Egg Carton Flowers And Egg Carton Crafts

Flowers made from recycled paper pulp egg cartons are nothing new - As a matter of fact, I remember them from grade school! (certainly not going to give away my age here, but let's just say that was well over 3o years ago!) 

In any case, egg carton flower crafts are a great way to recycle paper pulp egg cartons. The cartons can easily be cut, shaped, and painted to look like a variety of different flowers. This is a craft that the entire family can do together, and that makes it even better!

As for the flowers, check out the varieties I've gathered here for you. 
Personally, red poppies are my favorite... 
I might have to fashion a garland of those for myself!
Enjoy!

Egg carton flower Anthropologie display, image from lovelywren (above and below)






Sweet little way to reuse an egg carton from marieclaire



Egg carton flower lights by Norskeinterior


Egg carton flower bouquet by Then She Made


Egg carton flower tutorial by Five Days 5 Ways




Egg carton flowers by Hennymats




This garland of egg carton lights look like fairy flowers... by Espritcabane



Egg carton roses (above and below) by Rosi Jo




Egg carton daffodils by Intimate Weddings


DIY egg carton flower centerpieces by Intimate Weddings


These remind me of Lilies - egg carton flowers by Supercozy

Egg carton mushrooms by hjane



 Of course you could always use them as seed starters for spring!
image and link from Little Alexander




What do you think? 


Which is your favorite?



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Antique Dinner Knife Bell Necklaces


Check out the antique dinner knife pendants I currently have in my Etsy shop!






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New Broken China Jewelry On My Workbench



Here is a peek at what I am working on this week...



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Cheddar and Bacon Loaded Pub Fries




Nothing says movie night comfort food on a cold winter weekend night than these 
cheddar and bacon loaded pub fries! My family goes wild over these, and you will too! 
A few side notes: I like to use a large glass lasagna pan for this recipe. 
The jalapeno peppers are optional. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping!


Ingredients

2 - 28oz. bags of Steak Fries (I use a bit less, about 1 & 1/2 bags)
1/2 lb. bacon, fried crisp and crumbled

5-6 green onions, thinly sliced (a little bit less than 1/4 cup)
8-12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
pickled sliced jalapenos 

Ranch dressing for dipping


Instructions 

Preheat oven as directed on steak fries package.
Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange steak fries in the
casserole dish and bake according to package directions. 
(I bake mine for about 25 minutes at 425F)
While fries are baking, fry, drain and crumble the bacon.
Chop the green onions and shred the cheddar cheese.
Once fries are finished baking, remove from the oven and top with toppings in this order:
shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, green onions, 
jalapeno pepper slices.
I also like to top with additional cheese but that's just my preference.
Return the fries to the hot oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping. 





I use one and a half bags of these fries to feed 4 adults



Spread frozen fries in your casserole dish. I use a glass lasagna dish.



Fry, drain, and crumble bacon while fries are baking



Dice green onions while fries are baking



Remove baked fries from oven and sprinkle with cheese



Top the cheese with crumbled crisp bacon



Top the bacon and cheese with the diced green onions



Top with sliced jalapeno peppers



I like to put extra cheese on top of it all before baking the second time!



Bake in 400 F oven for approx. 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Serve with ranch dressing on the side for dipping.



Perfect for movie night!


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Easy Frosted Ricotta Cookies




These frosted ricotta cookies are so easy to make and are one of my family's favorite cookies!
Cake-like yet dense and rich, they are a nice change from crumbly or crispy type cookies. 

Match your decorative sugar sprinkles to the holiday and you have a cookie for all seasons. 
You can also substitute flavored extract (try lemon, or almond) in place of the vanilla.  

Ingredients

Cookies
1/2 c. butter

1 c. sugar
1 T. vanilla
2 c. ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 c. flour

Frosting

2 T. butter, softened
2 c. powered sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 T. milk
Decorative colored sugar sprinkles (optional)

Instructions for cookies

Preheat oven to 350 F. 
Grease cookie sheets (I use solid Crisco).
Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until mixture is creamy and fluffy.

Add the egg and mix well.
Add the ricotta cheese and mix well.
Add the baking soda, salt and flour, mixing well.
Optional: refrigerating the dough for 1-2 hours will make it less sticky and easier to 
work with.
Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls (teaspoon or tablespoon depending on the size 
cookies you prefer) onto greased cookie sheet, about two inches apart. 
Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. 
Tops of cookies do not brown so watch them closely while they are baking. 
Once finished baking, remove from cookie sheets and cool on a wire rack. 
Prepare frosting while cookies are cooling. 
Note: do not frost cookies until they are completely cooled! 

Instructions for frosting

In an electric mixer  or by hand, cream the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth and creamy. 
Add a little more milk or powdered sugar if necessary until your frosting is a spreadable.
Frost the cookies and then sprinkle with decorative sugar sprinkles. 
Store in an air tight container.  




Cool cookies completely before frosting



Prepare frosting while cookies are cooling


Add sprinkles immediately after frosting





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New Broken China Jewelry


Before I get back to my blog posts about upcycling, decorating and business, I wanted to 
put up one last blog post to show you the last group of jewelry that I made from vintage
and antique broken china (and two bracelets made from antique spoons) that I just
 I hope you like them! 


Antique American poppy china. I love this pattern!


Another favorite color - antique teal ivy English transferware.


Art Nouveau stylized roses.


Rare china pattern - sweet little bluebirds.


Vintage Strawberry Fair china with cherries.


Unusual antique china pattern with parrot.


Beautiful Flow Blue roses, china from around 1880.


Yellow and pink cabbage rose porcelain china.


Blue poppies...what a pretty color!


Vintage Florence chintz. I love chintz with a black background.


Fluffy pink cabbage rose china, antique porcelain.


Vibrant bird of paradise, antique American china.


Bracelet made from an antique orphaned spoon.


Bracelet made from an antique orphaned spoon.


Do you want to learn how to make your own jewelry out of old broken china 
and silverware? 

Did you know that I show how to make broken china jewelry, silverware jewelry, 
and teach you how to solder in my book, BoHo Chic Jewelry: