Butterfly Beverage Cooler

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Keep drinks ice cold and refreshing while you give your summer party décor a boost with this bright and stylish beverage cooler.

Materials

  • Galvanized 5-1/2-gallon oblong tub (available at Lowe’s)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: White Wash; Citron Green; Pumpkin; Bahama Blue; Calypso Blue; Dark Chocolate

Tools

  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: White Taklon: Liner, Series 599, #1; Shader, Series 159, #6; White Bristle: Angular Sash, Series 985, 2”
  • Decoart Americana Sealers: Multi-Purpose; Acrylic Sealer/Finisher Spray, Matte
  • Masking tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Place tape around top and bottom tub rims. Apply Multi-Purpose Sealer on side of tub. Let dry.

STEP 2

Paint side of tub (on top of sealer) several coats Bahama Blue, letting dry between coats.

STEP 3

Print and cut out pattern. Transfer butterflies to tub. Paint wings Calypso Blue and bodies Dark Chocolate. Let dry

STEP 4

Transfer details. Paint: center of top flowers on wings Pumpkin; center of bottom flowers Citron Green; flower petals White Wash; antennae and details lines on wings Dark Chocolate.

STEP 5

Using Dark Chocolate, paint small dots along antennae lines, long lines on wings, and around edges of wings. Paint large dots at ends of antennae, long lines on wings, center of flowers, tips of flowers, and two on top of body. Let dry.

STEP 6

Spray sealer on side of tub to protect finish. Remove tape

Tip

  • To paint dots, dip end of paintbrush handle into paint, then dab on tub. Repeat for each dot to make them all the same size. Use end of large brush handle for large dots and small brush handle for small dots

by Mary Ayres

Lemonade Mix Gift Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

What could be better than a refreshing glass of lemonade in the scorching heat of summer? Present this lemonade gift jar as the perfect hostess gift at your next summer get-together.

Materials

  • Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jar with lid
  • Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint
  • Cardstock: white, dark yellow, glossy light yellow
  • Alphabet stickers, aqua, 1”
  • Yellow twill tape, 1/2”, 24” length
  • Powdered lemonade mix

Tools

  • Alphabet rubber stamps
  • Clearsnap Colorbox Paintbox Chalk Ocean Breeze
  • Punches: scalloped oval, 2-1/2”x3-1/2”; hole punch, 1/4”
  • Sponge dauber
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Separate lid rim and seal. Spray paint both items, letting dry between coats.

STEP 2

Spray lower section of clean jar with paint, letting paint mist above that section. Let dry.

STEP 3

Adhere stickers to spell “lemonade mix” between painted area and clear glass.

STEP 4

For “lemon slice”, cut 1-1/2” circle from dark yellow cardstock; cut in half. Cut four small light yellow triangles to fit inside half circle as shown in photo; ink edges Yellow Citrus. Using foam dots, adhere triangles onto half circle, creating a faux lemon slice.

STEP 5

Punch one scalloped oval each from white and dark yellow cardstock; ink edges Yellow Citrus. Stamp words “Pucker Up” on one oval and mix instructions on remaining oval in desired colors. Punch hole at top of each oval.

STEP 6

Thread twill tape through tag holes and tie around lid. Fill jar with lemonade mix.

by Roxi Phillips for Krylon

Shore Do Love You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make a summertime “love you” card for your favorite beach buddy. Die-cut wave borders add an instant splash of seaside style.

Materials

  • Cardstock: My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth, X-Press It Blending Card
  • Echo Park Paper Co. Paradise Beach Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Studio Calico Wood Veneer Hearts
  • The Twinery Buttercream Baker’s Twine

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Catch a Wave Die
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Sea Jewels Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Creative Memories Circle Cutting System
  • Small long-reach hole punch
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • .Too Marker Corp. COPIC Markers: E00, E11, R20, B00, Y21, YR23, E35, E57, YG03, YG06, YG17, BG0000, BG000
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive; clear dots; X-Press It Foam Tape, 1/4”

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, embroidery needle

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5”x5” white top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut 5”x5” blue/green paper panel; adhere to card.

STEP 3

Cut 3-7/8”x4” gold chevron paper panel and 4-3/4”x4-3/4” shell paper panel. Adhere gold paper to shell paper, aligning top edges and shifting gold panel slightly toward left of center. Zigzag stitch right and left sides of gold panel.

STEP 4

Stamp mermaid onto Blending Card; trim to 4-1/4”x4-1/4”. Using photo as guide, color image with markers.

STEP 5

Using circle cutter, cut partial 3-1/2” circle around mermaid image, letting hair extend past edge on lower left. Detail cut hair.

STEP 6

Adhere image circle to gold paper panel. Zigzag stitch circle from just above trailing hair around to bottom center of circle.

STEP 7

Color three wooden heart with BG000 marker; adhere to layered panel using clear dots.

STEP 8

Die cut two wave border strips from blue/green paper. Adhere one strip to panel beneath mermaid; trim ends. Adhere second strip over first using foam tape and offsetting waves slightly; trim ends.

STEP 9

Stamp sentiment onto white cardstock; trim to 3” long, cutting one end into flag shape. Adhere sentiment to right side of waves.

STEP 10

Punch two holes in end of sentiment strip. Thread embroidery needle with 18” twine length. Sew twine around left edge of panel, inserting needle through both holes in sentiment strip. Tie bow at left; trim ends.

STEP 11

Adhere image panel to card using foam tape.

Tip

  • Color wooden embellishments with markers for a perfectly coordinated look.

by Michele Boyer (www.papercuts.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com)

Best Friends Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids can create a colorful craft stick frame to capture a fun summer memory with their friends.

Materials

  • Jumbo craft sticks, 20
  • Cardboard scrap, 5”x6”
  • Scrapbook paper: blue, blue/green plaid, yellow/green plaid
  • The Beadery Alphabet Beads
  • Glass E beads, in coordinating colors, 23
  • Artistic Wire Tinned Copper Wire, 15” length
  • Photo, 4-1/2”x3-1/2”
  • Wire photo hanger

Tools

  • Adhesives: glue stick, craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, apply glue stick on one side of nine craft sticks. Press craft sticks on blue paper. Cut around craft sticks. Let dry. Repeat process to cover eight craft sticks with blue/green plaid paper and three craft sticks with yellow/green plaid paper. Let dry.

STEP 2

Position cardboard rectangle, with 5” side at top, on work surface. To make frame, use craft glue to adhere one blue stick horizontally at top on 5” side. Continue adhering blue sticks horizontally on rectangle, covering completely. Let dry.

STEP 3

Adhere photo 1/8” below top edge of bottom horizontal blue craft stick on frame, centering in space. Let dry.

STEP 4

Measure 1/2” from each side of frame. Adhere blue/green plaid stick vertically on each side of frame, slightly covering edges of photo. Let dry.

STEP 5

Stack blue/green plaid sticks into two stacks of three. Adhere stacks on top of frame (on top two blue sticks). Let dry.

STEP 6

Adhere yellow/green plaid sticks on top and bottom sides of photo. Adhere remaining yellow/plaid stick centered on top of blue/green plaid stacks as shown in photo.

STEP 7

Cut 6” length of wire; loop one end. Thread wire into alphabet beads to spell “BEST” with glass beads between. Loop other wire end. Repeat process using 9″ length of wire to spell “FRIENDS”. Adhere beaded wires on frame as shown in photo.

STEP 8

Adhere wire hanger on back of frame. Let dry.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Fun In The Sun Backpack

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Hit the beach in style with an eye-catching carryall – perfect for toting flip-flops, sunscreen, beach towel, and so much more!

Materials

  • Light yellow fabric backpack or sling
  • Duncan Tulip Dimensional Slick Paints: Pink, Orange, Purple
  • Beads: flower, two; micro-beads, clear

Tools

  • Cardboard
  • Transfer paper

Basic Supplies

pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry backpack without fabric softener.

STEP 2

Enlarge pattern to desired size if necessary. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Print and transfer pattern to backpack. (Note: Flower on pattern is for placement of bead only; do not transfer.)

STEP 3

Insert cardboard inside backpack. Apply Orange dot to tip of straps; press flower bead in place. Outline flip-flops Orange, dots Purple, and paint straps Pink; sprinkle with beads while still wet. Let dry.

STEP 4

Trace lettering with all three paint colors as shown in photo; sprinkle with beads while still wet. Let dry.

by Kirsten Peters McGrath for Duncan Enterprises

Sunflower Wall Hanging

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create this bright Sunflower Wall Hanging as a cheery addition to your summer décor. Not only is the center panel colored with crayons, but it’s also tea dyed. Just follow the steps in our “How to Tea Dye Fabric” tutorial to learn this simple technique.

Materials

  • Cotton fabrics, 45” wide: muslin, 1⁄4 yd.; blue print, 1⁄8 yd.; flower, 1⁄4 yd.; fabric of choice for backing, 1⁄3 yd.
  • Low-loft batting, 12”x16”
  • White quilting thread
  • White flat-backed buttons, 3⁄8” diameter, six
  • Raffia
  • Twig, 14-1⁄4” long

Tools

  • Quilting needle
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Black fine-line permanent marker
  • Tea dye items (optional): tea bags, saucepan, water, wooden spoon, old towel

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, plain paper, glue gun, sewing machine, matching threads, straight pins, iron and ironing board, freezer paper

Directions

Size

11-1⁄2”x15-1⁄2” (not including hanging tabs)

Wall Hanging

1. If you want the muslin to have a vintage look, see “How To Tea Dye Fabric,” tutorial located at the end of this craft. Mark 6”x10-1⁄2” rectangle on muslin with pencil. Do not cut out.

2. Iron freezer paper to wrong side of muslin. Freezer paper should remain on wrong side of muslin. (Note: If freezer paper does not stick to fabric, pin muslin to freezer paper just outside of rectangle.)

3. Print pattern and cut along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using pattern and marker, trace pattern onto fabric panel. The letter “I” should be about 1” from top 10-1⁄2” pencil line and 5⁄8” from side pencil line. (Note: To easily trace pattern, tape pattern to window during daylight hours. Position and tape fabric over pattern; trace pattern.)

4. Color design with crayons as desired. The designer used the following colors: Yellow, center of sun; Golden Rod, outline of sun’s rays; Laser Lemon, sun’s rays; Granny Smith, two sections of beach ball; Orange, two sections of beach ball; Wisteria, two sections of beach ball; Blue, sand pail; Periwinkle, inside sand pail; Brown, shading around entire center panel. (Note: Color intensity depends on pressure used while coloring.) When finished, peel off freezer paper and discard.

5. Place plain paper on ironing board. Place design, right side down, onto paper. Press carefully to set colors. Cut out center panel on pencil lines.

6. (Note: Sew 1/4″ seams with right sides facing. Press seams away from center panel.) Cut a 1-1⁄2”x45” strip from blue print fabric. Sew strip to top of panel; trim even. In same way as top, sew and trim strip at bottom, then sides of panel. Side strips will cross over top and bottom strips.

7. For flowered border, cut two 2-1⁄2”x45” strips from flower print fabric. Sew one strip to top and one strip to bottom of panel; trim each strip even. In same way, sew strips to sides of center panel; trim even. Again, side strips will cross over top and bottom strips. Press all seams.

8. For hanging loops, cut three 2”x6” rectangles from remaining blue print fabric. Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew long raw edge together. Turn right side out. Press each hanging loop, with seam center in back. Fold each loop in half with raw edges even. Pin one loop to center back of top. Pin remaining loops 2” from each side of wall hanging.

9. For backing, cut 12”x16-1⁄2” rectangle from fabric of choice. Place batting on flat work surface; smooth away bumps. Place backing, right side up, on top of batting. Lay center panel, right side down, on top of backing fabric. Pin layers together. Leaving 5” opening at bottom edge, sew around edges, catching hanging loops as you sew. Trim batting close to stitching; clip corners. Turn right side out; press. Fold in excess seam allowance at opening; whipstitch opening closed.

10. To make quilting easier, pin through center of border edges. Using white quilting thread, hand-stitch around center panel, 1⁄4” from blue fabric border. Stitch around both edges of flower fabric border, 1⁄4” from each edge.

11. Use photo as finishing guide. Adhere buttons to corners and centers of long sides of blue fabric border. Slide twig through each fabric loop; adhere in place. Tie two-loop bow around each hanging loop with raffia; trim ends as desired.

Things To Know About Tea Dyeing

1. The size and number of projects will determine the amount of tea needed. For the Sunflower Wall Hanging, two cups of tea should be plenty. For larger projects, a gallon or more of tea may be needed.

2. Brewed coffee can be used instead of tea for deeper color.

3. Fabric that is 100% cotton generally works best for tea dyeing. It’s always a good idea to test a fabric scrap for color results.

How To Tea Dye Fabric Tutorial

1. Fill a saucepan half full with water and bring to a boil. Remove pan from stove: add one or two tea bags for each cup of water used. (Note: The more tea bags used, the darker the final color.) Let tea bags steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags from pan and stir.

2. Place fabric into tea. Stir fabric occasionally, using wooden spoon. Check every 5 minutes until desired color is achieved. (Note: Fabric appears darker when wet. If fabric appears too dark, rinse in clear water to remove some color.) Remove fabric from tea and squeeze out excess liquid.

3. Fabric may be line-dried or placed in the dryer. If using the dryer, place old towel in with the fabric to absorb the tea. Be sure to wipe out the dryer before drying other items.

4. For some tea dyeing projects, you may wish to leave the fabric wrinkled for a vintage look. Otherwise, press the muslin when dry.

by Shirley Hudson

Sailboat Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Give your home or summer cottage décor a fun nautical feel with this colorful sailboat towel. Or, stitch it as a gift to a friend who loves sailing.

Materials

  • Charles Craft White Fingertip Towel with 14-count inset
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

Backstitch: 1 strand

Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 6-5/8”x1-1/2”; stitch count: 93 w x 22 h

Sailboat Towel

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on inset using two strands floss.

3. Backstitch as indicated on chart using one strand floss.

by Charles Craft

Vintage Pillowcase Shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

At first glance, you’d never guess this shirt is made from a vintage pillowcase! Search flea markets or garage sales to find pillowcases with pretty patterns or embroidery.

Materials

  • Vintage pillowcase
  • Double-fold bias tape, 1/4”, 48” length
  • Non-roll elastic, 1/2” wide, chest measurement at armpits minus 1”

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • Safety pin

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

(Note: Measurements are approximate. Adjust lengths as needed for desired size.)

1. Wash and dry pillowcase. Place pillowcase on flat work surface. Cut 11” from closed end.

2. Fold under raw edges 1/4”; press.

3. Fold edges again 1-1/4”; press to form top hem.

4. Topstitch around pressed edges 1” from fold. Leave 2” opening to insert elastic.

5. Use safety pin to thread elastic through casing. Overlap elastic 1/2” and stitch to secure. Check for proper fit before continuing.

6. Place any protruding elastic into casing; sew opening closed. Set shirt aside.

7. For straps, cut two 24” bias tape lengths. Machine-sew zigzag stitch down center of each strap.

8. Straight stitch strap to inside, front of shirt, 4” from armpit. Repeat for remaining strap. Knot ends.

9. Tie straps around neck.

by Lisa Bychowski

Starry Night Cross-stitch

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Roasting marshmallows, singing campfire songs, and snuggling in sleeping bags under a star-filled sky! Who could resist a night braving the wilderness? Cross-stitch this design for your favorite camper!

Materials

  • DMC 14-count Navy Blue Aida, 18” square
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 2 strands
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 9-1/2″x7-3⁄4”; Stitch count: 135 w x 110 H

Starry Night

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.)

2. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric using two strands floss.

3. Backstitch lady bug, heart, and faces on bunny and children using two strands 3371 Black Brown. Backstitch remaining design where indicated using two strands 801 Coffee Brown, Dk.

4. Frame as desired.

by Carla Acosta for The DMC Corp.

Gardener’s Apron & Kneeling Pad

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make gardening even more fun with this coordinating gardener’s apron and kneeling pad. The kneeling pad will protect and cushion your knees as you garden the day away in this stylish, yet functional, apron.

Materials

  • Fabrics: large floral print, 1 yd.; stripe, 1/3 yd.
  • Ribbon, 7/8”, 2-1/4 yd.

Tools

  • Foam, 2” thick, 8”x16”
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Apron

1. Cut 24”x31” rectangle from floral fabric. Fold in half lengthwise. Use pencil to mark 6” from fold at top edge, 8” from top, and 14” from top along selvage edge. Use pencil to draw a line from 6” mark down, 8” then curve line to meet with 14” mark on selvage edge. Use scissors to cut along line, creating one-piece apron shape.

2. Fold side and bottom edges in 1-1/2”; press. Open up and fold edges into crease and press again. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire edge of apron. Fold top edge in 2”, press. Open up and fold raw edge into crease and press. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire top edge of apron. Cut and sew 22” ribbon length to top two edges for neck loop, and two 28” lengths at sides for apron ties.

3. Cut 8-1/2” square from striped fabric. Fold in all edges 1/2”; press. Use pencil to mark bottom two corners 2” from bottom edge and 2” in from each side. Use pencil to draw line between marks and press along line to create clipped corners. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire shape of pocket. Use straight stitch to sew pocket to apron, leaving top edge open.

Kneeling Pad

1. Use sharp scissors to cut 8”x16” rectangle from foam. Cut 11”x19” rectangle from floral and stripe fabrics. Using 1/2” seam allowance, sew right sides together and sew around all sides, leaving a 4” opening along top edge.

2. Use pencil to mark 1-1/2” in from each edge at all four corners for two marks at each corner. Open up corners and place seams together, matching edge markings. Straight stitch between marks for a pleated corner. Repeat for three remaining corners. Turn case right side out and insert foam. Hand sew opening closed.

by Keri Lee Sereika