diy centerpieces

I made these whimsical DIY centerpieces from egg cartons and vintage buttons.

My Blue Box is nearly always overflowing with egg cartons. I’m always dreaming up ways to turn them into craft projects – and this is one of my latest.

These were inspired by my post last month on Cute as a Button weddings. I’ve got heaps of vintage buttons and I couldn’t wait to put them to good use.

If you are looking for DIY centerpieces that are super cheap and easy to make (albeit a bit time-consuming),  give these a whirl.

Cost: $2 – $3 per dozen (Assuming you already have acrylic paint and buttons on hand.)

Materials:

One paper egg carton

12 pipe cleaners

24 gauge wire

Buttons

Acrylic paint in your choice of colors

Floral tape

Scissors

Paper clip

Varnish (optional)

Glue (I used wood glue, but regular white glue should do the trick.)

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

Find a paper egg carton.

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

Remove the egg carton cups using scissors.(I also cut a few of the triangular parts of the egg carton that are between the cups.)

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

Cut the egg carton cups into various flower shapes. (I fringed some, made some rounded and others were made into daffodil shapes.)

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

Paint the cups using acrylic paint. Let dry. Coat with glossy varnish. (This step is not mandatory, but if you want them to be glossy you will need to varnish them.)

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

Take the end of a paper clip and poke two holes into the back of one of the flowers.

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

Take 24 gauge wire and pipe cleaner and poke them through the bottom of one of the holes.

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

If you are going to add one of the triangles to the center instead of the button, weave the pipe cleaner through the other hole.

DIY Egg Carton Daffodils

Glue the triangular shape to the middle of the flower and let dry.

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

If you are using a button for the center of the flower, place a button on the wire/pipe cleaner.

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

Forming a loop, bring wire/pipe cleaner through the other hole.

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

Take floral tape and begin wrapping just beneath the bottom of the flower. I hold the flower in my right hand (I am right-handed) and the tape in my left. I spin the flower with my left finger and thumb until the tape covers the length of the flower. This is a bit tricky at first, but after doing a few you will get the hang of it.

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

Presto! Your egg carton flower is done. Repeat 12 times and you and you’re on your way to creating some wonderful and whimsical DIY centerpieces!

DIY Egg Carton Flowers

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  1. Posted by Mary B. on June 2nd, 2009 at 4:21pm

    Those are so neat! Very Alice in Wonderland inspired.
  2. Posted by Tori @ Thoughtfully Simple on June 2nd, 2009 at 11:00pm

    What a creative use for old cartons! Gorgeous, I can see these being made and used for several occasions! Thanks for sharing this fabulous DIY how to :)
  3. Posted by Sonia on January 28th, 2010 at 6:22am

    These are so lovely! look very cool and great creativity on your side...
  4. Posted by Amy on January 28th, 2010 at 12:17pm

    These are so fun and whimsical!
  5. Posted by Amilove on April 7th, 2010 at 9:53pm

    BRILLIANT!
  6. Posted by Kym on October 15th, 2010 at 3:12pm

    I love all the colors. What a great idea!
  7. Posted by Lynn Minney on March 27th, 2011 at 11:49am

    I featured this wonderful tutorial on my blog. You can take a look at it here http://lynnminneydesign.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/inspiration-vintage-buttons/

    Thanks!
  8. Posted by Diane on April 16th, 2011 at 11:35am

    brilliant! these are so sweet and I can't even tell you how jealous I am that you have such nice vintage buttons. Gorgeous! btw, I saw another interesting use for egg carton cups too - someone had turned them into twinkle light covers (fairy lights, they were called). It was sweet. sorry I don't have the url handy. I'm going to have to make some of these flowers this summer. cute cute cute!
  9. Posted by Summer on May 5th, 2011 at 12:04pm

    I LOVE it! I've been looking for wedding centerpiece ideas for 1 year now, and nothing I had seen felt right. I saw your flowers and knew immediately they were the ones!
  10. Posted by emerald on July 17th, 2011 at 12:43am

    This is too cute!! I can't wait to try this out!
  11. Posted by Rebecca on August 23rd, 2011 at 2:54pm

    These are SO cute! I can't wait to get started - they will be perfect for the baby shower I am throwing on Saturday!! Thank you for the idea! :)
  12. Posted by Brittney Jensen on July 21st, 2012 at 1:53pm

    So pretty and decorative and when you become an expert at making them it makes them look like you bought them somewhere fancy and people don't even realize they're made from egg cartons .....ssshhhhhh. ;-)
  13. Posted by Paulina on October 31st, 2012 at 6:02am

    Great tutorial :) We have featured it on our site! Thanks!
  14. Posted by Clara de Asssis on January 2nd, 2013 at 3:10pm

    fofinhas colors
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