These chalkboard Easter eggs were very easy to make. Wooden eggs + chalkboard paint.
The challenge was figuring out how to hold the eggs while painting, and how to allow the paint to dry without the eggs rolling all over the place and leaving a trail of paint.
Presenting my fabulous invention: The Rotisserie Egg Drying Rack. Rubber bands wrapped around a shoe box. Simply insert push pins into the ends of the wooden eggs (there were little holes already there anyway), and suspend the eggs from the rubber bands. You can even twirl them around like a rotisserie chicken if you want.
It’s genius, I tell you.
P.S. I “borrowed” the rubber band ball, push pins and shoe box from my children. Shhhh…
Tutorial for Chalkboard Easter Eggs
Supplies (all available at craft stores):
- Wooden eggs
- Chalkboard paint
- Foam paint brush
Lightly sand any rough areas on the wooden egg. Paint with primer.
I couldn’t find anything labeled primer at the craft store, and I was too lazy to find the gallon of primer in the basement, so I used Americana multi-purpose sealer. The instructions said it was good for sealing raw wood and improving paint adhesion. It worked.
I discovered that it works best to paint the ends first, then push the pins into the ends of the egg, then paint the rest.
Allow the egg(s) to dry on the fancy rotisserie egg drying rack.
Remove the push pins. Paint egg ends with chalkboard paint. Replace push pins. Paint the rest of the egg with chalkboard paint.
I used Americana chalkboard paint – great size for small crafts, easy to shake up, and it cost less than $2. I didn’t even have to dip my paint brush; I just squirted a little paint directly onto the egg.
This photo was taken when I was trying to paint around the push pins. That method resulted in getting paint on the push pins and my fingers, and not the end of the egg.
Allow the egg(s) to dry on the fancy rotisserie egg drying rack. Paint a second coat of chalkboard paint and allow to dry again.
Draw on the eggs with chalk. (This is a photo of my daughter drawing a bird).
You may have noticed that the wood grain still shows through. I’m not sure if a different primer would have worked better or maybe additional coats of chalkboard paint. I’m satisfied with my eggs, though, so I left them as is.
Plus, after drawing on the eggs with chalk and erasing a few times, it appears that the chalk dust has filled in the wood grain cracks anyway.
More EGGstraordinary Craft Ideas:
- Use an egg to count down the number of days until Easter – “X days until Easter”
- Use the eggs as place cards – just write names on them
- Use different colored chalkboard paint, such as pastels or Martha Stewart’s gray chalkboard paint
- Use glow-in-the-dark paint
- Decorate with washi tape and twine
- Neon glittered eggs
- Polka dot fingerprint eggs
- Newspaper eggs
- Wood burn eggs and checkers game
- Faux milk glass eggs
- Leopard print eggs
Have an EGGciting time!