It may be a little crazy, but I’ve been collecting egg cartons since Christmas, when I had the idea for this wall hanging. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is! But truth be told, I’ve always had a thing for egg cartons and I feel wasteful throwing them out. You can use them to make a pretty wreath or wrap tiny gifts, and for a long time, I stored my nail polish collection in one. If you use even more egg cartons, you can turn this hanging into a photo backdrop for parties, or hang it in the door jamb to create a separator. Here’s how it works:
- egg cartons
- string + thick needle
- a foraged stick
Before starting on this super easy project, you should find as many egg cartons as you can. A 6 egg carton only has two such cones, so plan ahead. For my wall hanging, I used a total of 45 cones, which I removed from the carton with scissors or my bare hands.
Thread the needle with string and make a knot at one end. Pass the needle through the top of the cone, with the knot inside. This will be your bottom “bell”.
Make another know about 10 cm from the first one, and pass the needle through the second cone. Repeat until you have 5 cones on a string, and leave the end of the string long and loose.
I made a total of 9 such strings, each one with 5 cones on it. You can adjust the number according to how many cones you have.
Tie a piece of string to the sides of the stick. Hang the stick on the wall. Then you can easily tie the cone strings to the stick, one by one. Your wall hanging is ready! Easy, right?
It’s no secret that I love picnics, foxes, cuddling in blankets, and felting. If these are a few of your favorite things, try this DIY picnic blanket! The project will take a couple of hours, depending on the size of your blanket and the number of foxes you decide to use. But it’s really cute and unique. Plus you get to stab wool with your needle, which can be therapeutical as well as rhythmical – the perfect activity for when you’re blasting your favorite tunes.
What you need:
- wool, wool blend or felt blanket
- pen (I used a trick marker)
- orange felting wool
- felting needle
- fox cookie cutter (mine is from Ikea, also available on Amazon)
- sponge (larger than the cookie cutter)
Start by measuring your blanket and deciding where you want to place your foxes. I made 10 foxes on three rows (3-4-3), but you can make the pattern however you want to. Mark the spots with a pen.
Start with your first marking. Place the blanket between the fox cookie cutter and the sponge.
Fill up the shape with orange wool. Start with a thinner layer.
And now for the fun part! Stab the wool into the blanket with your felting needle. Stab and stab and stab. Add more wool if and where necessary. You should get a relatively even surface. Stab a little extra at the face, tail, and legs.
This is how your first fox will look like, more or less. Continue making as many foxes as you want and you have yourself a cool new blanket! Come to think about it, this would also make a good baby blanket!
Gudetama lunch box available here.