I wanted to make a few small Easter crafts that could be easily woven into my spring decor. After the Easter holidays, I can wisk my Down on the Farm Hand Painted Easter Eggs away, and leave everything as it is until it’s time to pull out those summer embellishments! This year, I’ve been having great fun with a spring farm theme. I made a Farmer’s Wife Vignette, a Just Us Chickens Spring Tablescape, and a centerpiece to match in Paint a Flower Pot to Coordinate With Your Dinnerware.
My Spring Mantel and Fireplace, and Hey Spring Sign also had a farm theme. It was an adventure to scour the thrift stores for sheep related items. What a great feeling when you find the perfect thing to use as a focal point!
I was more than happy to extend the farm fun into the Easter holidays. After all, baby animals represent renewal, and the opportunity we get to be brand new when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.
- Plastic DIY Easter Eggs- they come with dye, or they can be painted. You can buy a dozen for $1.98 at Walmart.
- three 2″ terra cotta flower pots
- chicken wire
- wire cutters
- paintbrushes- 1″ sponge brush, 1/4″ angle brush, small flat brush, 0/0 liner brush
- paint- DecoArt Snow White, Apple Barrel 20404 Black, 21465 Candy Pink, 20717E Bright Blue, 20560 Dusty Mauve, 21473E Pale Daffodil, 448485 Milk Chocolate, 21978E Princess Purple
- Aleene’s Acrylic Gloss Sealer
- a colorful grocery store newspaper
Paint the flower pot with the 1″ sponge brush and Princess Purple. My flower pots were already painted. Glue small pieces of torn grocery store newspaper to your egg with Mod Podge. Use the 1/4″ angle brush for this job. Let the pots and eggs dry, or use a hair dryer to hurry things along. The Gloss Mod Podge gave the hand painted Easter eggs a wonderful sheen.
Use the wire cutters to clip 5 sections in row of the chicken wire. Gently pull on the ends to make it longer, and more compressed (not as tall). Wrap the wire around the flower pot, and connect the ends. I used the wire cutters to twist loose ends together.
Paint an oval cirlce with Candy Pink or Snow White and the 1/4″ angle brush on the egg to make a cameo-type backgound for the farm animal “portrait.” The background will need several coats of paint. Use the liner brush and Snow White or Pale Daffodil to make a swirly border. Let it dry completely before going to the next step.
I looked at real pictures of animals on the internet, then used my favorites as guides for painting the sheep, bunny, and chick. Paint the base color of each animal first. I used Black for the bunny, Pale Daffodil for the chick, and a mixture of Black and Snow White for the sheep.
Now, paint the details in colors that contrast with the base color of the animal. For the bunny, I used Snow White, Candy Pink, and the gray paint mixture along with the liner brush. The pupils of the eyes are Black.
The chick is shaded with Milk Chocolate, then highlighted with Snow White. The beak is a mixture of Dusty Mauve and Candy Pink. The eye is a mixture of Black and Snow White. After I finished the chick, I painted the backgound Bright Blue because her light colors disappeared against the Snow White backround.I also filled in the border of the cameo background with Dusty Mauve, then outlined it in Black. All of these paints were applied with the liner brush.
The lamb’s hair and features were painted with Black, Snow White, and a touch of Candy Pink for the mouth, with the liner brush.
Once everything is nice and dry, take it outside and spray it with Aleene’s Acrylic Gloss Sealer.
You’re all finished! I hope you enjoyed making Down on the Farm Hand Painted Easter Eggs with me!
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