Isn't this egg carton cactus craft just the cutest little crafty cactus you've ever seen? The credit goes to my seven year old's teacher, who is quite the crafty guy himself. I will most definitely be showering him with the complements on this one, because I just love it! And my son was quite proud and excited to bring it home, which made the whole thing just one happy story, as well as providing me with something to share with you during a very busy week!
This cactus is actually quite small, as they only used the tips of the egg carton, though one could make is just a bit bigger, depending on the type of egg cartons you have. I'm dreaming of a whole bunch of egg carton cactuses, or maybe even some colorful sculptures!
- recycled egg cartons
- recycled cardboard for the base
- glue, high tack craft glue for the kids and possibly hot glue for a parent to help them stick it all together
- tissue paper, orange or yellow
- tiny rocks
Cut up your egg carton, such that the square portions are the portions to be used. Cut lots of little square pieces and have the kids glue two together with craft glue. Once dry, paint the little pieces, and once dry, use hot glue to assemble your cactus. Have kids make tiny orange cactus flowers with tissue paper and adhere with glue. Glue a ring of rocks around your cactus and sit back and admire your new not so prickly friend!
And just for the record this is supposed to be a Sabras cactus (known as prickly pear in the United States) which grows wild in Israel in huge patches. Israelis love to eat the fruit of the cactus which is in season right now!