Friday, January 10, 2014

Recycled Egg Carton Flower Crown

Silkworm and I have been experiencing symptoms of flower withdrawal. What with it being the chilly flower-forbidding season of winter, we are no longer surrounded with colorful plants to pick at will and chain together to make crowns. But, we did have egg cartons at our disposable, and thus an unconventional alternative was formulated.



Ingredients
2+ egg cartons
Cardboard (at least one dimension of 16 inches long)
Paint
Paintbrush
Velcro


Step One: Cut out 12 flowers from each egg carton, making 24 in total. To do this, cut along the dotted edges in the photo below as closely corresponding to the type of egg carton you're using. Then shape them however you'd like.



Step Two: Paint each flower. Keep in mind that you'll be stacking them to make layered flowers in the next step, so perhaps paint sets of two or three flowers in fading shades of a color. Also, if you'd like some to look like leaves, paint them green. Wait for them to dry before moving on.

Step Three: Stack your flowers. Glue one flower in another, and glue another into the pair you just made, if you'd like. Let them dry while continuing to Step Four.

Step Four: Cut one strip of 2-inch-wide cardboard big enough to wrap in around your head, plus a few inches for the Velcro in Step Six.

Step Five (optional): Paint the strip of cardboard green if you want to hide the cardboard color, otherwise it may show through the flowers in the end, which is perfectly fine. Let it dry completely before moving on.

Step Six: Attach a strip of the soft half of Velcro to what you'll call the top of your cardboard strip, the side you'll also be gluing your flowers onto. On the opposite side, attach a strip of the scratchy half of Velcro. You can also use Velcro circles or squares for this, but strips make the crown adjustable. If your Velcro is not the sticky-backed kind, use glue (and possibly reinforce the sticky kind with glue as well).

Step Seven: Make your crown base by sticking the Velcro together. Then start gluing your flowers on as tightly squished together as you can get them for a more full look. Let dry.

Don your crown, Your Royal Majesty of egg carton flowers! Take pride in that no living flowers were harmed in the making of your circlet. Frolic in the fields of hibernating perennials and wait patiently for their return.

4 comments:

  1. This is a very cute idea. I've been having flower withdrawal myself, actually. I've been hanging out in the fake floral sections of the craft store longer than usual lately.

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    1. Thank you! Oh, I know what you mean. It's like a little pretend greenhouse! I especially love the real plants for sale arranged in Lowe's or Home Depot where the ferns make you feel like you're in the rainforest.

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  2. This is such a great idea! I love the colours you used :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! I planned for much brighter colors, but I liked that they turned out like this instead after all.

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