Lovely Little Holiday DIY: Egg Carton “Golden Bells” Garland

{all images taken with my personal camera or iPhone}

No joke I have been telling Pat not to throw away our empty egg cartons for the past 2 months. But he knows now not to ask “why” anymore, haha :). I’ve had this idea in my head for a while and finally gave it a whirl last night, and I’m perfectly OK with how it came out slightly imperfect.

Here’s what you need:
Empty egg cartons
Gold spray paint
Box cutter or Xacto knife
Pretty string - I chose a teal multi-tie raffia from World Market  because I thought it would really make the gold pop
Plastic gloves*

1.  Cut the egg-holder side off of the egg carton and discard the other half.

2. Spray paint both sides of the egg cartons using your color of choice. I used an old wine box to prop the cartons while each side dried.

*You will note that plastic gloves are listed on the materials list, however they are not pictured. See below for why you might want to consider wearing gloves. You will also note that Rhody is judging me from below.

{taken with instagram - care to follow? my username is “lovelydetails“}

3. Once dry, use your box cutter to cut out each “bell”.

4. Create a loop on the bottom of your string for easy hanging. Cut the string to your desired length and tie a tiny knot at the opposite end to make it easier to get through the bottom of each “bell”.

5. Cut an “X” at the bottom of each “bell”.

6. String the bells on to your garland! Hang and enjoy!

Other uses:
Wedding/holiday party photobooth backdrop (hang multiple strings next to each other)
Christmas tree garland
Ceremony backdrop

  • Brit Tucker Stewart says on December 21, 2011 Reply


  • Jessica@TWB says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    Ooh so shiny! Love it.

  • McKay says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    so cute! and I love the golden hand too :)

  • Faith says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    i love that! so creative and looks easy too!

  • Kristina Juarbe says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    Wow! Very Very Cute!!

  • Brenda {Best Wedding Sites} says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    so cute and clever - you always come up with the most fun and unique ideas

  • Laura *You Stir Me* says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    Love this! So easy and such a great impact…and i’m so jealous of your pup and fireplace!

  • Miriam Corona says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    Can’t stop laughing at the note of Rhody judging you from below. Hilarious!

    This look awesome! You are so creative to turn egg cartons into something fabulous! Your fireplace looks great!

  • Nicole says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    I’ll bet Rhody is just wondering why you aren’t taking his picture! :)

  • birdie to be says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    Great diy! Love your sparkly hands too… so festive! ;)

  • Lena says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    I love the garland, and your Midas fingers!

  • Diana says on December 21, 2011 Reply

    You are just full of creative ideas!! LOVE!! Hope the spray came off your hand easily! xoxo Merry Christmas…and a Very Happy New Year!!

  • Kiele Gregoire says on December 22, 2011 Reply

    hahaha, so funny, we took a VERY similar shot of jay’s fingers after he spray painted some pine cones (also for a garland) gold for me! so funny. Love the gold bells! Happy Holidays Love!!

  • Pear Tree Greetings says on December 22, 2011 Reply

    Very cute idea! Dresses up the fireplace. Thank you for sharing! -Dani

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

featured and seen in
   | Web hosting and development: The Hosting Guide