Many of us begin to feel that summer is almost over, once we get past the Fourth of July. But really, that is only half-way through our favorite season of the year! So, don’t let the remaining days of summer slip away from you in the midst of the busyness of back-to-school activities and other “early autumn” tasks. Take a break from all of the weeding and harvesting; catch your breath after the school supplies are purchased, and go on a picnic with your family. This adorable watermelon picnic caddy / basket would be a fun little craft project to create for your next family gathering, along with the hot dogs, chips, and iced tea . . . . oh, and don’t forget to bring the real watermelon!
What you need:
paper mache picnic basket
small round brush
medium flat brush
medium scruffy brush
acrylic sealer spray, matte
Let’s make it!
Remove lid and paint it leaf green. Set aside to dry.
Using the flat brush, paint the outside of picnic caddy pink. Paint the handles black. Paint the inside rim (where the lid rests) leaf green. Repeat all (including lid) with a second coat and let dry.
Use the round brush to dab on the watermelon seeds in various places on the outside of the box. Let dry.
Dip scruffy brush into white paint and dab off all excess onto a paper towel. Paint brush should be almost dry. Add white touches to the black handles, the pink rounded corners of the box, and use it in a sweeping motion across the top and sides of the green lid.
Put a small amount of black paint onto a paper plate, about the size of a dime. Add a few drop of water, enough to thin the paint. Using an old toothbrush, pick up some of the thinned black paint. Before applying this method to the box, test it on a piece of newspaper. Flick the bristles of the toothbrush by dragging your finger or thumb across them. This causes the paint to spray off the brush onto your “target”, in this case, the newspaper. Once you are happy with the result, flick the paint all over the pink outer coat on the box and the green lid.
Spray entire surface with acrylic sealer and allow it to dry completely.
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