Egg Carton Flower Craft

A fun flower craft for kids, these Egg Carton Flowers are perfect for kids to make for Mother’s Day – especially when gifted in these cute yogurt jar vases.

A super simple flower craft for kids using recycled materials, these Egg Carton Flowers are a cute gift idea for kids to make for Mother's Day or a teacher appreciation gift

Egg Carton Flower Craft

A classic kids’ craft for Mother’s Day or Spring, these egg carton flowers are perfect for kids to customize and be creative with – and all it will cost you is a few pipe cleaners and dollops of paint.

What I love about this craft is that it’s easy for kids of any age to make, so if you have a mixed age group, everyone can participate! Older kids can be more ornate or create bigger bouquets, but they will still enjoy this craft just as much as the youngest members of your crew.

While our egg carton flowers were drying, I took this classic craft a step further and had the kids make their own vases. We used glass yogurt containers and glued on little squares of tissue paper to suggest the look of stained glass. You can alternatively use plastic cups or containers, but I just held the glue-covered glass container for my youngest daycare kids and had them stick the little squares of tissue paper wherever they wanted.

I only wish I had taken pictures of the different bouquets the kids had made. It was a busy day in our daycare, so the only example that I have pictures of are these egg carton flowers made by my 3 year old.

 

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Egg Carton Flower Materials

  • Egg Cartons
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Yogurt Jars <– we used glass jars but plastic will work
  • Tissue Paper, cut into small 1″ squares
  • Scissors <– these are the ones we have and they have lasted for years in our daycare, and unlike some other safety scissors – they actually cut things!
  • Glue

Tip: if you don’t have egg cartons, cupcake liners can be used instead. The yogurt jars can also be replaced with any clean, recycled jar.

I highly recommend grabbing a couple of these sturdy plastic lunch trays. I use these for almost all of our craft or kitchen activities, as well as in our Montessori practical life activities. Ours have lasted for over 6 years and are still going strong, plus they are so great for containing messes and allowing the kids to set a project to the side while it dries (or if you have to clear off the table for supper).

How to Make Egg Carton Flowers

Cut the egg carton up so that each “egg cup” is separated. You can cut the cups up further to suggest petals, or leave them as-is.

Set out the paint, paintbrushes and egg cartons and have the children paint their egg carton flowers however they’d like.

As the egg carton flowers are drying, prepare your yogurt jar vases.

Cover the vases with white glue (we found using a paint brush dipped in white glue the easiest way to do this) and then have the children cover the jar with the tissue paper squares.

Allow the vases to dry completely.

When the egg carton flowers are dry, poke a hole in the base using scissors or a craft knife.

Have the children poke their pipe cleaners through the hole and then squish or bend them down to secure in place.

Trim down the pipe cleaners, as desired, and have the children arrange their flowers in their dried vases.

 

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How to make egg carton flowers using leftover recycled materials - a great Mother's Day craft for kids or a thoughtful teacher appreciation gift kids can make

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Yield: 12 Flowers

Egg Carton Flower Craft

Egg Carton Flower Craft

How to make egg carton flowers using leftover recycled materials - a great Mother's Day craft for kids or a thoughtful teacher appreciation gift kids can make

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Egg Cartons
  • Paint
  • Pipecleaners
  • Yogurt Jars
  • Tissue Paper, cut into small 1" squares

Tools

  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. Cut the egg carton up so that each "egg cup" is separated. You can cut the cups up further to suggest petals, or leave them as-is.
  2. Set out the paint, paintbrushes and egg cartons and have the children paint their egg carton flowers however they'd like.
  3. As the egg carton flowers are drying, prepare your yogurt jar vases.
  4. Cover the vases with white glue (we found using a paint brush dipped in white glue the easiest way to do this) and then have the children cover the jar with the tissue paper squares.
  5. Allow the vases to dry completely.
  6. When the egg carton flowers are dry, poke a hole in the base using scissors or a craft knife.
  7. Have the children poke their pipe cleaners through the hole and then squish or bend them down to secure in place.
  8. Trim down the pipe cleaners, as desired, and have the children arrange their flowers in their dried vases.

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I hope your kids love getting to turn boring old recyclables into gorgeous bouquets – whatever the occasion!

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