Unless your family is vegan, it’s likely that you have some egg cartons lying around your home, ready to head to the dump. Instead of leaving this trash by the curb, turn it into something beautiful. Egg cartons are rigid, but still pliable, so they make a great arts and crafts material. Little kids can use them as a sculpture medium and make some flashy masks or abstract art.

One easy project is making egg carton roses. This craft is even appropriate for bigger children who are old enough to use sturdy scissors and a hot-glue gun. If you just use the plain grey cartons, the resulting flowers look almost as if they’re made of clay. However, you can paint the roses any color of your choosing. You can even make several flowers to decorate mirrors or picture frames, or you can create a mobile.

For this project, you will need:

  • Clean empty egg cartons
  • Scissors
  • A hot-glue gun
  • Paint, glitter or any other materials you choose for decoration


  1. Separate each cup of an empty egg carton with your scissors.
  2. Slice each corner of a cup so the sides of the cup are only attached to one another by the bottom of the cup. Round out each side of the cup so that they are petal-shaped.
  3. Repeat Step 2 with another cup.
  4. Repeat Step 2 with a third cup, but make the petals smaller and roll them so they are bud-shaped.
  5. Hot-glue the three cups inside one another, with the third cup in the very middle, so they create a rose.
  6. Make several roses and hand-paint or spray-paint them if you want them to be a different color. Leaving the flowers grey creates a rustic clay-like look. White paint will make them look similar to porcelain. Bronze and silver paint will of course make your roses look as if they are made of metal.

Some people like using these roses as decoration for picture frames or mirrors. Simply hot-glue the flowers to whichever surface you wish to cover. You can also hang the roses off of a coat hanger or wooden dowels to make a mobile. Another idea is to cut a small hole in the bottom of each rose and then insert a Christmas-tree light into the hole. Repeat these steps with an entire strand of lights and you’ll be left with whimsical “fairy” lights. These lights look particularly nice with roses decorated with bits of glitter.

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