This post is sponsored by Minwax.
Over the past year, we’ve really made an effort to simplify the decor in our home and that means holiday decor, too! While we generally go all out for Halloween (we host a big party every year), this past Christmas we went really simple with the decorations and I’m taking it even further for Easter decor. Pastels (aka every Easter decoration) and our home style just don’t mix. At all. So we came up with a simple, easy, and sophisticated DIY Easter project that added a dose of Spring to our living room: Staining wooden Easter eggs!
Minwax Stain(s) of your choice (we used Weather Oak, Classic Gray, Jacobean, Golden Oak, Driftwood, Provincial, Dark Walnut, Simply White and Pickled Oak–these two looked very similar)
Polycrylic Water-Based Protective Finish
Latex Gloves (to protect your hands from stain)
We weren’t so sure about how the wooden eggs would take the stain, but they turned out better than we could have imagined! A few things we learned: Because of the direction of the wood grain in the eggs, horizontally half dipping (like in the photo below) didn’t create a crisp line like it would with regular easter eggs. The stain would seep up, which sometimes looked cool (especially with lighter colors where it looked almost like an ombre), but sometimes looked like a mistake. We had much better, crisp-line success with painting the stain on half-way, vertically.
Another pleasant surprise was every egg had this lighter ring around the center with darker poles–it looks beautiful and really natural!
We repeated each stain color at least once and kept a couple of the eggs plain wood as well. After we were finished staining, we added a coat of Polycrylic (we opted for Satin, but you could go glossier or more matte if you wanted!) to protect the eggs so we could pull them out year after year.
For the final look, I mixed our wooden eggs with some of these moss covered eggs in a bowl on the coffee table. Paired with a vase filled with tulips from the grocery store and we had our simple Easter decor that feels a little more sophisticated than a pile of plastic pastel eggs. (Which we’ll definitely be pulling out for the egg hunt on Saturday.)
All in all, this project took about 30 minutes and I love the way it turned out! All the whimsey, beauty and simplicity of Easter eggs with a lot more longevity and sophistication. Win, win, win.
Do you decorate for Easter at your house? I’m always pleasantly surprised with how far a few spring flowers from the grocery store liven up a room and they’re so budget-friendly, too!
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