Monday, March 31, 2014

Make // Egg Carton Flower Frame

A couple of weeks ago I transformed some egg cartons into roses. Sound strange? They actually turned out pretty cool-- Go check it out here.

After tossing around a few ideas, I decided to display them on a framed mirror that I picked up a few years ago. I wasn't enamored with the frame's original color (black) or odd shape, but I knew it had potential.


The mirror can easily be removed, which makes this project extra versatile. Here are a few ideas that come to mind… 1) hang as a decorative mirror;  2) or a wreath; 3) or perhaps a flowered tray.


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How to Make a Flowered Frame


Materials Needed:
Egg Carton Rose Tutorial - I used 4 cartons to make 16 roses
frame - my frame measures 12-in in diameter
mirror to fit frame (optional)
spray paint (optional) - I used a white primer
hot glue gun or strong adhesive

Instructions:


Using this tutorial, make your flowers out of egg cartons. I used four cartons to make sixteen roses. You can leave them unpainted if you like. I think they look nice either way. When they are painted, you can see more of the "character" (aka imperfections) of the egg carton and they take on a plaster, shabby chic-like look.


If necessary, paint your frame. I wanted a matte look, so I painted my frame with a white primer.

I happened to find this framed mirror on deep discount at Joanns a few years ago. However, if you can't find a framed mirror, you can always use a regular picture frame and buy a mirror insert. Most craft stores have them, and you can also find them online in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Let the paint dry, then glue on the flowers. I used my trusty, ol' hot glue gun. Easy and done!

Flowered Mirror--

Decorative Tray--

Flowered Wreath--

Not too bad for a former chicken egg holder.


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18 comments:

  1. Genus project! And the decorative tray looks perfect for spring too! The white paint gives more of a Shabby chic look and I think some neon paint would make it look more statement-y. :)
    -Nash @Craft A Doodle Doo

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    1. Thanks Nash! Agreed on the statement piece. I actually thought about going bright yellow, but it doesn't really match my interior. I couldn't quite bring myself to do neon (bad 80's memories)…. I'm just getting my head around denim-on-denim again. :D It would look cool if you have contemporary decor though.

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  2. Can't believe these are made out of egg cartons! So pretty! You did such a good job with these. Thanks so much for linking up at The Makers. :)

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  3. This is amazing! I actually have a real rose frame (used to be a mirror) that I bought at a thrift sale and this looks just like it (maybe better, haha)! I am totally impressed! Pinning...going to make the wreath :) Thanks for being a genius!!

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    1. How neat! Is it plaster? That's the "look" I was thinking about when I put this one together… although I don't think I've ever seen one in person. :)

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  4. !!! Who knows egg cartons can be this beautiful! Amazing upcycle project!

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  5. Egg carton projects often look like, well, egg cartons, but not this one - your frame is lovely!

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    1. Thanks Ann! This was my first time working with egg cartons and it surprised me how malleable the material is. Many, many possibilities!!

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  6. That's so awesome. I would've never thought that was made from egg cartons. Pinned.

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    1. Thanks Erlene! Have a great weekend. :)

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  7. So lovely and so clever! and perfect this time of year with the leftover egg cartons!

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  8. Stunning stunning stunning! I am definitely pinning this beauty. Please stop by and share at our link party going on now. http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2014/04/link-it-or-lump-it-party-number-33.html

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  9. This is definitely one of the beautiful egg carton I have ever seen! I stumble upon on somedaycrafts and seen your page. I will make one, if I can! Classy!

    Sebastian of
    Bali Hut Super Store

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  10. I love this! The material really adds a nice touch of texture to the flowers. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Very cute! Doesn't even look like egg cartons! Very nice!

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  12. This is so so so gorgeous. I am featuring you when my link party opens up tonight! Thanks for sharing.

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