Monday, April 9, 2012

Spring Flowers {made with egg cartons}

We are excited to be participating once again in Tinkerlab's Creative Challenge! This month the challenge was to create with egg cartons

We are loving all things Spring at our house right now... so we tried out a new-to-me flower painting/creating technique and it was a smashing success!

Materials Needed:
  • egg carton (clean/empty)
  • scissors
  • paint
  • tape/glue
  • markers
  • pipe cleaners (optional)
  • cardstock
How to create (our version of) egg carton flowers:
  1. Cut out your egg cartons into little pieces. Then snip them all the way around to make them look like flowers.
  2. Dip the egg cartons into your paint and then smear them around.
  3. Press onto your paper to make egg carton flower prints.
  4. Let the prints (and egg carton pieces dry)- see below
  5. Tape/glue egg cartons onto the prints- see below
  6. Add some stems using markers (first picture above)... or just add pipe cleaner stems to your egg carton flowers and display them in a vase (see below)

You can make a layered flower creation to display in your home art gallery or a few egg carton flowers to place in a little vase... and this will simply add a little Spring to your home. 

I loved the vibrant colors in this activity and my son loved how his egg carton flowers made fireworks on his hands. I love how simple things delight 4-year-olds.

Things we learned while we created...
  • what happens when we combine different colors
  • how to get really messy
  • names of new colors we didn't know before
  • snipping egg cartons isn't too hard... and is great for practicing beginning scissors skills
  • sometimes no matter how cool the painting tool is... hands are just the best

What have you created with an egg carton?

Make sure to stop by Quirky Momma to see the egg carton game I am sharing over there today too.

I am excited to be participating with so many awesome bloggers in this creative challenge. Check out their blogs by clicking on the different links below. I promise you will be amazed at all of the awesome ways to use egg cartons. If you want to share your own idea, head over to Tinkerlab and link up your idea in the creative challenge linky or come share it on our Facebook page! Happy creating!


Some of our past Creative Challenge entries:
Magazines: Hockey and Bowling!
Paper Bags: Angry Birds Game

Participating Blogs:
Glittering Muffins
Inspiration Laboratories
Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Living At The Whiteheads Zoo
Make, Do & Friend
Mama Mia's heart2heart
Messy Kids
Rainy Day Mum
Red Ted Art
Sun Hats & Wellie Boots
Teach Preschool
The Chocolate Muffin Tree
The Educators' Spin On It
The Golden Gleam
The Imagination Tree
Toddler Approved
Reading Confetti
Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers
The Outlaw Mom Blog
Mommy Labs
Child Central Station
Green Owl Art
Duck Duck Octopus
Train Up a Child
Growing A Jeweled Rose
Coffee Cups and Crayons
Ready. Set. Read!
Scribble Doodle and Draw
Carrots Are Orange
JDaniel4's Mom
Quirky Momma
A Mom With A Lesson Plan
Good Long Road


  1. Kristina, these are so beautiful! I can't wait to show my kids -- I know they'll want to try this right away.

    1. Thanks Rachelle!! and thanks for such a fun challenge! I always look forward to these! Can't wait for the next one.

  2. Oh my these are SERIOUSLY pretty! I LOVE THEM!


    1. Thanks Maggy. I get a little giddy myself when a project looks pretty AND was messy and fun too... it is so exciting!

  3. These are gorgeous, and they look like a blast to make! I want to do this with my little guys.

  4. The egg cartons made such great flower prints!

    1. Yes! They were so fun to print with. It was such a great squishy paint feeling as we pressed them too So awesome :)

  5. What a great Spring flower and a different way to create them I love the print part of it

  6. oooo, these are lovely, kristina! i want to make them myself! (oh, and maybe i'll invite my little one, too ;)

    1. I had just as much fun as my son did!! You should definitely try it :)

  7. Combining the prints with the egg carton flowers themselves is so clever!

    1. Thanks! We like things that pop out at our house, so it was fun when we came up with this!

  8. Beautiful! Love the 3D effect of the flower against the flower background.

  9. Love that the painting utensil becomes something beautiful as well!

  10. These are so pretty! Can't wait to try them with my little guy. Thanks!

  11. Very awesome posting and very great ideas. thanks a lot sharing for me.

  12. Your information very informative.I truly like your writing style. Thank you

  13. These came out great and are perfect for spring. Pinning! Vicky from

  14. We made this project today! Here's how ours turned out Thanks for the great ideas!!

  15. nice posting so wonderful and thanks sharing for me.

  16. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images and some interesting tips about related flowers.

  17. This idea simply amazing! Awesome and perfect for the kids! I really loved the materials you put to complete the features the flowers. We did an Egg Carton Color Sorting Activity game out of the same materials you used. You should check it out! :) Preschool Egg Carton Color Sorting Activity

  18. Love the flowers, my wife and kids made their own version using Yogurt Pots - We would love for you to have a go and let us know what you think


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