I love candy favors. Any excuse to eat candy is fine by me. So when I saw some carrot-shaped Easter eggs at Dollar Tree, I knew that I had to come up with some way to use them. I ended up planting a little “garden” of candy-filled carrots in a window box, and I think this might be one of my cutest ideas ever!
- Window box planter, $1 and up
- Carrot-shaped eggs, $3 to $4
- Candy, on hand or $1
- Egg cartons, on hand
- Floral foam, on hand or $2
- Paper shreds, $1
- Craft foam, on hand or $1
- Wooden skewer or chopstick, on hand
- Cardboard, on hand
- Embellishments, on hand or $1
- Hot glue, on hand
Total: $5 and up
Depending on the size of your window box, you will need about 9 to 12 carrots. (They come in packages of 3.) Fill the carrots with candy – I used all orange colored candies but you can use any candy you like.
The carrots will rest in egg cartons, but you’ll need to raise them up inside the box so that they aren’t in so deep that the carrots don’t show when you’re done.
Cut the bottoms of the egg cartons off (you won’t need the lids for this project). Place the foam inside the the window box, then put the egg cartons on top. You may need to trim the foam and/or the egg cartons to make them fit.
Place the filled carrots in the egg cartons, staggering them in two rows using every other space as shown.
If you are adding a row marker sign, make a small hole in the bottom of the egg carton where you would like it to go and press a skewer or chopstick through the hole and into the foam below.
To make grass, cut a zig-zag line up the middle of a piece of craft foam. Use hot glue to attach the grass to the front of the window box.
To finish the display, cover the egg cartons with brown paper shreds (from the gift wrapping department) to represent dirt. Use cardboard and a marker to make signs and attach them with hot glue. I also added a butterfly from the floral section at Dollar Tree to complete the look.