Learn how to make these colorful egg carton flowers to create a garland for your Christmas mantel. It looks great with fresh or faux greenery but is pretty enough on its own.
This tutorial for egg carton flowers is super easy. You do have to save as many cartons as you need for your string of lights. In my case, I used a 70 bulb string of lights, which more than filled our large mantel. That meant having six egg cartons to save.
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How to Make Egg Carton Flowers
We do eat a lot of eggs but if you don't perhaps you know someone who would gladly give your their cartons.
This is an example of the type of egg carton that was used for this project. I'm not sure if the styrofoam egg cartons would work with this project. Mostly because I would think that they would be hard to paint, and I like the rustic look of the cardboard.
To start, cut out all of the individual egg cups.
Next, cut a V shape at each of the four corners.
It's already starting to look like a flower.
All you need to do now is round off the pointed edges to create rounded petals.
Poke a hole in the middle from the bottom and place it over the lightbulb. The lightbulb will now serve as the center of the flower.
Test for size. If a pencil doesn't work, try a phillips head screwdriver.
Creating an Egg Carton Flower Garland
Spray paint your flowers in the color of your choice. You can do this before you poke the holes. I did some before, and some after. If you don't have any spray paint on hand you could use regular acrylic paint from your craft supplies stash.
Then simply fit the middle of the flower onto your string of lights. They fit nice and snug, so I didn't even bother with my hot glue gun.
This egg carton flower garland looks great with this fresh cedar, however, I think it's so pretty with our without fresh or faux greens.
I really like how it adds a nice pop of red to our mantel. I could see this flower garland framing an archway, or around a door frame. Of course, you can make it your own, by changing the color, adding glitter, or using different colored lights.
One of many craft projects which cost next to nothing to make. Most of you probably have or have access to egg cartons, an extra string of lights, and paint hanging around the house.
All that is left is a little bit of your time and you can have this adorable egg carton flower garland for any festive event.
- Cardboard egg cartons
- Red spray paint
- String of Christmas tree mini lights
- Cut out all of the individual egg compartments.
- Cut a V shape at each of the four corners.
- Round off the pointed edges.
- Poke a hole in the middle from the bottom to it over the lights.
- Test for size. If a pencil doesn't work, try a Phillips head screwdriver.
- Spray paint your beautiful egg carton flowers in the color of your choice.
- Push the egg carton flowers onto the bulbs on the string of lights.
- Hang it with fresh cedar garland or alone for a bright and cheery mantel.
Make it your own, by changing the color, adding glitter, or using different colored lights.