Beach Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

  

Enjoy the waves all summer long and be ready for any water adventure with this easy-to-make beach towel. The vibrant colors are sure to be a splash on the beach or at the pool.

Materials

  • White beach towel, 30”x50”
  • Simply Spray Soft Fabric Paint, three cans each: Blue Jay, Sky Blue

Tools

  • Masking tape rolls: 1/2”, 3/4”, 1”
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Paper towels

Basic Supplies

plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry towel without fabric softener.

STEP 2

Protect work area with plastic tablecloth. Mask off bands on both towel ends by completely covering them with masking tape. On remainder of towel, beginning at center, place strip of 1”-wide tape across towel length. Butting against first strip, place 1/2”-wide tape on each side. Continue to place tape on either side of center using desired tape widths. When entire towel is covered with tape, remove desired strips to be painted Blue Jay. Set aside tape strips, taking care so they remain intact; do not discard.

STEP 3

Place towel on work surface and slide paper towels halfway under towel along all edges. Spray paint stripes Blue Jay. Let dry completely, for a minimum of 30 minutes. (Note: When spraying stripes, begin spraying on paper towels, then spray across length of towel and continue spraying off onto paper towels.)

STEP 4

When paint is completely dry, reapply tape strips over painted area. Remove desired strips to be painted Sky Blue. Repeat Step 3, using Sky Blue paint instead of Blue Jay. Let dry completely.

STEP 5

Remove remaining tape strips.

Tip

  • Simply Spray is a permanent, non-toxic aerosol spray designed especially for fabric, leaving it soft and machine washable. The color dries in 30 minutes and cleans up with soap and water.

by Cindy Groom-Harry and the CMC Staff

Faux Metal Votive Holders

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

  

Sponge painting silver over black magically creates a metallic faux finish. You’d never guess these sturdy-looking candle holders are cut from posterboard!

Materials

  • Posterboard, 10” square
  • Acrylic paints: black, silver
  • Battery-operated tea light or votive candle

Tools

  • Sponge scrap
  • Fiskars Decorative-Edge Scissors: Pinking or Scallop
  • Aleene’s OriginalTacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, tracing paper, pencil

Directions

Size

2-3/4″ square

Votive Holder

(Note: Materials listed are for one votive holder.)

1. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Trace votive holder outline onto posterboard; cut out. Transfer desired motif onto each side; use craft knife to cut out. Use decorative-edged scissors to cut top edges.

2. Basecoat all surfaces black; let dry. Sponge over black with silver.

3. Score votive holder along dashed lines; fold. Adhere flaps to side panels.

4. Place battery-operated tea light or votive candle inside votive holder.

by Helen Rafson

Secret Garden Signs

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make your glorious garden a well-known, best-kept secret with this charming sign and coordinating plant pokes. Paint extras for a gardening friend.

Materials

  • MDF, pine, or birch veneer, 1⁄4” thick, 12”x21”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Barn Red, Copen Blue, Quaker Grey, Terra Cotta, Black, Ivory, Rain Grey, Toffee Brown, Burnt Umber, Gamal Green, Straw, Village Green
  • Fabric scrap

Tools

  • Scroll saw
  • Drill
  • Royal & Langnickel Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Angular Shader, Series 160, 1⁄2”; Shader, Series 150, #4-12; Liner, Series 595, #2
  • Delta Ceramcoat: Brown Antiquing Medium, Satin Interior/Exterior Varnish
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, damp cloth, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Use scroll saw to cut shapes from wood. Drill holes where indicated. Sand and wipe edges with damp cloth. Transfer outlines only to items.

STEP 2

Thin antiquing medium with water; apply to sides and back of all items. Paint the following: beehive Custard; watering can Quaker Grey; pot Terra Cotta; snail’s head Burnt Umber; snail’s body Toffee Brown; sign border Gamal Green; stakes, sign center, flower center, snail’s eyes, and bee’s wings Ivory; bee’s body and flower Straw; leaves Village Green; watering can checks Copen Blue; ladybug’s body Barn Red; ladybug’s and bee’s head Black. Paint beehive hole Toffee Brown.

STEP 3

Transfer remaining details. Use liner and Black to paint bee’s stripes and dot snail’s eyes and ladybug’s body. Use liner and Black or marker for lettering. Use liner and Ivory to dot ladybug’s and bee’s eyes, and paint sign stripes. Use liner to paint Toffee Brown stripes on flower centers. Use marker to trace remaining details.

STEP 4

Shade the following: beehive Straw; watering can Rain Grey; pot Burnt Umber; sign center edges, flower center, snail’s eyes, and bee’s wings Toffee Brown; leaves Gamal Green; ladybug’s body Black. Add Ivory highlights to watering can checks.

STEP 5

Thread wire through sign holes and curl ends. Tie fabric bow onto hanger. Adhere stakes to plant pokes.

by Cheryl Seslar

Ivy Stepping Stone & Brick

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Pave the way through your garden, or welcome guests indoors, with an easy-to-master glazing technique you’ll use again and again.

Materials

  • Dark red stepping stone or brick
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Colors: Clover, New Leaf Green, White, Licorice

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Photocopier (optional)
  • Ivy sponge stamp
  • Plaid FolkArt Glazing Medium
  • Clear acrylic gloss sealer
  • Paintbrushes: flat, round
  • Plaid Bottle Top Tip Writers

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions throughout. Mix glazing medium with each of the following: Clover, New Leaf Green, and White.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide, stamp ivy design around stone or brick with White; let dry. (Note: White is used as a basecoat so colors will show more vividly against dark background color.)

STEP 3

Load stamp with Clover and New Leaf Green; re-stamp over White ivy leaves.

STEP 4

Use round brush and White to add vines and tendrils; re-paint with Clover.

STEP 5

Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Enlarge or reduce pattern on photocopier as desired. Transfer “Welcome” to center of surface. Use Licorice and craft tip set to fill in lettering; let dry.

STEP 6

Spatter paint surface with Licorice. Seal with gloss sealer.

by Kirsten Jones

Paint Stick Starburst Mirror

Last year, I set out to help my parents improve their home by adding a fresh coat of paint to each room of their South Georgia residence. We painted walls and trim and even some of the painted furniture pieces. We made several trips to the home improvement store and with each gallon of paint we purchased, were given a handful of paint sticks for stirring the paint. We used some of them but when all was said and done, we had lots of paint sticks leftover. Around this time, I remember seeing a do-it yourself starburst mirror made out of long thin wooden sticks and wondered if I could use the paint sticks to create my own version of this 1960’s era throwback using craft supplies.

I decided that by using a wood circle plaque, a craft mirror, and the paint sticks as my main supplies, I could probably figure it out.

To decide on a color scheme, I picked out some paint swatches and matched them to my DecoArt paints. I ended up choosing Spiced Pumpkin, Baby Pink, and Flamingo. For some reason, I am loving the color combination of oranges with pinks. They represent a sharp, modern contrast to the vintage tones and hues that have been so popular for years.

I divided my sticks into three piles.

Then I painted my paint sticks! Ha ha. In an attempt to save time creating this do-it-yourself starburst mirror, I chose to paint only one side of the sticks, taking care to paint the edges of the sticks since I knew they would show when I assembled my starburst mirror. I painted my circle plaque white on the front only, using a couple of coats for all pieces for nice even coverage.

Once my pieces were dry, I plugged in my hot glue gun and began to layout my sticks on the backside of the circle plaque. I started in a criss-cross pattern, but there are probably several ways to do this.

To make your own starburst, continue stacking the sticks evenly, alternating colors. I found the hot gun worked well to hold the sticks in place but I had to add a few small nails to some of the top layers of sticks

I added some inspirational sentiments in the form of rub-on transfers to complete the look. Rub-ons transfer very easily to smooth surfaces, such as glass. Just be aware that you cannot wipe across the glass or the rub-ons remove just as easily. So be careful when cleaning your do-it-yourself starburst mirror. I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial on creating a starburst mirror and it inspires you to try your own. Save those paint sticks!

Live Life Creatively,

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

Under the Sea Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fill this adorable tote bag with sunscreen, beach towel, and other essentials, then head for the beach for an afternoon of fun!

Materials

  • Turquoise tote bag, 13-1/2”
  • DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint: Sweet Melon, Tangerine, Hauser Light Green, Buttermilk, Lamp Black
  • Blumenthal Lansing Co. Favorite Findings Shellz Buttons: Green, Turquoise, Pink
  • Clear rhinestones, five

Tools

  • DecoArt Fashion Sequins Writer: Orange Blaze, Lime Fizz
  • Aleene’s Jewel-It

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, chalk, transfer paper, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Use chalk and transfer paper to transfer patterns onto tote bag.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint: fish body Tangerine, fins and tail Sweet Melon, eye Buttermilk. Let dry. Paint pupil Lamp Black. Paint plants Hauser Light Green. Let dry. Dot eye Buttermilk.

STEP 3

Use paint writers to add Orange Blaze accents on fins and tail and Lime Fizz accents on plants. Let dry.

STEP 4

Position buttons and rhinestones on design in desired pattern. Use jewelry glue to adhere buttons and rhinestones on bag. See photo for guide. Let dry.

by Terry Ricioli

God Bless America Flag Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

So patriotic, you may find yourself humming “God Bless America” while painting this pin!

 Materials

  • Wooden shapes: rectangle, 2”x2-1⁄2”; circle, 1-1⁄8” diameter; star, 1-1⁄2” across
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Ivory, Tomato Spice, Midnight Blue, Spice Brown, Golden Brown
  • Bar pin, 1” long

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: round: Series FAB, #4; Series 4000, #5; wash, Series 4550, 1⁄2”; angular shader, Series 4400, 1⁄4”; DES Stylus
  • Delta Ceramcoat Instant Age Varnish
  • Black ultra-fine tip permanent marker

Basic Supplies

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

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, use wash brush to basecoat rectangle and circle Light Ivory and star Golden Brown.

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer details. Use #5 round brush to basecoat left corner of circle (“union”) Midnight Blue, and to paint Tomato Spice stripes. Dot union field Light Ivory. Use angular shader to float Spice Brown around inner blue edges. Transfer lettering and details; trace with marker.

STEP 3

For worn look, sand edges of shapes; wipe with soft cloth. Apply varnish to all shapes. Adhere pieces together as shown and bar pin to back.

by Karen Sippel

Doorknob Curtain Tiebacks

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycle an old doorknob set to create your own unique, yet elegant, curtain tiebacks.

Materials

  • White doorknob set, 5-1⁄2” long
  • Delta Texture Magic Dimensional Paints: Country Red, Eucalyptus, White, Almond

Tools

  • Delta: Easy-Grip Spreaders, Easy-Twist Detail Tips
  • Stencil adhesive spray
  • Small rose stencil

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Cover work surface. Apply stencil adhesive to back of stencil; position on doorknob.

STEP 2

Combine small amount of Country Red and White to create soft rose color. Apply small amount of rose mixture and White directly to stencil. Use pointed spreader to spread paint over stencil, blending colors. Clean spreader.

STEP 3

In same way, use Eucalyptus to paint leaves. Remove stencil.

STEP 4

Mix small amount of Almond and White; use mixture and small dot tip to apply dots around rose.

STEP 5

Repeat Steps 1-4 for remaining doorknob.

by Irene Mueller

Americana Floor Cloth

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a bit of Americana to your home décor and celebrate America’s birthday all summer long with this patriotic accent rug.

Materials

  • Half-round rug, 18”x36”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Light Buttermilk, Country Red, Uniform Blue, Antique Gold

Tools

  • Plaid FolkArt Clearcote Extra Thick Glaze
  • Paintbrushes: round; flat; foam, 2” wide

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

(Note: Use photo as painting guide.)

Step 1

Use foam brush to basecoat front of rug Light Buttermilk.

Step 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Place heart pattern in left top corner of rug, 3” from top and 6” from side. Transfer heart pattern and draw horizontal lines 2-5⁄8” apart across rug for stripes. Use foam brush to paint alternating Country Red and Light Buttermilk stripes. (Note: Wiggle brush slightly to make irregular edges. Do not paint through heart.)

Step 3

Carefully cut letters from pattern apart. Transfer letters to Light Buttermilk stripes to read “my home sweet home.” Transfer three small stars to Light Buttermilk stripes. Use a round paintbrush to outline heart and letters with Uniform Blue and stars with Antique Gold. Use a flat brush to fill in center of shapes.

Step 4

Following manufacturer’s instructions, spray two or three coats of glaze evenly over entire rug.

by Chris Malone

Americana

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Has a catchy tune ever inspired you to paint? Carolyn Bacon took it one step further by painting her patriotic inspiration on the actual sheet music itself.

Materials

  • Patriotic sheet music
  • Plaid FolkArt Artist Pigment: Night Sky, Titanium White, Red Light, Pure Black, True Burgundy, Yellow Light, Van Dyke Brown, Yellow Ochre, Asphaltum, Burnt Umber, Blue Thunder

Tools

  • Scharff Brushes, Inc. Paintbrushes: Angler, series 155, 1⁄8” 1⁄4”; Short Shader, series 130, #2, #4, #8; Liner, series 455, #0
  • Plaid FolkArt: Blending Gel, Glazing Medium, Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer
  • Craft mounting board

Basic Supplies

pencil, paper towel, tracing paper, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Preparation

1. Attach sheet music to craft mounting board. Cover work surface. Spray with Clear Acrylic Sealer three times; let dry between coats. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) When sheet music is dry, trace background flag pattern lightly.

2. Lightly paint red stripes Red Light mixed with Glazing Medium. Do not paint white stripes. Let dry. Spray again with sealer. Trace pattern lightly.

Painting Notes

1. Use large shader for basecoating larger areas. Blend and shade with the smaller shaders or with angler brushes. Use liner for detail and line work.

2. Since Blending Gel extends drying time you can shade, blend, pat blend, and make highlight strokes and reflections. You can also achieve a transparent look. Do not mix gel with paint. Pick up Blending Gel on your brush, blot on a paper towel. Pick up color and paint a section at a time.

3. Highlighting and shading are blended in.

Capitol Building

Basecoat Pure Black. Use liner brush to place highlights with Titanium White. See photo for location. Place thin shadow under building using Glazing Medium.

Statue of Liberty

Basecoat Pure Black. Use liner brush to place Titanium White highlights. Place shadow underneath using Glazing Medium.

Drum

Drumhead: Mix Titanium White + Burnt Umber, basecoat entire area. Shade corners with Asphaltum. Reinforce dark shading with Burnt Umber.

Top Band – front and back: Basecoat True Burgundy. Use Van Dyke Brown to darken back band in the corners and outside edges of front band. Lighten center front with Red Light. Reinforce light area with Red Light + Yellow Light. Highlight front band Titanium White. With a liner, use Red Light on edge of rim.

Drum Sticks: Basecoat Yellow Ochre. Use Asphaltum to streak. Place Titanium White highlight on head. Made a shadow on drumhead and band with Asphaltum.

Drum Side: Basecoat Night Sky. Darken under rim and outside edges with Night Sky + Blue Thunder. Lighten center of area with mix of Titanium White + Night Sky. Blend into dark sides. Reinforce the light several times, making mixture lighter each time. For trim, make squiggle line with light blue mix. Paint “1776” Pure Black.

Wires: Base Yellow Ochre. Highlight Titanium White in the top where it crosses over the band. Use Titanium White to highlight Yellow Ochre circles. Paint holes in band Pure Black.

Bottom Band: Paint same as top band, darkening behind the firecrackers and horn.

Firecrackers

Basecoat top circle with mix of Titanium White + Burnt Umber. Lighten rim with Titanium White. Paint wick Pure Black. For white stripes, base Titanium White, then darken sides of each stripe Night Sky. Basecoat red stripes Red Light, darken with True Burgundy, and lighten center Yellow Light. Use Asphaltum for shadows underneath.

Horn

Basecoat Yellow Ochre. Use Asphaltum for dark shading inside the bell end, under rim, lower part of curve, and where horn overlaps itself. Blend Yellow Light into curve. Use Titanium White for highlights. Use Asphaltum for shadows underneath.

Finishing

When completely dry, spray with sealer.

by Carolyn Bacon