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Egg Box Flowers

Easy step by step instructions showing how to make your own upcycled flowers by recycling cardboard egg boxes

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This is an easy project that even the kids can do. There is so much we can do with all the things we usually throw away, so why not make mom some lovely recycled egg box flowers for mother's day!

paper egg box flowers

What you need to make upcycled egg box flowers:

  • Old egg boxes or egg trays
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Red and yellow acrylic paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife

Step 1

Find two nice clean egg trays to use for your project.

paper cardboard egg boxes

Step 2

We are going to cut up our egg trays in various ways. Start by cutting out squares from the trays. Make about 6 of these. You can use a craft knife or a scissors to cut these out.

cut paper egg box

Step 3

We need to cut out another 6 squares from our egg box, but this time we need to turn the tray upside down and cut out the shape below. You will see as you look at your egg tray there are many different ways to cut out different designs from the egg boxes.

Also, not all egg trays are made the same, so if yours does not look exactly the same, don't stress, I am sure you will be able to find interesting designs to cut out!

cut flower design from egg tray

Step 4

Now, using a scissors, carefully cut away the excess card from the sides until we have a four petal flower.

egg box flower design cut

Step 5

If you keep trimming away the petals of the last flower, you will get thinner inserts for your flowers like the following picture. We need to cut about four of these out. We are trying to make flowers that are all different and unique, and this is why we are cutting out so many different shapes from our paper egg trays.

egg tray flower design cut

Step 6

After we have a variety of shapes to choose from, we are going to place some of the flowers into others to see the various designs we can come up with.

fit paper flower designs together fit paper flower designs together

Step 7

Once we have made up our various designs we are going to paint our petals in red and yellow using the paintbrush and our acrylic paint. I have painted the inside petals in yellow and the ones that are going on the outside in red, but you can paint them in any colour you like.

paint recycled cardboard egg boxes paint recycled paper egg trays

Step 8

We are now going to make a small hole in the base of each set of petals to put the pipe cleaner through for the stem. Put your inner petal inside the flower and then push a pipe cleaner through the middle of the egg box petals to hold it all together.

pipe cleaners push pipe cleaner through recycled paper petals

Step 9

Once you have your pipe cleaner half way through your egg box flowers, gently fold the top of the pipe cleaner so that you have a twirl at the top. This will prevent the pipe cleaner from coming out and creates a pretty stamen for your flowers.

pipe cleaner through paper egg tray flower pipe cleaner holds upcycled flower together

Step 10

Once all your flowers are painted and you have put the pipe cleaners in you are ready to do your upcycled flower arrangement.

upcycled egg box flowers

Step 11

All that remains now is to find a nice vase and cut up some green leaves to place between your flowers to add clolour and body to the upcycled flowers. This means that even in winter you can have stunning flowers on your desk as there is always some green in the garden but not much colour!

paper egg box flowers

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