Homemade flowers

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When it's March and you desperately want to see some flowers but instead this is what it looks like outside your window, it's clearly time to take matters into your own hands.

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So we did. These flowers were made yesterday using egg cartons, pipe cleaners, and tissue paper.

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We actually painted the egg carton cups a few days ago (must've known matters would get dire soon).

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I poked holes in the bottom of the cups with scissors.

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Then Maia and I threaded pipe cleaners through the holes. We used single pipe cleaners for some of the flowers and doubles twisted around each other for others.

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I tied a loose knot with the pipe cleaners at the base and also inside the egg carton cup, to hold it in place.

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We then took tissue paper circles, gathered them with our fingers, and glued them into the cups.

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Like so.

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And put them all in a vase.

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And admired our new, colorful spring flowers. Our table is just a little more cheerful now. And I think it'll help keep me happy until I'm able to bring in some flowers from the garden.


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15 Comments

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    Scented Sweetpeas
    March 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Gorgeous flowers there, you should spray some flower scent on them :-)

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    Mary Michaud
    March 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Love it. LOVE IT.

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    Melissa
    March 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!! I like the edition of the egg carton cup! The neon food color was just at our local grocery store in Ohio! Maybe you could e-mail McCormick to find what local stores of yours carry the neon colors. Good Luck! Thanks for your great ideas—they are great reminders to be creative!!!

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    The Orchard
    March 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Another fabulous idea which I will be trying out soon.
    Thanks,
    Tricia

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    Carrie at Rhubarbsky
    March 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Awesome.
    We’re making some right now! Thanks.

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    Lisa
    March 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    How ironic – I’ve had an egg carton sitting on the counter for days now because I just KNEW there was a craft the kids and I could do! Voila!
    While most of our snow has melted, we still have the blah, no-sunshine days — this is a beautiful addition for around the home.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    michelle
    March 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    so pretty!

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    jbe
    March 3, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Just tried this — very cute, easy craft!

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    Donna
    March 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    “Like so!” So pretty!

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    Maria
    March 3, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Jean, we are definitely going to do this project! Goodness knows we need SPRING around here.

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    Lucia
    March 4, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Very cheery! I have quite a large stash of egg cartons…I think some of them will be turned into flowers very soon…thanks for the idea and tutorial.

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    Angie
    March 4, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Neat! Every year our daycare has teacher appreciation week and one of the day themes is “Bring a flower for your teacher.” This is the perfect project for that day. Thanks for sharing.

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    Kelly
    March 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Love this idea! I will definitely be doing this soon. We need some flowers too, since our outside flowers are still weeks away.

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    natalie
    March 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    The bouquet in our classroom looks fabulous! Thanks:)

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    Craftylocks
    April 9, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Oh I love it, especially using the egg carton as part of the flower. Perhaps you could also take the pipe cleaner up through the slit and then over bunches of tissue paper and back through the slit to hold the tissue paper in place without glue?
    I might try that for a mothers day bunch of flowers:-).
    Thanks,
    Sarah (aka Craftylocks)

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