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A flower for Mom or just for fun!

Updated on October 5, 2013

Flowers are the perfect gift for Mother's Day. How about a flower that you can make yourself, and that won't wilt?

This fun project uses a piece of egg carton in a very clever way to make a beautiful flower. You can make a whole bunch, or you can make a single flower in a pot. Either way, Mom is sure to be delighted!

For free videos with more craft ideas, see my website.

What you'll need

  • a small flower pot 6 cm (2½ in) diameter
  • egg cartons
  • small sharp scissors
  • styrofoam ball of 3.5 cm (1½ in) (or pompom of about 3 cm (1¼ in)
  • acrylic paint of various colours
  • acrylic varnish (optional)
  • brushes
  • pipe cleaner
  • coloured construction paper
  • glue gun
  • white glue
  • floral foam
  • tissue paper

1. Paint the small flower pot in a colour of your choice.

2. Decorate the flower pot with one or various colours.


Note : to paint the coloured dots, I use the tip of the brush handle.


3. Cut the edges off a cell of a cardboard egg carton.

4. Draw the flower petals on the outside of the egg carton cell.

5. With small scissors, cut along the lines between the petals.

6. Cut the rounded edges of each petal.

7. Paint both sides of the flower.

8. Take a styrofoam ball and cut a slice that is less than half of the ball.


Note : with one ball you can make two flower centres and you will have a piece of styrofoam left.

9. Paint the rounded part of the ball.


Note : when the paint is dry, you can add a coat of acrylic varnish for a more beautiful finish (optional).

10. Make a small hole in the underside of the flower.

11. To form the stem, you will need half a pipe cleaner.


Pass the piece of pipe cleaner through the hole in the flower.

12. Bend a small piece of the pipe cleaner inside the flower. Put hot glue in the centre of the flower.

13. Glue the piece of styrofoam ball (or a pompom) in the centre of the flower.

14. Place some floral foam in the flower pot.

15. Plant the flower in the floral foam.

16. Cut a leaf from the coloured construction paper.

17. Plant the leaf in the floral foam.

18. To hide the floral foam you can put some coloured tissue paper on top of the foam.

Experiment with different flower designs!

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    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR

      kidscrafts 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Kikalina! I am sure that your daughter will like a special activity especially if she can prepare that for you for Mother's Day for example.... or just for the pleasure of creating!

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      kikalina 

      4 years ago from Europe

      What pretty flowers. My 4 year old is going to love making these.

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR

      kidscrafts 

      4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your visit and kind comments, Passionate!

      Many blessings to you and have a great week!

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      passionate77 

      4 years ago

      such a lovely idea, so explained and detailed step by step guide for creating such a cute and lovely hand made gift. unique and so inspiring as well. thanks and blessings for sharing!

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR

      kidscrafts 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Lady Fiddler :-) Have a peaceful weekend as well :-) This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada!

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      Joanna Chandler 

      5 years ago from On planet Earth

      This is simply adorable Kidscraft I love the whole idea and concept :)

      Have a peaceful weekend

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR

      kidscrafts 

      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      That's a good one :-) I wouldn't do that in Canada...too much rain...or snow!

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      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      This is adorable! I love the idea of remaking old junk and this looks like a lot of fun. A silly note - years ago, while visiting Florida and checking out all the exotic flora, I spied an unusual shrub with some very beautiful flowers. After passing the shrub several times, I ventured onto the lawn to get a closer look. Someone had made flowers out of egg cartons and shoved them onto the leaves of Adam's needle. I laughed my head off.

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      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very cute idea. I remember making something similar back in kindergarten for Mother's Day!

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