacht ist – es so toll dekorativ aus, ich dacht es wurde aus Papier irgendwelche Schmetterlinge oder Blüten gebastelt und angemalt aus bunten Papier gebastelt. Ich finde so etwas toll. ich versuche es mal nach zu machen. Danke!

    • Laura Mason says:

      Hallo! Ich bin so froh, dass Sie das Projekt mochten! Vielen Dank!

      And please excuse if my German is incorrect – I don’t know much German so I had to use Google Translate :)

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