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Space out with these galaxy Easter eggs

Add some outer space to your Easter basket with this easy tutorial on how to give eggs a celestial makeover.

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Celebrate the final frontier this Easter with this egg craft tutorial. Allison Murray

Why decorate your Easter eggs with the usual boring pastel color scheme when you can make them look like NASA should observe them?

Thanks to crafter Allison Murray you can transform Easter eggs into intergalactic pieces of art with this handy tutorial.

"I was inspired to make my galaxy eggs by a combination of things," Murray told Crave. "It was partly awesome art I saw at the museum of fine art in Brownsville, Texas, called 'Celebrating Space.' Then there was a lady I saw in town who had the audacity to wear galaxy leggings as pants. Plus who doesn't love outer space?"

Because Murray uses acrylic paint this craft is for faux eggs for pure decoration not the edible kind of eggs. "To get the vibrant colors and that rich black background you're going to need to use acrylic paint," Murray said.

"Eggshells are porous, so what you put on them can leach into the egg, and acrylic craft paint is not food safe," Murray said. "Unfortunately, that makes this is an egg project for fake eggs only. On the upside you may not get to eat them but they will last for ages!"

In addition to fake eggs -- which can be found at many craft stores or stores that sell Easter basket supplies -- and a variety of acrylic paint colors, you'll also need sponge brushes, a stuff brush and a cup to thin out white paint using water.

Though the eggs depict beautiful planets, asteroids and lovely clouds of gas that could double for the Trifid Nebula, there's no steadfast rule that says geeky fans can't stick a floating Tardis or Death Star into the design.

For crafters who want to make these Galaxy Easter Eggs using the tutorial, Murray has a few added pointers.

"If you can start with plastic eggs that are already black, like chalkboard eggs that are being sold this year, you can save yourself a lot of time," Murray said. "There is a learning curve, so it may be a good idea to practice a time or two on paper before tackling the real deal. In the end, these aren't all that difficult to make. You can even get the kids involved."

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Splattering paint on eggs takes practice, so try it on paper first. Allison Murray