I’m Jane from Cottage at the Crossroads and I’m happy to be guest posting for Debbie today.
About two years ago, my husband and I started a little blog called Cottage at the Crossroads. I met Debbie through her Newbie Party, and it’s such an honor that she’s letting me guest post on her blog while she’s on her fantastic trip to Ireland. I’m the one dancing a little jig today! And, of course, in Debbie’s honor, I could not do a guest post today without doing something that involved
So my project today involves taking cheap plastic Easter eggs and transforming them into more natural looking eggs.
So I started out with 4 large plastic eggs and several of the smaller ones that come apart. Now I know these are fun, bright colors, but I wanted some eggs that looked a little more like real eggs. But have you priced those? Even the ones that are made of paper mache are EXPENSIVE! So I got to thinking that I could spray paint these babies and googled to find some instructions. I ran across Vivienne’s faux robin’s egg tutorial.
Vivienne first sprayed her eggs with plastic primer, and then she hit them with Rust-Oleum’s textured paint.
After gluing the two parts of the eggs together, I did the same. I used a cardboard box to contain the overspray, and here they are with their first coat of the textured paint. Using the textured paint helps to hide the seam as well as giving the eggs a more natural eggshell finish. I kept spraying the textured paint on the eggs until I used up all the paint in the can. This process actually took two days because I let them dry thoroughly between each coat.
Now, at this point, the eggs were mostly brown and that wasn’t the look that I was going for, so I pulled out some country grey chalk paint that I already had. After I added a coat of that, I decided it was too light, so I added some brown craft paint to the chalk paint to get the color that I desired. Now don’t do what I did. I didn’t save any of this color, and when I touched up the eggs later, I couldn’t match the shade that I had used. So if you decide to paint your own eggs, save some of your background color!
Now the fun part-adding speckles! I would definitely recommend practicing this technique before you actually try to add your speckles. I used a wet toothbrush, loaded it with watered down craft paint, and flung it onto the eggs. Trouble is, instead of all speckles, I got some dribbles. Now you see why you need to save some of your background color-to fix the dribbles!
Over-all, I think the eggs turned out very well. The next day I did use a small paintbrush to remove the dribbles and add a few more speckles.
Now don’t you agree, these eggs look WAY better than those cheap, neon-colored ones! I’m not sure what kind of creature would lay these eggs. Perhaps a dinosaur? Maybe if I sit on them, I’ll hatch a pterodactayl?
I placed them in my dough bowl to show them to you, but I plan to use them in a spring door decoration. You can visit our blog, Cottage at the Crossroads, to see what I did with them.
Thanks so much for having me today, Debbie. I hope you and your family are having the time of your life!
Oh my gosh, Jane those are too cute for words….YAY for spray paint.
thanks for sharing..I adore you and Leo.
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