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Our Easter celebration is definitely going to be a bit different this year, but that’s not stopping me from trying some fun Easter craft projects.
You know me — I try to find craft projects that kiddos can help with, too. And this one’s no exception.
We tried our hand at some easy Easter egg decorating projects and made “speckled” Easter eggs this weekend using exactly three supplies: leftover foam stickers, Rust-Oleum spray paint, and some white plastic Easter eggs.
They were so easy to make and turned out SO cute!
Spray painted Easter eggs: what you’ll need
In years past, we’ve always purchased the egg coloring kits you find at the supermarket, which produce mediocre results at best.
However, we never eat the eggs we color because no one in my family likes hard-boiled eggs.
And that feels like a giant waste, especially this year when, well, some food supplies are tough to come by.
So this year we decided to get creative and bought craftable Easter eggs to play around with.
We tried a few different ways of decorating them, but this way was by far the kids’ favorite, not to mention the easiest.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- White plastic Easter eggs designed for crafting (we bought ours at Jo-Ann; here’s a listing for the craftable eggs on their website that’s similar to what we got)
- Small foam stickers (optional, but my toddler LOVED picking out a shape to “hide” on each speckled egg)
- Rust-Oleum spray paint in the color(s) of your choice; for this project I chose Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover Gloss in Spa Blue, Berry Pink and Grape
How to make these fun and colorful spray painted Easter eggs
The process to make these fun Easter eggs couldn’t be easier.
And if you have older kids they can probably even help you with the spray painting.
My oldest is 8 and loved helping me with this project.
I have a giant stockpile of spray paint in my basement craft cabinet. Over the years — after testing oodles of brands — I’ve found that Rust-Oleum is the brand that gives me the most consistent results on projects of all shapes and sizes.
And here’s my little secret: I’m not always the best painter.
In fact, I usually pass off painting projects to my husband because he’s far more skilled than me. But I find that with Rust-Oleum spray paint I always get great coverage on whatever I’m painting, and the paint itself is pretty forgiving, meaning it very rarely leaves drip marks or bubbles on a surface.
And that’s really good news for someone like me who, uh, doesn’t exactly win any awards for her paint jobs.
Step #1: Place one foam sticker on each egg.
We have a lifetime supply of foam stickers in our craft cabinet, so I happily used a bunch of shapes we had on hand for our Easter egg spray painting project.
Use any small foam stickers that you want! Stars, flowers, hearts, letters … anything goes, really.
Let your kids be creative and decide what type of silhouettes they want to create on the eggs.
Again, adding foam stickers to the eggs is optional, but my four-year old thought this was the most fun part of the project. He kept telling me he was “hiding” different shapes on the speckled eggs after selecting a few stickers and then loved helping me peel the foam stickers off after the paint dried.
That, my friends, is a mom win. I’ll take it.
Step #2: Prep a well-ventilated area for spray painting.
I spray paint outside whenever possible. But if the weather is windy or it’s too cold, then I set up shop in my garage with both garage doors completely open.
Virginia lucked out with some lovely spring weather this weekend, so we decided to spray paint in our backyard.
I usually place a piece of cardboard or scrap wood on the grass so that I have a flat surface to work with.
Because the eggs have a tendency to roll around, I placed them gently in the plastic packaging they came in, using that packaging as a stand so that they’d stay still for the paint job.
Step #3: Spray paint your eggs.
Now for the fun part!
The key to giving the eggs a speckled look is to stand up while spray painting, holding the can about two feet away from the eggs.
Press down on the button to release the paint very lightly.
Less is more here — although the beauty of a project like this one is that if you get too much paint on any of your eggs, it’ll simply look like it’s part of the intended design. Just layer on some more speckled color and you’re good.
Pro tip: Choose two to three spray paint colors to layer on each speckled egg. We experimented with layering on more, and I didn’t love the results. If you choose more than three colors, they’ll run together and you’ll lose a bit of that speckled effect.
Step #4: Let the paint dry, then repeat step 3.
Rust-Oleum spray paint dries insanely fast, but to be on the safe side we let the paint dry for about 10 minutes before gently turning each egg over to paint the backside.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until each egg is covered in a speckled design to your liking.
Let the paint dry.
Step #5: Peel off the foam stickers.
Gently peel off the foam stickers to reveal your silhouette on each egg.
My little dude came back and helped me with this part of the project … but of course promptly ran away before I could snap a photo of him.
And here’s what our finished speckled spray paint eggs look like:
But wait, there’s more! Abstract brushstroke Easter eggs
After we made our speckled eggs, I decided to grab my stash of DecoArt acrylic paints and some brushes, and make abstract brushstroke Easter eggs.
I chose colors that were close to the spray paint colors we used for the speckled eggs, with the intention of displaying them all together when we finished.
There aren’t any real directions for making brushstroke Easter eggs, so there’s no tutorial to share with you (sorry!).
Again, anything goes … there’s no “right” way to make these brushstroke eggs so you can’t mess up!
Choose whatever colors you want, grab some brushes, and hop to it (I’m good with jokes, guys).
Older kids (8+) can even do this project too.
Easter eggs on display
I love how the speckled and abstract brushstroke eggs look together!
What do you think?
If you end up giving this project a try, let me know how it goes!