Easter Planter

I love spring flowers, but it is still a bit early here to put them out.  I really wanted to switch out my Christmas winter planter by my front door, so this is what I came up with.  A few speckled eggs, moss covered rocks and a moss bunny.

I started transforming the eggs first.  This is how what they looked like when I started.  They were plastic, colorful and covered in glitter.  I enjoyed them for a few years, but now I am ready for a change.

I began by removing the ribbon and covering the glitter eggs with Gesso to give them a bit of texture.  It took a couple of coats of Gesso applied with a pallet knife to get the coverage and texture that I was looking for.

The painting took a few steps, but I LOVE how they turned out.  I first painted them with a soft blue, green and white.  Then the eggs got a brown glaze which brought out the texture of the Gesso.  Finally, I used a thin brown paint and a toothbrush to add a few speckles.

The bunny was next.  I found this ceramic little guy at a thrift store for 80 cents.  I began by covering a small area with hot glue and then pressing a handful of moss into the glue.  I continued until the entire bunny was covered in moss.  SO much better!

I covered the planter with a circle of cardboard and hot glued it in place, which gave me a base to build on.  I poked the wire of the eggs through the cardboard and hot glued them in place.  I also hot glued the moss bunny to the cardboard since it will be sitting outside on our porch.

Finally I covered all the exposed cardboard with moss and added a few moss covered rocks.  I love it, although I think that I love the speckled eggs the most.

I will be linking to these parties.

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