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Garden Craft: Stenciled Pavers

With the weather warming up, its a great time to do a little garden craft to spruce up your yard! Jenn, from the Creative Team, is sharing her sunny yellow stenciled pavers tutorial with us today. These pavers would make lovely Mother’s Day gifts for the kids to make! Enjoy! -Linda

True story: I am a HORRIBLE gardener.  Literally, just about everything I touch ends up dying no matter what I do.  So when Spring comes around, I do pretty minimal planting and my yard, which means, in all honesty, it can tend to be a little boring.  I decided that if I can’t have a beautiful, picture perfect garden, I might as well jazz it up with some painted, shimmery garden pavers which were super simple and incredibly cheap.  Cheaper than flowers, which makes this a double whammy project–I save money on flowers and I can’t kill garden pavers, at least, I don’t think I can.

Easy Garden Craft

garden craft

I picked up the pavers for about $0.99 each in the garden center at my home improvement store.  Also a true story: black is making a comeback in my life, especially paired with gold–I can’t get enough of the combo.  So naturally,  I gave the paver a coat of black  craft paint and sanded it very lightly, after it dried, to give it more of an aged look.   Then I cut out a bumble bee shape on vinyl and stuck it down on my block to use as a stencil.

Supplies: pavers, vinyl stencils, Rub n Buff, clear spray paint.

how to stencil

Next comes my favorite part: Rub n Buff.  You can find Rub n Buff at your craft store on the aisle with the gold leaf and craft paints.  It’s so easy and fun to use and it’s making an appearance on lots of things around my house lately, like fun letters I recently made for my bathroom.  To use it, just put it on a disposable rag (it will not come out) or your fingers and rub it on.

pavers craft

The more you rub, the shinier it gets.  Pull the vinyl off and you’re done.

painted garden pavers

I made a second one by just painting arrows with some gold craft paint.  Since these will be sitting outside, I gave them both a coat of clear spray paint to provide a little bit of a seal.

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garden pavers

 

Stenciled Pavers Garden Craft

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I hope you enjoyed this super easy garden craft idea! These pavers are easy enough kids could make them as Mother’s Day gifts. {but it might be a good idea to have an adult apply the clear spray paint.}

Happy crafting!

Jenn

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  1. 1
    Jesse says:

    These are super cute! On another note – so sad to hear you think you’re a horrible gardener!! Usually the issue is plant selection, don’t give up! Are you in full sun or more shady? That makes all the difference….

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    Becky says:

    What a great project – thanks for using AMACO’s Rub ‘n Buff! I’d like to post this on our Facebook page at Rub ‘n Buff Metallic Finishes, and link to your site.