Sharing no-dye Easter egg tutorials is one of my favorite things to do here during the spring. I love Easter egg season! And I recently realized that I’ve been sharing lots of tutorials that involve spray painting the eggs, but never really went into detail. It’s my favorite way to color eggs if you’re not dying them — quick, easy, and gives a major punch of color. But there are a few techniques that are worth sharing, so here’s the official Complete Guide to Spray Painting Easter Eggs!
Egg Temperature. First and most important tip? Always start with room temperature eggs. Too hot and the paint will slide off, too cold and the eventual condensation will make the paint uneven or not stick at all. I recommend leaving them out for at least a couple of hours before you start painting.
Prep Work. Prep your eggs by giving them a little wipe with a dry cloth to make sure any debris is removed. We used chicken eggs from my dad’s farm so we washed, dried, and wiped them down. (And by the way, I actually found that I like the way the brown eggs took the paint a little better than regular white eggs. It made for a nice saturated color and took fewer coats to achieve.) Spread some cardboard or newspaper out in a well-ventilated area
Favorite Paints. When you’re choosing spray paints, consider a few things. First, your best bet is to find a can of paint that will spray upside-down and sideways. Otherwise it’s tough to get an even coat of paint all the way around the eggs. Also, keep finish in mind. I personally prefer a satin finish, and I find that it is the most forgiving if you smudge the paint. A glossy paint looks great but is a more modern look and shows every little “oops.” Below is an image of all the eggs we painted. The orangey-red one was painted with a can that had a glossy finish; you can really see the difference.
Spray Technique. Once you get the hang of spray painting eggs, it’s a piece of cake. It just takes a light hand and a little patience. Spray from a distance of about 6″ from the egg. Any closer and you’ll definitely get drips and pooling in your paint. Keep your can moving, rather than stopping in one area (that will make drips, too). Start with one side of the egg and spray a light coat of color, getting around as much of the underside of the egg as you can. Allow to dry for about 5-10 minutes. Give the same side another coat with the same technique and allow to dry again. Then flip the egg over and place it on a clean area of your cardboard or newspaper. If you place it in the same spot you may smudge the paint. Spray two coats on the back side, paying attention to the overlapping area and trying to finesse any spray marks.
Fixing Mistakes. Sometime you just mess up! No biggie. If you smudge an egg, I recommend wiping the smudge right away with the corner of a paper towel and covering with a fresh coat of paint. If you overspray and end up with drips, you can try the same wiping technique. If the drips are too out of control, sometimes I just call that the back of the egg and disguise it with some Easter grass when I put it out on display. 😉 No shame in my game.
So that’s about it, gang! Hope you test this out sometime. It’s a really fun way to color eggs and you can add to it in all kinds of creative ways! We have another tutorial coming up using this technique, and you can see more of our old spray painted Easter egg tutorials below. Just remember — once you spray paint these guys, definitely don’t eat ’em! Happy painting! xoxo
P.S. See all of our Easter egg posts right here!