Are you looking for some new ways to reuse egg cartons? Yet another of the most versatile materials out there. And so easy to come by, because, let’s face it, aren’t eggs on most people’s shopping lists? The fun doesn’t stop there – these cardboard containers are a real goldmine of ideas waiting to happen.
I’ve been keeping a collection for awhile…not sure how many this is at the present:
I’ve got both foam and cardboard…and one time I kept a half-dozen plastic case too. Just holding on to them for when the occasion arises…and if you are too, then this is your post!
So how about we pull up a chair and let’s take a look at some ways to make full use of those cartons!
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Turn them Into Flowers
A while back I made roses out of cardboard cartons -you can make those too, and branch out and make different kinds of flowers using just these carton parts. If you make at least six you’ve got the makings of a really cool bouquet decoration from sustainable materials that will look great on a table or desk.
Don’t forget to paint them pretty colors – as the porosity of the cartons ensures that paint will take well. To create “stems” you can use bamboo skewer sticks or some heavy gauge wire. Display them in a nice vase and enjoy your egg carton floral bouquet!
A classic that never goes out of style, these cartons are the ultimate choice for seed starters for the winter months prior to starting your garden. They also serve as a great educational activity for classrooms, too!
The best thing about them is that they are biodegradable – as the seeds sprout, and get close to the stage of being plantable in the ground, you can cut the compartments apart (and this can minimize transplant shock.)
Seed starter (and sprouts) from cardboard egg carton- Image credit:Ravenc83
Cut off the top part, plant seeds in potting soil in each compartment as you would normally, and moisten with water. Whether or not you want to pierce the bottom of each compartment to create drainage holes is up to you, as the above picture’s contributor stated, the roots will push on through regardless.
You can use a strip of plastic wrap to cover the seeds/soil as you monitor the eventual seeds’ growth, which will have a little of a “greenhouse” effect.
The ideal resource for classrooms…encouraging kids to keep these cartons will help get an early start in responsible and sustainable crafting. Cut apart the cartons and paint them, to turn them into unlimited creations. Think finger puppets, little animals, dolls, and much more.
Various holidays and season provide good imaginative ideas for crafts, Easter, Christmas, and Halloween may have the most potential, what do you think about these cute Halloween bats below:
Image credit: Image by: queeneegirlee
The addition of tools like googly eyes, paint, glue, pipe cleaners or ribbons will help bring your cute carton critters to life!
Keep Them to Hold Your Easter Eggs
This one is sorely underrated….if you and your kiddos dye Easter eggs as part of tradition, you’ll need a version of a drying rack, or display piece for them when you finish-right? In other words, return them to from whence they came!
And if you also use those plastic brightly colored eggs that are pretty much the same size as their real counterparts ( I mention this because sometimes there are these “jumbo” plastic eggs too that are popular) , when the holiday is over-you can use the cartons to store the decorative eggs you’ve applied decoupage or bling to, so they will have a safe, secure storage place.
Styrofoam Egg Cartons-Are They Worth Saving?
Yes-absolutely! There are different ways, though, of course. Here’s one of my favorites-KEEP your styrofoam cartons and use them as paint palettes – because styrofoam is nonporous, water and paints will take and hold just fine with no leakage.
Squirt individual paint colors into the different compartments – and because the compartments are somewhat deep, there is also ample space to mix colors, too!
This works GREAT for watercolors, tempera, and acrylic paints so you can save that extra $5 you might have spent on a paint palette. Genius!
You’ll notice that styrofoam cartons tend to come in different colors as per the system that arranges them according to size of eggs (jumbo, extra large, large, and medium) If you are anything like me, you may have a desire to collect cartons in different colors, except that you may have your heart set on a particular size.
Image credit: Egg carton art image by frankieleon
I always look for extra large and large eggs in real life, I know there have been times when I wanted a light mint green carton but they contained medium sized eggs….although different stores can have different colors.
You very well could use these for art. They may not be as malleable as their cardboard “cousins” but still – keep them and cut them into pieces, add them to your mixed media projects, and sculptures, combine the colors you do have, and have lots of fun!
So…now YOU…can you think of any other ways to reuse your egg carton collection? Let me know in the comments below.