How do you like your eggs? (A faux Robin’s egg tutorial.)

How do you like your eggs? Scrambled..? Over easy..? PLASTIC..?
Um, no thanks for these.

Take plastic eggs and make faux robins eggs
These fake plastic eggs seem to multiply every year!  Take some of those extras and make a better egg!

Gather up a whole bunch of plastic Easter eggs.
Glue the sides together. I think the finished product looks better with the eggs that come in a top and bottom half, as opposed to two equal sides.

I used goop, but any glue, even regular old Elmer’s would work.
Once they’re dry, take them out to your scary spray painting area and give them a good shot of plastic primer. (This is important if you would like to keep the rest of your paint on the egg, as opposed to having it chip or smear off.)

Once they’re coated with the primer and have had time to dry, you add the base coat. The base coat has some texture to it, which is important to help hide the little seam in the plastic where the two halves fit together.

I like Fleck-Stone the best for this, but if you can’t get it at your local hardware store…. go ahead and use the Rustoleum Hammered Finish spray paint instead.

Spray the eggs and let them dry. Then turn them over and hit the remaining sides.

I wedged them together for this portion of the project. They are so light weight that the force from the spray can was blowing them around. This helped to keep them from rolling away.

You can separate them to keep them from sticking.

While they dry, get ready for the next step. Gather some light blue acrylic paint and a spray bottle.

Water down some paint. This is tricky. You don’t want it too watery, but you don’t want it too thick either. It is going to need to be thin enough to be sprayed but thick enough not to run.

Back to the eggs.
By the way, this is the Rustoleum Hammered Finish Egg:

This is the Fleck-Stone egg:

I just like the Fleck-Stone finish better.

Anyhow, back to adding the Robin’s egg blue. Lightly mist the watered down blue paint over the eggs.

It will take several coats, allowing the misted paint to dry in between coats.

If you get all jumpy and impatient because you’re trying to rush the process in order to get a blog post done, this will happen.

Don’t be impatient. (By the way, this can be fixed by getting a little of the watered down paint on a Q-tip and dabbing away at the drips.) I don’t paint all of the eggs blue. Some of them I leave only barely misted with the blue.

When they’re done, they should look like this.

I love this old bird’s nest!

I put them in apothecary jars too….

TIP OF THE DAY: The jars in my kitchen window get a lot of the afternoon sun which could turn them into little greenhouses and get them all steamed up.

To prevent the build up of moisture, I open up those little packets of silica gel and pour them in. (You know the ones that come in new handbags or in shoe boxes? Do Not Eat.)  Check out this tip.

They’re clear and tiny and no one can see them at the bottom of the glass jars, but they absorb all of the moisture. Fabulous.

Anyway, that’s how you turn a fluorescent plastic egg into a Robin’s egg. Ta-da!

This project comes in at under $5:
The Math: (and yes, I did break out the calculator for the fractions. shut up shut up shut up)
The plastic eggs can be purchased at the Dollar Store ($1) I used 1/8 of a can of plastic primer (approx 60 cents) half a can of fleck stone paint (approx $3) and about a tsp of acrylic paint I already had (20 cents) So basically, a dozen eggs cost me $4.80

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Comments

  1. says

    Can I just buy a finished batch from you? That looks like entirely too much work, remember I’m the one with the patience of an anorexic gnat!

  2. says

    I’m with Shawn. That’s a lot of steps! But, they turn out so cute when YOU do them so I’d just rather buy them from you so I know they’re perfect. Go ahead and mail me some. Easter will be here soon and I don’t have any Easter decor. Don’t judge me either.

  3. says

    I love these.. They’re beautiful! I know my readers would love to see the tutorial of how to make these as well. I have a blog hop every Mon & Wed (2 different ones) & we would love to have you join us. I love the muted colors & texture..Have a great day..Great Job!!
    Barb

  4. says

    I liked this idea until I saw it in the apothecary jar…then I LOVED it!! And I have a real obsession with spray painting, so might have to try this too!!

    And thanks for following my blog! :-))

  5. says

    Man you are just one creative mama. Those are just adorable!!!! And thanks for the tip…I would have never thought of that. Ahh sun…I need some of that right now.

  6. says

    What an awesome idea! I’m saving this one for next year’s Easter. Can’t wait until all those plastic eggs go on clearance!

    I’m a baby blogger and have become your newest follower…hope you’ll pop on over and watch me grow!

    Sue

  7. says

    great crafty idea…love how they look. you should link this up to my fridays unfolded party tomorrow!

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

  8. says

    That is so cool. I just told my kids that I wanted to paint the plastic eggs this weekend. Glad you told me about the primer…I would have been so sad if they started chipping.

  9. says

    You get the gold star this week for being the first to link up to the party! :-) This is just absolutely such a clever idea and we have about a million plastic eggs in our attic right now that I’m pretty sure are going to be getting a face-lift soon thanks to your fabulous tutorial. Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

  10. says

    Hi Vivienne. Love the natural look of these eggs. What a great idea and you just make it look so simple.

    Thanks for sharing. Hugs…Tracy :)

    P.S. Hope you stop by and visit. I’m having a giveaway that ends tomorrow.

  11. says

    Awesome! This is just gorgeous. I so want to make some of these – I only have 1,000,000 plastic eggs! Great tutorial. I am follower #300!!!!
    Holly
    504 Main

  12. says

    The eggs are adorable, but the silica trick is brilliant!

    What a gorgeous vignette! Juxtapostion at its very best.

    I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you’ll stop by.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  13. says

    Ummmm….FABULOUSNESS!!!! I usually hate the eggs you can find in the store this time of the year, and every now and then happen upon some “natural” looking ones. I don’t know why it never entered my mind to create my own! Thank you so much for the inspiration…this is going on my to-do list this week (and probably will pass it on to my readers too! Will link back to you if I do!). Hopping over from Tatertots and Jello

  14. says

    Are you kidding me? These are AMAZING!!!! I especially love them displayed in your tall jar. Great tip about the silica gel too! Thanks for some Easter inspiration.

  15. says

    So, so fantastically cute! What a great idea! This is also a fantastic way to beef up the Target dollar spot egg wreath from this year. Awesome tutorial, too! Thanks for sharing.

  16. says

    Love these – they look wonderful and there is no way you could EVER tell they started out as plastic cases!
    Visiting from Be Different!
    Lowri

  17. says

    What an incredible transformation! I definitely won’t be putting our left-over plastic eggs in the “give to Goodwill” box after this Easter! So glad I saw your linkup at Flamingo Toes! Jenn/Rook No. 17

  18. says

    P.S. Love it so much that I’m going to share a link with my FB readers and also Pin it to my board on Pinterest. Hope it brings some good mojo and new followers your way.

    Cheers!
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  19. says

    I love this project! I can’t wait to try it myself!

    Your point about the spray paint blowing the eggs around was especially helpful.

    Thanks!

  20. says

    What a cute way to reuse all of those plastic eggs! I never would have thought to paint them. Found you through The House Creative. I’m a new follower of your blog. :)

    Christina @ The Scrappy Housewife

  21. says

    So cute! I am bookmarking this one for sure. Came over from Flamingo Toes’ Linky party. I think I’ll stay awhile and check out your site!

  22. says

    Thanks for the tip on those little silica gel beads! I have had a problem with excess moisture in my jars before. Great idea with the eggs as well! All around just awesome!

  23. says

    So nice!

    I believe it should be possible to do something similiar to create faux “stones” and use for decoration as well.

    Wonder if they sell plastic primer in this country too…

  24. says

    Terrific and very timely! I was just thinking about where I could purchase some of these eggs for a wreath that I want to put together, but making them is even better. You know everyone has dozens of those eggs lying around. Thanks a million!

  25. says

    They look amazing! I had thought about doing this, but you beat me to it. lol (Honestly, I would have probably forgotten about the primer and have turned the whole thing into a huge craft fail.) Thanks for the awesome tutorial! :-)

  26. says

    REALLY????h my gosh I love it! The eggs are wonderful fun…I am running out to get my fleck spray…
    Marking myself as a follower…gotta go now………be back soon!

  27. says

    Wow those turned out great! I was just looking at those horrible plastic eggs the other day wondering if I could turn them into something decent lol.

  28. says

    hey i found you on frugalishus friday!!! I i had to come over and see how you did this. because i tried this. and it did not work for me! but im thinking the textured paint helps hide that lil seam?? I am going to have to try it:) thanks so much!!!

  29. says

    I WILL be doing this….and pretty much everything else on your blog! Awesome awesome awesome. I will also start stock piling those silica gel packets just in case I have a moisture problem in the future. :)

  30. says

    I LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for linking up!! Noticed you hadn’t linked up so jut wanted to remind you :) Sometimes it can get hectic with a thousand tabs open!!!! Thanks again for stopping by my blog!!!!! Have a great weekend!!!!!

  31. says

    Awesome! If I can locate the paint, etc. here is this teeny town, I just have to try this!!! I was looking at the plastic eggs the other day and wondering if I should pick some up and dabble with painting them. Thanks for showing how to make these! If I do and post them I will be sure to link back to you.
    Faye
    (wildrosevinatge)

  32. says

    Thanks so much for this post! I have been wanting some eggs but didn’t want to pay! Lucky for me I have all the tools here! I will be painting today and trying to get a tiffany blue color! I will let you know how it turns out!
    Lacy

  33. says

    Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us..We are having a Free vinyl Giveaway this week & would love for you to enter to win..Have a WONDERFUL Week!!
    Barb

  34. says

    This is great! I wanted to make eggs and my son wants to paint them orange. So I was trying to figure out to do it and this looks like a great way!! Thanks for sharing!

  35. says

    OH MY GOSH!!! I have been wanting some eggs but refused to pay the price in the craft store….and I already have those plastic ones! Thanks for the tutorial, I will be ON it!!!

  36. says

    Too funny! I was painting plastic eggs yesterday too (primed & painted gold
    ), but some were hanging and most were after I glued them to a wreath. All your individual ones took time to do and look great! Kudos to you for having the patience!! I like them displayed in the glass jars.

    Good job & Happy Spring!
    😀 Lynda

  37. says

    Hi Vivienne! Thanks so much for the great tutorial on those sweet eggs! I’ve been searching for some realistic ones and yours are perfect! I’m saving this tutorial! :)

    xoxo laurie

  38. says

    You are flipping amazing! I knew I wanted to decorate with plastic eggs but I LOATHE the fake look to them.

    Now, I’m off to Home Depot. :)

    I’ve just GOT to follow you now!
    ~K
    bigklittlea.blogspot.com

  39. says

    I tried to make these last night but have to start over tonight – I think I used too dark of a blue and it made like big splatters of blue paint. I’m going to lighten up the blue with some white paint hopefully and hopefully have a better outcome tonight! It’s the last thing I need for a Spring wreath I’m working on :)

  40. Kat says

    I’m trying to make some of your eggs(LOL, crazy in July, right??) for an egg basket for my kitchen. I can’t seem to hide the seam, though. Can you please tell me, does the paint do that, and if so, how many coats did it take you to include primer, and stone fleck? TIA so much. :)

    Kat

  41. says

    Argh! Kat! I hope you read this… You don’t have a profile or your email enabled. To hide the seam, try running a little glue around the seam and let it slop over a little bit. Run your finger over it to smooth it out. When it dries, it should help to fill the gap the seam makes. Then, the fleck paint should help to provide some texture to mask the seam. Good luck! (And enable your email when you’re done!) 😉

  42. says

    I’m sorry about the lack of email. I didn’t see where to leave it. I just clicked “comment” and got the little blogger comment box with the “choose an identity”, but I don’t know what open ID is, and can’t remember my Google stuff to save my life lol.

    I did read your message, though–thanks SO much for trying to help me. :) I had already put the glue on, and smoothed it w/a paint brush before I posted here, but the seam is still pretty evident, in fact VERY evident. Hoping the fleck will take care of it, and if not, well I’ll try and defeat it some other way.

    Thanks again, and I hope my email address shows up where the URL is supposed to go. Not sure where else to leave it. :/

  43. says

    Hi Kat, you will need to either create a google profile (or remember your log in info) then go into settings and choose “enable email”
    OR
    simply leave your email at the end of your comment (particularly if you are asking a question)

    I am always so happy to hear when people give my tutorials a try and I am always so disappointed if they ask a question and there is no way for me to reach them with an answer. I’m glad this worked out. Good luck with the seam. That is one of the nice things about fleck paint… the texture helps to hide it. :)

  44. Kat says

    I appreciate you trying to help me! :) Ya know, I remember seeing a tutorial way back in Spring, maybe even yours, and I told myself I’d remember where it was because I’d been wanting to make some eggs for this egg basket I have for a couple month at that point. And then recently(June I think), I saw *your* tutorial on another blog(I’m sorry, I don’t remember which one), and I knew I was supposed to follow it to make these.

    Progress update: I’ve added a layer of fleck paint, and still seeing the seam, so I may try a different glue. Just have to find one. Maybe wood glue(o plastic, lol ;). Otherwise, they have the exact texture I want! :) Just that seam….

    Going to paint them white and brown when I’m done with the seam. :)

    Thanks for everything, Vivienne! :)

    Kat
    wife_mom_kat_71@live.com

  45. Beth says

    I can’t wait for the plastic Easter eggs to hit the shelves!!! I’m doing this – and I’ve already decided on the baskets I’m making this year for the children – I’m so excited!!!

  46. Deborah Provencher says

    I tried to spray paint my eggs and they flew all over the box. I couldn’t get coverage on them. Any suggestions? Great post and congrats on the whole Martha thing. :)

    • Vivienne says

      You might be holding the sprayer too close to the eggs. Try holding it back a little bit and doing several lighter coats, rather than heavy coats.

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