3-D Recycled Poppy Bouquet

Olivera Bratich

Did you know that most egg cartons are not recyclable by the city of Columbus? Luckily, they have plenty of re-uses! Clean egg cartons make for great storage containers and, for this project, you'll turn them into a beautiful spring bouquet. The instructions are to make a small bouquet in a document-sized frame, but this is an easy project to scale up and get the whole family involved. Just find a larger picture frame and save those cartons!

  • One empty cardboard egg carton
  • Acrylic paints in 2-4 coordinating colors
  • Sponge brushes
  • Buttons
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Ribbon
  • Tacky glue
  • Old newspapers
  • A piece of colored construction paper or scrapbook paper
  • An 8.5-by-11-inch picture frame
  • Double-stick tape

Lay out newspapers on the work surface. This project can get a little messy!

Cut the lid off your egg carton. Reuse the lid as your paint tray.

Depending on the material of the carton, hand tear or use scissors to cut out the individual egg cups.

Use sponge brushes and acrylic paints to color 6-8 cups. Sponge brushes work especially well for this task as they can easily push paint into all the crevices of the egg cup. Set aside to dry.

As the egg cups are drying, choose a picture frame and remove the glass. (This is a great project to do if you've broken the glass on a frame recently!) Use double-stick tape to secure a piece of colorful construction paper or scrapbook paper to the inside back surface of the frame.

When the painted eggs cups are dry, arrange them inside the frame like a bouquet of flowers. Glue a button in the middle of each cup and glue each cup to the construction paper.

Cut green pipe cleaners in half and arrange as the stems for your flowers. Apply a thin layer of glue to each stem and secure to the construction paper.

Cut an 8-inch length of ribbon and tie into a bow. Cut off any excess ribbon. Glue the bow to the bottom of the stems.

Hang or display your framed bouquet and enjoy the spring season!

OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.