So Easter has totally snuck up on me this year. After seeing something about getting confused about whether it’s time to St. Patty’s Day craft or Easter craft I decided I should probably check out a good ol’ calendar. As it turns out Easter is in March this year. What the crap? It’s always in April, people!
It makes the very confusing talk I had on my front porch with the Jehovah’s Witnesses all the more understandable and I wonder if they’re going to come back. I mean, do they want a dummy like me coming to their church? Maybe not!
I even texted my sister in alarm and she was “no, Easter is in April”. No, it’s not. I swear! It’s crazy. The world has gone crazy?
So I grabbed my fake eggs and decided I needed to get on with the dang thing before I missed the dang thing. Let’s go!
This is so flippin’ easy but it’s time consuming because you need to wait for Puffy paint to dry. And if you start on a day it’s raining (I’m NOT a genius but I think we’ve already covered that) it will take even longer. Because dry time was wearing my patience thin I went with a simple design on ONE SIDE of each eg but you can totally go all out 360° style just do a quick sample, see how long it takes to dry and plan appropriately.
For this project you will need:
Now I recently got a humongous thing of Puffy Paint when the Walmart Supercenter went out of business in my new town here. EVERYTHING was 50% off so I snagged this big beastie UP! You might think that Puffy Paint is just for 80’s style sweatshirts but there are lots of fun crafts you can do with this throwback supply.
On plastic eggs (because you can’t eat these after you decorate them like this) draw shapes and patterns to decorate your eggs. Place paint side up somewhere safe and allow to fully dry. For me that was overnight plus a few hours in the morning, so maybe 15 hours? But it was raining to be fair and I drew kind of thick with the stuff after I really got going.
Paint each egg a base color, making sure to get in the little nooks and crannies of your puffy designs and allow to fully dry.
Go over top with a second color of paint to stain and age the egg and make the design stand out really well. Use thin paint or water down your acrylics for the best results.
Use a paper towel to wipe away the excess paint leaving a nice wash over the top of the egg and in the nooks and crannies of the design making it stand out better.
If you rub really hard you can get some of the paint to come off of the design and you’ll see white in spots (like on the dots especially here).
But if you don’t want that white to be visible, go over it with a coat of your base paint. See how on the upper left there is fresh, wet paint? Once dry it’s hardly noticeable and the white puffy paint no longer visible.
I wasn’t quite sure of how I wanted to go so I did half in a fun, flower pattern and the other in a more lace-like scroll-y pattern.
It took some doing to figure out my color pallet but I eventually went with pink with over, red with yellow over and teal with red over <– my least favorite in the end but ah, well.
Had I thought of it I would have gone over my eggs with a quick glossy coat of Mod Podge to seal them and give them a shiny ceramic look. But there’s always tomorrow! What do you think? Have I turned my cheap plastic Easter eggs into fancy Easter eggs with Puffy Paint?