When my sisters and I were younger, one of my aunts used to embellish all of our cheerleading outfits for camp. And by embellish I mean rhinestones, sequins, ribbons and of course Puffy Paint. Did you guys ever use that stuff? Back in the day, Puffy Paint was ALL THE RAGE and all of my cheer camp outfits were decked to the nines ha ha. Oh man, just thinking about it gives me the giggles! We used to spend hours at my aunt’s house painting those outfits to perfection. She had a “secret” technique for getting the paint splattered “just so” which I had completely forgotten about until I read this post a few years ago from my sweet friends at 2 Bees in a Pod. Anyway, I was in the middle of making an easy Easter centerpiece last week when I realized I needed to put that secret paint technique to good use. Here’s a peek at how to make your own Robin Eggs…
We’ve had this old egg basket filled with plastic eggs for a while now. I think egg baskets like this must have also been all the rage when farmhouse style was popular back in the eighties. I remember so many people using them to decorate with either shades of red and mustard or country blue and mauve in kitchens everywhere.
I was looking to make a quick Easter centerpiece when I came across the egg basket in my inventory closet and decided to give the eggs a bit of an update.
Valspar makes a really pretty color called Tropical Spray which is a pale blue/turquoise color that is similar to the shade of Robin eggs.
Plastic eggs are not always easy to paint so I inserted a toothpick in the bottom of the egg
and used a piece of floral foam to give the painted eggs a place to dry.
You can either use a craft brush or a sponge brush to paint the eggs.
This is after one coat…
and this is after two coats. Make sure the paint has completely dried before moving on to the next step.
Now for the “secret” paint technique. As you guys know, a Robin egg typically has tiny brown speckles on the egg. If you want to add those speckles to your egg, first, lay a piece of plastic down on your work surface because this part is messy.
Then add a small amount of brown craft paint to a plastic plate, bowl or clean lid whatever you have on hand.
Next, take an old toothbrush and dip the brush head into the craft paint.
Place your thumb or pointer finger onto the toothbrush head and rub the bristles back and forth creating a spray pattern onto your painted eggs.
You can make the paint speckles be as heavy
or as light as you want them to be.
Allow paint to completely dry. This is the reason you want to make sure your surfaces are completely protected. The spray gets all over.
I added a bit of raffia back to the egg basket and snuggled the Robin Eggs inside which would be used for a quick and easy addition to an Easter tablescape or spring kitchen décor.
Have I told you guys how excited I am its finally April? I swear everything that was once old finally feels new again.