When June and I talked about doing an entire month dedicated to fruits I wanted to challenge myself and make sure I didn't just do all recipes; which can be tough with all these yummy ingredients! But another thing we talked about was how cute all these fruits are visually, so I wanted to capitalize on that! And thus came up with this lime footed fruit bowl! But it's not just that we painted the bowl lime green, it's what's on the inside that counts!
Boom!! I mean, isn't that just too cute! And I gotta be honest, since June is the painter in this soulmate-ship I was a little intimidated when I came up with this idea but ya never know until you try right? And I'm so happy with the outcome! I promise, even if you're not a painter you can do this project!
I started with this footed bowl from Home Goods. I was initially going to show you how you could make this with a bowl and a cup glued together (which you can still totally do) but when I saw this for just $7 it was a better deal than the cup and bowl options
Then I used this Krylon Stone Fine Texture in Limestone and Krylon Outdoor in Shamrock
I took the bowl outside and sprayed on a liberal coat of the stone fine texture spray paint. I wanted the bowl to match the slight texture of the outside of the lime. And because we're painted a color over it I went with the lightest color option so it wouldn't interfere with the green color. Once that was dry I painted a coat of the shamrock green. (I'm sorry I don't have a picture of that, it was getting dark by the time I got the green coat on)
Once the outside of the bowl was painted and dry I taped off the inside of my bowl for the lime sections. This will give you a nice clean line as you paint. Now for the painting part I don't have pictures of the process (again the problem with both June and I being busy with our "regular" jobs, blah blah blah) but I'll be as thorough as I can in the description. And as always, if you have any questions please email us and I'll get back to you as quickly as possible!
So I started by fully painting each sections with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft paint in the color Snow Pea, being sure not to go all the way to the edge of the bowl or to the very center of the bowl. I left a boarder around the bowl unpainted so I could go in later and paint a green rim around the edge leaving just a hint of the white between the "lime slices" and the "peel". And I made sure I didn't paint it super smooth; to get the texture of a lime you want some uneven spots. Once the first coat of snow pea was dry (which didn't take long) I went back in with a fine tip paint brush and painted vertical lines starting from the center of the bowl and working my way out toward the edge of the bowl with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint in Spring Pasture. It's a brighter green and gives it that juicy texture you see in an actual lime. Then I went in with the same brush (after cleaning it of course) using Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint in Summer Linen and painted shorter vertical lines again starting from the center of the bowl and working my way out. These create little highlight spots.
Once all that was dry I removed the tape and already it was looking so cute! Then I went back in with the Snow Pea color and painted along the circumference of the bowl to create the outer peel of the lime, again leaving a little stripe of the white between the lime sections and the peel. And that's all there is to it! And since I used acrylic paint on this ceramic bowl it all dried very quickly and it only took maybe 30 minutes to paint the entire inside of the bowl!
Here's a tighter shot so you can see all the vertical lines I was talking about above.
Ta-da! Your very own lime fruit bowl!
Does it not scream SUMMERTIME!! And lets be honest, this would look super cute with just about any fruit design so feel free to have fun with it!!
Soma & Ulte