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


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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  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

    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.

  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. :)

  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!!

    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. :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Stunning stunning stunning! I am definitely pinning this beauty. Please stop by and share at our link party going on now.

  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

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

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

  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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