Make a tabletop hairpin leg planter from a big plastic Easter egg

letsgetRetroCraftyWhen I see Easter decorations popping up in the stores, I know that spring was nearly here. This year, I had a great idea about how to use some of those brightly colored Easter eggs for a new Retro Crafty project. The result — a DIY tabletop bullet planter made out of the larger half of a large plastic Easter egg, a wooden embroidery hoop and some wire hangers. It was fun, easy and quick to make — and once the snow melts it will be a great place to make a mini mid century garden.


Materials needed for this project are:

  • creatology-egg-sentials-nesting-easter-eggs-Michaelsa plastic Easter egg (I found this large one — part of a set of three nesting eggs at Michaels. With a 40% coupon, the set of three was about $12.)
  • two wire hangers
  • a wooden embroidery hoop (the one I used was an 8 inch hoop and cost about $1.50)
  • wood glue
  • pencil
  • drill and drill bit that is the same thickness as your hangers
  • wire cutters
  • spray paint (I didn’t paint mine yet, but in the spring I plan to spray the base all black and the egg a different color using spray paint that is specified for plastic)

This project was quick and easy. Minus glue and paint drying time, the whole project can be completed in about 10 minutes. If you would like to make this project, but can’t find the Easter egg set at Michaels, you could use any size egg that you can locate, as long as you can find a corresponding wooden ring to use for the stand. Smaller planters could be used as a decorative catch-all for smaller objects — such as a push pin holder to place near a cork board, a toothpick holder or even a container to put rings or earrings in when they are taken off for the day. I recommend that you keep this planter indoors or use it outside only in covered areas to keep it safe from the weather and looking its best. No matter how you use your small hairpin leg egg planter, I hope you have fun being Retro Crafty.

This isn’t my first Retro Crafty planter project — take a look at this mid century inspired planter stand I made in 8 easy steps.

And, see all of our Retro Crafty projects here.

  1. tammyCA says:

    I was thinking of using actual hair pins…I have a ton. 🙂
    I’ve done dioramas with my Barbies before (even had one printed in the now defunct Barbie magazine)…and, I’ve made miniatures for my dollhouses. It is so much creative fun and I’m inspired to get back into it again. I wish I still had my original Barbie from ’64/’65…I only have the Retro reproductions or new ones, like Audrey Hepburn.

  2. tammyCA says:

    Cool…I had wondered if she was featured here before I came on board. I’m inspired now to make my own Barbie-sized MCM furniture…if I can’t have the real size stuff I can now for Babs. 😀

  3. Maryann Roy says:

    This is so clever Kate ! I love it when creatives see
    common items in a different light ! Thank you for sharing another inspriational idea. 🙂

    Thanks to TammyCA and Pam for mentioning my work and for the links !

    Maryann Roy
    “Welcome Home”

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