Thursday, January 20, 2011

Egg Carton Roses

Homemade Mamas love any craft that reuses would be trash
- we have never seen trash look so pretty!.
We thought the possibilities would be endless for these pretty egg carton roses found on about.com, especially with Valentine's Day just around the corner. They would look lovely topping a package, on a wreath, cards or embellishing other crafts. This would be a great craft to do with older children.

What you need:
  • cardboard egg carton
  • bowl of water
  • food coloring
  • scissors

Cut two cups from your egg carton (you will need two cups for each rose you want to make.
The edges of the cups can be slightly scalloped for a more realistic rose. Then soak the cups in water for about 5 minutes.
Cut a slit in one of the cups and open up the cup.
Now roll up the cup and pinch the bottom together to make the center of the rose.Put the center into the other cup and pinch the bottoms together to shape the outer petals of your rose.
It took us a little experamenting to figure out how to color the roses. The directions we found said to drop food coloring onto the rose. We found dropping food coloring and dribbling water on top gave us colors we liked. Painting the roses with water colors might work well too.
***this would be a great time to wear latex gloves!!***
We decided to make leaves to go with our blooms. We cut leaf shapes from the top of the egg carton.
Next we folded them in half and pinched the ends together and colored them with green food coloring.
Let the roses dry. We were too impatient to let them air dry so we put them in the oven at 175 degrees for several hours. A couple of the roses needed a drop of glue between the two egg cartons. Now your roses are ready!


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28 comments:

  1. Those are lovely. Hard to believe they are made out of egg cartons!

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  2. What a great idea and good use of egg cartons!

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  3. I was just trying to come up with something to do with an empty egg carton last night! This is great! I'd love for you to come link up at my party today: http://fastdaze.blogspot.com/2011/01/linky-fridaze-2.html

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  4. What a fabulous idea! I love a good recycling project and bonus points that it is so pretty!

    -Rochelle @ http://homesweethomebodies.blogspot.com

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  5. Cute!

    Question for ya...are you still using your homemade laundry detergent?

    How well does it work on stains?

    I have 2 boys and a husband who works in the automotive department. The only thing that works for us is Tide. I'm afraid to try something new lol.

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  6. Great egg carton project! Who would have thought, and love the idea of coloring them with food coloring! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  7. Great recycled project. These are darling! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase; I greatly appreciate it. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I'll be featuring this today. ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  8. Those are really awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  9. Those turned out fantastic!! I'm going to have to try them :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. Who would've thought that something made out of egg cartons would look so pretty. Love the idea! I've included your post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/01/weekly-favorites-for-january-23-2011.html

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  11. I just knew I was saving those egg crates for something! These roses are lovely...thanks for posting.

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  12. Those are SO fun! Such a great reuse activity.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I'd love for you to link up here today!
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/01/inspire-me-mondays-1.html

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  14. OMGosh, I love this!! Definitely need to bookmark this=) New followers!

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  15. Stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Thanks for linking up! Love this! I will be featuring it on my blog on Saturday! All credit and pictures linked back to you!

    http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

    Thanks!
    Sumo:)

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  17. Those are so pretty and creative, I love them! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

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  18. I love this project! I can never bring myself to buy craft materials, so I love the creative reuse

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  19. Just wanted to let you know that I featured it on FTF today. You can grab a featured button if you don't already have one! Thanks for linking!

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  20. Love it! Linking your tutorial in: http://www.squidoo.com/eggcarton

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  21. I love these flowers! They would be fun to do with kids. I featured them on my blog today. http://crazydazedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/12/flower-power.html

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  22. Sono bellissimi !!! Proverò a farli !

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