How to make hanging egg carton flowers

If you have some old paper egg cartons lying around, this is a fun crafting activity where you can make hanging flower decorations that can be hung around the home to add a splash of colour wherever you like!

Finished hanging egg carton flowers on a wooden background"

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a crafting activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a creative and sensory activity that helps people learn by engaging with nature and using their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch and different textures while supporting independent choice. 

How to do this activity

An egg box, string, paints, a pair of scissors and brushes on a wooden background

What you’ll need

  • Old egg cartons
  • Scissors
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • String
  • A skewer, knitting needle or similar to poke a hole through your ‘flowers’
  • A stick or similar to hang your strands from
Cutting up the egg box with a pair of scissors to make petal and flower shapes

Step 1

Cut the tops off the egg carton boxes (save them for another craft project). Cut the egg carton tray up into separate pieces, then snip the edges of each piece so they start to look like flowers. Be creative and try a range of shapes – pointy or curved petals work well.
Painting the egg box flowers

Step 2

Paint the flowers and leave them to dry, then poke a hole through the base of each with your skewer.
A hanging egg carton flower painted like a daffodil

Step 3

Cut different lengths of string, and tie a knot on one end. Then thread on your first egg cup, tying a knot beneath it when it’s in the right position. Repeat this several times, spacing the egg cups out at regular intervals.
Finished hanging egg carton flowers on a wooden background"

Step 4

Finally, tie each strand onto your stick and hang in the window or anywhere else you’d like to show them off!

Top tips

  • Make it extra-sensory by tying bells to the ends, so they make a noise in the breeze.