Happy Monday friends! With only six days left until Easter I wanted to share one last Easter idea with you for this todays post! As a kid my parents would take us to a community Easter egg hunt every single year from the time that I can remember. I remember getting so excited for it and always counting down the days and asking my parents when the Saturday before Easter would be here. My parents would always to take us to a local hunt where they would sometimes hide money in the eggs! Although I don’t have kids yet I though this would be a fun project for my nieces and nephews to see. This was one of the funnest projects I have ever made and I am so excited to share it with you!
You will need:
two slat signs (this is how I connected mine)
Hazel & Ruby Broadside Alpha Stencil Mask Letters
5″x5″ wood overlay (available at The Home Depot, 5″x5″ 1/4″ MDF)
a couple small bristled paint brushes
light ivory paint
gp purple paint
orange pop paint
lime sorbet paint
pop pink paint
spice brown paint
rust-oleum chalk board paint
minwax wood-sheen colonial walnut stain
an old rag
Lets get started! First thing’s first, I sanded all the wood for smooth edges! Next, I laid out my stencil mask letters exactly how I wanted them to be on my slat sign. Take into thought where you want to place your chocolate rabbit and your chalkboard overlay. Once I had my letters on my wood spaced perfectly along with my overlays I outlined both the bunny and the chalk board overlay so I would know where they went after I painted, I also drew around each corner of my words so I knew where to paint the bright colors, and it also helped for when I would need to put back the stencils so I could see where they would belong. I didn’t have enough E’s to do the whole thing at once so I would lay down the E stencils where they needed to go, space the word and move the E where it was needed next to space that properly.
Then, onto painting. I wanted the word “EASTER” to be very bright and to catch your eye, so I made it multicolor, it was easy because I sketched a box with pencil around each letter. Painting all my colors one at a time, make sure you get your color in the groove where each slat meets.
Ta-Da! All my colors are painted and while I wait for the paint to dry on the sign I painted and then stained my chocolate bunny.
Sure, I could have just stained it but I wanted to paint it spice brown first so that when I did stain it, it would make it look smooth and shiny just like an actual chocolate bunny! My colors dried and they’re ready for my letter stencils to go back on.
I started at the very top and painted one slat at a time light ivory. This helps the letter stencils to stay wet with paint therefore easier to clean with a baby wipe once taken off. I painted in the large slat openings with my sponge brush but didn’t want to get too close in the grooves to the letters so that paint would go underneath them, I saved that work for my small bristled brush (because I’m a perfectionist). Once you get your whole sign painted light ivory take your stencil masks off, it helps if you use a needle to get underneath them to pull them up without ripping them.
So cute, but not finished! Make sure you paint the edges of your slat sign so they’re not left bare! Take your small bristled paint brush and fill in the slat grooves with light ivory where you couldn’t get close with your sponge brush. After meticulously painting in the grooves I sanded randomly around the edges and a little over the words for a distressed looked, then I glued on my dried “chocolate” bunny and chalk board overlay in the spaces I outlined for them! Allow to dry and fill in the date with chalk!
So cute, way to give your kids a fun countdown for their favorite part of Easter!