Monday, March 15, 2010
Easter Egg Garden Stakes
Yesterday I found myself, along with my parents, brother and sister-in-law, hiding from three overly loquacious geriatric grandparents (don't get me wrong, they are my grandparents, we love them, but everyone needs a break from the incessant round of repeat questioning!) and the garden seemed the best place to hide. We were all frantically looking for projects to keep us busy and I decided that some Easter Egg Garden Stakes would be just the ticket.
I traced an egg shape, approximately 3" tall and 2" wide onto 3/4"quarter inch plywood that I found in my Dad's garage and I convinced my brother that what he REALLY wanted to do was cut five of them out for me on the band saw :) Being the good sport that he is, he whipped them out in about fifteen minutes. I could have done it myself but it was super sweet of him to do it for me and he's better at it anyway.
Next, I hand sanded them all to get rid of the rough edges and to round the angles where the front and back of the eggs meet the sides.
Then, my brother took over again and he drilled 1/4" diameter holes into the exact center of the bottom of each egg about an inch deep. He's a "bit" of a perfectionist so I knew my eggs would be perfectly straight!!
Then, moving inside to escape California's early onslaught of mosquitoes, and to resume the geriatric visiting, I painted the eggs with whatever paint I could find lying around in fun, bright, pastel colors.
When the eggs had double coats of base paint on both sides, I decorated them with white polka dots using the back of a small hobby paintbrush then inserted dollar store BBQ skewers into the holes for stakes! Last, they each received a coat of old waterproof seal so they could survive as outside decorations!
From start to finish it cost 99 cents (for the skewers!)...everything else I just found lying around from old projects. Yeay for re-purposing :)
I'd say it was a pretty productive, unproductive Sunday afternoon and I love these little eggs...stay tuned for more wooden stakes soon :)
p.s. I can't believe that I'm going to have baby chickens around Easter time this year...that just seems so appropriate!