a checkerboard garden project of mine from years ago, it reminded me of
the wonderful creative things I used to do when I worked at home. The gardens were
beautiful, things were in bloom, and weeds were in short supply.
While strolling through a second-hand store, I happened upon a vinyl doily
for a mere fifty cents. Meh, I thought. Went home, plopped it on the dining
room table and sort of forgot about it. A few mornings later, hubby and I were
having coffee at the table. Where I sat, I could see where the plain stepping
stones were. My gaze shifted to the doily, then to hubby, and then...
a Eureka moment arrived!
Put on your work duds and let's make something nice for the yard!Material needed:
Stepping stones - Choose a stone color that is in contrast to your paint color A lace doily, or better yet, a vinyl / rubber doily (See step 6 for other options) Outdoor / Exterior Spray paint - You'll want the paint to stand out. Choose lighter or darker than your stone Outdoor / Exterior Clear spray sealer A large piece of cardboard. Even poster board will work just fine. A pen, pencil, heck, even a crayon will work A pair of scissors or a serrated knife. A scrub brush A source of water (bucket of, or garden hose) One can of spray paint is typically enough to spray six or seven stones.
Take into consideration the size of your stone, and the amount of paint
required to cover the areas without 'lace'. While paper doilies are available,
they would not be a wise choice, as the slightest breeze or even the spray
of the paint would move the doily around.
Though most doilies are crocheted, it is easy to find vinyl table covers, place mats
and other items to use. Please don't use an heirloom treasure your grandmother
made by hand! Be sure to choose one that will give a pleasing result with a lot of
coverage. If you have a large project in mind, consider table covers by the yard, which
are found in many box stores.