I can't resist saving egg cartons so I thought I'd make a fall wreath to put a few of them to good use. If you haven't made an egg carton wreath you really must give it a try. They make a great family craft and the results are so pretty. Meanwhile, you've made use of something that usually goes in the trash. The directions are fairly straight forward: cut an egg carton into flowers and leaves, paint them, then glue onto a wreath shape.
Cut a wreath shape from the cardboard. I traced a small plate for the outside edge and a plastic lid for the inside. The diameter of my wreath is about 8 inches.
Paint the wreath brown and let it dry.
Cut flower shapes from the egg carton cups, and leaves from the flat areas. I cut the blue flowers from the tall spacers between the egg cups. I suggest an older child or adult do the cutting as it can be a bit of a chore. You might want to cut the flowers out ahead of time.
Paint the flowers and leaves with acrylic paint and let dry.
While the flowers are damp with paint they are fairly pliable so if you'd like to give them a little shaping give it a go, but once they are dry they are very sturdy.
Place the flowers and leaves in a pleasing way around the wreath and when you're happy with your design then glue them on.
The little flat flowers are cut from the very bottom of the egg cup.
I've been crocheting these round place mats and I thought the wreath looked so pretty on this one.
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Use these lovely images at Bicocacolor as inspiration to make your own painted fall leaf mandalas. What I love about this kind of project is that there is no right or wrong way to do it and it works so well for kids of all ages. This is a great family art project for the weekend, enjoy!