Last spring... yes. I did just say that? I was looking over my friend Carol's blog, The Red Painted Cottage and she had a very fun post where she visited Magnolia Market. The one owned by Joanna and Chip Gaines, the hosts of The Fixer Upper.
As I was looking through her lovely tour my eye spotted something near the window. It was a decoration made from egg cartons.
Well you know the hoarder in me just jumped for joy! Finally I had found something useless to repurpose! And so began my adventure to collect as many egg cartons as I could in order to make this project which you are about to see. Today I am going to show you how make easy fall flowers using egg cartons.
If you follow me at all, you have seen my attempts with Paper Rolls made into hearts and other strange things.
I cut them, separating each egg holder shell like this.
This is how they look when separated. This is fine because I wanted a natural look, no symmetry or perfection needed here.
Once they were cut, I grabbed some acrylic paint mixed in whatever colors I had, this is not chemistry after all, and had fun painting them. Did I get a bit carried away?
I then took each one and poked a hole in it using a screwdriver because it was handy. You can use something more refined, like a knife or a scissor.
Then placing three, one on top of the other I pulled twine through them.
Here is a better photo. You can see that they are not placed all evenly but are twisted so that the edges stick out.
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The egg shells that were on the edge were really half shells. They were painted to look like leaves and I inserted them upside down, like this. And some I just put on the bottom right side up.
Finally I tied each string to a piece of wood and I was done.
Here you can see how pretty it looks hanging up against the wall with the morning sun coming in through the window.
Each egg shell is twisted so that it looks like petals of a flower.
I mixed the paints to mimic the colors of fall, warm reds and cooper.
Why it looks like a vine of flowers climbing down my wall.
And so it hangs on my wall. I tried hanging it in front of a window, it looked nice but the photo was horrible so I'm going to spare you that.
I love how each flower is unique. And they can be painted any color at all to reflect your mood or the season.
Thanks to Carol of The Red Painted Cottage who gave me the inspiration for this project. I liked her post so much that the idea stayed with me for two seasons and was finally able to realize my vision. I have to admit it came out a lot better then I expected.
Well, all of my hoarding has really paid off, don't you think? I made this beautiful wall hanging... and I was friendly to the environment by repurposing these egg cartons in a constructive way.
And so I have shown you how to make easy fall flowers using egg cartons. It was a super easy project with lots of impact. Do you hoard anything or am I the only strange one?
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I'm Mary and I live in beautiful Greece where I like to repurpose and upcycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece.