This Easter, my husband and I made something out of “nothing”. In modern language that’s called “upcycling”, I believe. 😉
I had seen some ideas to make good use out of old egg cartons. We had lots of them and I do not like to waste things. The garbage pile in the world is already tall enough, anyways.
For the flower wreath we used:
- 5 egg cartons (each for 6 eggs)
- 1 old straw wreath (substructure from our last christmas wreath)
- poster paint
- 30 pin board pins
- scissors or a cutter knife
- From the egg carton we cut out the little dents that held the eggs and grossly gave them a flower shape. (Makes 30 flower blanks)
- Then, we painted the outside of the flower blanks with green poster paint. If you wish, you can use different shades of green. Let those dry over night.
- On the next day, we painted the inside of the flowers with poster paint. We used different colours, as you can see. Time to get creative! Let them dry over night, again.
- Finally we pinned the hand-made flowers with pin board pins onto the straw wreath. Originally, I have seen versions where people cut out a cardboard circle and painted it green before the flowers had been attached to it with hot glue. Then you would need less flowers for the same diameter. The reason I opted for the pin board pins is, that you can take the flowers off and re-decorate the wreath during the different seasons.
For the chickens we used:
- egg cartons (one 6-egg-box makes 2 chickens)
- poster paint
- snippets of scrapbooking paper
- scissors and a cutter knife
- In the middle of a 6-pack egg carton are two tips that tower up to the lid, when the box is closed. We need to cut out each tip with one egg-holder dent (one of the 6 dents which held the egg) attached to it. Those will become the bodies for our two chickens.
- Paint the chicken blanks with a colour of your choice and let them dry over night.
- Take the scrapbooking snippets and cut out the combs and the beaks for the chickens. We took each shape double and folded it in the middle.
- Take the cutter knife and cut a thin slot into the top of each painted chicken blank.
- Fold the comb over the beak and stick then into the slot together.
- Now you can decorate the little basket that is built from the egg-dent at the back of each chicken.
To give everything a more delicate touch we created little cherry blossoms out of kleenex, pink chalk plus a bit of thin wire and added them to the mix.Happy creating and much love, Steffi