Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dog Daze of Summer - and Crafting at Camp Gramma 2012

Dog Daze
In between swimming, horseback riding, play time, chore time, and eatin' time, we have craft time.  Every year we have created some pretty neat projects for very little pocket change.  This year was not any different!
Eggs ready to be prepped for painting
Enter THE EGGS.....made of wood, they have been placed in the nest boxes so the new pullets will know where to lay their eggs.  They are light tan colored, and they trick me all of the time!  Same size and weight of a real egg, feel like real eggs, and finally I had to put a big red X on them so I could tell the difference!  Well.....the X's are fading.  Time for a new look!
First, I got out some Gesso and the kids sponged it on the eggs, then let them dry.  Gesso will give 'grabbing power' to the paint so it won't just wipe off as they brush or sponge it on.  Next, time for choosing COLORS of Acrylic Paints!

This was the fun part for all 3 of us!  We used the empty egg carton as a holder for the eggs while they were drying.  Easy to move out of doors and into the sunshine.  The kids could paint on top of the Gesso almost right away - it drys that quickly!

Sponge Painting is easy and quick!
They were done in no time flat, and after painting, I sprayed the eggs with a clear sealer to protect the paint so it will last longer.
Finished eggs
No, its not Easter, but I WILL be able to tell the fake eggs from the real ones now!  And, we had plenty of time to take the dogs for a little walk in the afternoon!

More fun to come....
the ChickenWrangler


Chatty Crone said...

Monica - you are the BEST grandma. You are giving those children memories and experiences they will never forget. I want to come! Love, sandie

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wonder what the hens will think of those vibrant eggs?!

Beth said...

Your grandkids did a great job on the eggs. Do you think the hens will notice? :-)

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Is this Dixie's mama being walked?
Those kids are having a great time!

Kim said...

Great project for the kids. And they looked like they were having a blast.

TexWisGirl said...

i hope your hens don't mind the newly redecorated decoys! :)

farmlady said...

Oh my gosh! What do the chickens think of these eggs?
What a fun idea... especially for your kids.
Love that dog!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Happy Grandma. Great project too. Bet the grandkids were happy. Thanks for visiting and following, and I am following right back. Sat and read backwards on your posts. Love seeing and reading about the chickens too.

Angela said...

Your grand kids had too much fun staying with you! They will want to come back again next year! The eggs are very colorful and fun! I hope the hens liked them! said...

The joy in their faces and their eyes! Really sweet pictures:)