Hi! It’s me, Theresa from Capri + 3, popping in on the last day of the 31 Days of Love. I am so excited to be part of this amazing series from Red Ted Art. Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday and we love to do heart themed crafts. I save all of our egg cartons because they come in handy for crafts and sorting. This time, we did a group project where all four of our three year-old children took turns painting and decorating the same egg carton wreath.
Easy Egg Carton Wreath:
You Will Need:
Recycled cardboard egg carton
Red (or color of your choice) non-toxic paint such as tempera
Paint brush and plate or container for paint
Wired Ribbon (We used a 2 inch width.)
Cut the lid off of the carton and then cut the part that holds the eggs in half lengthwise so that you have two long strips and trim the rough edges.You can either shape it into a heart and staple it (then paint it) or paint it first. Since we have four little ones and it was likely to get torn, I opted to have them paint the two sections before I shaped it (but I have photos of the unpainted heart in case you’d like to go that route).
Painting all the ‘nooks and crannies’ is great fine motor practice.
To shape the heart, make a V shape and staple it.
Then, bend the two ends to form a heart and staple the top.
You will want to be gentle when you shape the heart as the egg carton can easily tear. I found it useful to bend the strips both ways a bit so they were pliable before I shaped the heart. After you have a painted heart that is stapled in place, have your little ones wrap the wire ribbon around it, starting from the top middle section so that you can make a bow on top. Our little ones loved this part of the craft and burst into fits of giggles as they looped the ribbon through and walked backwards, pulling it tight (while I held onto the wreath). The great thing about the wreath is the design of the egg carton makes it very easy to hang on a nail without needing a loop. The cup shape in the top center of the heart hangs nicely on the nail. I hope you have fun making a wreath with the children in your life. There are endless possibilities in decorating your heart wreath. If you’re feeling brave, you could even bust out the glitter!
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