Garden Pot and Thermometer

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Transform a clay pot and plastic thermometer into outdoor art. Before Mother Nature has a chance, you can easily give your garden set a weathered appearance, making it fit perfectly with its surroundings.

Materials

  • Terra Cotta air-dry clay, 1 pkg.
  • Clay pot and saucer, 8” diameter
  • Outdoor thermometer, 2-1/2”x6-1/2”
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Sheet, 1” thick, 6”x10”

Tools

  • Cookie cutters: Leaf, 1-1/4” across; Round, 1” diameter
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Light Buttermilk, Arbor Green
  • DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Foam cutter
  • Rolling pin or acrylic brayer
  • Leaves (fresh or artificial)
  • Woven placemat
  • Beacon Adhesives Hold The Foam! Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, soft cloth, paintbrush

Directions

Thermometer

1. Center thermometer on plastic-foam sheet; trace. Cut 3/4”-deep groove into plastic foam to fit thermometer. Cut plastic-foam sheet, leaving 1-1/2” border around thermometer and rounded point at top as shown.

2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll clay to 1/8” thickness. Apply glue to front and sides of plastic-foam sheet. Cover plastic-foam sheet with clay; trim excess. Use rolling pin to smooth surface. For texture, press woven placemat onto clay. Cover back of thermometer in same way.

3. Roll clay to 1/8” thickness. Use cookie cutter to cut out leaves. For texture, press leaves onto clay leaves; remove.

4. Press clay leaves onto outside edge of thermometer as shown. Adhere thermometer to plastic-foam sheet.

Clay Pot

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll clay to 1/8” thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out leaves and grapes. Create vein lines in same way as thermometer.

2. Press leaves and grapes onto pot as shown. Roll thin strips of clay and curl; press onto pot along grape clusters as shown.

Finishing

1. When clay is dry, mix equal parts Light Buttermilk and water; paint pot and thermometer. Use soft cloth to wipe excess paint. Repeat with Green Arbor.

2. Apply varnish.

by Lorine Mason

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)

Water Front Celebration

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fireworks bursting over sailboats in a bay create a spectacular water front display to celebrate America’s birthday! Inserted into a bulletin board, this patriotic cross-stitch design can be beautifully displayed all year long as part of your family’s message center.

Materials

  • Denim blue 14-count Aida, 17” x 12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik #4 Braid
  • Bulletin board, 18” x 24”
  • Cardboard
  • Narrow wooden lattice strips, four

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Handsaw
  • Hammer and small brad nails

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 2 strands floss or 1 strand #4 braid
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Design Size: 11-3⁄8”x6-3⁄8”; Stitch Count: 160 w x 90 h

Water Front Celebration

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. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric. Backstitch using two strands floss or one strand #4 braid as indicated.

3. Cut cardboard to fit into top portion of bulletin board. Center finished design over cardboard; turn over. Using needle and thread, zig-zag stitch edges together at back to secure. Place design in top portion of bulletin board.

4. To frame, measure and cut lattice strips to fit around design. (Note: If desired, apply wood finish to lattice strips prior to framing.) Align strips so they are flush with sides of bulletin board and nail into place with small brad nails, making sure design is securely held in place.

by Mike Vickery

Thanks Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Combine die-cut geometric style with soft, vintage-look papers to create this summer “thank you.” Die-cut, rolled roses create a beautiful focal element.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper Cardstock: Marshmallow, Gum Drop
  • My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Honey Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Kaisercraft Sweet Pea Rhinestones
  • May Arts Yellow Pom-Pom Trim

Tools

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Nestabilities Hexagons S4-368, Shapeabilities Donna Salazar Collection Bitty Blossoms S5-086
  • Scor-Pal Scor-Pal Scoring Board
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Corner Rounder Punch
  • Technique Tuesday Thanks Clear Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Ink pads: Clearsnap ColorBox Chalk Charcoal, Chestnut Roan; Tsukineko VersaMark
  • A Muse Studio Diamond Embossing Powder
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool

Directions

STEP 1

Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” white top-fold card. Round bottom corners with punch.

STEP 2

Cut 4”x5-1/4” patterned paper panel; round corners. Sponge edges with Chestnut Roan ink; adhere to card.

STEP 3

Cut 4”x2-1/2” strip from second paper, round bottom corners, and sponge edges Chestnut Roan. Stamp Charcoal sentiment as shown and adhere to bottom of large panel. Adhere rhinestone.

STEP 4

Cut and adhere 4” pom-pom trim length over paper seam between patterned pieces.

STEP 5

Die cut/emboss assortment of Hexagons #1 and #2 from patterned papers. Arrange and adhere to card as shown.

STEP 6

Die cut/emboss Bitty Blossoms Med and SM from patterned papers. Roll, shape, and secure flowers with adhesive.

STEP 7

Die cut/emboss/stencil Bitty Blossoms Double Leaves from green cardstock. Using watermark ink pad, apply ink to raised areas through die; remove die. Heat emboss inked areas with Diamond powder.

STEP 8

Fold leaf shape in half and adhere beneath edge of medium flower. Adhere flowers to card.

Tip

  • Try this card in bold black-and-white or neon brights for different looks. Change the sentiment to suit multiple occasions.

by Michelle Woerner for Spellbinders (www.spellbinderscreativearts.com)

Dramatic Waves Stitched Bracelet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Explore a different method of creating jewelry with a peyote stitch. Follow this simple tutorial to create this beautiful Dramatic Waves Stitched Bracelet!

Materials

  • Assorted beads of choice (Designer used amethyst glass spacer beads, 2 pkgs.; lavender glass flowers and petals.)
  • Nylon-based beading thread
  • Toggle clasp

Tools

  • Beading needle, size 10 or 12
  • Bead dish, fleece square, or terry cloth towel
  • Thread conditioner or beeswax

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Pour small amount of beads in dish. Thread needle with 30” length of doubled thread. Condition thread.

STEP 2

To begin peyote stitch, pick up bead on needle and slide to end of thread, leaving 5” length. Pass needle back through bead. (Note: This bead will act as a stopper to prevent the following beads from falling off. The extra loop will be removed and tail woven into beadwork later.)

STEP 3

See Figure 1. String 7-1⁄2” length of beads, using an even number. Stitch through jump ring on one half of toggle clasp. Pick up bead on needle and pass needle through second-to-last bead added in base row; pull thread through. Pick up another bead, skip a bead, pass through next bead.

Figure 1

STEP 4

Continue to add beads to end of row. (Note: As beads are added, new beads will nestle between first-row beads. See Figures 2 and 3.)

Figure 2

Figurie 3

 STEP 5

At end of row, stitch through jump ring on remaining side of toggle clasp. (Note: Be sure to stitch through toggle-clasp jump ring to anchor it to beadwork at end of each row.)

STEP 6

Pick up a bead and stitch back along row. Continue rows in same way until bracelet is desired width. When finished, remove stopper bead and thread needle with original thread. Weave length through beadwork to anchor; cut excess.

STEP 7

To add dimension to bracelet, create “arches” as follows. Weave thread approximately 1” down row of choice. Add beads to fill 2” to 2-1⁄2” length of thread. Move thread across bracelet to determine look; anchor arch by passing thread through spot of choice, then continue with peyote stitch. Weave thread through arch length and across width of bracelet several times to secure.

Tip

To start or end thread, weave length through beads in several directions to anchor. If ending, cut excess. If starting, be sure to come up with needle at same spot where previous thread ended.

by Linda Musante

Monogram Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a bit of style and flair to your home décor by stitching this beautiful easy-to-make monogram pillow.

Materials

  • Fabrics: Floral print, 1⁄2 yd.; Coordinating solid, 3⁄8 yd.
  • Flower trim: 1⁄2″, 1-1⁄2 yds.; 1⁄4″, 2 yds.
  • Self-adhesive stitched monogram, 4″
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Needle and matching thread
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Tea bags and paintbrush (optional)
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

(Note: Sew seams with right sides of fabrics facing, using 1⁄4″ seam allowance.)

Step 1

From floral print fabric, cut two 3-1⁄2″x10″ strips and two 3-1⁄2″x16″ strips. From coordinating solid, cut one 10” square and one 16” square.

Step 2

Sew short floral strips to top and bottom and long floral strips to sides of 10″ square. Press seams open.

Step 3

With right sides facing, sew pieced pillow front to 16″ square, leaving 3″ opening for turning. Trim corners at angle; turn right side out. Stuff pillow; hand-sew opening closed.

Step 4

Hand-stitch 1⁄4″ trim to outside pillow edge. Adhere flower trim around solid square edge on pillow front. (Note: Use straight pins to hold in place while adhering.)

Step 5

To antique monogram, if desired, make a strong cup of tea. Paint tea onto monogram; let dry. Remove backing and apply monogram to pillow.

by Rebekah Meier