Easter Egg Outdoor Decorations

If you know me, you know that I love to decorate for the holidays.  As each holiday approaches, I usually start a new project to bring our home or yard into the festive season.  Remember the Christmas Candy Canes?  I did not have anything similar for Easter and wanted to change that.  This is where the idea of large Easter Egg decorations for the yard came from. 

Outdoor Plywood

I wanted this project to bring colour into our yard and smiles to passing kids. But above all I wanted this project to be simple and low cost.  

I started with purchasing thin plywood (for outdoors) in only 5.5 mm thickness.  These Easter eggs would be thinner then the candy canes which required a large support system to stand outside.  I also wanted something that I could easily cut with my jigsaw at home.  Me myself and I!  I am not a fan of power tools.  So I assure you, if I could cut these eggs out, then so can you.  

Close up of the price tag for plywood at Gamma
Outdoor Plywood in 5,5mm Thickness
Tall man with white hair and a blue jacket picking up plywood from the store shelf
Get yourself a strong man to carry the plywood

Creating Eggs out of Nothing

I pencilled the egg shape onto the plywood and got 8 eggs drawn.  Then it was a matter of cutting out the 8 egg shapes and sanding the sides and edges.  It’s that simple!  

Tip: As I have never been good at free hand drawing, I traced two different sized plates next to each other.  Then I joined them along the sides keeping the top and bottom curve.  This created a odd oval shape, which looked egg shaped to me. 

using two dinner plates of various sizes next to each other to create an long oval shape for an egg.

Primer and Paint

In order to ensure the eggs withstand the outside weather conditions, I opted to prime the plywood.  While the plywood was listed as for outdoors, I still wanted to prolong the life of these decorations.  I therefore primed both sides with Bin Zinsser Primer.  I had this primer available at home, otherwise I would have considered opting for a cheaper, outdoor primer.

Close up of Bin Zinsser Primer being painted onto plywood forms

Two coats of primer was added to both sides of the eggs and I allowed for the required drying time in-between.  After which the fun part started.  Painting the eggs!  

I wanted this to be a fun family activity and got the kids involved.  Boy where they excited!  They love painting and decorating so it was a huge hit in our family.  The eggs will be a nice memory over the years as we decorate each year for Easter. 

For the paint, I opted to use Fusion Mineral paint as I had it available at home and in multiple bright, spring colours.  Otherwise, I would have opted for standard acrylic paints which you could pick up from any dollar store or Action. 

Painting large easter egg yard decorations.
Painting large easter egg yard decorations.

Balancing Act.

Once our eggs where decorated, I cut to size a piece of “L” shaped wooden moulding. I found this at my local hardware store, where it is listed as “hoeklat” (in Dutch).  In order to save time, I opted for the pre-primed option.

I attached a piece of the cut moulding to the back of each egg near the base.  Use a glue that doesn’t require clamps.  I  used Wood Max from Bison.  It’s strong and water proof, while drying in 30 minutes and fully cured in 8 hours.  So I opted to glue each piece on in the evening and left the eggs overnight.  

The next day I drilled holes into the flat part of the wooden moulding and inserted metal garden pins from Nature.  These pins don’t rust and are designed to be in the ground.

Close up of Corner Profiles cut
Back of Outdoor Easter Decorations showing the homemade bracket system
Metal pins for the garden from Nature

Don't forget the Top Coat

The next morning, I top coated the eggs, on both sides, twice.  I used Sikkens Cetol BL Natural Mat. It’s the same outdoor varnish that I used for my Christmas candy cane project.  I still had a half a can left and I was happy with how it held up during the winter months.  Furthermore, it’s easy to work with, very forgiving of brush strokes and low in odour. 

Varnish top coat from Sikkens for outdoors

Easter has Sprung!

Large colourful easter egg painted on plywood for outdoor decorations
Large colourful easter egg painted on plywood for outdoor decorations
Large colourful easter egg painted on plywood for outdoor decorations

What a pop of colour!  Sitting among the spring daffodils are the colourful Easter Eggs.  I am very happy with the easy of this project, the kid’s involvement and how the eggs are holding up in the garden; even with the windy days.

I am definitely considering expanding the collection next year with a second batch of eggs.  

Recap of Supplies

Outdoor Plywood

Primer for outdoors in White

Metal Garden Pins

Outdoor Varnish in Clear

L Shaped Corner Moulding

Strong Glue; such as “Tough as Nails

Acrylic Paints in various colours

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