Hi y’all! Today I want to share with you a very quick and easy way on how to speckle plastic eggs. I have wanted speckled eggs for a few years now but never wanted to spend the money to purchase any (I’m a bit of a penny pincher, hehe). So I decided to try making my own using leftover plastic Easter eggs from last year and paint that I had on hand!
*Heads up– I apparently got wrapped up in the moment of making the eggs that I forgot to get very many pictures. However, this DIY is incredibly easy that just looking at the completed product basically explains it all!
What You Need
- Plastic Easter Eggs
- Chalk Paint (in your preferred colors)
- Small Paint Brushes (preferably 1 for each paint color)
- Old Toothbrush(s)
- Wooden Kabob Skewer or Tooth Picks (optional)
- Floral Foam (optional)
- Styrofoam Plate (optional)
Best Paint For Painting Plastic Eggs
In my opinion the best type of paint for speckling plastic eggs is CHALK paint!
Chalk paint is so easy to use. It adheres to almost anything and there’s little to no prep work involved. I also love its matte finish for projects like this!
However, you can use any leftover paint you have lying around. I didn’t have white chalk paint so I used regular drywall paint. It covered the plastic egg but not very easily. I had to add a thicker layer of paint for it to cover.
I also used craft acrylic paint for some of the speckles, which worked pretty well. But if I were to do this DIY over again I would use nothing but chalk paint.
Speckled Egg Paint Color Pallets
I love the colors of Spring! The greens, and blues, and soft pinks speak happiness and new life to me. But there are many color pallets that you can use for your speckled eggs. You can keep them the traditional Easter colors, or go with a pallet that flows better with your home decor.
My Color Pallet
- Kilz Chalk Paint in Blue Juniper
- Hello Hobby Chalk Paint in Wavelite
- Hello Hobby Chalk Paint in Blush
- Sherwin Williams Paint in Olympus White
- Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Vanilla Ice Cream
How To Speckle Plastic Eggs For Easter
Step 1: Prep The Plastic Eggs
The first thing I did was to open the plastic eggs and cut off the tiny plastic piece that holds the 2 halves together. Then click both ends back together.
Step 2: Paint The Eggs
The second step is to paint the plastic eggs. You can either paint one side then let it dry before flipping over and painting the other side. Or you can run a wooden kabob skewer or toothpick through one of the holes in the plastic egg so you can paint the entire egg at once.
*I used toothpicks because that’s what I had on hand. But I would recommend using a skewer. The toothpick slid too far into the egg which made it hard to hold onto and not very sturdy.
Once you are done painting the egg, poke the toothpick or skewer back into a block of floral foam. This will keep your eggs upright and from touching while they dry.
Step 3: How To Speckle Plastic Eggs
The final step is speckling the eggs. It looks way more complicated than it actually is.
First, decide what color(s) you want the speckles to be. I used Antique White and Wavelite (the darker gray/green color).
Then add a small amount of those colors to a styrofoam plate (do not mix them though).
Next you will gently dab the old toothbrush in a color and slightly press it on the egg. *Repeat this step until the entire egg is speckled.
Once the egg is speckled poke the skewer or toothpick back into the floral foam to dry.
How To Display Speckled Plastic Eggs
- Nestle them into a moss filled tray.
- Lay some on a shelf among other Easter decor.
- Use them to fill a glass vase or jar.
- Decorate a bird cage with a few speckled eggs and vintage books.