Wanna make some VERY easy candy-filled Super Mario DIY Yoshi eggs, for a geeky Easter basket/centerpiece? Here you go!
Usually we plan our DIY projects a few days/weeks in advance, but this one came about this morning when we saw some cheap plastic Easter eggs on sale. You can get these things pretty much anywhere around spring/Easter time, usually for just a few cents each (we got a 24 pack for just over $1 at Michael’s). Tip: You might want to stock up and use them for holiday ornaments too.
We love Yoshi. What’s not to love about an adorable dinosaur-like friend that you can ride, who eats anything in sight when you punch him in the back of the head? We’ve got Yoshi slippers, plush figures, t-shirts – so it just made sense we’d have some DIY Yoshi eggs too.
They make these plastic eggs in white as well, but those were more pricey so we went with the cheap shiny kind. Which of course don’t look much like egg texture, so we spray painted them with flat white paint that is formulated to stick to plastic. Open them up first and lay them flat on newspaper before you paint. It took three light coats to not have the original “egg” color show through.
Once the spray paint dries, grab some acrylic craft paint and paint on big green circles. …That’s it. Fill them with candy and you’re done. You can make other color eggs too, if you hope to hatch a little flying Yoshi, fire Yoshi, etc. We just painted the circles on by hand, and didn’t necessarily worry about them looking perfect. We figured a more organic look worked for this. An alt to the acrylic paint would be Sharpie’s, if you have them in the right colors.
We got the green planter pictured up top at IKEA last summer, and it always reminded us of a Mario warp pipe. At least it makes a good home for these eggs! Oh, and speaking of Mario – remember our DIY Mario Piranha plant we made last year? That guy is somehow STILL going strong, protecting our backyard from wayward plumbers. We’ll probably make a couple more this year.
What do you think? Any geeky spring projects or events planned this year? 🙂