Creating a Hoe-down Background

Creating a Background for a Hoe-down....

Creating a Background for a Hoe-down….

Oh the things you do for your kids.

Seriously though, I am very proud of this background.  It took me a total of about six hours over the course of three days.


We started out with a canvas dropcloth similar to: Paint Essentials 9-Feet x 12-Feet Canvas Drop Cloth HW912. I bought it at the Home Depot and I believe it was around $21.


p1070797I had purchased orange and purple spray paint, and had black paint to start off with.

The one can of orange and purple was just enough, but I ended up sending my hubby to the store to get more flat black spray paint.  He found some at our local Orchard Supply Hardware for $1!  It was great because I used a total of five (5) cans to spray paint the entire bottom half.  In this project, it didn’t matter that one can was a “Satin” finish one was gloss and the remaining cans were flat black.  Those facts don’t matter spray painting a canvas like this.

p1070800Above shows the photo I used to make the background.

The photo is from Oriental Trading Company (I do love them) as they sell the background on plastic.  I had to do the copy/paste/blow-up on screen thing to get it to a size I could mimic on my grand scale.

You can see the one-inch (1″) painters tape in several of the photos to create the edge of the mountain range.


p1070802Do I look sick?  I was.  Sometimes the best thing is rest.  Mommy can’t always do that.  Thankfully my hubby took the Little Ones and I was able to just concentrate on the painting.

p1070803After day one.

What’s not pictured is the acrylic painting.  I took two containers of orange, one container of white and one container of yellow to add the details shown.  The white was mixed several times with the pumpkin orange and regular orange colors and yellow to make various colors of the gradients.  Just straight white was used right up against the black of the mountains, and I just used less and less white in the mix of the yellow and orange as I went up to the orange spray paint layer.

Any acrylic paint will do, and I use the local craft store (hopefully with coupons) to get my paint.  What I had to buy more of was the 2″sponge brushes!  I ran through at least three of those, but thankfully those are pretty inexpensive.

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img_1822These cute little ones got to dress up western, eat chili dogs, and enjoy grandma’s company.

Look at the cute centerpiece!  It was made out of tissue paper, brown painted toilet paper rolls (as the logs) and a tealight was placed in the center for the “fire” look.  The blue rocks represent the Cub Scout color and it was set on a gold wrapping paper wrapped piece of cardboard.


I got to square dance with my big boy, while grandma took photos and hung out with the Little Ones.img_1844

One thing I love about cub scouts is the idea that you do things that you wouldn’t normally do with your family.

Which includes square dancing.

My husband wasn’t able to attend due to a minor surgery that he was recovering from so I got to dance with my boy.  He’s really good at it and I hope we can encourage him to keep dancing-it-up.  Thank you grandma who took the photos and helped so much during that crazy time!

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