Mother Nature got a little help this spring in making these beautiful Speckled Eggs. There are so many ways to display these little pretties, from a grapevine nest to a twig wreath to simply scattering a few here and there. Many thanks to Rebekah Meier for sharing this tutorial with Crafts ‘n Coffee.
To make Speckled Eggs, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Eggs in assorted sizes; Rebekah used two 4″, four 3″, and four 2″
- Acrylic craft paints: antique white; light teal
- Acrylic stain and antiquing medium in burnt umber
- Varnish, satin finish
- Artist’s gesso
- Wooden skewers
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Stiff, round paintbrush and flat paintbrush; disposable palette; palette knife, 1″ wide, or recycled credit card; water basin; paper towels; wire cutters; fine-grit sandpaper
- Optional: Large twig wreath; small grapevine wreath; natural excelsior; gray floral moss; floral wire; white spray paint
To make Speckled Eggs:
1. Insert a wooden skewer into bottom of each foam egg and use it as a handle.
2. Spread a thin, ever layer of spackling onto each egg using a palette knife or an old credit card. Place skewer in heavy glass or jar and let dry completely.
3. Remove skewers from eggs. Dab a bit of spackling over holes left by skewers, as well as any uneven areas, and let dry. Sand eggs with fine-grit sandpaper until smooth; wipe away dust with damp paper towel.
4. Using a flat paintbrush, apply a thin coat of gesso to each egg. Sand and apply second coat of gesso; let dry. Mother Nature isn’t perfect, so don’t worry about a little unevenness or texture.
5. Paint eggs light teal or antique white, using photo as a guide. Let dry completely.
6. Dip tips of stiff brush into burnt umber paint. Firmly draw thumbnail across bristles to spatter paint each egg with flecks of color; if desired, lightly tap egg with more burnt umber for greater contrast. Let dry completely.
7. Apply one coat satin varnish to each egg; let dry.
8. To display in a small nest, line the small grapevine wreath with moss and excelsior. Secure moss with floral wire. For a vintage look, spray with a very light layer of white spray paint. If attaching the wreath to the larger twig wreath, use floral wire.
There’s something magical about finding the fragile yet beautiful shards of a robin’s egg on the ground. It’s till too cold for much nesting where I live. How about where you are?Have you seen any birds nesting?