Yesterday I posted about Growing Cat Grass for my Easter Centrepiece which I filled with sweet little Robin’s Eggs and now I’m going to share how I made them. They’re not only inexpensive to make, but they can also be used in a variety of Easter projects.
I first got the idea for making these eggs when I saw them at Pottery Barn last year, but there is no way I could justify paying $18 for 12 little blue eggs. I decided to find a cheaper way to make them this year, using things I could find at my local craft and dollar stores.
I found some white styrofoam eggs for $1 for a bag of eggs (12 small or 8 large) at the dollar store and grabbed one pack of each.(I showed these back at the beginning of the month when I bought this faux greenery for the bathroom).
I headed over to Michael’s and picked up 5 colours of acrylic paint for about $1 each. I picked Robin’s Egg Blue, Light Yellow, Pale Pink Rose, Butter Yellow and Dove Gray. I ended up only using the first 3 and mixed the other two colours, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for them in another project.
To paint each egg, I laid them out on tin foil and painted one side with a small foam brush, let it try and flipped it over to do the other side. I picked tin foil because if the eggs accidentally rolled over onto the painted side they wouldn’t stick to the surface like they would on newspaper.
I ended up doing about 3-4 coats for each egg to remove any crevices in the styrofoam. Since I wanted to allow drying time between coats, I just set up all the eggs on the dining room table in rows on the foil, painted a coat, wrapped the foam brush in saran wrap and then came back in an hour to flip them and paint again.
After the eggs were fully dry, I used a toothbrush to speckle the eggs with Chocolate Brown acrylic paint I had from another project. I used a cheap 50 cent toothbrush I found at the dollar store. No way I’m using one of the good ones for this!
To make a speckle pattern, just dip your toothbrush in brown paint and then run your finger along the bristles from front to back. The paint will spray forwards and hit the eggs. The closer you are to the egg, the more speckles you get. I played around with it on some scrap paper first to see what kind of pattern I liked.
After all the eggs were speckled, I let them dry for about an hour and then they were ready to go! You could also do this with wooden or plastic eggs too, whatever you can find.
I still love this Easter Tree and I love even more how easy it was to just pull it out of storage and pop the branches back into the foam
I think I may add a bow onto the bucket as well, to break up the metal planter a bit. Maybe something in a nice soft blue or green?
Another way to display these eggs is by using them as vase filler in these giant glass holders we were given at our housewarming. (Don’t they look like the “Big Joe” from Cougar Town? And yes I did try drinking wine from them before I used them.)
I’m actually loving this look now too, so maybe I need to paint more eggs so that I can have both the vases on the bookcase and the centerpiece on the table.
I still love the fresh and sunny look of this simple centerpiece. I can’t believe how much cheaper it was to make it on my own then to buy the eggs online.
Robin’s Egg & Cat Grass Centerpiece Cost Breakdown:
Styrofoam Eggs $2 (2 packages)
Acrylic Paint $3
Foam Brushes $2
Cat Grass $2
Metal Planter Already Had
Gravel Already Had
Potting Soil Already Had
Not bad for $9 right? Another great thing is that most of this is reusable. The eggs with be saved for next year’s Easter project, while the metal planter will be prepped for out patio herb garden this summer. The top soil and grass with be placed in the yard to bring nutrients back into the garden. Even the cat grass seeds can be saved for another year, because I only used about 1/3 of the packet. I love it when a project can be recycled for other uses!
In the end, I made 20 eggs for $7 which is much cheaper than the 12 for $18 at Pottery Barn. Plus I now have all the supplies to make more eggs, so they next time I do it I’ll only have to spend a couple of dollars on new eggs, making this even cheaper. In fact, I think I’m going to go pick up some more right now to paint them in time for Easter and maybe use the as vase filler in a larger vase!