Ask me if I love my eggs….
Why yes, yes I do! I love them so much that I, in fact, made 16 of them! They’re wonderful because some years I’m just so busy and I don’t really have the time to decorate. These gems literally take 5 minutes to put up (or should I say stick in the ground)…and my yard looks fabulous!
That’s laziness at it’s finest… (applause please)
Here’s how I made them!
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- Chop saw or skill saw (for cutting eggs into thirds)
- Jigsaw (for cutting eggs out of wood)
- Hand drill with bits (for screwing stakes onto eggs)
- Box of 1 inch long wood screws
- A sheet of 3/4in thick plywood
- Wooden stakes (I made large eggs so I used 2ft long stakes)
- Black paint
- Paintbrush and Easter-colored paints (bright pastel colors)
- Clear coat (to spray on eggs as a finishing spray for protection against the elements)
- Mending plates (to keep the edges of eggs from warping)
Draw your eggs onto the plywood…I just eyeballed mine the best I could. My eggs ranged from about 1 1/2 feet to 2ft in length
Cut the eggs out using a jigsaw…don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly round! A few of mine were slightly lumpy around the edges, but that’s what makes them look rustic, right? 🙂
Paint your eggs black. Yes, I know it’s a little weird painting Easter eggs black, but this is what makes the wood look old when you add the color to them! (I actually painted both sides black so that my eggs would have a more finished look on the backsides when they were done…but this isn’t totally necessary)
I cut my eggs into 3 separate pieces with a chop saw
Gather your colored paints together…
Paint your eggs using the dry brush method…
Dry-brushing is just as it sounds…dip the tip of your dry brush into the paint and dab most of it off before painting onto the wood
Brush in a back-and-forth motion across the wood…the black paint will show through a bit, giving the wood an old look
Position a stake on the back of the egg. I have hard soil and it’s difficult to push my stakes into the ground, so I only left about 3 or 4 inches of the spike sticking out of the bottom. If you have soft soil you can leave a little more length at the bottom.
Before screwing on, make sure to drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from cracking
Now add your screws…
As I mentioned before, I ended up painting the backs of my eggs to give them a more finished look. I also added some mending brackets to keep the edges of the eggs from warping…
Spray your eggs with a coat or two of protective clear coat (I used the no-shiny satin)
Stick em’ into the ground and in 5 minutes you’re ready for Easter!!
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