I discovered this adorable craft on Pinterest which sent me to "This Little Life of Mine"- a wonderful blog packed with all kinds of information about raising a family and enjoying life. I decided to teach this project to my Create and Innovate kids. But before I ever teach a class, I have to give it a try myself. Below is a tutorial on this fun project.
First I had to get my hands on some egg cartons so I called our local breakfast hotspot "Bill's" and asked them to set some aside for me. Um, yes, I think this should cover it...
Then I cut out some of the individual cups and trimmed them into flowers.
Then I painted those flowers all sorts of pretty colors adding centers and accents to add some interest and texture.
I used my Cricut to cut out a wreath shape for the base. I used poster board but it cut like butter because my Cricut Explore knew just what settings to use.
Once the flowers dried, I started laying them out on the template to figure out the best configuration.
I pressed each flower down so the petals spread out flat and used a glue gun to keep them in place.
I left an open space so I could add a colorful bow with wire trimmed ribbon and there you have it...my Spring Wreath sample to use for my class.
That evening I noticed that I had gotten acrylic paint on just about every article of clothing I had been wearing. I guess I should have realized it this was going to happen since you paint both the inside and outside of the egg carton cup causing your hands to get covered no matter how careful you are. This meant that I would HAVE to use tempera paint when I did this craft with the kids. Bummer. I think painting with tempera paint is a little like painting with pudding.
So here are a few photos of the class making their wreaths. It was, by far, the messiest project I have ever taught but the kids sure enjoyed it.