We’re loving spring and bright colors these days, so we wanted to do another fun spring flower craft to celebrate the warmer weather.
Follow the directions below to make your own spring flower craft.
Spring Flower Craft: Egg Crate Flowers
This project is suitable for ages 4 and up and takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
- Pipe cleaners
- Cardboard egg crates
- Markers or acrylic paints
Cut the egg cups apart.
Make smaller cuts to transform the egg cups into various flowers. We made tulips, dandelions, and chrysanthemums.
To make a tulip: Cut off the extended ends of each cup so that you have a round bowl. Our egg cups were a little uneven on the sides, so we found stacking two cups together and positioning them so that the low spots were hidden looked best.
To make a dandelion: Cut off the extended sides of the egg cup. Make small straight cuts around all sides of the cup to create a sun-like shape.
To make a chrysanthemum: Follow the directions for the dandelion, but cut out three egg cups. Make each egg cup progressively smaller to mimic the inward curling shape of a real chrysanthemum.
Poke a hole in the center of each flower.
Twist one end of the pipe cleaner into an oval and twist it around the base of the stem. This holes the flower onto the pipe cleaner and also makes the flower look more realistic with the center filament pieces. We cut our pipe cleaners in half so we could make more flowers.
We had white pipe cleaners, so we colored the bent part yellow for pollen and the base green. If you use green pipe cleaners, you’ll also end up with a green center. While researching flower shapes, I also saw some anthers that were pink or black, so feel free to use whatever colors you have on hand.
Paint or color the flowers with markers. We just used colors that made us happy, rather than “real” flower colors. We used acrylic paints to decorate ours, but markers are more little kid-friendly.
After the flowers are dry, slide the stem into the flower from the top down. Pull the stem gently until the anther sticks and keeps the flower from falling down the pipe cleaner. Stick in a small vase and you are done!
If you make any egg crate flowers, share your results with us on the Schooling a Monkey Facebook page! We would love to see your creations!