Try-it Tuesday: Egg Carton Flower Tutorial

If eating eggs makes you feel crafty (and let’s face it, who doesn’t get in the mood for a little DIY after a nice omelet), then have I got the project for you!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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    • One egg crate (the most common colors are this neutral greige or purple, but I don’t have any purple in my house, so I went neutral…shocking, I know)
    • Glue gun + glue (sometimes, I feel really guilty using Glen the Glue Gun so much since I tend to talk about how ugly he is; it’s like those mean girls in movies who charm the nerdy guy so they can steal his math answers)
    • Scissors
    • Decorative beads of your choice

1. Cut up each individual “cup” of your egg carton. You’ll need two per flower:

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2. Cut a deep V into the “valley” between each of the points, like so:

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3. When all of your V cuts are made, round the edges of your points, so they look like this:

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4. Squeeze a generous glob of hot-glue onto the bottom flower layer, then press the top layer firmly into the bottom, holding until the glue has dried:

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5. Gently press your petals outward to open up your flower:

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6. Squeeze some more hot-glue into the center or your flower, and add your larger beads first (in my case, faux pearls from the kids’ jewelry section at Wally-World).

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7. More glue, and the rest of your beads later, you should have something like this:

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That’s it! You’re done! Whaaaat?!

Now…what to do with these cuties?

I’m not much of a trend-follower, but it’s impossible to look at anything in the blogosphere without gathering that cloches are huge right now. I just happened to have found an adorable version at Goodwill for $2, so I had a little fun with that:

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This is just the wooden base without the glass dome, but I think the contrast of the worn wood against the textured flowers and the subtle sparkle of the beads is so pretty.

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I really love neutrals. I do. But at heart, I’m a true color-girl, as you guys well know, so of course, I had to spray paint one of my flowers a deep teal (Rustoleum’s Dark Tide, in case you’re wondering), and plunk the whole thing down in my breakfast nook, which features this fabulous Pottery Barn fabric called Bettina.

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It works, no?

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I also remembered this lovely little vintage (Goodwill, of course) candlestick languishing unadorned inside my glass-front kitchen cabinet, and before I even knew what my hands were up to, I’d popped another flower on top.

And you know what? It worked too!

**Update: I wanted some sparkle in my guest bathroom, and these flowers seemed just right, so I took a little of this:

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    • Glitter
    • Wooden kabob skewers
    • 3:1 Elmer’s to water concoction
    • Sponge brush

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I gave the outside of my petals a quick brush with my glue mixture, then generously sprinkled them with glitter, tapping the flower against the bowl to remove the excess glitter.

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All glitzed up on the outside. I did the exact same glue + glitter process on the inside of my petals once the first round dried.

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I cut my skewers by making a notch with a pair of kitchen shears and then gently breaking them in half. (I did the same thing to the sharp tip as well).

Then I dabbed a little hot glue on the bottom of my flowers and held a skewer in place until it was dry enough to stand up straight.

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I already had this little creamer from Goodwill ($1), so I arranged my glitter flowers inside and added it to my guest bathroom shelf in preparation for my Feature Friday reveal.

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I love the touch of glamour they add without overwhelming the space.

So, tell me…will you be making these, and if so, where will you put them?

See you tomorrow for Wardrobe Wednesday. I’ve got round two of last week’s hair-do all ready for you!

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19 thoughts on “Try-it Tuesday: Egg Carton Flower Tutorial

  1. Abbie I love this idea! I work in a public library and we’re using the egg carton flowers for a seasonal display board! (You can never have too much glamour and glitz in a library, after all :)

  2. It’s me again. Just featured this today here and pinned on my Pinterest. Thanks for sharing at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :)

  3. Chellieke! I’m so sorry it took me a while to respond. Thank you for answering my question so well (I’m long-winded too, in case you hadn’t noticed, and I like thorough explanations). I had no idea about the different areas of the Netherlands thinking the way you mentioned. Too interesting!
    And I think the word you were looking for is a “diminutive”…adding something to the end of a word to make it “smaller.”
    How is Chellieke pronounced? Can you write it out phonetically?

  4. Hi, there! You’ve got so much creativity and I’m admiring them all. Can you share your creative posts at my Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

    Btw, it’s also pinned on Pinterest :)

  5. Okay, so I have to ask: if you’re not from Holland, where’d you get a cool name like Chellieke (and how do you pronounce it?). Oh, and I’m glad I made you snicker. I literally told my husband that I felt lame because I didn’t have anything funny in my tute today (I *had* been going to say something like, “For how ugly he is, Glen sure does get a lot of action,” but I didn’t think I could make that work in a clean way : )). And then I had to do a little editing and added that bit about Glen. Happy to know it paid off (and *I *totally cracked up at your description of reading my stuff to your husband while laughing and having him go, “Huh?!” I do that all the time!).
    Oh, and I love that you leave lots of comments. They make me happy. But what makes me even happier is that something the Lord worked in my life was a source of encouragement and inspiration to you. He is good. I live smack-dab in the heart of the Bible-belt, so I can Jesus it up with no fear of reprisal in real-life, and most people in America are too polite to say anything if they don’t like what I believe in blog-life, so I have a hard time imagining getting blatant flack for talking about my faith. Doesn’t sound fun, but I encourage you to stick with it. You never know when something you say will fall on listening ears and a soft heart!

    Okay, I’m done. : )

  6. Cute! I was totally laughing when I read your comment about Glen. I’m reading this in bed (it’s is 11.15 pm here now) and my husband is laying next to me reading one of his (way too complicated) philiosophy books, so of course he wants to know what I’m laughing at so I’m reading him part of your blog (and the part on Glen in tour headband post) but since I was snickering through it he was like ok..nevermind (he probably thinks I’m crazy at times, but ok..it made me laugh, so that’s always a good thing!

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