My toddler said it to me just today – those dream words. “Mommy, let’s paint together.” I know it’s these egg carton flowers that got him going… Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.
As an artist and avid crafter, I have done crafts with my younger siblings, nieces, total strangers at event and camps… and always dreamed of the day I’d craft with my own child.
But M tends to get upset sometimes when his hands get dirty. He loves wet, and doesn’t mind a bit of outdoorsy dirt, but when it comes to hands covered in paint, it just doesn’t seem to appeal to him.
Just the other day, we had to test out these new neon paints we got, and he had the time of his life. He did not mind his dirty hands in the least. We hit a new milestone. I knew the time had come to finally sit down and paint with my son. So yesterday we made these cool egg carton flowers, and today he asked me to do it again.
Confession time: I am not the perfect mom. I like when my crafts come out pretty. I also always disliked the concept of “adult-created kid crafts” that involve the adult so much more than the child. Which is why I enjoyed this so much – I prepared the parts, we painted them together, and we assembled it “together”, but it’s totally recognizable as what he painted.
He takes great pride in it and definitely recognizes them as “I made it fwowers!” – because he painted the actual final form.
Another thing is, because we did it TOGETHER it didn’t seem to matter so much. I wasn’t correcting his work, or adding on to it. We were doing it as a team effort. And I got the pretty I like when I craft and he had the time of his life painting with Mommy.
So much so that I know I’ll be laden down with Mommy guilt next time I try painting “all by myself”.
These egg carton flowers are really adaptable. What I mean is, before the whole “I just crafted with my baby – sob!” stage set in, I really kept thinking I should do it alone. Paint them pretty with rich acrylics instead of translucent neon kid paints. Wrap the dowels in florist tape and use that to assemble the parts too. Add a touch of ribbon maybe. Make them look real.
While the value of turning this into a collaborative mother-son craft was definitely worth it, there is also room for older children, teens, and even adults to make use of this tutorial.
Which brings me (finally!) to the tutorial itself.
What you need to make egg carton flowers:
- An egg carton such as this one
- Wooden dowels (thickness doesn’t matter much)
- Washi tape
- Strong scissors or craft knife
How to make egg carton flowers:
Some of these steps are adult only, some collaborative, and some your toddler can really take the lead with. I’ve marked them accordingly (adult, adult-toddler, and toddler.)
1. (Adult) Cut your egg carton as follows:
Split the base into three sets of four. Cut around it halfway through, but leave that center part nice ‘n long, with the hole in the center.
2. (Toddler) Paint your parts!
3. (Adult/toddler) Assemble your flower!
And your egg carton flowers are ready to arrange beautifully in a vase!
And that’s all for now. I did add some white vase filler to it to anchor the flowers. I love how this craft uses almost the entire carton, and makes the most of the various parts!
Have you ever made egg carton flowers? How did you do it?