This adorable speckled Easter Egg Garland is so cute and so easy to make. Grab your kids, a paintbrush, some jute, and a few plastic Easter eggs, and have fun painting and stringing these eggs onto a garland. This project is so kid-friendly and a great way to usher in springtime as a family.
Are you as excited about spring as I am? I mean, I do love winter quite a lot. Texas doesn’t see the blinding blizzard conditions that so much of our northern friends see, but it does get cold enough to wear Uggs.
I don’t know, maybe I just hate the Texas summer heat so much that anything remotely resembling cold is wonderful to me.
But then comes spring. . . . and I’m in love with the changing seasons all over again. The bluebonnets, the pastels, the warmer breeze, Easter. And the fact that I can send my boys outside again — for a looooooong time. Yesssssss!
Well. If you’re looking for a fun way to usher in springtime, this Easter Egg garland is the perfect craft to create as a family. The kids will love the simple painting technique, and you’ll love how sweet it looks draped around your home!
Let me show you!
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Supplies needed for easter egg garland
- These cheap plastic Easter eggs
- Jute string
- Paints (your choice of colors) and a small paintbrush
- Darning needle (or other instrument used to string the eggs onto the jute)–this is optional
- Battery operated drill
step 1: drill holes in the easter eggs
These are the cheap, white plastic eggs that I used. I think I actually grabbed these at Walmart last year.
Grab a drill and drill holes through the top and bottom of each egg that you are going to use. Think about how long you want your garland to be and use the right number of eggs.
Or if you’re like me, just drill holes in all the eggs you have. 🙂
As you can see here, I painted the eggs first and then drilled the holes. I would recommend drilling the holes first because one or two might break while drilling. Why waste time painting an egg that will break?
Because these eggs are made of plastic, use a light hand when drilling and go slowly. They are easy to break otherwise.
I actually didn’t even bother to look at the drill bit size I was using to drill the eggs. I only made sure that it was wide enough to fit both the jute and the needle through the opening. Make sure, though, that it fits snugly and “just right,” so that the eggs do not move around too much on the finished garland.
Step 2: paint and speckle the easter eggs
Time for the fun part! Grab your paints and paint those eggs!
Paint the base coat
Here are the Apple Barrel paints I used (once again from Walmart. Exciting, I know, but it’s cheap and it’s nearby! So glad for that.)
As you know, every kid alive is going to love painting these eggs. If the weather is pretty, why not go outside to do this?
Sprinkle the speckles
I just wanted to say that. 🙂
But, yes, that’s what you’ll be doing in the next step. Grab a paintbrush and some brown paint (or black, or whatever color you want your speckles to be).
Fill a bowl with a little bit of water, and then add a generous squirt of brown paint. As with my cooking, I don’t usually waste time measuring stuff. (No comments from you, Hubby). You’re just trying to get a consistency that is easy to fling around. Make sense?
This is a very technical process. 🙂
Mix it all up.
And sprinkle on your speckles!!
Hold the bristles on your loaded paintbrush back a bit, and then fling the paint onto the eggs by flicking the paintbrush.
Or you can hold a loaded paintbrush over the eggs and tap the paintbrush to drop paint onto the eggs.
Once the paint has dried, you’ll probably need to turn the eggs over and repeat the process on the other side.
Once again, your kiddos will love this. It’s the simple things in life. 🙂 And if you have little boys like me and a kitchen table you like, go outside.
Step 3: String the eggs onto the jute string
Time to get out the jute. Or whatever you will be using to string the eggs onto.
Measure and Cut the Jute
Figure out how long you want your garland to be, and then add an extra 50% to your total length. You’ll need the extra length to tie knots all along the garland. (Better to have too much than too little!)
thread the jute onto a darning needle
Since we’ve made sure that the holes we drilled were juuuuuust barely big enough for the string to pass through, you’ll need a darning needle (or some other big instrument/needle with a big eye) to help you get the jute thread through the eggs. (I tried it without a needle the first time and kinda went a little crazy).
“What’s a darning needle?” you ask? Good question! A darning needle is actually just a really big needle, often used for sewing with yarn or other thick threads. The needle you see in the picture above is a cheap plastic needle that came with a crochet kit I bought. Here is my Amazon affiliate link to more darning needles.
Start stringing the eggs onto the jute string
With your jute now threaded onto your darning needle, you can start stringing your first egg on.
Once your first egg is threaded onto the jute, tie knots on both sides of the egg. This will keep the egg in place on the garland. Repeat with every egg that you place onto the garland.
You can experiment with how far apart to place the eggs and how big to make the knots.
Here are how my knots looked.
After all the eggs were on my garland, I tied little loops on each end of my garland to make it easier to hook onto something for hanging.
hang it up!
Your sweet speckled Easter Egg Garland will look so sweet hung up in your home. Try it on your mantle, like this.
Or how about in an entryway, like this?
I hope you and your little ones enjoy making this sweet speckled egg garland. My boys loved, loved, loved painting and speckling the eggs. Let us know in the comments below how it goes!