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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Painted Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial

Painted Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial

I get these crazy ideas in my head and I just have to try them. This time I thought, what about painting plastic Easter eggs? I wasn’t entirely sure that it would work and that the paint would stick to the plastic, but I gave it a shot anyway. I was pleasantly surprised that it DID work and that the texture was very nice- much more like real eggs. So of course I made a whole bunch of them!!! Painted Plastic Easter Eggs TutorialHere is the step-by-step tutorial of how I did it:

I used regular old acrylic craft paint in some pastel colors and an assortment of old plastic Easter eggs that were in the Easter box. Separate the eggs so that they can sit on the newspaper to dry and you can hold them from underneath to work with them. Apply the paint with a foam sponge brush and wipe it on pretty heavily, but evenly. After the first coat, you can still see a lot of the plastic.
Painted Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial
Let it dry COMPLETELY and then apply a second heavy coat, brushing in the same direction as before so you don’t pull the first coat of paint off. The coverage gets a lot better. Painted Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial

After that coat dries, dab and sponge the paint on heavily for the third coat. This gives it the nice eggshell texture later. Painting Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial

If you can still see a little plastic when this dries, you may need a fourth coat to touch it up. Painted Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial

Then, SPECKLE! Take a toothbrush and dip it in chocolate brown paint. Go pretty heavy for some big splotches, and flick the brush with your finger about 12 inches above the eggs. I practiced on the newspaper first (like Mommy said to) until I got the hang of it. This part is messy, but fun!Painted Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial My son saw me speckling and said “Whose toothbrush is that?” I think they turned out pretty cute! The speckles remind me of candy eggs. Yummm…Painted Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial

Painted Plastic Easter Eggs Tutorial


Christie Cottage said...

Cute! Many years ago when Leggs panty hose came in those giant plastic eggs, I saved them all year and then painted them gold. Those were used for the Easter hunt every year and whoever found those got special prizes!

Have a wonderful day!


AMKreations said...

They look great Lindsay! I'm not ambitious enough to try it, but I like yours. =)

shopannies said...

love the look how super cute

Bowie Bunch said...

So cute!

I just started my own craft blog over at

Would love to feature you as a guest blogger & share this fun project.

My e-mail is gczbowie at yahoo dot com & just put "gingersnaps" as the subject, & I can give you more detials. :)

katy said...

Very cute Lindsay! Thanks for sharing.

Jacqueline said...

Super cute tutorial and they really look great! Much better then plastic eggs, I have a few of those sitting around maybe I should try this!
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Sarah@everydayeasy said...

These look awesome! I will definitely be trying it! Thanks for the tutorial.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Love those! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

AllieMakes! said...

Very pretty! Great Idea!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Outofmymind said...

I bought a bunch too, I wanted to do the same thing. Now I KNOW it will work, I wondered if the paint would stick too. They turned out SO CUTE!


Visiting from the Creative Crate party. Very cute and creative.

Sarah@everydayeasy said...

Hi Lindsay,
I made these eggs today and used them for a centerpiece! Check it out at everydayeasy.blogspot.com Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and inspiration!

Nouchka said...

it's so cute ! Thank's for tutorial ! I like the idea !

Cheryl said...

Super cute Lindsay and I love the tutorial! Wondering... how do the eggs look good now and did the acrylic paint fair well? I organize a neighbourhood OUTDOOR (rain, snow or shine)Easter Egg Hunt and want to paint my 100+ plastic eggs. BUT, I need to know that the paint would not flake off and would last for years. Do you think it would? Thanks!

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Hi, Cheryl!
Well, my kids didn't do too much damage to them. Even though they were supposed to be for decoration only, they hid them all over the house and played egg hunt over and over. I think they are a few little chippy spots, but nothing major. I think if I was using them outdoors and wanted them to last a long time, I would spray them with sealer, but I am not sure what they can withstand since we haven't tested them outdoors (yet).

kitsuneshin said...

This is exactly what I need. I only have plastic eggs for Easter decorations. May I ask if I can use poster paint, since it's the only paint I have right now. will it stick to the plastic egg?

Lindsay said...

I am not sure- I haven't used poster paint in a very long time! Maybe you can try it out on one egg first. The acrylic doesn't want to stick at first, which is why I had to do a few coats and use the sponging technique to add some texture. Good luck!