New Year’s Party Hat

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Ring out the old boring party hats! Upcycle leftover Christmas decorations to bling in new, airbrushed party hats for your New Year’s celebration.

Materials

  • Party hat
  • Plastic headband
  • Recycled Christmas items: white shirt box, bows, silver tinsel garland
  • Small brad

Tools

  • Testors Aztek A220 Broadstroke EZ Airbrush Set
  • Testors Aztek AC100 Powerful and Compact Compressor-Standard or Airbrush Propellant, 6 oz. can with Air Can Adapter
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint, 2 oz.: Opaque Black, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Pink
  • Testors Aztek Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner, 4 oz.
  • Testors Aztek Cleaning Drop Cloth
  • Lace fabric
  • Silver glitter
  • Adhesives: double-stick tape, all-purpose glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, scrap paper, straight pin, paper plate, plastic spoon, black marker

Directions

STEP 1

Deconstruct party hat and use as template to trace onto shirt box. Use a small cup to trace a circle (clock base) and freehand draw two clock hand shapes onto the shirt box; cut out all shapes.

STEP 2

Cover work area with Cleaning Drop Cloth. Following manufacturer’s instructions, assemble airbrush to chosen air source.  Remove red plastic cap and fill Quick Change Bottle with Fluorescent Pink Paint; close cap and thread connector to bottle. The connector then snaps into place on airbrush.

STEP 3

Practice airbrushing on piece of paper before applying paint to project. (Note: Trigger turns air on and off.  Roller at front of airbrush allows flow of air to be adjusted.  To adjust flow of paint, turn ring at top of the paint bottle until you have desired amount of paint.) Lightly press trigger and spray smooth, even strokes of Fluorescent Pink paint onto party hat.  (Note: Heavy amounts of paint may warp the cardboard, so keep coats of paint very light.)  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 4

Should paint start to dry inside the Quick Connect Cap, simply insert included wire tool into opening of cap and remove any dried paint.  If airbrush sit is left idle and paint has dried inside bottle, cap, or siphon tubes, disassemble parts and soak in Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner.

STEP 5

To change colors, pop off first bottle and thread connector onto another; snap into place.  Replace red plastic cap on first bottle to keep paint fresh. Lay lace fabric over painted party hat.  Lightly press trigger and spray light, smooth, even strokes of Opaque Black paint until lace is covered completely.

STEP 6

Carefully remove lace to reveal design.  Set aside to dry.

STEP 7

Airbrush clock face with Fluorescent Yellow Paint.  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 8

Apply glue to clock hands and run bead of glue along edge of circle as shown. Cover glue with silver glitter. Let dry. Brush off any excess glitter.

STEP 9

Securing all with double-stick tape, reassemble party hat into cone shape, attach tinsel to base and bows to top of hat. Using straight pin to start holes, poke brad through all pieces to form clock and attach to hat.  Position clock on opposite side of hat’s seam.

STEP 10

Cut small slits in sides of hat; slide headband through slits. If desired, use black marker to write, “Happy New Years,” or further personalize it by the adding the year or name.

Tips

  • Attach folded tape to the bottoms of your shapes to secure them while airbrushing and glittering.
  • Place items to be glittered on a paper plate for easy clean up and use a plastic spoon to sprinkle the glitter.
  • To learn more about this particular Testor’s Aztek Airbrush, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic airbrushing information.

by Emma McDonald for The Testors Corporation (www.testors.com)

Heavenly Angel

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Decorate your home this holiday season with this beautiful angel made from fabric and freezer paper! Gold designs are airbrushed using lace and a paper doily as stencils, giving this angel her sparkle and shine.

Materials

  • Ivory sheer fabric, 18”x45”
  • Lace, 8”x8” scrap
  • FloraCraft Foam Cone, 6”
  • Paper doily, 12” circle
  • Gold ball Christmas ornament of choice, 1-1/2” diameter
  • Gold wire, 22- or 24-gauge
  • Gold headpins, three
  • Round pearls, three
  • Small green leafy Christmas sprig
  • Reynolds Freezer Paper

Tools

  • Testors Aztec Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztec Airbrushable Pearl Gold Acrylic Paint (available at Testors.com or Amazon.com)
  • Wire cutters
  • Paintbrush, 1”
  • Fast Finish Découpage
  • Adhesives: Stencil Ease Repositionable Stencil Adhesive, Elmer’s Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, marker, tape, craft knife, toothpicks, iron and pressing surface, knitting needle or skinny pen, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Angel Templates

1. Download and print angel body and wing template. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print.)

2. Follow directions to assemble body template.

Angel

1. From sheer fabric and freezer paper, cut one 16” square for angel body and three 8” squares for wings. Set wings aside.

2. Iron sheer fabric onto all freezer paper squares. (Note: Freezer paper will keep fabric stable while you work.)

3. Place 16” bonded fabric/paper square onto work surface with paper side up. Using template, trace one 12” circle onto freezer paper with marker. (Note: Circle will be visible through the sheer fabric.) Using marker, place dot in center of circle.

4. With fabric side up, use one-inch paintbrush to paint even coat of découpage on circle outline. Straddle line with center of brush to place découpage half inside and half outside of line. (Note: This will prevent fabric edge from fraying when cut.)

5. When dry, spray back side of 12-inch paper doily with repositionable stencil adhesive. Align doily with fabric circle and press to adhere.

6. Over covered work surface, use airbrush to paint doily gold.

7. When dry, carefully peel away doily, then fabric, from freezer paper.

8. Drape fabric over foam cone, matching dot to cone center.

9. For angel wings, place one 8” square onto work surface with paper side up. Trace wing template onto square using marker.

10. Use paintbrush to evenly coat entire fabric-side surface of each 8” square with découpage.

11. When completely dry, bond all three squares as follows:  Remove freezer paper from one square and place square on layer with wing outline. Paint with more découpage, which will bond fabrics together. Repeat with third wing and let dry.

12. Spray adhesive on back of lace and place over wing shape. (Note: Lace should cover wing completely.)

13. Over covered work surface, airbrush wing with gold paint. When completely dry, remove lace and cut out wing on marker line. Carefully peel away freezer paper.

14. For angel head, remove hanger/top from ball ornament. Place enough toothpicks in hole of ornament to fill space.  Adhere toothpicks to ball; let dry.

15. Wrap gold wire around knitting needle or skinny pen five times to form coiled ring small enough to cover toothpicks. Cut off excess wire.

16. Use craft knife to make small “x” cut into fabric over dot on cone. Insert toothpicks into spiral wire and push into dot in fabric, leaving about 1/4” space between head and body.

17. To form angel halo, double wrap wire around any round 1-1/2” object (such as a glue bottle). Slide wire off container. Make 45-degree bend in excess wire, leaving a 2-1/2” tail. Smooth out any kinks in wire circle.

18. Wrap opposite wire end around bend and cut off excess.

19. Push wire stem into cone behind angel’s head.

20. For angel arms, cut 8” wire length. Stick wire through cone, 1/4” below neck, leaving equal amount of wire on each side.  Bend wire to form angled arms.

21. Stick wire ends through ornamental Christmas sprig and loop ends.

22. Insert one headpin through each pearl. To attach wings on angel back, position one pearl at top of wings and push pearl headpin into cone. Place remaining pearl headpins at middle and at bottom to secure wings in place.

by The Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for The Testor Corporation (www.testors.com)

Ruffled Christmas Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Enhance the beauty of your home this holiday season with an elegant ivory ruffled wreath airbrushed and accented in gold.

Materials

  • Foam wreath, 12”
  • Ruffled knit ivory fabric, 60” wide, 1/4 yd.
  • Offray Pearl-Edge Ivory Sheer Ribbon, 2” wide, 4 ft.
  • Gold ball holiday stems
  • Pearls, two
  • Straight pins, two
  • Headpins, two
  • Craft wire

Tools

  • Testors Aztek Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztek Fine Line Nozzle
  • Testors Aztek Pearl Gold Acrylic Airbrush
Paint
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun and sticks, painter’s tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft sticks, newspaper (to cover work surface), clothes hangers

Directions

STEP 1

Separate ruffles by cutting fabric into 1-1/2” strips that consist of 1” of ruffle and 1/2” of flat border. (Note: Knit fabric doesn’t fray.)

STEP 2

To paint ruffles, secure both ends of each strip to covered work surface with painters tape. Work in sections if space is limited to paint an entire strip at one time. Ruffle edge should be taut but not so tight it curls.

STEP 3

Using airbrush with fine nozzle attached, create line across edge of ruffle with gold paint. Use light trigger pressure, as too much pressure from the airbrush will lift delicate fabric. Repeat for all ruffle strips. Drape ruffles over hangers to dry.

STEP 4

Attach end of one ruffle strip to top center on back side of wreath using glue gun. Use craft sticks to hold the fabric in place while glue sets.

STEP 5

Wrap strip around wreath, creating small tucks  –  one on outer edge, one on front flat surface, and one on inside edge. Adhere tucks in place.

STEP 6

Bring fabric strip to back of wreath and continue with next row. Ruffled hem from previous row should cover flat border of new row when it is adhered in place. On curved areas, overlap ruffles at inner edges of wreath more than outer edges because of difference in diameter.

STEP 7

Continue working around one side of wreath to bottom center, adding strips as needed. At bottom center, cut strip and adhere in back. Move to top center and attach end of ruffle strip to back side of wreath. Working in opposite direction, overlap strips in center to create flat double border to be covered later. Repeat Steps 5-7 to finish covering remaining side of wreath with ruffles.

STEP 8

Wrap length of pearl-edged ribbon over flat double border, bringing it to back of wreath. Fold ribbon, creating 6” loop. Slip raw edge of ribbon against wreath. Dab hot glue on straight pins and insert into wreath to hold ribbon in place.

STEP 9

Cut branches from gold ball holiday stems and adhere to center ribbon on front side of wreath as desired. Slip some stems under ribbon and adhere in place.

STEP 10

Create bow by making four loops with one piece of ribbon. Secure bow with wire, twisting the ends together. Trim ribbon ends, leaving 2” tail.

STEP 11

Using scissors point, poke hole through ribbon and into top center of wreath.

STEP 12

Fill hole with hot glue and push wire ends of bow inside hole; let dry. Use ribbon tail to cover wire; adhere in place. Add more stems below bow as desired.

STEP 13

Cut several gold ball stems and poke into wreath in clusters. Dab stem wires with hot glue before poking through fabric and into wreath.

STEP 14

Finish wreath by securing loop made in Step 8 (on back of wreath) to top center of wreath. Insert headpin through pearl, dab pin with glue, and push into wreath at left edge of ribbon. Repeat on right edge of ribbon. (Note: Attaching ribbon to center will allow wreath to hang properly.)

Tip

  • Never airbrushed before? Testors Aztek Airbrush System is simple to use and maintain. Plus, it makes fast, easy, and accurate work of turning your projects into beautiful masterpieces.

by Lisa Nielsen for Testors (www.testors.com)
designed by the Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com)