DIY Vases Using Recycled Egg Cartons

DIY cardboard vase craft

How to make your own egg carton vase

Directions: 

  1. Measure the circumference of the pot you would like to cover
  2.  You can use any and all egg cartons! We had an egg carton from a bulk pack of eggs which was excellent for this project. If you do not have any clean cartons on hand you can also use these
  3. Depending on the type of carton you have, you can manipulate it by folding the spots for the egg cartons in half to create a ridged look or you can just begin to wrap it and match up the edges.
  4. If your desired size is larger, smaller, too short or too tall than the size achievable by cutting or folding the carton to the correct size you can use a ruler and exact knife to cut the carton down to the desired size and glue them using hot glue.
  5. If you are using 12 count egg cartons you will need to separate the lid from the base. You can use scissors or a craft cutting knife.
  6. To begin forming the holders you will connect the pieces by gently and slightly bending them so that you can create a circle or manipulating the cartons to achieved the ridged look.
  7. If your pieces aren’t staying in the circle as you would like, you can cut a strip of paper to the size you would like your pot cover to be.
  8. Using the glue gun, close the strip of paper into a circle that is the correct size and place small amounts of glue on the carton and attach it around the piece of paper to hold the cartons in a circular form. You will still need to attach separate pieces of carton together with hot glue.
  9. Once your pot cover is the correct size and secured together with hot glue you can paint or spray paint it. Find our favorite spray paint colors here.
  10. Once painted and dry you can place your holder on your plant!

DIY cardboard vase craft

Additional quarantine creativity ideas

You can also place paper flowers or flowers that don’t require watering into the vase you are about to make! Find our favorite paper flower tutorials here!

Note: If you decide to place paper flowers, or pens or whatever you heart desires you can cut a piece of cardboard to the desired size and attach it to the base with hot glue! 

Crafts using cardboard and other recycled materials

For other recycling crafts that you can make with supplies you have around the house, try these!

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DIY cardboard vase craft

Other resources for sustainability

Click here for our roundup of the prettiest and most eco-friendly products out there to help you cut down on waste!

Danish Easter Letters

Danish Easter Letters – Gækkebreve

While you have your kids home from school, you can teach them about the symbolism of the snowdrop flower. As the first flower to pop up through the cold winter ground and signify spring is finally coming, snowdrops symbolize hope! We loved the way Kelsey Garrity Riley included snowdrops in her coloring page entry for our Picture Hope: The Social Distancing Coloring Book!

Though these Danish letters are often delivered leading up to Easter, they represent the entire spring season. Include a note explaining this fun tradition and you can start swapping notes and eggs with your neighbors!

Click here for the templates

How to make Danish Easter Letter patterns

The traditional way of making Danish Easter letters is similar to the technique of making snowflakes during the winter. But we decided to make a few more elaborate ones in case you wanted a challenge. We even made a couple so that you can put it into your craft cutting machine (Silhouette or Cricut machines work great!).

Materials:

See above

Instructions:

Elaborate Templates

To make the elaborate cut ones seen here, download our templates (you can find them here).

Handcut: Use our PDF template to print out and trace onto your piece of paper. Use a craft cutting knife if you’d like to hand cut it using a cutting mat underneath.

Craft Cutting Machine: You can cut it out on your craft cutting machine using our SVG files (also found here.

For simpler designs

Like making paper snowflakes you can use a few techniques to get the look you’re going for. Here are some tips:

  • Fold your paper in quarters. Draw your pattern onto one of the corners and cut out.
  • Turn your paper into a square by folding one corner to the opposite side of the paper. Cut off the excess. This technique is if you want yours to be more circular in nature.
  • Think chicks, bunnies, eggs, hearts to get into the spirit of the season!

Add in a snowdrop flower

Traditionally you would add in a snowdrop flower into your letter to send off, but we didn’t have one handy so we added a hyacinth from our yard as well as some wild grape hyacinth.

We’d love to see your versions. Tag us with #LarsMakes.

DIY Paper Shamrock Plant

DIY Paper Shamrock plant

You can find the materials above
Find the shamrock template here

Directions: 

  1. Download the Shamrock Leaf PDF or SVG
  2. Prep your paper by following the white washing instructions (steps 2-5).
  3. Cut out the shamrock leaf file with craft cutting machine. This step can be done by hand with a pair of scissors if you don’t have a machine!
  4. Cut out enough pieces to create your shamrocks. We cut out somewhere around 120 pieces to create 30-40 three-leaf clovers and a few four-leaf clovers for luck!
  5. Once your pieces are cut out fold them in half to create a crease between the two arches.
  6. Mix acrylic paint with a few drops of water to create a thinner paint.
  7. Once thinned, gently paint the leaf from the stem up and out to thin points at the middle of the leaf. Repeat this action several times until you are pleased with the appearance of the leaves.
  8. Once all leaves are painted you will begin assembling them as clovers.
  9. Cut pieces of wire 3-5 inches long, we cut ours long and cut them to adjust height when we placed them into the plant.
  10. Once your wires are cut you will take a leaf and place it at the top of the wire, while holding the leaf in place you will take the floral tape and wrap down just far enough to secure that leaf.
  11. Cut the floral tape.
  12. Repeat step 10 two more times until you have three of the leaves attached.
  13. If you would like to make a four-leaf clover just add in an addition leaf and repeat step 10 again!
  14. Once you have your clovers made you can begin to place the clovers into floral foam until its full!

Thank you to Terrain for providing us the most magical scalloped pot, we can feel our luck increasing just being around it! Be sure to tag us with #Larsmakes so we can see how you’re catching luck this month! Stay tuned for even more ways to make this St. Patty’s Day the biggest hit yet!

Here are some more pots we love for this project!

 

DIY paper flower menorah

Blue isn’t one of our typical go-to colors, which is precisely why we decided to try it out–we needed to get out of our comfort zone! I’ve also been dying to try my hand at a menorah for years now so it seemed like the only sensible thing to do. And we couldn’t do a menorah without adding in a little Lars flair so paper flowers here we come!

As you might recall, the inspiration actually comes from my FAVORITE Christmas tree of all time, this Martha Stewart stunner. Since I may not ever make a full on paper flower tree, a menorah is much more doable and I love how it turned out!

Of course, if you’re feeling in the mood for blue you could make it OR if you’re in a pinch, you can shop it. Here are some of our favorite BLUE things that are also 30% off this weekend!

Materials:

You can find all the materials in our shop here.

Instructions for menorah:

  1. Spray paint the menorah and beads gold. You are probably going to need to add a few coats of spray paint. 
  2. Allow menorah to dry completely (at least 3 hours).

Instructions for paper flowers:

  1. Print out the flower template and cut out the shapes.
  2. Trace the petal onto the crepe paper with the vein of the crepe going vertically. 
  3. Cut out the petal shapes. 
  4. Cut strands of wire. 
  5. Take 6 petals from the small grouping size. 
  6. Place a small amount of hot glue on the end of the wire and put a petal on the hot glue. 
  7. Repeat step 8 with remaining petals by fanning them out around the wire. 
  8. Once 6 petals are attached to the wire gently pull the petals the create dimension on the flower. 
  9. Wrap wire stem with gold crepe paper. You may need a small amount of hot glue applied to the stem as you place the crepe paper so it stays in place. 
  10. Place a dot of glue in the center of each flower and put a gold bead there. 
  11. Make between 3-5 of each flower size (small, medium and large).

Instructions for berries:

  1. Trace the berry template (you can use this template for multiple sizes). 
  2. Wrap cutout around a round bead and wrap at base. 
  3. Place a small amount of glue at the base and slip a wire in. 
  4. Repeat step 16 
  5. If you would like to make a bundle combine the wrapped beads with wire and wrap the stems together with crepe paper. 
  6. Take the leaf template and trace them only the gold crepe paper. 
  7. Cut out the tracings. 
  8. Take the wire and place a small amount of glue at the tip and place a gold leaf on it, place another leaf a short distance from the first leaf and repeat until you are happy with the amount of leaves on the wire. Be sure to leave a sufficient amount of wire at the bottom to attach it to the menorah. 
  9. With the crepe paper wrap the stem of the leaves, you may need a small amount of hot glue like in step 11. 

Instructions for leaves:

  1. To attach the leaves on the menorah you will wrap the extra wire around the menorah. 
  2. Begin on the outermost arms of the menorah by adding leaves and flowers then move toward the center. You will find that the center arms need less embellishment and will require the smaller leaves. 
  3. If you find the leaves are slipping you can secure them using a piece of wire wrapped around and secured tightly at the back.
  4. If you secure the pieces make sure to use a gold paint pen to cover the green wire.


We made this project as a collaborative effort to spread the love of handmade gifts with 11 other crafty makers. From December 9th to December 20th, each crafter will post a different DIY gift in a different color to form a beautiful rainbow, so make sure to check us all out in our feeds and our stories!

@damasklove @darcymiller @aliceandlois @houselarsbuilt @corriebethmakes
@thussfarrell @mer_mag @handmadecharlotte @sayyesblog
@robert_mahar @supermakeit @amandakingloff

DIY Palm Leaves

DIY PALM LEAVES

These palm leaves are a BREEZE to make (see what we did there 😉


Materials:

Directions: 

  1. Trace out your leaf template and cut it out. (We have formatted the the template to cut an 8.5×11 however, the leaves that we made were done with a much larger. To accomplish this you can use the template and size up by hand or send it to print at a larger scale.)
  2. Fan your leaf shape: start from the middle fold, choosing one side of your teardrop-shaped leaf to begin making even smaller folds, helping your leaf get that pretty fanned palm look. Repeat on the other side. (you can use a scoring tool to help you get sharper folds)
  3. Color your leaf: before connecting your leaf to the stem, you’ll want to paint it to make sure it gets an even color throughout. BEFORE PAINTING be sure your creases are defined! Then flatten out your shape again, just enough that you can get an even coat of paint on it. Paint and let dry for 1-2 hours! We used spray paint.
  4. While your leaf is drying, make the petiole stem!
  5. Use petiole stem paper cover template (once again this can be sized up on the computer or sized up based off the printed template)
  6. Fold your stem along the dotted lines on the template.
  7. You should be able to make a long pyramid-looking stem now with your paper! Hot glue the extra 4th fold to hold it all together (leave the extra 2-3 inches at the top unglued).
  8. Paint your petiole stem to match the leaf!
  9. After your leaf is dry, follow your original creases to re-fold your leaf into its fan shape
  10. Take a lollipop stick and place it inside of the most middle crease of your leaf, only a few inches from the bottom. Hot glue it in place.
  11. Cut diagonally from the leaf to the stick to take the excess off of where the leaf meets the stick (refer to photo).
  12. Tape the very bottom together to keep the shape of the leaf fanned and the stick secure
  13. Slide your petiole stem paper cover over the lollipop stick (the 2-3 inch extra end first), allowing those 2-3 inches at the top to cover the very bottom of the leaf and cover the area where your leaf is glued/taped to your stick. Hot glue the top in place.

For Home Decor

These palm leaves are great on their own for home decor. They’re also great as decor during Easter time like for Palm Sunday! Read about our post here.

We can’t wait to see these beautiful palm leaves in your home! Make sure to tag us with #larsmakes so we can see these beautifies in your home!