I know Easter is a few weeks away, but this is a beautiful little DIY you can do gradually between now and then to create gifts for those in your life who will love the tactile adventure of unboxing a giant wooden egg to uncover a clutch of others inside.

These would make a great chocolate-alternative for small children, but also look lovely as a centrepiece in a handmade-nest for gron-ups, or a set of ‘worry eggs’ to be squeezed and turned around, taking solace from their natural beauty before packing them – and your worries – safely back inside.

I ordered a set of natural wood eggs from Etsy (in fact I ordered 3, they looked so good…), but you can also try eBay and craft stores if you’re lucky enough to be able to still shop in person right now.  Wood-turning is a thriving economy and you’ll find a myriad of suppliers keen to ship you blanks at the click of a mouse!

They arrived within days and looked just as good as these pics suggested…

Whilst pondering what colours to paint them, I googled pictures of bird eggs.  I wanted mine to look very natural and authentic and not overly sugary or pastel.  I realised that speckling tends to be clustered around the base of bird eggs; that colours are far more muted in nature than in my mind, and that bird eggs come in pretty much every shape and colour imaginable!

I used acrylic paints, applying several coats to the bare wood, and used shot glasses to hold the eggs whilst I painted and rotated them.  I used raw umber acrylic on a tiny brush tip for the dappling and speckling, and also used Posca paint pens for speckles on the darker eggs.

For the ‘mother egg’ I mixed white paint with a tiny dash of black and a dash of turquoise to create this muted duck-egg blue, leaving the inside naked for the grain of the wood to be the star of the show.  I speckled it in the same way as the smaller eggs…

…and then packed it ready for the grand reveal!

These look beautiful when tucked into a faux birdnest (tutorial from the archives here, or you can find them in many craft stores and garden centres).

And mine fit snugly inside some lidded-wooden boxes I found in Ikea which I’ll use to ship one to my best friend across the sea.

Definitely worth a go – and a fun way to pass the time in the Easter holidays with children or grandchildren!

Supplies….

  • Nesting wooden eggs via Etsy or eBay
  • Acrylic paints – I use Pebeo
  • Posca pens for adding speckles and detail
  • Feathers can be a lovely touch when packed in with the eggs
  • Clear satin varnish makes these super-strong and chip resistant; if you’re making these for little family members look for child-safe varnish (often used on wooden toys) that will endure being tasted and nibbled without causing any harm to either child or egg!

Have a great week, and stay safe.