Make your own gorgeous Easter egg display with a few coats of pearlized paint.

By BH&G Holiday Editors
Updated January 28, 2020
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Inexpensive pearlized paint and a simple sponging technique transform plain white eggs into shimmery pastel jewels. While you can use fresh eggs (and we'll show you how!), we recommend purchased ceramic eggs to create a lasting Easter decoration. Look for ceramic eggs online or in your local crafts supply store. Using a blend of two color combinations gives these painted Easter eggs a modern mermaid-like effect. We used six colors in total to create our eggs. Once dry, nest the colorful eggs in a simple wire basket to an easy spring centerpiece or try hanging them to create a DIY Easter Egg tree. To store the finished ceramic eggs until next year, wrap them gently with paper or bubble wrap and place in a sturdy plastic box.

How to Make Pearlized Easter Eggs

Supplies Needed

  • Eggs, real or ceramic
  • Crafts knife, if using real eggs
  • Pin, if using real eggs
  • Bulb Syringe, if using real eggs
  • Pearlized acrylic paints in yellow, pink, white, blue, green, and lavender
  • Plate
  • Sponge
  • Bowl of water
  • Basket and faux grass

Step-by-Step Directions

Follow our simple how-to instructions to make your own painted Easter eggs. You should be able to complete this project in under an hour.

Step 1: Prepare Eggs

This project can be made with real or faux eggs; if you plan to keep the eggs as permanent Easter decor, inexpensive ceramic eggs (like these DIY Ceramic Eggs, $9.99 per dozen, Oriental Trading) are the way to go. You can find these at most crafts stores in the months leading up to the holiday. To make this project with real eggs, start by blowing out uncooked eggs. Pierce tiny holes on opposite ends of the egg using a crafts knife. Use a pin to poke a hole in the egg yolk to break it up, then use a bulb syringe to gently empty the insides of the egg into a bowl.

Step 2: Prepare Paint

Choose several colors of pearlized paint (we used Martha Stewart Crafts® Multi-Surface Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint, $3.19, Michaels) and prepare a soft sponge; you'll also want to have a small bowl of water handy. Experiment with different color combinations for your eggs. The pearlized paint will blend differently than regular paint, so try a few combinations on a tester egg. We found that blending white with two complimentary colors worked well; we added two main colors and sponged white over the top to blend the colors and finish the pearlized look. We made our eggs in these color combinations; yellow, white, and pink; yellow, white, and green; pink, white, and lavender; lavender, white, and blue; and blue, white, and green.

Step 3: Paint Eggs

Place the three colors of paint on a plate; you won't need more than a quarter-size drop of paint colors for each egg. Soak your soft sponge in water and squeeze out the excess; dip the sponge in one color of paint and begin sponging the paint on one end of the egg. Rinse out the sponge after each color, and repeat the process to apply the other colors. Sponge and blend colors together until the desired look is achieved. Let the eggs dry on a clean plate or tray. When they've dried completely, add them to a festive Easter centerpiece!

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