A few years ago when I was helping my sister re-do her kitchen, I diy-ed her a basket of decorative farmhouse inspired speckled eggs and to date, it’s still one of my all-time favorite projects. Although she doesn’t live in a farmhouse, she does live on about 2 acres of property and boards her own horses, so I thought this basket of eggs was a fitting accompaniment to her small but rustic kitchen.
How to make decorative faux speckled farmhouse eggs
With Easter around the corner and crafty egg projects abundant around the web, these are my speckled farmhouse eggs made with plastic bouncy balls, craft or spray paint and this easy paint splatter technique.
When I made these, I didn’t use spray paint for plastic, but I would recommend using it in an off white color for the best adhesion.
Supplies Needed to make Dinosaur Looking Farmhouse Eggs
- Plastic balls (as for a kid’s ball pit)
- Old toothbrush, combs, scrub brush, etc
- Multi Surface Acrylic Craft Paint
- Any Mix of similar colors such as: Linen, Cream, Off White, Antique
- Any Mix of similar colors such as: Burnt Umber, Bark Brown, Dark Brown, Black
- Foam paint roller, small
- Egg cartons or similar to let the balls rest while the paint dries
- Tarp of cardboard masked area to do the splatter technique on the eggs
Simple steps to make dinosaur farmhouse eggs
- Use paint roller to apply the light/ off white paint to half of each plastic ball
- Let plastic balls rest on the egg cartons to dry
- Paint the other half of the plastic balls with the light colored paint, let dry as above
- Dip one of the splatter tools (ie: tooth brush, bristle brush, etc…) into the darker mixed paint color
- Flick the dark paint onto the plastic balls by running your fingers of the bristles of the brush to create a splatter effect. Once again, make sure the area is masked off, as it will be a bit messy.
Several tools found around the house can be used to mimic a speckled egg texture. I used a fine tooth comb dipped in a mix of dark brown, gray and white craft paint, practicing the splatter technique on card board or news paper first can help you decide what tool works best to get the look you want.
I made the choice to use round balls, which some might think look like dinosaur eggs, instead of actual faux eggs because my sister wasn’t going for a full farmhouse look, but rather an eclectic mix of their current country-ish lifestyle verses their previous urban living. (They live in a far out suburb of the city, but it’s not quite what you could call country.)
Also, If I recall, I made these around the time that decorative round balls, of many styles, were all the rage. Remember that look several years back? Decorated with gems, feathers, sequins, etc… and placed in a large bowl, often paired with potpourri?
My sister took the basket down, so that I could take a few pictures, but it currently site atop her upper cabinets along with some other kitchen odds and ends that has given her kitchen the suggestion of that farmhouse look without the full farmhouse theme.
So do these make you think of fresh laid eggs, or evidence of a dino-chicken invasion? 🙂
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Have a great week ~ Amy