You likely have all the supplies needed for this upcycled egg carton craft. DIY Flower String Lights can be made in a few short hours and make adorable bedroom decor for a teen or dorm room.
DIY Flower String Lights Tutorial
We have a fun craft for you. Best of all, you likely have all of these supplies in your home – Christmas Lights and an Egg Carton. Open up your Christmas box and grab a strand of Christmas lights. We used white lights, but colorful lights will be cute too. We used a green light strand, but a white strand will work as well. For your egg carton, you will want to use a cardboard cotton as plastic or Styrofoam carton will not paint well. We chose to paint with one paint color but consider getting creative with your strand. You can add many colors to make a rainbow or use a darker color on the outside and a lighter color on the inside. Whatever your technique, this craft is easy, affordable and adorable – three adjectives I love to hear!
These lights can be placed teen bedroom, an outdoor enclosed patio, or even used in a college dorm room for accent lighting. However you use, be sure to share your ideas but adding your image to our Pinterest Pin under “tried this!” We love to see your creativity too!
Feeling crafty? Don’t forget our Upcycled Christmas Lights.
- An empty cardboard egg carton (from a dozen eggs)
- X-ACTO knife
- Pink craft paint
- Small bowl
- Paint brush
- Wooden skewer
- Strand of lights
- Glue gun or E600 glue
To begin, get your cardboard egg carton and cut down the center of the egg carton.
You will then want to cut each individual section/cup from the carton.
To form a petal, cut 4 upside down triangle shapes evenly spaced around each “cup”. Cut the sections that are sticking up into round petal shapes to form your flower.
Once your flowers are formed, add paint and water to the small bowl. We used a 50/50 ratio of paint to water. We used one color but this is where you can get creative with your own technique.
Paint each flower inside and out. Consider doing a darker color on the outside and lighter on the inside for more of an ombre look. Let each petal dry completely before moving on to your next step.
After your petals are dry, use an X-ACTO knife or a skewer to make a small hole in the center of each flower. (This step should be performed by an adult.)
Lastly, press the flowers onto the lights using the glue gun to secure each flower. For a stronger hold, you can use E600 craft glue.
Hang and Enjoy!
You likely have all the supplies needed for this upcycled egg carton craft. DIY Flower String Lights can be made in a few short hours and look adorable lit up!
TIP: You can repeat this process to make as many flowers as you want to make a longer strand of lights.
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