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Make Egg Carton Flower Lights

Updated on November 8, 2014

Brighten Your Life with Egg Carton Flower Lights

For an inexpensive way to brighten a room (literally), make egg carton flower lights. This simple recycled craft is easy to make, cheap, and beautiful!

These strands of flowers can be used in a centerpiece, a floral arrangement, or hung on the wall to add a romantic touch to your room's decor. Use a short or long strand of tiny Christmas lights to suit your purpose.

Making egg carton flower lights is fun, easy, and inexpensive. Now, go eat your eggs and make some lights.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Make Egg Carton Flower Lights - Step by step photos of how to... with instructions on each photo.

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Transform an egg carton into beautiful flowers with scissors and paint.Start with the paperboard type egg cartons. I suppose styrofoam egg cartons would work but I like the look of the more flimsy, malleable gray egg cartons.Separate the lid from the carton. Remove the edge or lip on the carton side too.Tear or cut with scissors each individual egg cup from the carton.Look at each segment to see how you want to cut them to make flowers.Finished egg carton flowers ready to be painted.Paint the egg carton flowers. I used a few shades of the same color for a more natural, varied look. Do whatever you like. You can paint the flowers a solid color too. There are no rules!Finished egg carton flowers ready to be strung on a light strand.Blue egg carton flowers.
Transform an egg carton into beautiful flowers with scissors and paint.
Transform an egg carton into beautiful flowers with scissors and paint.
Start with the paperboard type egg cartons. I suppose styrofoam egg cartons would work but I like the look of the more flimsy, malleable gray egg cartons.
Start with the paperboard type egg cartons. I suppose styrofoam egg cartons would work but I like the look of the more flimsy, malleable gray egg cartons.
Separate the lid from the carton. Remove the edge or lip on the carton side too.
Separate the lid from the carton. Remove the edge or lip on the carton side too.
Tear or cut with scissors each individual egg cup from the carton.
Tear or cut with scissors each individual egg cup from the carton.
Look at each segment to see how you want to cut them to make flowers.
Look at each segment to see how you want to cut them to make flowers.
Finished egg carton flowers ready to be painted.
Finished egg carton flowers ready to be painted.
Paint the egg carton flowers. I used a few shades of the same color for a more natural, varied look. Do whatever you like. You can paint the flowers a solid color too. There are no rules!
Paint the egg carton flowers. I used a few shades of the same color for a more natural, varied look. Do whatever you like. You can paint the flowers a solid color too. There are no rules!
Finished egg carton flowers ready to be strung on a light strand.
Finished egg carton flowers ready to be strung on a light strand.
Blue egg carton flowers.
Blue egg carton flowers.

Make Egg Carton Flower Lights - Step by step instructions...

This easy craft is so simple. Let kids help paint the egg carton flowers. You can always add the finishing touch when they've had enough fun!

  1. Supplies you'll need:

    - egg cartons

    - craft paint, acrylic

    - craft paintbrush

    - light strand

  2. Separate the egg carton lid. Remove the lip from the egg carton side where the eggs sit. Separate all of the separate egg segments. They tear fairly easily or use scissors and cut them.
  3. Cut away parts of the egg carton segments to create petals. I made four or five petals per flower. Do whatever looks good to you.
  4. Paint the egg carton segments to resemble flowers. Use a solid color or several tones. I used three shades plus white/vanilla paint for depth and a more natural look.
  5. Paint the inside of each section then let them dry. Then paint the outside of each section. Let dry.
  6. Poke a small hole from the back to the front for the light to go in. A pencil or an ice pick works fine. Push a light bulb through a hole in the soft egg carton. Stop at the end of the light bulb. (Don't push the light bulb farther. This position keeps it secure on the light strand.)
  7. Leave a few lights bare if you want or fill the entire strand with egg carton flowers.

Use Acrylic Paint for This Home Decor Project

Get an assortment of craft paint (acrylic) from either the local craft store or from Amazon. This craft is quick and easy. It's perfect for letting kids help with too!

Poke Holes in the Egg Cartons for Extra Glimmer

To add extra glimmer to your egg carton flowers,

poke holes in the "petals" with a straight pin.

The light will shine through the tiny holes

when the light strand is plugged in.

Paint Trays and Paintbrushes

A dedicated craft paint tray and some decent brushes make this project a breeze! These paint trays are inexpensive and investing in a few decent paint brushes to use for detail work makes painting so much more fun!

More Light Strands

Purple egg carton flower strand. All Photos by Peggy Hazelwood
Purple egg carton flower strand. All Photos by Peggy Hazelwood | Source
Blue flower strand made from, you guessed it, egg cartons!
Blue flower strand made from, you guessed it, egg cartons!
Pink dogwood flower light strand.
Pink dogwood flower light strand.

Decorate Your Patio with Flower Lights

Use egg carton light strands

outside to decorate a patio.

To lengthen the life of the egg cartons,

hang them under a patio enclosure.

Christmas Light Strands

Clear mini-lights work perfectly for the egg carton flower lights. Whatever size lights you use, make the hole in the egg carton just large enough to fit the bulb. You don't want the hole to big or it'll go all wobbly on you.

Make Longer Flower Lights

For a different look, instead of using

the egg carton sections that hold the eggs,

use the inner row of the egg carton

that separates the two rows of sections.

This part of the egg carton

makes longer flowers.

Decorative Light Strands Ready to Use

These light strands are ready to go, in case you don't want to make your own egg carton flower lights. Or mix in some ready made lights with your handmade ones for a fun, eclectic look!

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

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      Diane Cass 3 years ago from New York

      Very Clever.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is my first time to see Egg Carton Flower Lights and I love them. Great instructions, too! Thanks.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Peggy, what a fabulous idea! These are so pretty, inexpensive and easy to make. Knowing me I'll probably add a very light dusting of glitter here and there to add a subtle sparkle.

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      Lovely idea for using egg cartons and they are so pretty! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      What a fun idea. I love craft projects that don't cost a lot, so if they go a bit wrong, I'm not too disappointed. My enthusiasm for crafts is much greater than my skill level!

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      What a nice idea, these flower lights look great.

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      These are way cool! Isn't is awesome the ways we can recycle "trash" into so many different things?

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      What a creative idea! And the end result is gorgeous! This is a perfect family craft that kids of all ages can do. Enjoyed.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      Man! What WILL you come up with next! I love your craft articles - they're always so unique.

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      Deb Bryan 4 years ago from Chico California

      The egg carton flower lights you have made are amazing! Your tutorial looks so easy. I'm going to save a couple of cartons to make these with my granddaughters next time they come over. What a great way to get to use the Christmas lights more often.

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      These are so romantic, blessed!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I really love this idea- Christmas lights are $2.00 a box post-season at the Shoppers Drug Mart close by where I live, I just might have to make some egg carton flowers with them. They're so charming!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You just made me smile here, your egg carton flower lights are a delight and require a minimum of supplies that are easy to find and might already be on hand to get started with your great instructions....sweetness and very budget friendly!

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      amiateeq 5 years ago

      Crafty indeed, will try to make for my PC table to see the keyboard without on the room light.

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      kathryn-gillespie 5 years ago

      Lovely! Fun lens!!!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Cool idea, thanks for sharing.

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      purpleslug 5 years ago

      Very creative idea!

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      klaird 5 years ago

      I would have never thought of using an egg carton to decorate lights. Great idea! I've featured this lens on my "50 Craft Ideas for Adults" page. Great job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed these! glad I stopped by and read and saw what you had on your lens, thank you!

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      SandyPond 5 years ago

      Wow, I love how great these look and how easy of a craft they are! My grandmother loves working with her hands and I think this would be right up her alley! She loves painting old lightbulbs and other similar sorts of crafting!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      A beautiful string of lights. I can think of lots of uses for them. I have added this lens to my Elementary Arts Projects lens. Nice lens.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Peggy, these are fantastic! Turning egg cartons into flowers that look so life like. They are beautiful! Great job....now I'm just gonna have to try these too.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Those are spectacular, considering they're egg cartons! I will definitely make these. Thanks.

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      Very pretty. I like finding ideas for using "trash."

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      What a great idea for a Christmas craft! Squid Angel Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      these look great!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Cute, clever and GREEN! Adding this to my Earth Day crafts set.

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      KniftyKnitter 5 years ago

      These are so adorable. I never would have thought of this. Thanks!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      These are really cute, Peggy. You're so creative.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Very creative and eye-catching!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great instructions and photos. I want to share this on Pinterest. They like crafty things.

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      Diane Cass 5 years ago from New York

      Too cute!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Never would have dreamed of this, but it does turn out kinda pretty.