I eat eggs. I eat lots of eggs. Therefore I am left with a large quantity of egg cartons.
Besides, recycling is boring so instead of throwing the cartons away I get crafty with its uses.
Here is a DIY guide to making a recycled trinket organizer with a delicate feel that is also useful.
What you will need:
- Cardboard egg carton
- Paint brush
- Glue (preferably a glue gun)
- Razor blade
Cut out the raised portion of the egg box. That will be the inside of the flower, so trim it like petal.
The cup (where the egg sits) will be the base where you will add the petals inside. Trim the edges to look like petals.
Keep shaping the petal both the inner part and outside. Cardboard is extremely forgiving.
To make your flower look realistic paint them in gradient color enhance the inner petal then lighter on the outside. I used the lightest color for the flower cup.
Once the paint is dry shape them together give some retouch of color if needed.
Roll the petals and glue them in the flower base.
Add more petals for a fuller look.
I played with different colors. The color white is your best friend in this project adding dimension and highlights. I made four trinket containers, one for each nite stand so guests can use them when they come to visit.
I love the raw materials look so I purposely left the cardboard exposed on the bottom leaving the inside a delicate pink. It is perfect for small pieces of jewelry, spare pesos and knick knacks.
For a more polished look paint the outside of the carton and finish with a gloss. I prefer to leave it natural to make the decomposition process easier.
Other uses I’ve found for cartons?
A coffee carrier to keep order on my bathroom counter.
A plastic egg carton to organize small toys in my sons room.
A plastic egg carton as a holder for travel toiletries for guests.
A plastic egg carton as a holder for art supplies.
The possibilities are endless. So are the egg cartons.