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I am not a fan of cold weather, so the transition into spring is always an exciting time of year for me. I don’t celebrate Easter as a religious holiday, but I welcome the opportunity to decorate the house and office with colorful symbols of growth and life. Flower buds, baby bunnies, and colored eggs bring me as much joy as an adult as they did as a child. As a maker, painting non-perishable eggs is an enjoyable activity that allows me to engage with the season.
You will need…
- Papier-mâché eggs
- Acrylic paint
- Pastel paints are classic, bright colors are festive, or change it up and try something different like metallics!
- Paint brushes
- It can be helpful to have a variety of shapes and sizes of paint brushes. I recommend an inexpensive starter pack of four to ten if you don’t currently own brushes.
Let’s do it!
Paint the base color in two layers. If the base coat is applied too lightly, it will be extremely difficult to add another layer after creating designs in the foreground. Allow the paint to dry so you can later handle the egg without transferring paint onto your hands and workspace.
Use: largest brush, any shape
Next, begin painting the design or pattern of choice. Paint the first layer of color. On our example projects, that would be the flower petals on the large egg and the background swoosh on the small egg. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the appropriate size and shape brush for your design.
Use: medium round brush for the flower petals, medium angled brush for the background swoosh
Then, paint the second layer of detail. On our projects, that would be the center of the flower for the large egg and the foreground swoosh for the small egg.
Use: smaller round brush for the center of the flower, slightly smaller angled brush for the foreground swoosh
Finally, let the paint dry overnight, and admire your work!
Don’t forget to add a few finishing touches. Consider displaying the eggs in a basket with decorative grass, or in a ceramic egg crate.
We used papier-mâché eggs for this project, but ceramic or wooden eggs are also great options. If you prefer to start with a base coat already applied, this ombre set from Terrain comes in a variety of colors.
What designs will you paint on your eggs? How will you display your creation? If you need a creative booster shot, Pinterest is always a wonderful source of inspiration. Check out our boards or this post about incorporating flowers into your home for more Spring ideas!