I’ll be honest with you, maybe it’s just me, but when I think of Spring and Easter I’m thinking bunnies and eggs. Or flowers like daffodils and tulips. I don’t automatically think .. CARROTS!! But they have definitely become more of a “thing” when it comes to decorating for Easter. So when I saw this carrot template in Hobbycraft this year I figured I would embrace the orange and have a go at making a carrot patch sign. Which I think has turned out rather cute!
Here’s what I used for my carrot sign
Hobbycraft carrot plaque template
Acrylic paint – orange and white
These green feathers – left over from a previous project
Ribbon – I bought mine from USATOUKWREATH on Etsy (they have THE most amazing choice and I highly recommend checking them out!)
Hot glue (of course)
Craft Scrabble Tiles
A framed sign from The Range – or you can use a picture frame of your choice
here’s how I made it
I started with this blank template from Hobbycraft (for £2) and snipped off the little hanger.
Next I painted the carrot part of the plaque orange with the Cadmium orange acrylic paint, but quickly decided I didn’t like the colour. So I used this “Pumpkin” orange paint to cover it up. I think this was meant to be as I really liked the effect of the darker and the lighter orange mixing. This is what it looked like before and after. See how much brighter that looks?
For some reason I’ve got a thing about polka dots. I have no idea why! But I do know that this bright orange carrot definitely needed some! 😉 .. of course they did ..!
I used a sponge dabber with some white acrylic paint to create the perfect ones. Make sure you also add some that hang “over the edge” to fill up the smaller gaps on the sides and finish off your design.
Adding the carrot top
There are a few ways you can finish off the carrot top. I actually wanted to use green raffia but I didn’t have any in my craft stash. And I figured I had some other materials left over to use rather than buying more stuff! So I hunted the house for anything green .. and found these feathers. Ohh … that could work!!
I glued down a variety of darker and lighter feathers on the top of the carrot sign. Some of the smaller ones were glued down first, with the longer ones over the top. Just to create a bit of height.
As you will see by the end result, I actually preferred the lighter feathers and covered some more of the darker ones with the lighter variety. Crafting is all about progress, not perfection and I’m changing things around ALL the time!!
To finish off the carrot I created a messy bow. I picked out the colours of the carrot and used some gorgeous coloured ribbons from a new find (for me anyway!) on Etsy called “USATOUKWREATHS”. They have the most AMAZING ribbons!!
I highly recommend you go and check them out if you like to use bows and ribbons to finish off your projects. I mean, how gorgeous are these?
Hot glue the bow straight onto your carrot.
making the sign
You’ve seen me use these before, but I love to grab old picture frames or bought signs. They make the perfect backdrop for some of the signs without spending a load of money. I bought this one in The Range for about £2.50 in the sale. I quickly covered up the text with some white acrylic paint and boom!! the perfect backdrop for our Carrot Patch sign.
And the rest speaks for itself. I hot glued the carrot at an angle onto the sign.
This created a gap at the bottom which was perfect to add the “Our Carrot Patch” phrase with some Scrabble tiles. I actually started off with gluing these on straight. But it looked too “linear” for me, so took them off and glued them back on at various angles.
Told you I’m always changing things! In fact, I’m not sure if I’ll keep this sign in our kitchen yet. Here’s what I’ve done with it so far.
It has really brightened up this little area, but I may well move it somewhere else as I’m decorating for Easter and adding more things to our kitchen.
And here’s a close up of that messy bow. Didn’t I tell you those ribbons were great?
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