Google+ House Revivals: Grade AA Crafting

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Grade AA Crafting

Here is a glimpse of a Grade AA ornament idea that bounced around in my brain every morning at breakfast time for nearly twenty years -- that's a lot of brain bouncing!


Today I will share a little before and after, and save the tutorial for a later post.

For years, every time I opened up an eighteen count carton of eggs, the inside top of the carton would make me happy.  Of course, the beautiful texture of the cardboard  was part of the reason, but there was something else....

I would say to people "that looks just like four little old-fashioned cars"....

... and they would look at me like I was crazy.

So, one day I decided to show every one that there really were four little cars in every egg carton!

These little ornaments make great hostess gifts, teacher gifts, or baby gift tie-ons,  and can be adapted to suit any holiday.  I've even made several "just married" versions of the little car as wedding gift tie-ons!

It didn't take long to realize there were little planes hiding in the cartons, too.
And sailboats, and canoes, and even a few kayaks, but we'll save those for another post!

I'm linking this post to Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple.  Click here to see lots of great ideas and projects!
It is also linked to Alphabe-Thursday at Jenny Matlock's blog, and Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party.
I'm joining Kara's Look What I Made party and Just Something I Whipped Up, at the Girl Creative.
This post is also linked to It's So Very Thrifty, at It's So Very Cheri.

38 comments:

  1. What a cute idea! Good eye, I just see an egg carton lid. I really like the idea of using these as gift tie ons, what fun. Have a great weekend. Kathy

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  2. You are a genius!!! We get the 18-count egg cartons all the time! Do you have an etsy shop?
    I'm in love with the planes!!!

    Jenny sent me!

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  3. OH I love love love you little egg carton cars and planes!!!! when I was young we used to make christmas ornaments from egg cartons. (I think there might be a picture somewhere on one of my older christmas posts.)

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  4. Very creative! I'm visiting from Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday.

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  5. This is such a clever idea! I'm going to print this out and share it with our granddaughters preschool teacher, too! Thanks for "playing". A+ for you!

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  6. Wow, how ingenious. Just goes to show, one man's trash is another man's treasure LOL.

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  7. wow, those are super cool and very green of you - way to upcycle :D

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  8. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this! :-)

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  9. I actually am the proud OWNER of one of these cars. And a house to park it beside. Are ya' jealous? She made houses for one of our Christmas brunches years ago. They were GREAT!

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  10. Don't you just love being able to see beauty in the ordinary (and even sometimes in the down right ugly - LOL)? You did a wonderful job!

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  11. You are so incredibly creative. I especially like the airplanes...since I have been flying most of my life, starting with small ones like two seater Cessnas, then progressing up to the big jets.

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  12. So cute and creative! I'll let you know how my front door spray paint wears :) Have a great weekend!
    Kristin

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  13. how adorable!!! very creative!!

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  14. I love the planes! So cute and glitzy too! They need a Santa setting in the drivers seat!

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  15. How cute! I can just picture those sparkly white ones used as favors for a little boy baby shower!
    Judy

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  16. A woman after my own heart, making something out of an everyday thing! Just love your different modes of transportation
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  17. I love these and I saw the cars right away! I cant wait for a tutorial! I am in Jenny's Alphabe' too....melinda

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  18. So cute and very clever! Can't wait for your tutorial - my little guy would love these! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Thanks for visiting my blog. Very cute idea, and you have a great imagination!

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  20. Oh, you are so clever! I love the way your mind thinks. I'd love one of those little airplanes. I'm adding myself as a new follower. Oh, and please don't tell Mrs. Matlock I was late for class.

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  21. I love the airplanes best. The cars are fun too.
    Kathy

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  22. That was brilliant they would be great for the children at Rainbows to make for Fathers day

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  23. Such a cute idea! And great fun reading posts like yours on Thursdays!

    Happy Alphabe-Thursday,

    LOLA:)

    PS Mine this time is HERE. Hope you can join me!

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  24. These are so cute. They would be great on a baby gift for a little boy or girl.

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  25. I loved what you did with all the pieces and parts of the egg carton. I also like the mystery of not knowing how you did it. Let's me just enjoy them for what they became not caring too much about the becoming part! Can you tell I'm not very crafty but love shiny things???

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  26. Remember this one. I still think these are great creations!

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  27. I love your little vehicles. What a great idea.

    I used egg cartons and McDonald's drink holders to make a stone fireplace for my Ginny dolls, but I found the directions online. It was a lot of fun.

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  28. Very clever!
    Now, I hope you weren't doing any of that hot glue-gunning in the dark!......I remember, from another post, that this isn't a good idea!

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  29. Looking forward to the tutorial. I love the little planes.

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  30. What a delicious idea to add to our big pot of Alphabet Soup this week! Can't wait to see the tutorial.

    I am going to print this out for our Granddaughter preschool teacher! I think she will love it!

    You are very clever!

    And this link is very much appreciated!

    A+

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  31. You are brilliant! Thank you! I need some little airplanes to put the christmas gnomes I'm making in.
    Kathy

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  32. oh i totally remember the original posts, those cars are so adorable! i can't wait to see the sailboats completed!

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