It’s that time of year again when our seasonal challenge reminds us that life is filled with wonderful blessings. I’m simply honored to work with this awesome group of bloggers who inspire others with their own creativity. If you’ve missed previous challenges they can be found here.
Maria from Nature Decor was the leader of the Winter Challenge and this one fell in line with one of my favorite activities, stenciling. Trying to figure out what to make was a bit of a challenge because I’m doing my best not to accumulate more stuff.
Maria chose Cutting Edge Stencils for this challenge where each blogger had the freedom to pick the stencil of their choice. I went with the Starburst Zinnia because I’m missing flowers at the moment. I didn’t really have a plan for this project until I finished painting our recycled chicken coop.
The idea was to jazz up a simple but fun little mobile chicken coop. To do this I needed a sunny afternoon while the chickens were out and about free ranging.
The free range part was a slam dunk because our chickens roam the farm all day long. The difficult part was waiting for the coop to dry out between rainfalls.
How to Stencil
The surface of this coop was painted wood and I knew stenciling would be a breeze for the most part. Complete details on how to stencil with success can be found here.
I used white chalk paint which I love because it dries fast but what I found even after taping down this type of stencil I still had to hold it in place with my other hand because there was a lot of lifting taking place during the transfer.
Adding Some Words
After the flowers were added around the entire coop it was necessary to add some words. This simple step personalized the project and the letters came from Hobby Lobby, you can find them here.
The Chickens Approve
Because six chickens live here I decided “Hen House” was fitting and later they seemed pretty happy with their stylish coop. Honestly I think they were just happy that I moved the house away from the emus.
Fresh Eggs was added to the back of the nesting box addition using smaller letters from a previous project; these individual letters are fun because you can create your own message. Make sure with stencil letters they’re lined up correctly so spacing looks natural.
Finally the coop is complete and looking much fancier than it was previously. If you like the idea of a mobile chicken coop and jazzing it up stencils then make sure to check out my newest published article in Backyard Poultry here, inside you’ll find a DIY Mobile Chicken anyone can build.
Visit the Winter Challenge, we’ve got a talented group ready to inspire you.
Maria: Simple Nature Decor
Karen: To Work With My Hands
Patti: Garden Matter
Joyce: At Home With Jemma
Bon Bon: Farmhouse 40