Egg Carton Flowers

My two year old loves rainbows and flowers so Planting a Rainbow was a great book for us to read together. It a simple story about planting and growing flowers.  The vibrant illustrations of flowers in every color of the rainbow are our favorite part of the book.

We did a craft that I remember doing as a kid. All you need is an egg carton, some pipe cleaners, and some paint. First I cut apart the egg carton.
Then we painted them.  Drew chose to use his fingers and a couple different colors.
Lainey chose red (what else?) and a paint brush.
Then changed her mind and just went ahead and used her hands.
My husband was home (he's usually not there when we do our projects and that's the way I like it.  He worries too much about making a mess.)  I forced invited him to participate.  I think it's good for the kids to see him doing things like this.  When we were finished Drew said, "I love making flowers with you, Dad."
We painted the egg cartons inside and out and when they dried I poked a small hole in the bottom and threaded a pipe cleaner through the bottom.  I bent the end of the pipe cleaner over a little so it wouldn't come back through.
 Then I put them all in a vase.
Um, yeah.  Didn't look so good.  I tied a ribbon around the top to make them sturdier and put them in a smaller vase.

We did this as part of Tinkerlab's Creative Challenge.  Lots of great kid bloggers will be sharing their creative uses for egg cartons.  It's a great place to go to figure out how to use up all those leftover cartons from your Easter Eggs!

Here are the participating blogs:

Linking to delicateCONSTRUCTION, Learning Laboratory,  Crayon Freckles, Ginger Snap Crafts, ABC and 123, Red Ted Art, 733, Mom on Timeout. Rainbow Connection, Nurture Store, Someday Crafts, The CSI Project
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  1. We used to do these at the after-school program I ran for Mother's Day and would decorate plastic water bottles for the vases (using tissue paper and a glue mixture). Love it. (Jen-part of KBN)

  2. So beautiful! And love the book you chose to go with them. Gorgeous!!


  3. Your flowers are awesome! Thanks for sharing this idea. It is perfect for spring!

  4. Those flowers are very pretty - I love the bright colors!

    Thanks for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

  5. Very pretty I love the colours on them (we have a green obsession here every time we're asked for it!)

  6. What a simple and great idea. I have been teaching my son the alphabet and next week we are on the letter F and I think these will be perfect so thank you.

  7. these turned out gorgeous! i love how the whole family got in on the action! i'd love it if you linked it up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party!

  8. The flowers are gorgeous! My husband is exactly the same way, LOL.

  9. (And Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!!)

    Maggy & Alissa

  10. Rigtig god ide som jeg vil bruge sammen med mine dagpleje børn

  11. These are so fun! Going to give it a go with my kiddos today!

  12. These are great! We recently read Planting A Rainbow for the first time , I bet my girls would like to check it out again and make some flowers :)

    Thanks for linking to the Rainbow Connection!

  13. These are so cute! I'm pinning these :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  14. I also love that Daddy got into it :)

  15. Your bouquet is just lovely! What a wonderful way to upcycle!

  16. I love these. I've been saving egg cartons knowing we could use them, and now I have a good start on how to use them. Thanks so much for sharing.


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