Thursday, August 11, 2011

Painted Garden Pavers


I know it is kind of late in the gardening season now, but making garden stones from patio pavers is a fun and frugal craft for kids of all ages. 

Last month I found lady bug and turtle shaped patio pavers at Menards.   I bought several of the ladybug/turtle shape, which I believe are called colonial or heritage pavers for only .64 each.  I also bought 5 white crescent shaped pavers for only .33 each.



We found them the day my mom was coming to visit for a week. While she was here, we did not have time to paint.   After she left we painted the crescents to look like a rainbow caterpiller, and the other pavers red/ black for ladybugs, and green for turtles.  We just used basic acrylic paint that we had on hand.  The pavers  then sat on the deck for a few weeks  waiting for faces and details, because it was just too hot to go outside and paint. 

We have now had a few days of beautiful 75 degree weather, so we finally finished the job.  I started out by painting white circles for the base of the eyes on all of the painted pavers.  We added different details depending on what it was we were painting.


I wasn't really sure how to paint a turtle back, so I painted a circle pattern.    Kara made her turtle a little more detailed.  Spots and faces were added to the lady bugs, and a happy face to the rainbow caterpiller.  


About  5  years ago we made this craft, and all 3 of my kids painted lady bugs.  I love how different each one is and they are still in the garden to this day.  The paint has held up through a lot of rain and even snow. (there have been a few years when they did not make it inside.)  Kyles green bug (not pictured) has faded, but still has an adorable smiling face.   Painted garden pavers make a great gift for a grandparents, and are a fun memory in the garden for years to come.

18 comments:

  1. Your blog is so much fun and don't want to miss a post:-)

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  2. These are so creative and cute!

    I am a new follower from the Fancy Friday Hop. Find me @
    http://messforless.blogspot.com

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  3. These are adorable. I have painted concrete blocks before but I never even thought of painting the pavers. There are so many possibilities here!
    Visiting you from TT&J

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  4. These are so cute! What a creative project :) Visiting from 30 Handmade Days!!

    Linda
    http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

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  5. Such a great idea! Thank u for sharing

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  6. These are fabulous. Great for a secret garden path -the kids will love it. Lynda

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  7. Those are adorable!!! I love them all!

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  8. That looks so cute! It would be so fun to see those in a garden!

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  9. These are so sweet! I would love to have my kids make some of these when we get our garden ready next spring! I hope you will add your idea to my link party, Pinterest Tuesday! I think other mommas would love to Pin your cute pavers!

    http://ourcountryroad.blogspot.com/2011/08/pinterest-tuesday-week-one.html

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  10. Cute idea! I got a bride and groom one for my wedding, love them!

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  12. This is such a labor of love! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  13. Soooo cute! What a great time you must have had with your daughter. Wish my daughter was young again... lol

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  14. These look fun for kids and adults! :) Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

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  15. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
    http://funfamilycrafts.com

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