I wanted to share three ways to decorate your plastic Easter eggs for Spring. If you have been following me, we recently remodeled our fireplace wall with cabinets and shelves. I wanted to bring Spring into this space without spending a fortune. I have six surface areas including the mantel and hearth to decorate.
Several existing decor pieces will remain but I want to sprinkle Spring among my favorite items. I decided to start with plastic eggs, since they are in abundance and so inexpensive. I made a quick trip to JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, lucky me, there were many clearance aisles of Easter and Spring décor and craft products. Everything was 50% off, I hit the mother-load.
I found a bag of 36 plastic Easter eggs, regular price $5.99 – half price $2.99 Better than Dollar Tree which are normally 6-12 for a buck. I still bought cute Easter Eggs from Dollar Tree to use for our grandson’s Easter Egg Hunt that we are planning. https://www.joann.com/fresh-picked-spring-easter-decor-36-pk-plastic-eggs/16404618.html#q=easter%2Beggs&start=1
I decided I wanted soft colors this year, so covering the bright plastic colors is a must. I spied some Robin Blue Eggs on several Instagram and Pinterest posts, I investigated purchasing them, but they are very expensive. So, my first challenge was a DIY Robin Blue and Wren Yellow Eggs to bring a little sophistication to the glossy bright plastic eggs.
I headed to Hobby Lobby, the perfect solution I think is Chalk Paint and lucky for me it was on sale as well. I picked up ForkArt Home Décor Chalk Paint in Summer Porch (yellow) and Glacier (blue). Now to find brown to add the little brown specks you see on the eggs. I used DecorArt in espresso.
I walked through the store for inspiration and settled on glittery seed beads in pink, blue, yellow and purple. The seed beads were on sale, buy one get one free. My lucky day! Now some Mod Podge to adhere the beads to the plastic eggs and I think I’m all set.
Oh no, I passed the wooden bead aisle and decided I would add wooden beads and make an egg and wooden bead rope or garland – I think this could be a perfect little sparkle for my décor.
Robin Blue and Wren Yellow Eggs
I wanted my eggs to look natural and add soft Spring colors to my fireplace wall décor. The soft blue and yellow chalk paint I selected are the perfect colors. I started by painting the eggs, it would take two coats to completely cover the bright eggs. I also love the look of the chalk, it looks more like a real egg, it’s not shiny but matted and just the right texture.
To paint, I used a tooth pick inserted in one of the holes that every plastic Easter egg has on each end. I was able to coat the entire egg without touching or waiting for one side to dry. I poked the tooth pick in the top of a box to support the egg while it dried.
After they dried, I needed to add the brown specks. I put the eggs into the box and dipped a brush into the brown paint. Now to just flick the spots on the eggs. I got a little messy with this, since my approach was to scrape the bristles of the brush with stuff cardboard, which let the paint just spray small bits of brown paint on the painted eggs. I love how they turned out. Apply as much or as little as you wish to get the look, you’re after.
Sparkling Seed Bead Eggs
I bought four small tubes of seed beads thinking I would be able to cover eight eggs with the beads. This plan was a little short sighted, since each tube only did one egg, with some beads left over. I would have to have another plan to produce enough eggs to make my rope of eggs.
Because I will be stringing these eggs on roping, I need to enlarge the holes at each end of the egg. I used a drill with a bit slightly larger than the rope I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I bought small paracord in a lilac for my roping.
The beaded eggs were simple to accomplish. I coated each egg with Mod Podge and then just sprinkled the seed beads on the eggs over a paper plate so I could save the extra beads, at that time hoping for a second egg. There was about 1/3 of the tube of seed beads left after I completely covered an egg. I also used the tooth pick approach for these eggs. And once again, I poked the tooth pick into the box top until the eggs dried.
I wanted to ensure the beads would not fall off the eggs, so after they dried, I applied another coat of Mod Podge to secure the beads to the eggs. Another helpful tip is to use the same colored eggs as the beads, so another color won’t show through the tiny areas that are not covered with beads.
I found my solution, I had recently picked up some beautiful Spring paper products on different shopping trip again to JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. The napkins had soft pink flowers and wording – Living Life in Full BLOOM. I think they will be a perfect addition to the seed bead eggs. I picked four eggs in the same color as the seed beads (pink, purple, yellow and blue) since the color will show through the decoupage.
I carefully cut out the designs in the napkins, tested them on the eggs. I had to resize some of the napkin designs, removing leaves or stems to allow them to fit smoothly on the egg. Once I had my pieces cut, I applied the Mod Podge to the back of the cut out and placed it carefully on the egg. Once it was applied, I put a second coat of Mod Podge over the design to adhere it to the egg. I continued to apply the designs until I had most of the egg covered.
Now I wanted to use the remainder of my seed beads on these decoupaged eggs to make a cohesive look to my egg rope/garland. I took a very small tipped paint brush and added Mod Podge to areas of the eggs where there were no designs and then sprinkled with the seed beads. You do need to make curtain the eggs are completely dry before you add the beads since they would likely stick to areas where you have designs.
I loved the finished product, I am so happy now that that I didn’t have enough seed beads to cover all 8 eggs. They turned out perfect.
Completing the Projects
I had in mind three different uses for my beautiful eggs: 1) Added to my lantern that has its perfect spot on the fireplace hearth 2) Egg Rope and 3) Egg wreath that would hang on our fireplace tool set.
I added some pink grass to the base of the lantern and simply laid the Robin Blue and Wren Yellow eggs around the battery remote controlled candle I use in the lantern. Such a simple touch – it added a delightful Spring/Easter flair to the lantern.
For the rope eggs, I had to use a very long needle that was large enough to thread the paracord and fit the holes I had drilled into the eggs. This is something you will want to test before you bead or decoupage your eggs. My hole was not large enough, so I had to enlarge the holes I had already made. Not a problem but double the effort.
I picked up a pack of decorator’s needles from Wal-Mart that worked out perfect for this task. I placed a wooden bead in between each decorated egg and tied the ends off with a wooden bead as well. I love how it turned out. I think this might be my favorite DIY project for Easter so far.
I save 10 of the Robin Blue and Wren Yellow eggs to make a small wreath that would hang on our fireplace tool set. This was a very simple project. I simply feed each egg using the holes in the eggs on a stiff wire, that I picked up at JoAnn’s on sale. Once they were on the wire, I simply shaped the wire in a circle and wrap the wire ends securely. You could add a bow if you like, but I like it plain. Just a perfect little touch to our fireplace hearth.
I hope you find inspiration in these Easter Egg decorating ideas that will bring Spring into your home.