What’s more Easter themed than Easter eggs? This year I decided to create some cute and colorful painted Easter eggs to match the grandmillennial decor I already have.
When I looked up Easter decor on Instagram and Pinterest, so much of it was farmhouse style. No offense if this is what you like, but it’s never really appealed to me. So I decided to create Easter decor that was my style. Something with more of a new traditional/chinoiserie/grandmillennial lean.
My mom actually sparked the idea. She mentioned thinking easter eggs with a blue and white pattern would be pretty. I love a good blue and white ginger jar, so I decided to paint eggs to look like this!
And I didn’t stop there. I also loved the idea of a cherry blossom look to keep with the chinoiserie theme. Plus I threw in a couple of other patterns for fun.
Keep reading to see exactly how to create this DIY Easter egg decor yourself!
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I purchased all of my supplies at Michaels. I’ll be linking to what I used, and they actually have the option to buy online and pick up in store. So easy!
- Craft eggs
- Cardstock to hold eggs in place while they dried – The eggs I used came with this, but you can just cut small strips of heavier weight paper and tape or staple them into circles.
- Acrylic Paint – I used White, Pink, Royal Blue, Sailing Skies, and Brown
- Craft Paint Brushes – Having a variety of sizes is helpful
- Paint palette – especially if you mix colors like I did.
I choose to paint a few designs that I like and that went with the “grandmillennial” style that I was going for. I’ll outline how I created each of my designs, but keep in mind with painting you can do whatever you want!
Because the eggs are round, I found it easiest to paint half the egg at a time. That way I have a dry spot to hold. Depending on the design I sometimes painted half of the egg on one side, and for others I divided the egg in half from top to bottom.
This project in total did take a couple of hours. Acrylic paint, when using thin coats, does dry rather quickly. However, to get the paint solid I had to do two to three coats. Following it up with the various designs of course took more time. This is an easy project to do while watching tv or listening to a podcast, so it’s a fun way to create a DIY.
Ginger Jar Painted Easter Egg
For this design I tried to use some of my ginger jars as inspiration. Ginger jars typically have quite intricate patterns, and I’m no artist, so the designs mostly became painting flowers in blue and white patterns. I think the effect still comes across and that’s all that really matters!
Tip: I initially painted the white background egg white, even though they were white to begin with. The eggs don’t have a flat white finish so I thought it would be helpful to add a coat of white paint. However, when I went to paint the other side I couldn’t tell which was painted and which wasn’t! So if you are using these eggs from Michaels, just skip painting them white first.
Cherry Blossom Egg
I think this looks the most intricate, but is actually one of the easiest to paint! After you painting and letting your background color dry (remember you’ll probably need two to three coats to get a solid look), start by painting the branch. Use a brown paint and draw a curved diagonal line. Then add smaller lines coming out to look like the branches of a tree. Because we are replicating something in nature, it shouldn’t be perfect!
I decided to mix a bit of brown and white paint to create a lighter shade and added a small amount over what I had already painted to add some dimension.
To paint the cherry blossom flowers use a small brush to cluster four to five dots of light pink paint (I mixed the pink I had with white to create a pale pink color). After that is dry, go back and add a darker pink dot to the center of your flowers.
For this design, I painted my base coat and didn’t worry about it being perfectly solid. Then I layered other colors of paint in a quick brushing motion until I achieved the effect I liked. I used the pink as my base coat, then used the lighter pink I mixed and white to do the brush strokes.
Tip: Don’t add too much paint to the brush. The drier the brush is, the more you will get the brush stroke look, versus painting a solid spot.
Gingham makes me think of spring and summer, so why not make a gingham easter egg! For this design you’ll need two shades of the same color. Again, I mixed white in with my paints to create the lighter shades.
Using the lighter shades start by painting vertical lines down your egg. I was able to paint six lines down the perimeter of the egg. After these lines dry, add horizontal lines around the egg. For one of the gingham eggs I painted two horizontal lines, and for the other I did three.
Once the crosshatch lines dry, go in with the darker shade and paint the area where the lines meet. This will roughly be a square area.
This one is pretty easy and self explanatory. Paint the egg the background color you like – I mixed the royal blue paint with white to create this pretty French blue. Then paint your dots. They don’t need to be perfect!
And that’s it! If you try this I’d love to see how they turn out so tag me in your designs on Instagram (@byemilykathryn)!
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