Make the Most Unique Faux Easter Eggs

If I seem a bit eager for Easter it’s because I love to start ‘making’ and grab the supplies before they are gone… These DIY Easter Eggs look high-end but you wouldn’t believe they are plastic Easter eggs! Here’s how to make the most Unique Faux Easter Eggs.

Since Easter is happening earlier this year I am adding to my collection of Easter decor. If I am going to spend the time making great eggs I want them to last forever but still look authentic… That is why I use faux, ready-to-decorate eggs.

Large ones have so much room for ideas and look like an ostrich egg!

Why use Faux Eggs for Egg Decor?

That’s a pretty obvious answer… but, not just for the issue of being so fragile. I like the fact that they can be cut and carved. That opens a huge amount of possibilities beyond just colouring the outside. They are quite lightweight & look very real.

There are specific ones available that are made to decorate and mimic the matt finish of a real egg. These are not the ones that open to hide treats inside.

Another great reason is that they come in a very large size at the dollar store (Dollarama in Canada). When shopping around look for ready-to-paint eggs.

The Secret Tool to Carve Plastic Eggs:

Any self-professed crafter should have one of these; Versa-Tool; a versatile tool that can be used to cut through plastic & fabrics, wood burning and soldering. I have fond memories of doing wood burning as a child. You can also use this when trying to make a unique cutting board gift!

Since these eggs don’t have a shiny finish (almost like primer) they are quite easy to draw & erase on. If you are worried about your skills, don’t choose something that relies on perfection. Here’s a tip; easy shapes like teardrops are easy to carve since they are mostly curves!

The Magical Carving:

This ‘Hot knife’ heats to 950ºF so be careful! Only hold it at the handle and make sure to set it on it’s resting seat when not in use. Since there may be a few fumes from the melting plastic make sure to work under well ventilated conditions.

Since this model has variable temperature settings I use the hottest one. Slowly cut the shape making sure to direct it away from you in case it slips out. Often it is easier to turn the egg rather than than the knife.

The edges of the cut tend to show but that can be remedied with a bit of sanding if you like. The pencil lines/markings can be washed off or wiped with a damp rag. I do love the white-on-white designs!

Adding another Texture Element:

The white designs seemed to need some extra small details. Melting a bit of a white crayon or china marker let’s you dip the end of a pin as a dot-making tool.

These simple dimples (polka dots) make a pretty design that is hard to mess up. It cools instantly, as acrylic paint would need time to dry.

Light and durable, but they have the look like the carved heirloom real eggs. You will not shriek if you drop one, so you are more likely to display them!

Painted & Carved Eggs

My imagination runs wild… This lacy caved egg has a painted Swallowtail Buttery fly as a contrast to the background of leaves and branches cutwork.

If you do not want to paint an image consider using a pre-printed picture from something like paper napkins (separate the layers). It can be applied with some mod podge or white glue. The filigree cutting will enhance the decoupage easter egg.

Paint an Easter Bunny:

Since these eggs are so large (about 4.5″ tall) they are perfect canvas to paint on! The matt finish allows easy pencil drawing to plan.

You have the whole world of reference at your finger tips nowadays… compared to my memories ‘pre-internet’.

Regular acrylic paint, acrylic craft paints, small paint brushes are all you need! Check the video to see process.

I would think these are not that kid friendly, however there are some simple versions that could let the children do their own with masterpieces with markers.

Those Hares with attitude are my favourite!

Faux Geode Eggs:

Alcohol ink works well on these eggs as well so perfect to colour as a Geode. Why not carve away a bit and hot glue some crystals inside?! The full tutorial is here.

I hope you are going to pick up some ready-to-paint eggs (dyeable plastic eggs) and create heirlooms… Shhhh, don’t tell them they are not real, no refridgeration needed!! Happy filling of your Easter Basket!

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  1. Hi Barb, I love all your craft ideas and designs, trouble is I’m in UK and alot of what you use comes from Dollarama or Dollar store (?) Do you know how I can source these from from UK please x