Holiday DIY: A Scandinavian Easter

My hubby is from rural South Carolina where by family tradition, he and his siblings created an outdoor Easter “nest” the night before the Easter bunny would arrive, leaving delicious treats. The area he grew up in is very like the beach, with sand, soaring pine trees, pine cones, and many types of moss. All great for making a nest. This project can be made inside or outside – on a sideboard, coffee table or out on the patio. Scour your yard for twigs, stones, ferns, or anything earthy, similar to Scandinavian style. Natural and simple. ~ Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

A Scandinavian Easter | How to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky with Modern Masters Metallic Paints

SUPPLIES
  • Black Pearl Metallic Paint
  • Pewter Matte Metallic
  • Oyster Matte Metallic
  • Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Water-Base Primer, or like
  • Large and Small plastic or wood Easter eggs
  • Paint brushes
  • Container to hold large eggs upright
  • Paper towels
  • String or jut
  • Small feathers
  • Moss or found objects from your yard
  • Glass cloche (optional)
  • Container (like the hand-carved wooden bowl used) to feature the large egg
INSTRUCTIONS

Prime the eggs using two coats of Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Water-Base Primer, or a like primer. You can use a large-mouth container to prop large eggs on while working. Let dry. Paint two coats of metallic colors on each egg, letting dry completely after each coat. I used both the Modern Masters Matte Metallics and Metallic Paint Collection to have both a natural satin and matte sheen. If the eggs are made of wood, you can choose to leave some unpainted as well.

Scandinavian Style Outdoor Easter Nest DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Matte Metallics and Metallic Paints by Modern Masters

How to Create a Scandinavian theme Easter | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Add feathers tied on with jute. Arrange a natural-looking outdoor scene that everyone, including the Easter bunny, will love.

Easter Eggs and Decor Accents with Scandinavian Style | How to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Create your own tradition. This is a perfect project for you and little ones to work on together each year.

Scandinavian Style Easter with Organic and Natural Materials as well as Matte and Satin Metallic Paints | Modern Masters Blog | How to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Using Metallics and Natural Materials to create a Scandinavian-themed Easter Design and Decor | Modern Masters Blog Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Outdoor Easter Nest DIY Tutorial | Scandinavian Style | Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky on the Modern Masters Blog

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Holiday DIY: Embossed Easter Egg

Painting pretty and colorful Easter eggs can be so much fun! Debbie Hayes from My Patch of Blue Sky shares a unique and elegant idea for creating an embossed ornamental scroll pattern on an Easter egg that can be customized to taste. This egg can easily become the centerpiece of your spring and holiday decor. Gather some friends together to create your own versions!

Elegant Easter Egg Ideas | How to Add an Embossed Scroll Pattern to an Easter Egg | Modern Masters DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

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INSTRUCTIONS

Prime the egg using two coats of Zinsser® Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Water-Base Primer. Let dry. You can use a large-mouth container to prop it on while working.

How to Create an Embossed Allover Pattern on an Easter Egg | Unique and Glam Easter Egg DIY Ideas | Modern Masters Step by Step Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Use a pencil to create free-form designs on the egg. Use your imagination, or find inspiration online and in books.

Using Venetian Plaster to create an elegant raised design on an Easter Egg | Modern Masters How-to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Open the Venetian Plaster. Follow the cake decorator assembly instructions. Open up the bag and prop it in a clean container. Use a stir stick to add Venetian Plaster to the bag. Put enough in the bag so you can grab it easily in your hand. Close and twist the bag until the plaster is about to squirt out of the tip.

DIY Metallic Easter Eggs with a Beautiful Raised Scroll Pattern Design | Modern Masters How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

On another surface, like an old piece of cardboard, practice squeezing the bag while applying some plaster in a swirling motion. I found it easier to keep the tip about 1/16″ above the surface instead of dragging it.

Starting at the top of the egg, slowly apply the Venetian Plaster to the surface. Watch where you put your fingers while you hold the egg, so that you don’t smear the pattern. Carefully place the egg onto a container to dry, which can take hours or overnight. Add more pattern when it’s dry if you like. Let dry completely.

Creating a Custom Matte Metallic Paint color for a Pearlized and Metallic Easter Egg | Incredible How-to DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Blue Pearlized Easter Egg with a Pretty Scroll Design | How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky using Modern Masters products

You can use a standard Matte Metallic or do as I did, create a custom metallic matte blue color mix of Modern Masters products. Depending upon how many eggs you are painting, this recipe will paint two coats on several eggs:

  • 8 ounces of Oyster Matte Metallic
  • 1/2 TBSP Emerald Green Platinum Series Glazing Cream Color
  • 1/2 TBSP Custom Blue Platinum Series Glazing Cream Color

Use a brush to paint 2 coats of the color mix and let dry completely after each coat.

Stunning Easter Egg Ideas | Spring DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky with Metallics and Plaster | Modern Masters Blog

How to Create a Beautiful and Elegant Easter Egg with a Raised Scroll Design | Modern Masters Metallic DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Find or create a natural-looking nest for your Easter masterpiece to make it the center of attention in your home. This project can be created in multiples in several colors to feature in Easter baskets, or place in an oversized bowl with greenery and natural elements from your yard as a spectacular centerpiece.

The Embossed Easter Egg DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Get on the Bus with Metal Effects

The story behind the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Blog

We receive many projects shares via our projects@modernmasters.com email, and we love them all! Recently, a gorgeous project with our Metal Effects was sent to us. In fact, here’s the initial e-mail:

I wanted to share photos of the bus conversion we did using the copper Metal Effects paint — green patina on the outside and pure copper on the inside. Our bus is used as a traveling vintage shop, and we get so many great compliments on the paint!

The email from Lindsay of Wanderlust Vintage Market in Minnesota intrigued us and when we saw the images, we knew we had to share it with you! Interested? We’ll let Lindsay share her story.

Metal Effects Verdigris Patinas and Faux Woodgrain on the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Blog Feature

My business partner, Aaron, and I were both in the publishing industry. After learning that we were being laid off from our jobs due to an acquisition, we started brainstorming ideas for a new business. We wanted to do something fun and different that would take advantage of our shared interest in vintage and hand-crafted items. After researching the industry, we decided to do a spin on a traditional antique shop by running it out of a converted school bus and offering high quality antique furniture at affordable prices. Since we both enjoy painting, refinishing, and creating, we would rehab anything that needed a facelift in bold and interesting ways and supplement the furniture with our own, unique home decor items.

THE BUS

The Story of the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Traveling Retail Bus | Modern Masters Blog Feature

The first order of business to get up and running was to figure out how we wanted the bus to look. We knew this would be extremely important to our brand and to generating interest in our shop. Our first thought was to cover the ceiling of the bus in stamped tin, but in an effort to keep costs low, we started looking around for paint that would help us achieve a similar effect without as big an investment. Once we discovered Modern Masters products, the entire vision for the bus came together: wood grain on the sides, copper with green patina on the roof and outer fixtures, straight copper on the inside. The fact that the Metal Effects had actual copper in it that would oxidize when exposed to the elements was a huge plus for us. We wanted the outside of the bus to continue to develop a natural patina over time.

THE PROCESS

Removing bus seats for a traveling retail caravan | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Bus Interior Cleared and Cleaned | Details from the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan project | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Blog Feature on the Traveling Retail Bus

We bought a bus from an ad on Craigslist and removed all of the seats (not fun or easy), removed all the decals, and took off the stop sign.

The Woodgrained Exterior of the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Project Feature

We used a half-empty can of $8 stain and a wood-graining tool to create the wood effect on the sides of the bus.

Metal Effects Patina Process on the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Masters Project Feature

We then primed the roof of the bus, the metal strips on the sides, the hood, bumper, grill, and other fixtures with the Metal Effects Primer. Honestly, the process of applying the primer to all of the necessary areas seemed never-ending, but in reality took about 12 hours and three people. The whole time we were applying the primer, we were just dying to see the copper. Delivery of the Metal Effects Reactive Copper Metallic Paint happened to be behind the Metal Effects Primer by a day or so. We had started applying primer to the interior of the bus when the copper showed up. We literally dropped what we were doing to break out the oxidizing copper paint and get it on the roof. It was a very hot day in the summer, and the first coat dried really quickly. We applied the second coat with Aaron rolling it out while I followed behind with a spray bottle of the Green Patina Aging Solution. We achieved a light patina on the roof, partly because of rapid drying due to the heat and partly due to my lack of ability to maneuver around on a hot metal roof 13 feet in the air.

Metal Effects Patina Details on the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Modern Masters Traveling Bus Project Feature on the Blog

Faux Bois and Verdigris Patinas on the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Project and Process on the Traveling Retail Bus on the Modern Masters Blog | Metal Effects

When we got to the hood of the bus and the bumpers, we decided to really soak them with the patina solution. This resulted in an awesome drippy effect, which was perfect for us, since we wanted it to look like it had naturally oxidized due to rain. Comparing the during and after photos of the front of the bus, you can even see how the patina has continued to develop after a couple months of exposure.

The Interior of the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | Modern Mastery Project Feature on the Traveling Retail Shop

The Exterior of the Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan | The Modern Masters Blog shares the Project and Process of Creating the Traveling Retail Bus Shop from Minneapolis, MN on their Blog | Woodgrain and Patina Finishes

We are very happy with how the bus turned out. It’s the perfect complement to our vintage shop on wheels, and we hear nothing but fantastic things from all of our customers. All told, we completely transformed the bus over about eight 12-hour days in June.

Metal Effects Patina and Finish on Tabletop | Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan in Minneapolis, MN | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Gorgeous Metal Effects Patina on Dresser Drawer Fronts | Wanderlust Market Vintage Caravan in Mineappolis, MN | Traveling Retail Bus Shop Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Lindsay and Aaron have used leftover Metal Effects, as well as other patinas, for some of their retail pieces, too. Seriously – doesn’t this traveling shop look and sound AMAZING? Such a brilliant idea. We’d visit every day! Wanderlust Vintage Market has also opened up a physical location that doubles as an additional retail space and workshop studio at 349 13th Avenue NE, in Minneapolis, MN. To keep up with all their adventures, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Many thanks to both Lindsay and Aaron for sharing their beautiful bus project with us. We hope you’ve enjoyed it immensely as well!

Many of the gorgeous PROJECT images, where noted, were used with permission from Jennifer Liv Photography.

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DIY How-to: Dog Leash Holder

It’s a doggy dog world and we just live in it! If you love your pups as much as we do, you’ll adore this paw-some DIY Dog Leash Holder by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. A little transfer paper, a little Matte Metallic, some inspired hook ‘tails’ and you’ll have a paw-tastic dog organizer made with love.

DIY Doggy Leash Holder | Dog How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
INSTRUCTIONS

Doggie Leash Holder DIY by Focal Points, Inc. for Modern Masters

Cover a 4’x4′ area with old newspaper or craft paper. Using a 2″ brush, paint the front side of the plaque with a good quality primer and let dry 1 – 2 hours.

DIY Dog Leash Holder with Modern Masters products | How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

Using the 2″ brush, paint the primed surface with Pale Gold Matte Metallic. I used a swirling motion while applying the Matte Metallic to create some interest. Apply 2 – 3 coats or until a solid color is achieved and let dry completely. Gather your tape measure, graphite transfer paper, doggy image, and pencil for the next step.

Creating a Dog Leash Organizer for the Home | DIY How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

Tracing an Image with Graphite Transfer Paper | Dog Leash Holder How-to by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters DIY Tutorial

How to Create a Dog Leash Holder | Modern Masters DIY Step-by-Step Tutorial

Use the tape measure to mark off the placement of the doggy image and the word PLAY. Place the graphite transfer paper side down onto the plaque and position the dog image on top. Using moderate pressure, trace the image with a pencil and then repeat the same process for the second dog image.

Dog Leash Organizer DIY by Focal Points, Inc. with Modern Masters products | Easy Step by Step How-to Tutorial

Creating a Super Cute Dog Leash Holder with a Doggy Transfer Image and Shimmery Metallic Paints | Modern Masters

Use a small artist brush to paint in the dog images with the Statuary Bronze Matte Metallic. Apply 2 – 3 coats until a solid color is achieved and let dry. If you have a trim area, consider painting that with the Statuary Bronze as a nice compliment, as we did here. Feel free to erase any pencil lines that haven’t been painted over completely.

Adorable and Easy Dog Leash Holder Organizer How-to | Modern Masters DIY | Doggy Decor Ideas

Mix one part Tobacco Brown with two parts Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream. Apply the mix to the entire plaque with the 2″ brush. Dab off excess with a clean dry rag and let dry completely. This ages the Matte Metallic for a beautiful finish.

Fun and Sweet Easy DIY Dog Leash Holder with Hook 'Tails'! | Modern Masters How-to

Apply the PLAY adhesive letters between the two doggy images. Next, center the hooks on the dogs where the tails should be (super cute, right?) and secure with a screw driver and screws. Attach your fave hanging tool to the back (i.e., 3M or Velcro hanging tabs, hanging hooks), place in your chosen area and now you have one adorable dog leash holder at your fingertips! Share your DIY projects with us anywhere with the hashtag #ModernMasters!

Easy and Cute Dog Plaque to Hold Leashes | Modern Masters DIY by Focal Points, Inc.

How to Create an Doggy Leash Holder for your Pup | Custom Dog Decor DIY Ideas | Modern Masters Step-by-Step Tutorial

The Dog Leash Holder DIY is by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.

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Front Door Paint Ideas for Spring

Spring is just around the corner! It’s the perfect time of year to start planning exterior design and garden projects that enhance your curb appeal. One of the simplest updates is painting your front door! A front door makeover with our Front Door Paint is easy to use – in fact, one blogger painted theirs in 24 minutes and on Facebook Live, too! Another benefit is that Front Door Paint is non fading and weather resistant. This means that your door will look as good as the day you painted it throughout all the seasons in your area. Are you ready for some bright, happy and colorful front door inspiration? Let’s do(or) it!

Front Door Paint Ideas for Spring | Gorgeous Red Front Door Project by Tale of an Ugly House with the non fade Front Door Paint color Sophisticated | Modern Masters Blog

Who doesn’t love a red door? So classic, so stylish. This front door update was by Amanda of The Tale of an Ugly House. She used the color Sophisticated.

Front Door Makeover Ideas for Spring | Project with non fade Front Door Paint in the color Energetic | Orange Front Door | Modern Masters Blog

This front door was a dreary off-white that looked too plain for the homeowners. They brightened it with the color Energetic. Looks lovely against the brick!

Bright and Colorful Front Door Paint Ideas | Enhance your Curb Appeal with non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | Color: Confident yellow | Modern Masters Blog

Everyone who walks up to this door immediately loves the color! Most say they would not have considered a yellow front door before then. We love hearing that! This shade is called Confident.

Colorful Front Door Inspiration for Spring and Summer | Front Door Paint project with Fortunate green by Modern Masters | Lime Front Door | Bright and Happy Front Door Ideas

The Fortunate lime green not only provided a lovely color contrast for this home’s exterior, it also added a welcoming appeal to the entrance. It’s a beautiful, bright color that looks great with the landscaping, too! See the How to Paint Your Front Door video above for that project!

Turquoise Front Door | Colorful and Happy Front Door Makeover Ideas with non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | Color: Tranquil blue

A turquoise front door is a fresh alternative to a traditional blue and welcomes your guests in style. This gorgeous hue is called Tranquil.

These are just some of the colors available as there are 25 hues in the Front Door Paint palette. If you’re stuck on color, we have a free Front Door Paint app for both iPhone and Android where you can snap a pic of your door and scroll through the colors available. Be sure to check out our 5 Questions with Front Door Paint and our step-by-step How to Paint Your Front Door instructions before you start your project! Our non fade Front Door Paint is available online at HomeDepot.com and Amazon as well as our online shopping site with free shipping. You can also find it at select local retailers – though be sure to call ahead to ensure stock. Don’t forget to share those #frontdoorpaint projects with us on Instagram and Facebook!

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