Painted plastic eggs

We love Easter in this house.

Come to think of it, we love any and all Holidays that involve chocolate, large meals and/or gifts – so Easter is pretty high up on our list of favourites.

Every year the girls do an Easter egg hunt through the house and then a neighbourhood hunt outside – and they love it.

They don’t even eat all the treats they find, it’s just the hunting that they love.

I mention this because over the years we have amassed a ton of plastic eggs.

Plastic Easter eggs


I like them for treats, but not for decor, so I thought I’d see if there was a tutorial on how to make plastic eggs look like real eggs.

Sure enough Debbie Doos does!

I will confess that I just skimmed over her tutorial instead of following it step by step – so you’ll see below all the ways I went wrong:

First, I filled the vase with the number of eggs I thought would make a fun Easter display.

Once I had an amount, I spread them out on a box lid (covered in tin foil) and spray painted them in an off-white (ivory) colour.

Painting plastic Easter Eggs

First error – crappy spray paint.

It didn’t have enough aerosol in it to spray the paint evenly, so it dripped and drooled all over the eggs.

What a mess!

Easter-eggs-04


Second error – I sprayed too heavily.  I should have done several light coats instead of trying to cover them completely each time.

This lead to puddling under the eggs, which then made them stick to the tin foil.  Lesson learned – start again.

I sprayed my second batch of painted plastic eggs in very light, thin coats and let dry.  Then I repeated until they were completely coated and no bright colours showed through (once dry, repeat on the other side.)

Once I had a fairly even coat on the eggs, I thought I’d try splattering the alternate coloured flecks on.
Third error – you can’t lightly “fleck” with a paint brush.

Painted plastic eggs, realistic looking plastic eggs, speckled eggs, Spring decor


UGH!
Another coat of off-white spray paint to cover this mess.
A little sanding to remove the puddled bits underneath.

I was starting to think they might be worth the $8 to just buy my painted plastic eggs already done.

A stiff toothbrush and some of the girls’ paint and I was kind of getting the hang of it:

Painted plastic eggs, realistic looking plastic eggs, speckled eggs, Spring decor


Kind of
Painted plastic eggs, realistic looking plastic eggs, speckled eggs, Spring decor

We’re going to chalk that one up to chicken poop.

After a lot of frustration, I finally got my painted plastic eggs complete.  The process wasn’t really that bad, and didn’t take all that long – but a few less errors would have been nice too (so that’s why I’m sharing my fails here)


They do make a nice Easter display.

Painted plastic eggs, realistic looking plastic eggs, speckled eggs, Spring decor


If I’d followed Debbie’s instructions, I would have come out of this with free Easter eggs.  (I have latex paint I could have used to paint them individually).

Painted plastic eggs, realistic looking plastic eggs, speckled eggs, Spring decor

Instead, in trying to take a shortcut and spray paint them, I came in at $12 – for two cans of paint (1 crappy and 1 good).

The same sixty eggs from Pier 1 would have cost about $40.

Worth it?

Yeah, I do think they’re cute.

Painted plastic eggs, realistic looking plastic eggs, speckled eggs, Spring decor


Chicken poop and all.

Have a great one!

 

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2018-03-09T14:36:25-05:00March 23rd, 2014|CRAFTS, DECOR, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

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