Tiered Dessert Stand

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create this three-tiered dessert stand using pretty patterned dishes from flea markets and thrift shops. They are quick, easy to make, and may be tailored to coordinate with everyone’s décor.

Materials

  • Vintage dishes: saucer; salad plate; dinner plate; small dessert cups, two

Tools

  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Directions

(Note: For best results, take care to adhere cups to exact center of dishes.)

step 1

Wash and dry dishes. Apply E6000® Industrial-Strength Adhesive around lip of dessert cup and center carefully under salad plate. Repeat for saucer tier. Let glue cure for 24 hours.

step 2

Using photo as guide, adhere salad plate/dessert cup tier to center of dinner plate and to base of saucer/dessert cup tier. Let glue cure for 24 hours.

Tip

  • Instead of creating one dessert stand, create single-layer tiers you can stack. This will make it easier to wash and store.

by Eileen Hull

Clay-Swirled Pens

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Don’t show up on the first day of school with the same boring pens as everyone else. Create vibrant and stylish clay-covered pens to start the school year out with a bit of flair.

Materials

  • BIC round stick pens, three
  • Soft polymer clay: red, gold, white, fluorescent pink, metallic purple, black, granite

Tools

  • Old gift card or promotional credit card (for cutter)
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven

Basic Supplies

ruler, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

(Note: BiC pens won’t melt when baked in the oven. Don’t substitute!)

Step 1

Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth. Use pliers to pull gold tip and ink stick out of pens. Set aside.

Step 2

To condition clays, remove from package and roll in hands until soft. (Note: For one pen, 1⁄3 package of each color is needed.) Flatten clay and fold in half. If clay cracks when folded, keep conditioning.

Step 3

For one pen, choose two or three colors to blend together. Use rolling pin to shape clays into 1⁄8”-thick flat rectangles. Stack two or three different-colored rectangles together. Use rolling pin to flatten clays into one 1⁄8”-thick rectangle.

Step 4

With hands, roll rectangle into tube. Continue rolling tube until colors blend together and clay is smooth.

Step 5

Use gift card to slice off pieces from tube. Roll slices onto pen, covering length.

Step 6

Smooth out pen by rolling on work surface.

Step 7

Place pen on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay.

by Laurie D’Ambrosio

Apple Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Let someone special know they are the “apple of your eye” by displaying their photo in this apple-shaped frame. Or, craft this frame as an “a-peeling” teacher gift.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 5”
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Leaf Green, two pkgs.; one pkg. each: Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Umber
  • White paper, 5″x36″
  • Wooden twig, 1-1⁄2″ long
  • Craft wire, 18-gauge, 4″ length
  • Photos

Tools

  • Lightweight spackling
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Opaque Red, Chocolate Cherry
  • Brown antiquing gel
  • Interior gloss varnish
  • Real leaves with vein lines
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine
  • Acrylic brayer
  • Palette knife
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Cooking spray or baby oil
  • Dark brown ink or tea (optional)
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate! Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, craft knife, serrated knife, bar of soap or candle, sanding block, sandpaper, paintbrush, scrap paper, paper towels, wax paper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Carve foam ball into apple shape. Flatten bottom slightly and carve small cone into top for stem. Use sanding block or scrap of foam to shape apple.

STEP 2

Rub serrated knife on bar of soap or candle. Saw apple in half with serrated knife; sand edges smooth. Apply two coats spackling to apple with palette knife, letting dry between coats. Sand surface until smooth; wipe away dust with damp paper towel.

STEP 3

Basecoat apple Opaque Red; shade peel Chocolate Cherry. Apply antiquing gel; let dry. Apply varnish; let dry.

STEP 4

Working on wax paper, condition each package of clay separately by running clay through pasta machine several times on widest setting until clay is pliable. Mix all clays together to create medium green shade. Roll clay through machine at widest setting. Coat real leaves with cooking spray or baby oil; place on clay and run through machine at next setting. “Tear” away excess clay around leaves; smooth edges. Make ten leaves.

STEP 5

Roll 1⁄2″-thick clay snake into ring to fit around apple base; place ring around apple and adjust to fit. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake ring. To maintain shape, bake ring on drinking glass or coffee cup.

STEP 6

Press leaves onto ring, turning up every other one. (Note: Upturned leaves will need to be supported while baking.) Insert wire into one single leaf, leaving 2″ stem. Remove real leaves from clay leaves and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

STEP 7

Apply antiquing gel to leaf ring; let dry. Apply varnish; let dry. Adhere single leaf and stem to one apple half.

STEP 8

For page pattern, trace apple half onto scrap paper. Reduce pattern by 1⁄4″ all around. Accordion-fold paper so each page is 1⁄4″ narrower than width of pattern. Cut folded paper into apple shape. Tea stain, stamp, collage, or decorate white paper as desired. Adhere one end to each apple half.

STEP 9

Adhere photos to pages as desired.

by Becca Malone for The Dow Chemical Co.

Back-to-School Gift Card Holder

It is time once again to start those back-to-school projects! August has become “back-to-school month” for many children in the United States. My college-age daughter and my middle school-age son both start back on August 19. After nearly 15 years of having such an early start date for school, I have become used to it.

I have designed a gift card holder suitable for giving to your favorite student to reward hard work or good behavior, or to great teachers to honor their efforts in the classroom.

Materials:

  • Grafix Arts Black Chipboard
  • Grafix Arts Rub-Onz Transfer Film
  • Cardstock
  • School-themed paper and embellishments
  • Computer and printer with mirror-image capability
  • Die-cutting system and dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics Vertical Gift Card Pocket, Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Weathered Clock
  • Provo Craft Cricut Electronic Cutting System and Graphically Speaking Cartridge
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear dots, foam dots, glue pen

1. Use black chipboard to create the gift card book. Cut two pieces of chipboard to 6″x4″ for the front and back covers, and cut one piece to 6″x3/4″ for the spine.

2. Cut 12″x12″ piece of scrapbook paper in half. Place the three chipboard pieces onto the wrong side of one half-sheet of paper, making sure to allow 1/8″ space between the covers and the spine. Trim edges even. Repeat to cover the inside of the book.

3. Decorate the outside of the book in a school theme. Cut 6″ square from chipboard and different scrapbook paper; adhere together and die cut clock shape.

4. Create custom sentiments using Grafix Arts Rub-Onz Transfer Film. Create a design using computer graphics program, rubber stamps, or draw something by hand. Follow manufacturer’s directions to create, print, and apply rub-ons to surfaces.

4. Decorate the inside cover.

5. Use electronic cutting system to cut file folder pages from cardstock or scrapbook paper. Decorate pages with custom rub-ons. To create custom sentiments on the computer, you must create a reverse or mirror option. If using Microsoft Word, create a mirror image by using the Word Art feature with the Rotate or Flip command.

6. Die cut gift card holder from paper; fold and adhere to one file folder page.

Grafix Arts Chipboard

Grafix Arts Rub-Onz Transfer Film

Wishing you a happy back-to-school month!

Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

Tea Caddy

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A small piece of linen or any fabric you choose, a few strands of thread, and a needle—these are the only supplies you need to start embroidering! Sew and embroider this cute cozy for any teapot, courtesy of Harper Crafts.

Materials

  • Two types of fabric
  • Unbleached linen
  • Felt
  • Binding
  • DMC Embroidery Threads
  • Scrap paper

Tools

  • Mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery scissors

Basic Supplies

measuring tape

Directions

(Note: The blue words listed in this blog are links. To access, select these links, then download and print.)

STEP 1

Using photo as guide, draw a pattern on paper. Try it on your teapot. Adjust if necessary. Cut a piece of linen two times for the top and a piece of fabric two times for the bottom, adding a 1/2 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. Embroider the design on the linen.  See “Tea Caddy Design Chart“.  (Note: See “Secrets of Embroidery” for additional information and stitch diagrams.)

STEP 2

With right sides facing in, sew the top and bottom of each side together. Using one side as a pattern, cut out two matching pieces of felt.

STEP 3

For the decorative handle on top, sew two 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 inch (7 x 11 cm) rectangles of cloth together, right sides facing in, leaving an opening. Turn right side out and close the opening. Fold 5-1/2 inch (14 cm) length of binding in half and make a 1-1/4 inch (3 cm) seam in the loop. Place the fabric rectangle between the two sides of the binding. Sew together, gathering.

STEP 4

Place each side on its felt lining, then place them right sides facing in while inserting the binding, passing through the decorative handle. Pin the four layers together. Sew the top section between the cut-outs for the spout and handle.

STEP 5

On the right side, sew a binding around each cut-out. Turn over and sew on the reverse. Close up the sides and sew binding all around the bottom.

Reprinted with Permission

by Sylvie Blondeau for Harper Collins Publishers

Necktie Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Recycle Dad’s old ties into this fun flower pillow to add a memory-filled conversation piece to your home décor. Flea market or vintage ties work great too!

Materials

  • Printed fabric, 3/8 yd.
  • Neckties, eight
  • Cording, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Fiberfill stuffing

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Dritz Aluminum 1-1/2” Cover Button Kit

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

For pillow front and back, cut two 11-1/2” squares from printed fabric.

STEP 2

Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew around squares, leaving 3” opening for turning. Trim seam allowance; turn pillow right side out. Stuff; slipstitch opening closed.

STEP 3

Cut eight 3-1/2” lengths from end of each tie. Arrange “petals” in center of pillow, forming flower. Adhere petals to pillow, gathering cut petal edges as needed.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to cover button with printed fabric. Adhere button to flower center.

STEP 5

Sew cording around pillow.

by Rebekah Meier

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