Gingham Painted Eggs and an Updated Basket

Monday, April 7, 2014

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Plain craft eggs are hand painted to add a soft gingham pattern, easier than it looks!

gingham eggs
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It all started with my latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. There was an article in there all about gingham...how to dye eggs in a gingham pattern, how to make gingham aprons and table runners, decorating a basket with gingham fabric strips. I was smitten. I love gingham! Lying in bed the other night, I was daydreaming about gingham...you know how it goes.

I really wanted to paint gingham eggs but I wanted a more permanent solution for the time I would be spending. I remembered seeing white craft eggs (a baker's dozen) that are a blank canvas for painting...and I dreamed up this little 'ole project (well, obviously it's not my original idea but my tweaked version).

I started with the eggs...

Select several acrylic paints. You're going to use just a tiny bit and thin it with water. Using a flat brush (the width of the bristles will be the width of your gingham), follow the directions in the pictures below. 

Some helpful tips to ensure the best results: Tap off the excess paint or you will get drips on your egg which won't look pretty. I have a heating tool which I used to dry the paint faster (a blow dryer would work just as well) before moving on to each subsequent step. Make sure your paint is completely dry before putting your eggs in your carton.

Gingham Painted Eggs How to www.diybeautify.com



gingham painted eggs for Easter


The basket was a cinch to update. I think I've had this basket for close to 15 years and the colors show how outdated it is. I gave it a couple coats of white spray paint. The handle got a quick update with strips of torn fabric tied around it. Super cute and easy, right!

before and after
The final step I took was to add black letter stickers to spell out 'He is risen'

eggs in basket

I love how my gingham eggs turned out, and the modern update to my outdated basket. I also like the fact that these eggs are not hard-boiled ones that will need to be tossed in a few days...they are going to last indefinitely!!!

Best of all, my updated Easter basket declares the best sentiment of all time...

....the real reason for celebrating Easter...

HE IS RISEN!!!

Okay, I think I'm finally done with my Easter decorating...but you never know! How about you? Are you done or just getting started? What's your favorite Easter craft this year?


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20 comments

  1. You are too stinking crafty and smart! Love these precious eggs ~ especially their message! ;)

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    1. Oh, thank you Ashley! You are too sweet :)

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    2. I'm pinning this great project to our party board! Love!

      Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Please join us again next Saturday morning at 8:00 am EST.

      ~ Ashley

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  2. I love your gingham eggs! So springy and adorable. Thanks for a great idea! - Bre @ Average But Inspired

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    1. Thanks Bre...they were such fun to make and I'm glad I'll be able to enjoy them for years to come!

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  3. Love the gingham eggs! I actually love gingham, and I'm contemplating making some decorated sugar cookies using your technique for the gingham (but with food color instead of paint!) Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. What a neat idea Aida! I'm so happy I could inspire :) I'd love to see your cookies when they're completed...please send me a link!

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  4. I love your gingham eggs! I'm pinning them.

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    1. Thanks Dee! They are easy and fun to do; I hope you'll try them :)

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  5. Love your gingham eggs Cindy - they caught my eye at The Scoop Party. Great tutorial too - thanks!
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

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  6. Gorgeous gingham eggs! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at The Makers link party! :)

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  7. Love, love, love these eggs!! They are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Show-licious Craft & Recipe Party! Pinned. :)

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    1. Thank you Marti - they were so fun and easy to do :) Thanks for the Pin!

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  8. In LOVE with these! Thanx for sharing at THT.

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  9. I love gingham too and these are fabulous! Great job! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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