I did this project a couple of weeks ago on Facebook as a Live stream. I was able to actually give it to my mom’s sisters when I had to go Washington state the second week of June. They both loved it! 🙂 I designed it with my grandad’s cattle brand on the door of the truck door. (Their dad.)
After the video I ended up adding a layer of watered down black paint with a dry brush to give it a slightly dirty look. After all it was for a farm and most things on a farm have a layer of dirt. 🙂
- This truck from Michael’s (it’s not showing on their site anymore, but it was item #10615357 and labeled Truck with Easter Eggs DIY Wood Plaque by ArtMinds™ and should carry it again next year at Easter)
- Apple Barrel Paint
- Pumpkin Orange
- White in gloss
- Crimson red
- Waverly Chalk Paint
- Paint brushes as needed
- Safe paint space
- Paint pallet of some sort. I used a plastic upcycled cottage cheese lid
- *Optional – I also had a stencil of my grandad’s cattle brand out of a piece of vinyl that I cut on my Cricut machine
- Imagination!!!!! – Most important supply on the list!!!
- Paint the base of the truck in teal or mint green or your preferred color. (I mixed my unique color from the Caribbean and a tiny bit of pumpkin…it just takes the smallest amount… go slow or you’ll end up with way tooo much.)
- I then painted the tires and the eggs black.
- The next step was to paint the white wall onto the tires. (after this dries is when the video above picks up.)
- Now it’s time for the cow/pig. I kind of think now looking at it that he looks like a pig instead of a cow….or a cartoon cow???? Not sure. Anyway… we start with painting a white stripe down the middle of the middle most egg having the line slightly wider at the top and bottom. Also add 2 small circles for the eyes that are slightly smooshed to give it the oval eye look.
- Next, while the white is drying mix the color for the nose and ears. Add a tiny bit of crimson to white. (A little goes a super long way here too.)
- Add the unique pink you mixed to the ears and nose. I tried to make the nose more square like with rounded corners as I was trying to go for a Jersey cow, though my grandad, I later found out never had Jersey cows. Lol!!!!! (My aunts got a good laugh out of that… both independently too!)
- While these are drying, we’re moving on to the feed bags and will come back to finish off the cow in a few minutes. The most outside eggs we’ll be painting with the Cashew Waverly Chalk paint in a thick coat to look like a canvas feed bag.
- Now we’ll move back to the cow and paint the nostrils on the nose and the pupils on the eyes in black.
- Since chalk paint dries quickly we can add the word feed and the pull string to the top of the feed bags. Don’t get too hung up on the look of the words as some didn’t even have big words when I was younger, or you could say that it was be bottom of the feed bag. 🙂 Crafting and creating is supposed to be fun… so no worries.
- In my case I wanted to add grandad’s cattle brand, dubbed the round W, so I cut it from removable adhesive vinyl on my Cricut machine after getting a picture of it from my cousin who now has it registered to her family in Washington state. (Wolfe) I put the stencil on and painted the W black. Because it’s a vinyl stencil I could pull off the stencil right away and correct any issues including bleeding of the paint under the stencil right away. (This is where the video ends.)
- Once all of that was dry, about a day later, I added some watered down black paint with a dry brush technique to “dirty” it up. It turned out fabulous in my opinion!! See the picture above and please comment your thoughts, questions and comments below. We’d love to hear from you!!!!
That’s it! Have fun creating something unique and different out of materials intended for another style or purpose!! Until next time here’s a few trucks from Michael’s that are available right now!! (Click here)