Have a Painting Party

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School is out and summer weather is here, so celebrate with a few family-friendly, outdoor DIY’s. I guarantee you’ll have a blast and your garden will be bright, beautiful and personalized all summer long!

Painted Rocks

What you’ll need:

  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic or outdoor paint
  • Bag of smooth river rocks (craft stores will have small bags or you can find large bags at a garden center)
  • Your imagination 
  • Spray sealer/top coat

What to do:

  1. Gather some inspiration online or think about areas in your garden that could use plant markers or a little splash of color. Once you’ve got a few ideas, pick out rocks that match the shapes you’re looking for. Sometimes an odd shaped rock is all the inspiration you need.
  2. Clean your rocks with a small drop of soap and warm water, then rinse.
  3. Once your rocks are dry, let your imagination run wild and paint away. Let your little ones make abstract pieces to line your walk with, or honor your four-legged friend with a paw print paper weight. 

Drip Dye Pot

What you’ll need

  • Terracotta pot – any size (base optional)
  • Large bottles of acrylic paint in any colors of your choice
  • Spray on sealer/top coat

What to do

  1. Flip your pot over and place on a surface you don’t mind getting very messy (trash bags work great)
  2. Have some fun by dripping a generous amount of paint along the rim of your pot. The more paint you pour out the more dramatic the dripping effect will be. Alternate paint colors and amounts for a varied effect.
  3. Let gravity do its job and watch your masterpiece come to life. Be sure the paint is completely dry before spraying it with sealant. 
  4. The ideas are endless, so have a little fun, get creative and maybe even a little messy!

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Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Hauter is the Brand Manager at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. Iceman is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in creative advertising.