How about getting the kids busy making a simply sweet egg carton flower bouquet, just in time for Shavuot, or some other festive occasion? Egg carton flowers are so fun to make, and even if a child only has the patience to make a few, (which was the case here) with some skewers and craft foam, or felt, one can turn those flowers into something fabulous! (Of course older or more adventurous kids can make much larger and more intricate egg carton flowers as I shared with you last week, here)
- egg cartons
- green craft foam
- green felt
- a plastic container with a lid, this one held peanut butter
- some pretty fabric and a ribbon
- Egg carton flowers are made by cutting about the compartments of egg cartons and then using those to make flower shapes of all kinds. The flowers here were three layers, with the inner two layers made of the square bottom portion of the egg carton compartment.
- After flowers are painted and assembled, or assembled and painted, and set aside to dry, stick a skewer up the center of the flower and add a dab of glue to strengthen.
- Cover the stem of the flowers by wrapping a thin strip of green felt around them.
- Cut lots and lots of leaves from green craft foam, and using a hot glue gun manned by an adult, affix the leaves in a circular pattern to the base of the egg carton flower. You made need in some cases to affix leaf to both the flower and the skewer.
- Put a piece of styrofoam into your chosen container, and stick skewers into foam and affix with more hot glue or tape.
- Cover outside of container with a strip of fabric, affixed most easily with hot glue, and tie a pretty ribbon around the container.
- Cover the opening of the container with lots of green craft foam leaves, and voila!