Necktie Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycle Dad’s old ties into this fun flower pillow to add a memory-filled conversation piece to your home décor. Flea market or vintage ties work great too!

Materials

  • Printed fabric, 3/8 yd.
  • Neckties, eight
  • Cording, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Dritz Aluminum 1-1/2” Cover Button Kit

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

For pillow front and back, cut two 11-1/2” squares from printed fabric.

STEP 2

Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew around squares, leaving 3” opening for turning. Trim seam allowance; turn pillow right side out. Stuff; slipstitch opening closed.

STEP 3

Cut eight 3-1/2” lengths from end of each tie. Arrange “petals” in center of pillow, forming flower. Adhere petals to pillow, gathering cut petal edges as needed.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to cover button with printed fabric. Adhere button to flower center.

STEP 5

Sew cording around pillow.

by Rebekah Meier

Father’s Day Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Greet your golf-loving dad with a handmade card this Father’s Day. The layered papers add great texture, as do the button “golf ball” and twig signpost.

Materials

  • White blank card, 5”x6-1⁄2”
  • Purple/Blue paper: checked, sponged, dotted
  • White embroidery floss
  • White button, 5⁄8”
  • Twig, 1⁄8” diameter, 5” long

Tools

  • White gel pen
  • Cutting mat
  • Needle
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft knife

Directions

(Note: Use photo as guide throughout.)

step 1

Open card; trim 3⁄8” from each front edge, except fold. Cover inside back of card with purple/blue checked and card front with purple/blue sponged papers.

step 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Cut grass border pattern from purple/blue dotted paper. Adhere grass to front of card.

step 3

Trace flag window pattern on front of card. Open card and use craft knife to cut out “window”. Outline window and front of card with white pen.

step 4

Using white floss and working from back to front, sew stick and button to card front; knot floss ends inside card.

step 5

Transfer lettering to inside back of card with white pen so only “Dad” is visible through window.

Tips

  • Modify patterns slightly to create sailboat window card, floating along on rolling, blue waves. Or, cut grass from green crinkle paper for added texture.

by Shauna Berglund-Immel

Dad’s Day T-shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids will have as much fun making this special Father’s Day gift as they will enjoy the giant hug from Dad when he receives it.

Materials

  • Cotton T-shirt in appropriate size
  • Fabric paints in choice of color(s)

Tools

  • T-shirt transfer paper, 2 sheets
  • Shirtboard, cookie sheet, or newspaper

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, paper plate (for palette), iron and pressing surface, computer with printer 

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s directions to print and iron the following on one sheet of transfer paper for front of shirt: “Of course my kids don’t walk all over me. . .” Use remaining sheet of transfer paper to print and iron the following for back of shirt: “They just have me in the palms of their hands!”

STEP 2

To make the front of the shirt, place shirt board, cookie sheet, or newspaper inside T-shirt. Pour puddle of paint on palette. Have child sit in chair and paint bottom of foot and toes, spreading paint evenly. Repeat same for other foot. Help child place feet onto T-shirt; press across top of toes and feet for full impression. Lift child off shirt and wash feet immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Let dry completely.

STEP 3

To make the back of the shirt, pour puddle of paint on palette. Paint palm of hands, spreading paint evenly. Place child’s hands onto T-shirt and press firmly for full impression. Lift child’s hands off shirt and wash hands immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Allow paint to dry 24 hours.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s directions to let paint cure before washing.

Tip

  • Turn this shirt into a keepsake by adding each child’s name next to their hand prints and the date to the bottom of the shirt.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

Tackle Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Paint a tackle box for Dad or Grandpa as a special Father’s Day gift. They’ll be proud to bring it along on their next fishing trip!

Materials

  • Wooden box with handle, approx. 4”x6-1⁄2”x10”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Pine Green, Black, Light Ivory, Burnt Sienna, Latte, Antique Rose, Autumn Brown, Trail Tan

Tools

  • Royal & Langnickel Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Angular Shader, Series 160, 1⁄2”; Shader, Series 150, #4-12; Liner, Series 595, #2; stylus
  • Delta Ceramcoat Matte Sealer
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, sandpaper, damp cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface), transfer paper

Directions

STEP 1

Basecoat box Latte; shade edges Autumn Brown. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer outlines only to box.

STEP 2

Paint the following: fish Pine Green; stars and top bobber halves Light Ivory; remaining bobber areas Burnt Sienna; lettering Pine Green.

STEP 3

Shade fish Black, Light Ivory half of bobbers Trail Tan, and lettering Black. Brush fish with mixture of Pine Green and Light Ivory, leaving darker green around edge of fish. Add Trail Tan to mixture to shade lower portion of fish as shown. Add Antique Rose and Light Ivory highlights to fish belly and along bottom of tail. Highlight Light Ivory around outside edge of fish. Add Light Ivory highlight dots along belly using stylus.

STEP 4

Transfer remaining details. Use marker to trace details. Add Light Ivory highlight dots to fishes’ eyes. Add Light Ivory details to lettering. Highlight Light Ivory around outside edge of lettering. Where letters overlap, add water to paint to mute highlight. Lightly spatter box surface with Black paint.

STEP 5

For “distressed” look, lightly sand box edges; wipe with damp cloth. Apply sealer.

by Cheryl Seslar

Fishing Fund Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make saving pennies fun for your favorite fisherman! Stickers with a fishing theme make decorating quick and easy. Add a few pennies and give to Dad for Father’s Day!

Materials

  • Ball: Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jar, Gold Wide Mouth Jar Band
  • Wooden items: rectangle tags, 1-1⁄2”x2-1⁄2”, two; rectangle, 1⁄2”x1”
  • Paper: stripe, coordinating parchment
  • Dimensional stickers: fishing gear, fishing sentiment
  • Artistic Wire Permanent Colored Wire: Black, 18-gauge, 27” length

Tools

  • DecoArt Oak Gel Stain
  • 3M Scotch Craft Stick Permanent Adhesive Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, paper towel, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Apply stain to tags and jar band; wipe excess with paper towel and let dry. Cut 4”x12-1⁄4” parchment paper strip; adhere around jar. Cut 3-1⁄2”x12” striped paper strip; center and adhere to parchment strip.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide, attach dimensional fishing gear stickers to jar. Adhere fishing sentiment to small rectangle; adhere rectangle to jar as shown. Adhere additional fishing gear stickers to tags.

STEP 3

Curl wire around pencil, leaving 3” straight at both ends. Wrap wire around jar neck; twist ends together. Thread tags onto wire ends; twist to secure. Screw band onto jar.

by Cindy Groom-Harry and the CMC Staff

To Honor Mom and Dad

Two very special holidays are celebrated in May and June – don’t forget to create special cards to honor mom and dad for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

It’s Jill Cornell here today to share a card idea for each holiday. For this Mother’s Day card, I created with bright colors in mind and let pretty teacups and flowers take center stage. Although Mother’s Day is now behind us, you could make this card for Mom’s birthday, too.

A few glittery accents in the form of pink sequin trim and a gold sequin help give the card a little glitz and glamour for mom. All supplies are from the Soho Garden collection by American Crafts.

And for Father’s Day, honor one of dad’s special skills or hobbies by creating a themed card. I created this card for a dad in mind who loves to grill! Other ideas might be camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, sports, reading and more!

There are some easy ways to make a card more fitting for dad: 1) create with masculine colors like orange, green, navy and brown; 2) use “earthy” embellishments such as stars, buttons, twine and staples. All supplies are from the Take a Hike collection by Simple Stories.

Whether you are creating a gift or buying a gift, a handmade card will show you put a little extra thought into making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, or their birthdays, just a little more special!

Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Happy Father’s Day

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog. Father’s Day is less than a month away! I encourage you to make a card for the father in your life. Perhaps you are like me and your father has passed away, but you have an older brother, an uncle, of a close family friend that you wish to honor. Perhaps you wish to help your kids make a card for their father or grandfather. Both my father and my father-in-law have passed, but I make my husband a card every year on Father’s Day to honor him as the father of my children.

I have a few cards to share with you to help you get started on making your card. I will share a tutorial for this first card, because I think the technique is very “manly”!

1. Make a 5″x5″ black top-fold card.

2. Trim printed paper to 4-7/8″x4-7/8″; adhere to card.

3. Create the aged and embossed panel next. Cut kraft cardstock to fit inside the embossing folder. Apply Clearsnap ColorBox Creamy Brown Chalk Ink to the “front” or “top” side of the folder; this is the side that will deboss, or press into, the cardstock. You want to ink the debossed areas of the cardstock, not the raised, embossed areas.

4. Carefully place cardstock inside the inked embossing folder and run it through the machine. Let ink dry completely.

5. Using a foam or sponge applicator, ink raised areas of the embossed cardstock with green, blue, and brown ink, in that order, to create a patina. I used Clearsnap ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antique Moss, Bon Voyage, and Dark Cashmere Antiquing Ink. Let ink dry completely. (Note: It is very important that all ink is dry before moving to the next step.) 

6. Ink a few of the raised, embossed areas with watermark or clear embossing ink.

7. Heat emboss with copper embossing powder.

8. Edge the embossed panel with brown ink and trim to 3-1/2″x4-1/2″. Mat on black cardstock and adhere to card front as shown.

9. Stamp a masculine image onto kraft cardstock with coordinating ink. Dig through your stamp stash and see what images you have that would be good for Father’s Day. Look for cars, boats, sports images, vintage items, etc.

10. Using photo as guide, trim image to size. Distress edges of image panel using scissors blade, paper distressing tool, or fingers. Mat image on black cardstock and adhere to card front as shown.

11. Decorate the card with a “coil” of twine and a vintage image or postage stamp. Tie twine around the top of the card and add a charm.

12. Make sure to “grunge up” your papers and cardstock for a unique, masculine look. This technique works with any embossing folder. You can try other ink and embossing powder colors to create alternate results.

13. Add kraft cardstock to the inside of the card and stamp or write a Father’s Day message.

Remember, when creating cards for the special men in your life, try to use dark and neutral colors, and natural elements like twine, jute, and cork. Add metal items as I have done with this vintage-inspired card.

If you don’t have access to many embellishments, you can still create depth and interest with papers. I have simply added a few vintage buttons to the above card. I used several papers and the circles to create movement and contrast.

Supplies:

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Black, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman (retired)
  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Thinking of Father (retired)
  • Clearsnap Ink Pads: ColorBox Creamy Brown Chalk; ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Dark Cashmere, Antique Moss, Bon VoyageTop Boss Watermark Ink; ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Wicked Black
  • Embossing powder: Hampton Art Copper
  • Embossing folder: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Collage
  • Die-cutting or embossing machine
  • Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Jute String
  • Charm: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Muse Tokens
  • Adhesives: 3M Scotch Brand Double-Sided Tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Cosmo Cricket Glubers Glue Dots

Enjoy creating for your dad, or other special man, this month!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)