As I was browsing Pinterest, I came across this pin, a brilliant idea from Happiness is Homemade. It caught my eye because Bug has been talking A LOT about hopscotch. (No clue where she got the idea from-Clifford or Caillou probably.) I had one of those, "I can sooo do that" moments. So I did. Here is how:
First, I made a sketch. Nothing fancy-just a quick sketch on the back of an piece of junk mail. Hope you can read my chicken scratch. It is crazy how bad my handwriting got once I stopped teaching.
|Quick sketch and spray paint price comparison.|
Next, I raided my spray paint collection to see what I already had in the garage. Luckily I already had a few cans from some previous projects, like my mod podge table. Then Bug and I went off to Home Depot to pick up the pavers and the few cans of spray paint that I needed.
Here are the colors that I used:
Here are the 12 x 12 pavers that I got for $1.62 in the outdoor/garden section.
Now the fun part! (I have a not so secret love affair with spray paint. Ask my neighbors. I always have some painting project on my driveway.) I applied one coat of spray paint to the appropriate paver and let them dry overnight. This is where my sketch came in handy. The next morning I applied a second coat to the lighter colors (pink and yellow.)
As those were drying, I created a stencil using my Silhouette Cameo and plain white 12x12 card stock. If you don't have a Silhouette, no worries. You can create your own with an exacto knife or purchase a set of stencils at any craft store.
|Screen shot of my "number one" stencil.|
|The Silhouette Cameo in action.|
If you are lucky enough to have a Silhouette Cameo, you can download my files below. Click on the links to get started. This will take you to my Google Drive account. You do not need a Google Drive account to download but you will need Silhouette Studio software to open them.
If you are having trouble, I'm happy to email a copy to anyone who asks: firstname.lastname@example.org subject line "Hopscotch Silhouette Files."
Next, I worked on painting the numbers. Again this is where my sketch came in handy. I initially used painters tape to keep the stencil down but it didn't work so well once the wind picked up. A few river rocks from our yard did the trick.
|12x12 cardstock taped on a 12x12 paver.|
I applied regular old white acrylic paint with a 1 1/4 inch spouncer (both from Michaels.) I started with the edges and then worked my way towards the center. I used my finger to hold down the edges in order to get the cleanest line possible. A couple of tips: 1) Take your time. I rushed through the last few as I tried to finish during naptime. Some of the numbers bled. Not a huge deal. I was able to touch up later. 2) Use less paint than with bristle brushes. You can always go back and add more later.
|Halfway through the number two.|
|Not bad for the first try if I do say so myself!|
Last, we dug out the mulch (Thanks Uncle RaRa!) and placed them on the ground. We filled back in around the edges.
|I need to teach Bug how to hold a rake.|
It's not perfect but I think it will settle and even out on its own.
|Nice pop of color!|
I had a ton of fun making these simple painted pavers. I think for our next house, I might make some with the alphabet or shapes. Hand prints or shoe prints might be fun too.