I freely admit that I have a Pinterest addiction. I check it in the morning before I feed my kids. I check it at night before I go to bed (which often leads to me getting inspired and staying up waaaaay too late). I check it routinely throughout the day. I save my favorite pins to my Evernote account (I prefer Evernote's kick-ass tagging system) and flag my favorites to do right away. I find myself constantly trying to copy some craft or kids' activity I saw on Pinterest.
I've decided to show off some of the pins I've conquered recently. First up, Cement Paver Hopscotch. This pin caught my eye a while ago and I knew I needed to replicate it. I spent two weekends painting and priming my cement pavers and came up with this:
Hubby is working on digging up the grass and dropping the pavers in, so that they are flush to the ground. This will eliminate stubbed toes and him banging them up with the riding mower. The kids are LOVING this project. They sat down right away to paint their little rock markers and make extras for friends.
At first glance I thought this project would be cheap and fast. Cheap, I guess that's relative. Fast? Not so much. At $4/can for spray paint, I spent $24 on paint (I saved $8 by using some leftover red and blue from 4th of July). The pavers were about $2.50/12"x12" paver at Home Depot and I used 9. I also had one larger paver that was about $4. So, I was only out $26.50 for the pavers and about $50 for the entire project.
I used leftover white latex paint to paint the front faces white:
I used my Cricut and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge to cut a template for each paver. If you're looking to copy mine, I cut mine at 8.5" using the "Roly Poly" setting and "Real Dial Size". I adhered the templates using glue dots (I tried adhesive spray first and that was a bust) and then added several layers of color. Once I peeled up the template, I had a beautiful hopscotch stone:
Once everything was dry and on the ground, it took about five minutes before all of the neighborhood kids were over, hopping away! So, there you go... $50 and 2 weekends of work (lots of drying time required between layers). PinQuest acheived!