Learn to make beautiful Easter decor using egg-shaped ornaments and pouring paint
Table of contents
- What is Pouring Paint?
- The Perfect Egg for this Pour Paint Project
- How to Make Pouring Paint Easter Eggs
- Here’s What I Used
- Project Steps
- Pouring Paint Easter Decor Variations
- Project Video
What is Pouring Paint?
Acrylic pouring is painting technique. Different paint colors are poured onto a surface that is then tilted enabling the colors to flow in various directions. The fluid movement of the paint causes the colors to interact and create interesting designs and effects. You can make your own pouring paint with acrylic paint, a pouring medium (which enables the paint to flow) and other additives or you can purchase ready-to-pour paint (like I did for this project).
The Perfect Egg for this Pour Paint Project
I found the perfect egg-shaped ornaments on Etsy for my Pouring Paint Easter Decor project. These paintable and shatterproof ornaments from LepinDesigns on Etsy came in a box of 20. LepinDesigns has a bunch of other shapes too in both plastic and glass that I would love to use in future projects!
How to Make Pouring Paint Easter Eggs
Here’s What I Used
- Plastic Egg Ornaments
- Dixie Cups
- Stir Sticks or Straws
- Rubbing Alcohol
Ready-to-Pour Pouring Paint
- Tropical Pack of DecoArt® Fluid Art Ready-to-Pour Acrylic™ Paint
- Lavender DecoArt® Fluid Art Ready-to-Pour Acrylic™ Paint
- Ivory DecoArt® Fluid Art Ready-to-Pour Acrylic™ Paint
Step 1 – Clean Egg Ornament with Rubbing Alcohol
Start by cleaning the interior of the plastic egg with rubbing alcohol. Pour a little rubbing alcohol into the egg and swirl it around to clean the inside surface. Pour out the excess and discard. If you’re cleaning multiple eggs, you can pour the rubbing alcohol from one egg to the next and discard at the end. Next, let the rubbing alcohol evaporate so that egg’s interior is dry.
Step 2 – Swirl Pouring Paint Colors in a Cup
Gently shake the bottles of paint before use. For this project I used DecoArt® Fluid Art Ready-to-Pour Acrylic paint that I found at Michaels. It is highly-pigmented and ready-to-pour. Also, because of its consistency, you can do layered paint pours in a single step. Since it’s ready-to-pour, the paint does not need to be mixed with any mediums or additives.
Pour the first color of paint into cup and add layer of another color right on top of the first. If you need more paint, just add additional layers in your cup. Lightly swirl the paints with a stick (swirl the paint, don’t blend the colors).
The right shade of pink was not available at the craft store so I had to mix magenta and ivory (see Image A below). To create the pink, I mixed the two colors together until they were thoroughly blended (Image B). Then I added more ivory to the pink and swirled the two colors together as shown in Image C.
Step 3 – Pour Paint into Egg Ornament
Pour the swirled paint into the plastic egg and slowly turning the egg as you do so.
Step 4 – Rotate Egg
Rotate the egg to coat the interior with paint. Turn the egg over in your hands to move the paint around the interior surface.
Step 5 – Add More Pouring Paint (if Needed)
If your initial pour does not cover the entire inside surface of the egg, simply add more paint. Depending on your desired outcome, you can swirl the paints in a cup first or directly drizzle paint colors into the ornament. Continue rotating the egg after you add the paint. Lightly shaking the egg helps to fill any empty spots as well.
Step 6 – Add Swirl Marks
If desired, you can add more swirl marks in the interior paint. Using a stir stick or straw, scrape the inside surface of the egg and then lightly shake the eggs to fill scratches with paint.
Step 7- Drain Excess Paint
When the interior is completely covered, set the egg in a cup with the opening facing down to drain the excess paint.
Step 8 – Let Paint Dry
Set the cup aside and let the paint dry. Occasionally flip the egg over during the drying process to alternate draining and air circulation.
Step 9 – Add Ornament Hangers
If desired, add the ornament hangers to the egg once the paint is dry. You could use the hangers to make a wreath or garland Pouring Paint Easter eggs.
Pouring Paint Easter Decor Variations
I experimented with different colors and designs.
Print option is available under the main photo in the block below.
- Ready-to-Pour Pouring Paint
- Clear Plastic Egg Ornaments
- Stir Sticks or Straws
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Dixie Cups
- Clean Egg with Rubbing Alcohol - Pour a little rubbing alcohol into egg. Swirl to clean interior. Pour out excess and discard. Let egg dry.
- Swirl Paint Colors in a Cup - Pour paint into cup and add layer of another color. Lightly swirl the paints with a stick (swirl, don't blend the colors).
- Pour Paint into Egg - Pour paint into plastic egg turning the egg as you go.
- Rotate - Rotate the egg to coat interior surface.
- Add More Paint - Add more paint if needed. Lightly shake the egg to help fill empty spots.
- Add Swirl Marks - To add more swirl marks, scrape inside of egg with stick or straw. Shake egg lightly to fill scratches with paint.
- Drain Excess Paint - When interior is completely covered, set egg in cup with opening facing down to drain excess paint.
- Let Paint Dry - Set cup with egg aside and let the paint dry. Occasionally flip the egg over during the drying process.
- Add Ornament Hangers - If desired, add the ornament hanger to the egg once the paint has dried.