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

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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

Whimsical Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add some summer charm to your patio or porch décor with this soft and cheery floral pillow. Combined with a refreshing glass of lemonade, this comfy pillow is the perfect way to relax on a hot summer day.

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Natural, 1/3 yd.; Blushing Bride, 1/2 yd.; English Rose, 1/8 yd.
  • Pink floral print cotton fabrics: large floral (borders), 1/4 yd.; coordinating print, scraps, four
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pink rick rack
  • Buttons, two
  • Embroidery floss

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle and button thread
  • Iron and pressing board
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 10” square from Natural wool felt.

STEP 2

Cut two 2-1/2”x10” and two 2-1/2”x15” strips from floral fabric. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew shorter strips to top and bottom of 10” Natural square, trimming strips even. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew remaining strips to sides of sewn panel, trimming strips even. Press seams.

STEP 3

Cut backing square from Blushing Bride wool felt to same size as pillow front.

STEP 4

With right sides together and using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew front and back squares together, leaving a 3” opening. Trim seam allowance and turn pillow right side out. Stuff pillow with fiberfill.

STEP 5

Use button thread to whipstitch opening closed.

STEP 6

Print patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using two fabrics, with wrong sides together, trace one large flower onto fabric with disappearing ink marker. Repeat with small flower. Machine-sew on traced line of each flower. Using scissors, cut very close to stitching outside of traced line, being careful not to cut thread. Flowers should have a frayed edge.

STEP 7

Trace yo-yo pattern onto fabric. Use button thread to sew a running stitch very close to raw edge of fabric. Pull gathers tight; knot and clip thread. Create two yo-yo’s. Use floss to sew buttons to yo-yo centers, knotting on front of button.

STEP 8

Use decorative-edge scissors to cut 1/2”-wide strips (stems) from wool felt. Trace and cut leaves from wool felt.

STEP 9

Arrange flowers, stems, and leaves onto pillow, trimming stems to desired lengths; adhere to pillow.

STEP 10

Adhere rick rack trim to pillow as shown.

by Rebekah Meier

Crocheted Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids, learn how to crochet using our easy-to-follow tutorial. Then crochet this purse as a great beginner project.

Materials

  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn in choice of color
  • Wooden barrel bead, 3⁄4”

Tools

  • Crochet hook, size N (10mm)
  • Yarn needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Abbreviations

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over

Directions

(Note: Use three strands of yarn held together throughout.)

Purse

1. Chain (ch) 16.

2. Row 1. Single crochet (sc) in next ch. *Yarn over (yo) and insert hook in next ch. Pull yarn through ch, then yo and pull through all three loops on hook. Repeat from * across. Turn.

3. Row 2. Sc in next sc. Repeat from * across, as in Row 1. Turn.

4. Rows 3-20. Repeat Row 2.

5. Rows 21-31. Repeat from * across, as in Row 1.

6. Row 31 (flap “trim”). *Sc in next sc. Skip one sc. Double crochet (dc) four times in next sc. Repeat from * across. Fasten off

Strap

1. Ch 55 to 65 (depending on desired length of strap).

2. Row 1. Sc in each ch. Fasten off.

Finish up

1. To assemble purse, fold bottom edge up, about 7”. Use yarn needle to sew edges together. Turn right side out.

2. Sew straps inside purse on each upper side edge. Sew bead to center front of purse.

Tip

by Nancy Smarinsky

Pool Party Set

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Whether you have your own backyard oasis, or you’re hosting the fun at the local aquatic center, start planning your “cool in the pool” event with this colorful invitation and favor set.

 Materials

  • Close To My Heart White Daisy Cardstock
  • Close To My Heart Surf’s Up Paper Packet
  • Close To My Heart Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
  • Close To My Heart Bitty Sparkles
  • Close To My Heart My Creations Muslin Drawstring Bags (3-count)
  • Close To My Heart Trims: Burlap Ribbon, Natural Hemp, Paradise and Neutral Baker’s Twine Assortments

Tools

  • Provo Craft Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting System and Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Stamp Sets: Adventure USA, Just Chillin’
  • Close To My Heart My Acrylix Blocks: 1”x1”, 2”x2”, 2”x3-1/2”, 3”x3”, 4”x5”
  • Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks: Desert Sand, Ponderosa Pine, Sorbet Pads; Sorbet Re-inker
  • Close To My Heart Spray Pen
  • Sewing needle and beige thread
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, liquid glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber

Directions

Sizes

invitation, 3-7/8”x5”; favor bag, 4”x6”

Invitation

(Note: All Artiste shapes are cut NS or non-shift.)

1. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use Cricut machine and Artiste cartridge to cut 5” < t > + card (non-shift) twice from White Daisy cardstock. Cut second card in half; set aside one half for second invitation. Score and fold remaining card in half.

2. Mix small amount Sorbet re-inker with water in Spray Pen. Lightly mist cut cardstock panel; let dry.

3. Cut 1-1/2” < p > < o > < l > (non-shift) from gold B&T Duos paper. Cut 1-1/2” < o > from Surf’s Up Teal cardstock. These are background letters.

4. Cut 1-1/2” < p > from Sorbet cardstock. Cut 1-1/2” < o > < o > < l > from three different B&T Duos papers as shown. These are foreground letters.

5. Cut 1” < p > < a > < r > < t > < y > from Surf’s Up Teal cardstock. Remove letters and trim “negative space” into 3-7/8”x1-1/8” strip.

6. Use dauber to sponge all POOL letter edges and “party” strip edges Desert Sand.

7. Adhere background and foreground letters to misted panel as shown, offsetting letters slightly. Adhere “party” strip to misted panel 1/2″ from bottom edge.

8. Using beige thread, take two stitches at base of P and top of L to add interest; knot thread at back. Sew running stitch border along base of “party” strip; knot thread at back.

9. Sponge edges of two wooden birds with Desert Sand ink; let dry. Adhere to “O” using tiny amount liquid glue; let dry.

10. Cut 3-7/8”x3/8” Sorbet cardstock strip. Stamp series of Ponderosa Pine arrows as shown. Sponge strip edges Desert Sand. Adhere to misted panel over bottom edge of “party” strip; do not cover stitched border.

11. Adhere finished panel to card front.

Favor Bag

1. Using Sorbet ink pad, stamp Just Chillin’ sentiment onto bag, 1” from bottom edge. Stamp Ponderosa Pine tree image to left of sentiment. Let dry. Accent center of each treetop with Bitty Sparkles.

2. Cut 4-1/4”x3/4” strip from burlap ribbon. Using needle, weave six assorted baker’s twine lengths through ribbon as shown. Top row is White Daisy from Neutral Assortment; second and third row are Crème Brulee from Paradise Assortment, followed by one Sunset row, and two Lagoon rows. Trim twine ends. Adhere ribbon to base of bag using clear dots.

3. Fill bag and pull drawstrings closed.

4. Tie doubled twine around ribbon knot on each drawstring end; trim as needed.

Tip

  • Electronic cutting systems, like the Provo Craft Cricut, make it easy to create invitations. Set up machine to cut all required shapes, like the letters, at once, and then put invitations together assembly-line style.

by Close To My Heart (www.closetomyheart.com)

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)

Dog Toy

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Hey Fido! Get ready for hours of chewing, fetching, and tugging fun playing with this tennis ball toy.

Materials

  • Tennis balls, two
  • Cotton twine, one ball

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut thirty-nine 40” twine lengths. Place lengths together with ends even. Tightly knot 4” from one end.

STEP 2

Place ball under knot and spread twine lengths over ball. Tightly knot twine lengths together under ball. Separate twine lengths under ball into three equal sections and tightly braid for 3”. Tightly knot twine together at bottom of braid.

STEP 3

Place remaining ball under knot and spread twine lengths over ball. Tightly knot twine lengths together under ball. Trim loose strands on both ends of balls, 3” from knots.

by Mary Ayres

Was It Worth It?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch this quote as a gentle reminder to enjoy today and not stress out about tomorrow.

Materials

  • JAR Designs Spring Leaf 28-count Jobelan, 17”x12” (available at X’s & Oh’s Designs)
  • DMC Six-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Green fabric, 1/2 yd.
  • Batting
  • Green ribbon, 5/8” wide, 24” length
  • Dowel

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 3 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 10-5/8″x5-3/4″; Stitch Count: 150 w x 82 h

Wall Hanging

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.) Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads. Trim stitched fabric 1-1/2” from stitching.

2. Cut two strips of green fabric 8-3/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to each side of stitched fabric using 1/4” seam allowance. Cut two strips 17-1/4”x2-1/2”. Sew one strip to top and bottom of stitched fabric. Press seams toward green fabric.

3. Cut batting 17”x12-1/4”. Cut green backing fabric same dimensions as sewn top. Cut four 6” lengths of green ribbon and fold in half. Layer batting on back of top (cross-stitched) fabric. Pin ribbon to right-side of top fabric with fold toward center and backing fabric with right-side facing top fabric. Sew around all edges, leaving a 3” opening at bottom. Clip corners and turn right-side out; press. Hang from dowel.

Tip

  • This design would be very easy to convert to any favorite over-dyed fabric and easy to select a complementary color that stands out well against fabric. Remember to make backstitching 2 shades darker than letters.

by Jo Gatenby for X’s & Oh’s Designs (www.xs-and-ohs.com)