DIY Wooden Key Rack

Having just moved into a new place, I realized recently I was in desperate need for a place to store my keys, sunglasses, etc. Things I seem to always be looking for these days. When I recently received this Cherry finished wooden innkeeper sign from Walnut Hollow, I knew instantly that I was going to make a DIY wooden key rack.

I wanted to make this a simple yet sophisticated project. You can create this attractive DIY wooden key rack in a snap using a few materials you probably have on hand.

I love all of Walnut Hollow’s products. This 6”x14” innkeeper signboard turned out to be perfect for my wooden key rack project. Knowing that I would want to use five to six hooks, it turned out to be the perfect size.

I used DecoArt Americana Acrylics in Snow White, Lamp Black, and Neutral Grey. Perfect for my grey kitchen with red accents.

For the embellishments, I used these Melissa Francis flower clip hangers. I deconstructed them by removing the flowers to use as a decorative embellishment for my wooden key rack.

The remaining embellishment is a simple fabric flower, created with fabric scraps rolled into a spiraled flower shape.

Finally, the simple phrase “keys” were die cut using Sizzix’s BigShot Pro, Serif Essential Die Cuts, and Little Sizzles Matboard.

To give my project a little depth, I drybrushed the edges with white paint. Drybrushing is a simple decorative painting technique. Simply load a flat brush with paint, swipe the brush back and forth on a paper towel or other absorbent surface and brush onto project surface. Brush in both directions for a natural look. I used simple cup hooks since they are the most versatile for hanging keys, sunglasses, etc.

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

 

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

 

Monogrammed Bath Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Personalize towels and other fabric accessories with this quick-and-easy spray paint technique.

Materials

  • Towel set, in color of choice
  • Simply Spray Stencil Paint!: Black (or color to coordinate with towels)
  • Coordinating ribbon, 1” wide, 2 yds.

Tools

  • Alphabet stencils, 2” tall
  • Stencil adhesive spray
  • Lightweight cardboard
  • Sewing machine and thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper towels, masking tape, washing machine and dryer, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry towels without fabric softener. Protect work area with plastic tablecloth.

STEP 2

Cut desired letters from stencil sheet, leaving at least 1/8” border. Apply stencil adhesive to stencil backs; position letters on towel. Apply masking tape to secure letters to towel and to mask off areas between stencils. Tape cardboard around edges of stencil to mask remaining towel areas.

STEP 3

Place towel on plastic tablecloth. Shake Simply Spray can well. (Note: Practice spraying on fabric scrap or paper first if desired.) Spray over top of stencil until desired coverage is achieved. Dab excess paint with paper towel. Remove stencils and let dry.

STEP 4

Turn ribbon ends under and sew to towels as shown.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

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

College Student Laundry Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Has your college kid arrived home with a huge pile of dirty laundry? Create this fun laundry bag to tote their clothes back and forth to the dorm in style using your own handmade stencil.

Materials

  • Canvas or jersey laundry bag
  • Acrylic paints: blue, orange

Tools

  • Stencil paintbrush
  • Simply Stencils Stencil Blank, 8”x10”, two sheets
  • Picture glass, 8”x10”
  • Masking tape, 1” wide
  • Cardboard sheet, 17″x21″

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, marker, metal ruler

Directions

Size

18″x36″

Laundry Bag

1. Print and cut out pattern. Place pattern under each stencil blank and use marker to trace pattern. For cutting surface, cover edges of glass with tape and set on flat work surface. Place blank onto cutting surface and use craft knife and metal ruler to cut away openings. Cut star from one stencil blank and rectangle sections from remaining stencil blank; set star cut-out aside for later use. (Note: Cut stencils with a smooth continuous motion, rotating stencil instead of knife.)

2. To prevent paint from bleeding through fabric, insert cardboard inside laundry bag. Using photo as placement and painting guide, position star stencil on upper left side of bag so that top point of star is 5-1⁄2” from left side of bag and 6-1⁄2” from top edge of bag; paint star orange. (Note: If using different size laundry bag than noted above, adjust placement accordingly.) Position stencil to right of star so that inside points are touching; paint star orange. Stencil and paint one star below each star, upside down, so that four points touch in center.

3. For rectangles behind stars, position stencil around each star and shade outside edges of rectangle blue. (Note: Use back of stencil for top right and bottom left stars.)

4. Place masking tape along outer edges of rectangles, extending 1” beyond corners, to create border. Shade edges blue, positioning star cut-out over painted stars to protect surface.

5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to heat set paint.

Tip

  • Show school spirit by personalizing your bag with school colors!

by Mary Ayres

Desktop Box Organizer

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Get organized! Craft this elegant Desktop Box Organizer as a stylish way to keep your desk neat and clutter-free.

Materials

  • Wooden box, 5”x6”
  • Wooden oval plaque, 3”x4”
  • Grosgrain ribbon: lavender, 3/8”; white, 7/8”
  • Coordinating lavender and white patterned papers, two

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Lavender, Magnolia White, Purple
  • Delta Stencil Magic Floral Border Stencil
  • Delta Blendable Stencil Paint Créme Floral Collection: Amethyst Purple, Dark Hunter Green, Jungle Green, Pink Carnation, Sunflower Yellow
  • Delta Adhesives: Sobo Craft & Fabric Glue, Stencil Adhesive
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Stencil brush

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, masking tape, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, basecoat box and plaque Lavender; let dry and apply second coat. Paint plaque trim Purple.

STEP 2

Cut two 4”x5” rectangles and two 1-1/4”x6” strips from each patterned paper; trim bottom edge of strips with decorative scissors. Using photo as guide, adhere rectangles to center of each side of box; trim strips along top edge of each rectangle.

STEP 3

Cut 10” length from each ribbon; trim ends in “V”. Adhere lavender to center of white ribbon. Adhere vertically down center of box front, wrapping around to box inside.

STEP 4

Tape off desired section of stencil; apply Stencil Adhesive and press stencil onto plaque. For leaves and stems, start with Jungle Green and slowly blend in Dark Hunter Green. For flowers, paint center Sunflower Yellow. Start petal Carnation Pink and slowly blend in Amethyst Purple. Let dry; adhere plaque centered over ribbon on box front.

Tip

  • Use this box as a planter, or fill it with rolled towels and soaps for a bathroom organizer.

by Meggan Maravich

Dog & Giraffe Toy Buckets

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Great for the beach, bathtub, or playroom, these adorable Dog & Giraffe Toy Buckets are a fun, clutter-free way to store your child’s toys.

Materials

  • Metal pails, 12-quart, two
  • Satin spray paint: ivory, orange
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Sable Brown, Lamp Black, White Wash, Cadmium Yellow
  • Craft foam: brown orange
  • Black cord
  • Yellow pom-poms, 1-1/2”, four

Tools

  • Hole punch, 1/8”
  • Plastic circle template
  • Paintbrushes: round bristle or stencil, liner
  • API Crafter’s Pick Incredibly Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paper towels, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Dog

(Note: The blue words shown below are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

1. On covered work surface, spray paint bucket Ivory; let dry.

2. Center face from side to side. Use circle templates to paint: 3-1/2” Sable Brown circle on top left side of center; two 1-1/2” Lamp Black eye circles at center top (Note: left eye circle should be on top of brown circle.); 2” Lamp Black nose circle in middle of bucket at center; three 1/4” Lamp Black circles on each side of nose; 1/4” White Wash circle in top of each eye; 1/2” White Wash circle in top of nose.

3. Paint muzzle line Lamp Black.

4. Print Dog pattern. Cut out ears; punch hole 3/8” from each side of top edge of ear. Thread cord through one hole in ear, wrap ear around bottom of handle, thread cord through remaining ear hole, and knot. Trim cord ends 1” past knot.

Giraffe

1. Print Giraffe pattern. Cut out ears. On covered work surface, spray paint bucket and one side of ears orange. Let dry.

2. Center face from side to side. Use circle template to paint: two 1-1/2” Lamp Black eye circles at center top; 1/4” White Wash circle in top of each eye; five 3/4” to 1-1/4” Cadmium Yellow circles on both sides of face; three 3/4” to 1-1/4” Cadmium Yellow circles on each painted ear.

3. Transfer nostrils; paint Lamp Black.

4. Punch holes 3/8” from each side of top edge of ear. Attach ears in same way as Dog.

5. For horns, glue two pom-poms to both sides of bucket handle.

Painting Techniques

  • Circles: Place circle template on area to be painted. Dip dry round bristle or stencil brush in paint, wipe brush on paper towel to remove excess, and dab brush in open area of circle.
  • Muzzle & Nostril Lines: Dip end of pointed paintbrush handle into paint, then make dot on line. Repeat for each dot. Make dots side by side to form a continuous line.

by Mary Ayres

Ribbon Dispenser Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Supply stash overflowing with jumbled strands of ribbon? Get tangle-free with this economical yet functional ribbon dispenser to manage your ribbon clutter.

Materials

  • Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jar with lid
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint Blue Ocean Breeze
  • Ribbons

Tools

  • Self-adhesive stencil of choice
  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Big Bite Hole Punch
  • Masking tape
  • Masking paper

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Separate lid rim and seal. Punch five 3/16” holes in flat section of lid.

STEP 2

Adhere stencil to jar; cover remaining jar areas with masking paper and tape.

STEP 3

On cover work surface, spray paint both sections of lid and jar. Let dry and remove tape and paper.

STEP 4

Place loose ribbon into jar, threading ends through holes in lid.

by Roxi Phillips for Krylon

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

Tranquil Candle Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

As you sit back and enjoy a warm summer’s evening, help set the mood with this beautiful candle holder.

Materials

  • Wooden drapery finial
  • 6″ metal candle plate
  • Pillar candle, 3″
  • Utility chain, #16, silver, 54” length
  • Split ring, 1-1⁄4″
  • “S” hooks, 1″, three

Tools

  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Krylon Spray Paint: Black H2O, Charcoal Crafter’s Metallic, Flat White Interior-Exterior
  • AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Antique White Metallic Paste

Basic Supplies

plastic bag, wire cutter, paper towel

Directions

STEP 1

Use drill bit same size as finial screw to drill hole in center of candle plate. Screw plate onto finial.

STEP 2

Cut chain into three 18” lengths. Attach one end of each 18” chain to split ring. Attach “S” hooks to other ends and use pliers to close hooks, securing chain. Attach “S” hooks to plate, spacing evenly apart so plate is balanced; close hooks. (Note: Drill holes in plate if no holes exist.)

STEP 3

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply two coats of White paint to finial. Randomly mist entire candle hanger with Black paint. Immediately dab with scrunched plastic bag. (Note: If bag has printing, turn inside out.) Repeat, using Charcoal and White. Let dry.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Antique White Rub ‘n Buff paste to raised areas of entire candle hanger; buff with paper towel.

STEP 5

Twist candle onto screw. (Note: Never leave burning candle unattended.)

by Barbara Matthiessen

Hatbox Snowman

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

To beat the summer heat, throw a “Christmas in July” party. Create this adorable, quick-and-simple Hatbox Snowman to decorate your patio and spread the Christmas cheer! No snow required!

Materials

  • Round papier-mâché boxes with lids, one each size: 5-1⁄2”x7” diameter, 4”x8” diameter, 4-1⁄2”x10” diameter
  • Wooden shapes: 3⁄4” discs, five; 1” disc, three; 1-1/4” hearts, two; 2” carrot
  • Rusty tin items: primitive heart, 1-1⁄4” across; jingle bell, 1” diameter; shovel, 12”
  • Fabrics: green/ecru homespun, 1”x27”; burgundy felt, 1⁄4 yd.
  • Acrylic paints: Rust, White, Black, Burgundy, Hunter Green
  • Aleene’s Brush-on Snow
  • Artificial pine sprigs, two
  • Pine cone, 1-1⁄2”
  • Jute twine, 1-1⁄4 yds.

Tools

  • Palette knife
  • Paintbrushes: flat, liner
  • Needle and burgundy thread
  • All-purpose primer
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

20″ tall

Snowman

1. Remove lid from small box and discard. On covered work surface, apply one coat all-purpose primer to outside of boxes and remaining lids; let dry. Paint boxes White. Adhere boxes together, with smallest box at top; let dry.

2. Paint the following: small discs (eyes/mouth) Black; hearts (cheeks) and two large discs (buttons) Burgundy; carrot (nose) Rust; remaining large disc (button) Hunter Green. Let dry.

3. Using palette knife and following manufacturer’s instructions, apply brush-on snow to boxes. While still wet, and using photo as placement guide, push painted wooden shapes and rusty tin heart into snow. Let dry overnight.

4. For hat, cut 5”x14” piece from felt. Sew gathering stitches along both long edges. Pull gathers tight on one edge for top of hat. Fit open end of hat around top of head; pull threads to gather and spot glue to head.

5. For hat band, cut 1-1⁄2”x23” strip from felt. Beginning and ending at center back, adhere band around top of head, over hat gathers. Trim ends as needed.

6. Using a liner brush, highlight eyes, cheeks, and nose with White. Thin brush-on snow with water; spatter paint hat.

7. Cut three 6” lengths from twine. Tie each length into a bow; adhere bows to buttons. Use remaining twine to tie shovel around neck. Tie fabric around neck to hide twine; knot fabric at right side of neck. Adhere bell to top of hat. Adhere greenery and pine cone to right side of hat.

by Bonnie Stephens