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Monday, March 26, 2012
Painted Spring Bunny Silhouette Sign (Easter Project)
They say curb appeal is everything. I'm not particularly sure who "they" are, but they know what they're talking about!
When I took a closer look at the hanging decorative slate I had on the brick wall outside my front door, I was really embarrassed! I didn't want to greet my guests with something that not only has peeling paint, but is also just not really my style.
Today's project would be simple to recreate, even if you don't have a slate. A board, old plaque, or framed paper would work just as well. (But if you'd like a slate, I see them in thrift shops all the time)
After doing a bit of brainstorming, I rounded up my basic supplies to work on a transformation. The real star of the show was my Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint.
I sanded down the slate to get the icky peely stuff off, and took it to my high tech spray painting work station, otherwise known as the back yard.
A couple of coats later, and the slate was already looking better:
I wanted something to hang outside my door that will reflect our celebration of Easter, but also carry through the Spring season. I decided to do something with a bunny silhouette...using my Silhouette.
My original plan of creating a stencil and painting on the letters didn't work out so well (Craft Fail!), so I opted to use white vinyl letters for my phrase:
I also used some vinyl to make a rabbit stencil. It peeled some of the blue paint off, but I was thankfully able to touch that up with some paint sprayed on a paper plate and a Q-tip. Because I am resourceful like that. (And also too lazy to start over.)
I used some yellow (permanent!) Acrylic craft paint and a little foam brush to paint the bunny.
I wasn't lovin' it. It was just a bit too plain for my taste, so after some advice from a few crafty friends, I decide to give my bunny some burlap jewelry. Using some from my stash, I fashioned a tiny rosette and some "streamers," which I layered underneath and hot glued down.
Here's to better curb appeal this Spring!
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