If you need a fun, Easter craft to try with your kids, try these making plaster Easter eggs!
Use silicone moulds to make your own plaster of paris Easter eggs to decorate with your kids. Not only is it a great way to get creative, but it is also a lovely way for kids to make an Easter keepsake.
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Do you remember those ‘pick and paint’ activities that used to pop up in the middle of the shopping mall when you were kids? They had all kinds of plaster blanks that you could buy along with little pots of paint, and you sat at a table painting your plaster monstrosity… er.. I mean masterpiece?
I loved painting those creations when I was a kid, and my kids love doing them too, but you don’t need to do a mall crawl to find a ‘pick and paint’ place. Making plaster creations at home is easier than you think!
All you need to make plaster creations at home is some plaster of paris and some silicone moulds.
(Or you can cheat a little and order some premade Easter plaster painting kits from Etsy!)
How to Make Plaster Easter Eggs to Paint.
To make some plaster eggs and other Easter items to paint you’ll need a few supplies:
- Plaster of Paris
- Silicone moulds
- A container to mix the plaster
- Mixing spoon
- Acrylic paints
To begin, mix the plaster of Paris according to the instructions on the package. You’ll need to make sure it is mixed well with no lumps. Once it’s mixed, carefully pour it into the silicone moulds, filling them almost to the top. Try and make sure the plaster is evenly distributed and there are no air bubbles.
We found that Easter egg moulds that are used to make big chocolates are great for this project. If you were making chocolates you’d pour out the extra chocolate once it has started to set, and stick two halves together to make a whole egg. But for this project fill the moulds almost to the top to make half an egg which sits flat making it easy for kids to paint it.
Once your Easter egg moulds are filled, allow the plaster to set for a few hours or preferably overnight.
Once the plaster has set and dried, carefully remove plaster eggs from the silicone mould. You should have a nicely patterned plaster egg shape ready to paint.
Now comes the fun part – painting!
If you’d like to hang your plaster eggs on the wall, hot glue a looped piece of ribbon or string on the back and they are ready to display.
This is such a fabulous ‘non chocolate’ Easter activity or gift. Your plaster Easter eggs can be used as decorations, placed in a basket for an Easter egg hunt, or given as a gift to friends and family.
More Ideas for Making Plaster Easter Eggs.
If making your own plaster Easter eggs seems like way too much hard work and mess, Etsy has lots of great options for buying Easter plaster painting kits. Happy Fun Plaster Paint has lots of options and Timeout Accessories also has some lovely Easter themed packs.
If you are keen to try your hand at making egg looking plaster eggs, you can also use plastic eggs (the kind that break into two halves). Tape the two halves of the eggs together, make a hole in the top, and fill them with plaster. Find more instructions for making plaster eggs at Wrappily.
Or you could try making giant plaster eggs using a balloon as your plaster mould! Fun at Home with Kids has more information on how to make these giant eggs that would be so much fun to decorate!
More Fun Easter Ideas for Kids
If your kids loving making Easter crafts like this fun painted plaster Easter egg, or doing Easter activities, they might like some of these easy Easter ideas for kids, or check out these ideas below.