Two things you should know about my family: we love upcycling things most people throw out, and we eat a LOT of eggs. So when I had the opportunity to partner with Eggland’s Best, I jumped on the chance to turn their egg cartons into the cutest colorful party garlands! Bonus – it’s already the brand of eggs we buy, because they have 6x more Vitamin D than ordinary eggs, and are rich in protein, lutein, Omega 3s, and Vitamin E! So we had lots of leftover cartons to work with. Read on to see how I created them!
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Materials for Egg Carton Garlands:
- Eggland’s Best Egg Cartons
- Acrylic paints
- Baker’s twine or other string
- Optional: Cricut weeding tool (alternatively use a bamboo skewer or sharp pointed object)
Step 1 –
First, carefully cut each of the egg cups out of the carton so that you have individual separate cups. Cut around the top edge of the cups where they are connected in order to separate them.
Step 2 –
Use acrylic paint in colors of your choice to paint each egg cup inside and out.
Tip: The plastic cartons from Eggland’s Best make perfect paint holders! Keep all your paints organized and contained in the separate egg cups. You can also use egg cups as paintbrush holders to keep your space clean!
Step 3 –
Use the Cricut weeding tool to create holes in the bottoms of all of the egg painted and dried egg cups. This tool is the perfect size to create holes that the twine will fit through, but not too big to where the strung egg cups are loose.
Tip: If you don’t have the Cricut tool, you could also try using a nail or other sharp tool to create a small hole.
Step 4 –
Use scissors to cut straws into small sections (approx thirds – 3 even pieces). You’ll use these to keep the egg cups separated on your garland, rather than falling together and becoming stacked. Plus, many paper straws come in fun colors and patterns, so you can use them to customize your garland even more!
Step 5 –
String the egg cups and the straw sections onto baker’s twine, alternating as you go between cups and straws.
Step 6 –
Tie the ends of your baker’s twine into knots so the egg cups don’t fall off, and pick your hanging spot! I like to hang mine with thumbtacks, and with a portion of each end hanging straight down for a fancy draped look.
I used my garlands to set up a colorful pastel rainbow birthday party. And I got so into the idea of egg carton decorating, I even added some extra painted cups to my cake. They make the perfect colorful addition anywhere! I placed some around the base of my cake, and then a few as toppers and candle holders.
TIP: Cover any sections of cake that will be touched by the painted cartons with parchment paper or saran wrap to keep the paint from touching the food.
What do you think? Are you an upcycler too? I’d love to hear what colors you’d choose for your egg carton garlands. Let me know in the comments!
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