Hand Painted Easter Egg Garden
When I sold things at craft shows in the 1990’s, the hand painted wildflower garden was my most popular pattern. It isn’t incredibly detailed. In fact, nearly anyone can paint it with the proper instruction. I’ve painted it on mailboxes, benches, watering cans, and now, a Hand Painted Easter Egg Garden. The pattern still makes me happy when I look at it.
I deviated from the original wildflower pattern by changing the background. It was generally painted on either a green or white background. This time, I added a beautiful, blue sky.
- rustic jute string
- Apple barrel acrylic- 20360E Light Yellow, 20651E Real Green, 21465 Candy Pink, 20226 Petunia Purple, 20566 Blue Stoneware, 20348E Tropical Blue, 21396E Sublime Lime, 21378 Vanilla Ice Cream, 20637E Hot Rod Red
- acrylic gloss sealer
- hair dryer
- glue gun and glue sticks
- nail file
- colored chalk
- mechanical pencil
- paint brushes, small round, liner, stencil sponge brush, 1″ sponge brush
- plastic plant marker
- mini chalk board ornament
- DIY plastic Easter Eggs from Walmart- $1.98- These are great because they are actually made for dyeing. They come with dye packets and absorb color very well. I used the carton they came in as a drying rack for the painted eggs.
Paint the top of the egg Stoneware Blue with the 1″ sponge brush. While it is still a little damp, paint over the Stoneware Blue with Tropical Blue. Painting a light color over a dark color requires less coats of paint than using the light color only, plus it gives your painted sky more depth.
Pounce Real Green on the bottom of the egg with the sponge stencil brush.
Pounce on Sublime Lime with the same stencil brush. Don’t worry about washing it out first. The greens will blend. Use the liner brush to paint a few snakey lines with Petunia Purple.
Use the small round brush to paint a five-petaled Pure Pink flower. Paint these randomly around the egg. Use the same brush to make dots in a hyacinth formation with Hot Rod Red. Paint 3 or 4 of these around the egg.
Your eggs are done! Now for the sign. Paint the Mini chalk board ornament with several coats of Vanilla Ice Cream with the 1″ sponge brush. Sand lightly with the nail file to give it a slightly weathered look.
Garden of Weed n’ Sign
Paint the greens on the sign the same way you painted the egg-except-put a few green tendrils in each corner after you pounce on the greens.
Choose your font type and size for “Garden of Weed on Microsoft Word, then print. Rub colored chalk on the back. The chalk is used to transfer your letter pattern onto your sign. Cut your template out, then fold it in half to create a center line (the o in of will be your center). Find the center line on your sign. If your sign is 4″ long, make a pencil mark at 2”. Line the template center, using the fold line, with the center mark on your sign. Trace the letters with the end of your mechanical pencil (without the lead). I did not get a picture of this part- I guess I was in the zone. When you lift the template, there will be a beautiful pattern underneath. Goodbye transfer paper, hello chalk.
Paint the sign letters using Petunia Purple and the liner brush. Paint the purple, pink, and red flowers the same way you painted the egg’s flowers.
Make a bow for your sign using the rustic jute string. Hot glue the bow over the hole in your mini chalk board ornament. Trim the bow.
Hot glue the plastic plant marker onto the back of your sign.
Take your sign and your eggs outside. I sat my eggs on the lids of my paint bottles. Spray everything with acrylic gloss sealer. Turn the eggs upside down and spray the bottom once the top dries.
Time to make your Easter Egg Garden! I used a wooden utensil caddy from Mikasa’s Garden Harvest dinnerware pattern. I have two of them, and plan to use them as serving caddies for napkins, utensils, etc. at parties and family dinners. Introduced 25 years ago, Garden Harvest is still Mikasa’s most popular pattern. Moving on, I stuffed the caddy with pine straw, and made a nest of Spanish moss for each egg. Use a little piece of tape on the back of your sign to secure it to your caddy.
Make the Easter Egg Garden
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