Set the scene for Easter celebrations with beautiful f loral decorations.
EGG CARTON FLOWERS You’ll need 2 cardboard ‘eggcups’ for each flower — a carton that holds a dozen eggs will make 6 flowers. Materials cardboard egg cartons paintbrush white matttt acrylic paint, such as Murobond Chalkboard paint in Whalebone hot glue gun Use your fingers to tear individual ‘eggcups’ from the egg carton. To make 1 flower, take 1 eggcup and make 5 or 6 evenly spaced tears in sides of eggcup to mark the spaces between the petals. Tear around the edge of each petal to create a flower shape. (The petals don’t need to look uniform. In fact, it’s better if they’re all a bit different.) Repeat with another eggcup (they don’t need to match). Tear a 1.5cm x 13cm strip from the lid of the egg carton. Starting from a short side, gently roll up the cardboard strip lengthways (this will become the centre of the flower). Paint both sides of paper flowers and the cardboard strip with white paint. Set aside to dry completely. Using the hot glue gun, stick the 2 paper flowers together, one on top of the other. Position the petals of the top flower between petals of the bottom flower. Roll up the cardboard strip and glue in the centre of the flower. Glue to a bare branch and hang as a wall decoration or stand in a vase. HANDPAINTED EGGS & EGGCUPS Materials wooden eggs wooden eggcups* fine sandpaper paintbrushes white matttt acrylic paint, such as Murobond Chalkboard paint in Whalebone coloured artist’s acrylic paint Lightly sand wooden eggs and eggcups with sandpaper. Wipe clean with a dry cloth. Paint eggs and eggcups all over with white matt acrylic paint. Set aside to dry completely. Use paintbrushes and/or fingers to decorate eggs and eggcups with your choice of coloured artist’s acrylic paint diluted with a little water. Set aside to dry completely. NOTE If you plan to use your painted eggcups regularly, give them a coat of acrylic sealer (available at hardware stores). Wipe clean with a damp cloth — do not place in a dishwasher. * We used wooden eggcups, $5 each, from Imprint House (imprinthouse. net). Alternatively, recycle vintage wooden eggcups found in op shops.
Egg carton flflowers (above) and Handpainted eggs and eggcups (facing page) painted with Murobond Chalkboard paint in Whalebone, $25 for 500ml. For stockist details, see page 133. For more great Easter craft ideas, visit homelife. com.au/craft-diy