A few weeks back I shared this post featuring Natural Earth Paint and their Petite Children’s Earth Paint Kit. We had a fun, messy, art- filled afternoon trying out their natural, non- toxic, & eco- friendly paints and I’m glad to have found a company that offers quality art supplies that are chemical free (I love DIY & artsy activities, but don’t want to worry about what’s in the products being used, especially with a toddler who inevitably will end up with her fingers in her mouth 😉 ).
With Easter just around the corner I wanted to share a fun DIY that’s a twist on a classic: dying eggs.
We’re all familiar with the dye kits you can get at the grocery store complete with vibrant dye pellets. Growing up, it was something I always looked forward to at Easter time, and I remember my Mum trying different tactics to make the eggs last more than a day; we usually hard- boiled them, and one year we even hollowed some raw eggs with a needle. But sadly eggs only stay good for a few days before you have to chuck ’em out, and I was always sad to see my Easter project go in the garbage (inevitably the fragile hollowed- out eggs suffered the same fate, since they were so delicate and got cracked). Plus I’m not sure about what goes into those dyes, and I’m not too excited about how they stain fingers, clothes, and any unprotected surfaces. Since this is Ari’s first Easter where she’ll be able to enjoy some of the crafts and Easter egg hunts, I wanted to find a toddler- friendly DIY we could enjoy that wouldn’t end up in the trash. Enter wooden Easter eggs!
Natural Earth Paint offers a kit including 6 2″ wooden eggs plus 6 colours of Earth Paint (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, & white) that you can decorate and keep long after Easter is over (I think they’d also make cute Christmas tree decorations, just add a string/ ribbon). I thought this was a fun alternative to the traditional dye kits, and since they’re wood you don’t have to worry about little hands having to be fragile with them.
Here’s what the wooden egg kit looks like:
I couldn’t wait to have another artsy afternoon with Ari and make a big mess. For the paints, I mixed them up in a cupcake container so they wouldn’t spill as easily (plus it worked as a place to chorale the eggs & for drying after), popped some paint brushes on the table and let them at it (to see what the paint colours look like before and after mixing them up, check out my post featuring the Petitie Children’s Paint Kit here).
I invited one of my girlfriends over with her little man to join in the fun and it was hilarious helping these two bumpkins decorate their first Easter eggs.We opted to let the kids paint in just their diapers to avoid any extra messes and since paint got everywhere this was a good decision (Ari decided her tummy was an excellent canvas 😉 ).
Let the fun begin!
Easter fun in progress!
…And the finished product!
When the kids were finished with painting, the clean up was as simple as wiping everything down with soap and warm water, no staining and no scrubbing necessary (except for Ari who needed a post- DIY bath to wash her now- blue belly button!). I love that we’ll have these eggs for as long as we want to keep them, and can redecorate them every year if we want. It will also be cute to see how Ari decorates them each year as she grows up. If you’ve been looking for a fun Easter DIY to do with your kids, this kit is a great idea. Thank you to Natural Earth Paint for giving us two enjoyable afternoons filled with artsy, DIY fun!
Natural Earth Paint offers a variety of other natural art supplies for kids in their Eco Kids product line- including paint kits and face paint- and fine art supplies for adults.
To learn more about Natural Earth Paint & to order your own wooden egg kit, visit their website & find them on Facebook & Twitter.
Product featured in this post:
Wooden Eggs Craft Kit- $15.95 USD
Sustainable FSC certified wood from the Pacific Northwest
100% non- toxic tempura- style paint
Disclosure: I received free product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. Photos by K Petrunia; logo courtesy of Natural Earth Paint
As I mentioned last week, I have been working on refinishing a vintage coffee table that I found at the Burnaby Restore. While we’d all love to purchase an antique small oak table for our living room, my budget doesn’t quite get that high. It’s been an enjoyable project and I’m glad to be getting back into the swing of all things creative & DIY.
When I found the table I knew from it’s lines that it would be a beautiful shabby chic/ distressed piece. I also knew that I wanted to keep it simple & classic by using a cream finish with dark accents. While scoping out Pinterest (where else?!?!) I discovered all of the applications for chalk paint and decided this would be a perfect opportunity to try the stuff out.
I originally planned to make my own- Restore had discount plaster of Paris & the other supplies and materials that I would need- but decided to save that experiment for another day after talking to some of the staff and hearing their suggestions. One of the ladies showed me a beautiful buffet & hutch that she had refinished using The FAT Paint Company‘s chalk style paint and wax and highly recommended I check them out.
My goodies from FAT Paint!
Located at 623 Front Street in New Westminster, the store is tucked in to the city’s Antique Alley. Owned & operated by a brother & sister team- Brad & Victoria- they have been in business for almost a year and seem to have found a nice little niche in the market. Both Brad & Victoria are very friendly and helpful, and you can tell that they are enthusiastic about what they are doing.
We had plenty of questions for them when we arrived and both were happy to show us around and help us out, despite being busy filling large retail orders. One of my concerns about refinishing furniture is the chemicals often needed- paint stripper, paint thinner, the paint itself, varnish, etc- since I would have to stop and start my work to tend to lil missy. However the products TFPC sell are without most of the toxic & stinky ingredients that you’ll find in other products commonly used for this kind of project.
So, after bombarding Brad & Victoria with our slew of questions we made our selection (which was very hard to do, since they have so many beautiful colours to choose from!). We ended up with a quart of Warm White, a sample size each of Caribbean Blue, and Buttercup, and 2 50g jars of wax- one natural and one dark/ antique. With some final advice & encouragement we were on our way.
Once home, I had to unload all the goodies and prep the table. First, I gave the lil beauty a clean with TSP and warm water to remove any dust and residue from the surface. Once dry, I put on the first coat. What struck me about the paint was how thick it was and how little I needed to get good coverage. There was also barely any odour (another bonus). I brushed the paint on and then used a roller to smooth over the finish.
After 24 hours I did the second coat. This time I skipped using the roller since I didn’t want the table to be ‘too precious’ (to quote Victoria).
When the second coat was dry it was time to distress the lil beauty. Using a fine grit sand paper I went over the entire piece lightly and then gave special attention to the areas I wanted to distress. After wiping off the dust I gave the table a coat of natural wax. I used a brush to apply the wax and an old cotton t shirt to rub and buff it (sounds a lil dirty!) ;). Once I was happy with the first coat of wax I let it dry and then applied the dark/ antique wax to age & distress the areas I wanted.
Finally, I did a second coat of natural wax to help give a soft gloss to the finished piece. One final wipe down and voila! This lil beauty is ready to show off!
If you want more info about the products I used and/ or about FAT Paint, check them out here.
The FAT Paint Company currently offers the following sizes:
4 oz Sample $11
50g Natural $12
50g Dark/ Antique $12
200g Natural $28
If you are interested in the table, leave a comment or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear what you think! I can’t wait for the next project! Stay tuned!
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