I’ve set my clock forward for daylight’s savings, Easter decorations are out in full force, and Home Depot has started to put out their flowers–Spring. Is. Here.
To help you all get in the spirit, I wanted to share this Easter Egg Topiary with you all!
I’ve always had this topiary idea in the back of my mind but never got around to making my own. When I saw this version on etsy, I finally found the inspiration I needed. I’m soo excited to finally have a bit more free time so I can get back to crafting.
The whole project took a few hours because the eggs needed 4-5 coats of paint, but for me, that’s alright. Anytime I get to paint something, I go into a complete zen mode and just knock it out.
I ended up just making one topiary because I plan to make a second one with layered birds nests–stay tuned for that one. I’m kinda nervous how it’s gonna turn out.
To make one topiary you’ll need these supplies:
- 9″ Styrofoam cone
- About 36 plastic eggs
- Preserved moss
- Spanish moss
- Chalk paint and brown acrylic paint
- Paintbrush and an old toothbrush
- Hot glue gun
Begin by painting all the eggs until they’re completely opaque. I opted for three shades of teal that complimented each other but were still kinda neutral. We all know I’m scared of color, but I’m working on it.
For the speckles, pour a few drops of brown acrylic paint into a cup or shallow bowl with about a tablespoon of water and mix it up. You’ll know it’s the perfect consistency when it looks like coffee. Dip the bristles of your old toothbrush into the paint and flick the bristles with your thumbnail. It’ll definitely be messy, so lay down some newspaper.
If you want to skip the painting step, please do. All craft stores sell packs of plastic eggs that are already speckled. I would have done this but I wanted a teal monochromatic look.
When gluing, start at the bottom and work your way up. For one 9″ cone, it will take a few dozen eggs. Mine took 35 in total.
I angled all the eggs differently as I went up. Some upside down, some lying flat, some a little diagonal. I made sure to leave a little space at the very top so I could hot glue the final egg sticking straight up.
Once the eggs were in place, I glued a little bit of moss into the gaps. I started with the green, preserved moss in all the gaps, then filled any last spaces with the spanish moss. I like how it looked with the brighter green poking through the gray spanish moss.
The very last thing I did was give the topiary a haircut. Some of the spanish moss was a bit crazy and hanging off, so I just chopped those pieces off. I wanted it a little shaggy, but clean enough that none of the eggs were being covered.
I didn’t glue the topiary to my base because I want to be able to switch it in the future or use the planter for another project. But if you’d like a little more support, hot glue some floral foam into your base and then glue the bottom of the cone to that.
I love how it turned out! Easter is usually a challenging holiday for me to decorate for because my whole house just turns into things with bunnies on them. Which isn’t the worst problem to have, but I need some more subtle Easter-ness.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weather that’s coming in! As always, make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for all the extra goodies.