Thursday, March 7, 2013

Egg Carton Flower Craft

My son brought home a handmade flower from day care recently. (Well, really the day care sent it home; my son is too young to craft just yet.) But I still love it and I wanted to share it here on Beyond the Junkpile. It's an easy project that's a fun way to recycle with your kids.

You'll need:
Cut up your egg carton to separate each egg cup into individual tulip shaped pieces. Poke a hole in the centre of the egg cup at the very bottom of the well. Cut leaves and a gift tag sized rectangle from a piece of construction paper and cut one or two pieces of ribbon 3" to 5" long. Set aside paper pieces.

Pull the pipecleaner through the hole and create a knot on either side of the egg cup. Once you've secured the flower portion, add your leaves and tape them in place.

Decorate your gift tag rectangle with the artist's name, or dedicate it to a special recipient. Punch a hole in the paper near an edge, ideally where there's no artwork. Tie the tag to the pipecleaner with the ribbon.

If desired, decorate your flower with a little paint and add a few pretty stickers to your name tag. You could absolutely customize this project to suit your own tastes and available supplies.