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

Potted Baseball Player

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fill this Potted Baseball Player’s head with gift cards or treats and you’ll have the perfect coach’s gift! Or, use this fun little guy to hold silverware at your next baseball party.

Materials

  • Terra cotta items: 8” pots, two; 10” saucer
  • DecoArt Patio Paints: Geranium Red, Cloud White, Antique Mum, Sprout Green, Wrought Iron Black, Pinecone Brown, Citrus Green
  • Black craft foam, 2mm, 9”x12” sheet

Tools

  • Robert Simmons Expression by Daler-Rowney Paintbrushes: size 8 flat shader; sizes 12, 5, 3 pointed round; size 0 liner; sponge brush
  • Painter’s tape, 1” wide
  • Beacon Adhesives Kids Choice! Glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, paper plate (for palette), paper towels, transparent tape, transfer paper, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

  • Print and cut out patterns. Follow directions on patterns. (Note: Apply two and possibly three coats of paint to each surface, allowing paint to dry between coats.) For base, turn saucer upside down; use sponge brush and Sprout Green to paint bottom and outside surface of saucer on covered work surface. Use Cloud White to paint bottom and outside surface of one pot (body) and rim of other pot. For head, use Antique Mum to paint remaining portion of pot with white rim.

STEP 2

  • Paint the base by applying two coats of Citrus Green to saucer rim and rim ledge; allow paint to dry between coats. For grass blades, fill or load liner brush with Citrus Green; starting at rim ledge, pull brush up and away from rim. Continue to paint grass blades around entire saucer, applying strokes in different directions and overlapping into each other.

STEP 3

  • For body, turn white pot upside down on work surface. To create shirt stripes, apply painter’s tape vertically to body, spacing each piece approximately 1⁄2” apart; use pencil to lightly trace along edges. For shoes, place transfer paper between pattern and rim of pot; trace pattern onto rim so bottom edges are aligned. In same manner, transfer arm pattern onto body so arms are centered to shoes and aligned with top edge of body.

STEP 4

  • To paint the body, see photo. (Note: Apply two coats of paint as needed, allowing paint to dry between coats.) Paint Pinecone Brown mitt, Antique Mum hands, Cloud White baseball, and Wrought Iron Black shoes. Use Geranium Red and shader brush to paint stripes on shirt and sleeves; use liner brush to apply curve lines on baseball. Use Wrought Iron Black and liner brush to outline sleeves, hands, mitt, and baseball; apply stitch lines on baseball curve lines. Use Geranium Red and shader brush to paint a collar line around top of shirt as shown.

STEP 5

  • To paint head, see photo. For face, place transfer paper between pattern and side of pot; trace pattern onto pot. To paint hair, turn pot upside down. In same manner as grass, fill or load liner brush with Pinecone Brown; starting at rim ledge, pull brush up and away from rim. Continue to paint hair strands around entire pot applying strokes in different directions and overlapping into each other. Let dry. Turn pot right side up. Paint eyes Cloud White. Use Wrought Iron Black to paint pupils and inner mouth. Let dry. Use Geranium Red to paint nose and tongue. For cheeks, load #12 round brush with Geranium Red and tap brush straight up and down a few times on paper towel to work paint into bristles; gently tap brush to each end of smile. Use Cloud White and liner brush to highlight dot eyes, cheeks, and nose. Use Wrought Iron Black and liner brush to outline eyes, nose, smile, and chin line.

STEP 6

  • To assemble, turn head pot upside down. See photo. Place hat brim on pot ledge, centering brim to face; use pencil to mark ends of brim on pot. Remove brim. Apply glue to pot ledge between pencil marks; allow glue to set for a minute or two. Adhere brim in place. Let dry. Turn head right side up. Apply glue along bottom edge of body; adhere bottom of body to top of base. Apply glue to top of body; adhere bottom of head to top of body.

by Annie Lang

Fleurs Garden Pot

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use stencils and Delta’s Texture Magic Dimensional Paint to transform an ordinary clay pot into extraordinary garden décor.

Materials

  • Clay pot and saucer, 6” tall
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Foliage Green, White, Antique White
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Hauser Dark Green, Antique Green

Tools

  • Stencils: floral background, small script alphabet
  • Delta Ceramcoat: Gel Stain Medium; Exterior/Interior Varnish: Matte; Satin Découpage Medium
  • Delta Texture Magic Dimensional Paint, Cashmere
  • Daler-Rowney Robert Simmons Expression Paintbrushes: Flat Wash, Series E55, 3⁄4”; Flat Shader, Series E60, #4; Filbert, Series E67, #4, #8
  • Palette knife
  • Dover Publications Redouté Flowers and Fruits CD-Rom and Book
  • Computer with printer
  • Stencil adhesive

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, soft cloth, ruler, pencil, masking tape, paper towels, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Sand pot; wipe dust with soft cloth. Mark 2-3⁄4”x3-1⁄2” rectangle below rim and inner rectangle, leaving 1⁄4” border. Apply masking tape along inside lines of larger rectangle to prevent seepage.

STEP 2

Use palette knife to apply Cashmere to pot, leaving rim unpainted. Adhere background stencil around pot; apply Cashmere to openings. Mix Light Foliage Green, Antique Green, and White to make green mix; basecoat rim and inside pot. Stencil “Fleurs” Cashmere.

STEP 3

Mix Antique White with White; paint inner rectangle. Use computer and CD-Rom to print Anemone clip art to fit inside inner rectangle; cut out. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to découpage Anemone to rectangle. Basecoat frame and saucer with green mixture.

STEP 4

Mix Gel Stain Medium with Hauser Dark Green; apply to pot and saucer, wiping excess with paper towels. Apply varnish.

by Barbara Greve

Tuscan Candleholder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a warm and relaxing atmosphere in your home with the rich tones of this Tuscan candleholder. Or, gift this easy-to-make slice of Mediterranean décor to Mom as the perfect Mother’s Day present.

Materials

  • Clay pot and saucer
  • DecoArt Texture Stucco
  • DecoArt Acrylic Paints: Americana Lamp Black, Dazzling Metallics Champagne Gold
  • DecoArt Texture Stencils by Tracy Moreau Brocade & Berry Borders
  • Candles

Tools

  • DecoArt Palette Knife
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Royal Aqualon Glaze/Wash, Series 2700, 3/4”; Sable Standard Handle Fan Blender, Series 5030, #2
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip All-Purpose Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

Let dry between steps.

Candleholder

1. Place clay pot upside down on covered work surface. Position Berry Border stencil on clay pot.

2. Use palette knife to apply Texture Stucco on open areas of stencil. To remove stencil, hold one end of stencil down with fingers and carefully lift opposite end.

3. Repeat stenciling around pot. Wash stencil immediately.

4. Use glaze/wash brush to paint pot and saucer Lamp Black.

5. Use fan blender brush to drybrush pot and saucer Champagne Gold.

6. Adhere saucer to pot as shown. Place candles on saucer.

by Eve Leder

Dog and Cat Pots

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Not only is this the cat’s meow, but it’s perfectly fine that this project has gone to the dogs. Create the perfect treat container to reflect your special pet’s personality.

Materials

  • Terra cotta pots: 2”, 3”
  • Polymer clay: dark brown, brown, grey, white, pale pink

Tools

  • Acrylic paint: dark orange, grey
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

toothpick, baking dish, oven

Directions

 

General

(Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a glue gun and oven.)

1. Preheat oven to 275° F. (Note: When assembling clay pieces, be sure all pieces are pressed and stuck together.)

Dog

1. Paint dark orange on outside and inside top half of 3” pot. Let dry.

2. To make body pieces, use photo as guide. For head, roll brown clay into 1”x1-1/4” oval. See Figure 1. To shape head, use thumb and first finger to slightly squeeze one end of oval. For ears, roll two 1”-long teardrop shapes from brown. For nose, roll dark brown clay into 1/4”x3/8” oval; press nose onto front of head. Press ears onto sides of head. For eyes, use toothpick to poke two small holes into head above nose. For muzzle, use toothpick to mark slit below nose. For feet, roll four 5/8”-wide balls from brown; flatten one end of each ball for bottom of feet. Place bottom of feet on work surface, spacing feet so bottom of pot rests on top of each foot; press bottom of pot onto feet. Use toothpick to cut toe slits into each foot as shown. Remove pot. For tail, roll brown 1-1/8”-long tube. Bend tail as desired.

3. Place clay pieces on baking dish. Bake 1/2 hour. Remove from oven. Let cool.

4. Adhere back of head onto one side of rim. Adhere tail on back top of rim. Adhere feet onto bottom of pot.

Cat

1. Adhere back of head onto one side of rim. Adhere tail on back top of rim. Adhere feet onto bottom of pot.

2. To make body pieces, use photo as guide. For head, roll ball approximately 1” wide from grey clay. See Figure 2. Shape ball so head comes to slight point. See Figure 3. For muzzle, roll two 1/4” balls from white clay and slightly flatten. For bottom lip, roll tiny white oval. For nose, roll tiny pink ball. Press muzzle, bottom lip, and nose onto front of head. For ears, form two 1/4” triangles from grey. Press tiny ball of pink onto front of each ear. Press ears onto top of head. For eyes, use toothpick to poke two holes into head above nose. For feet, press white and grey clays together; roll four 1/2” balls; flatten one end of each ball for bottom of feet. Place bottom of feet on work surface, spacing feet so bottom of pot rests on top of each foot; press bottom of pot onto feet. Use toothpick to cut toe slits into each foot as shown. Remove pot. For tail, roll grey 1/8”x3/4”-long tube; flatten one end. Bend down tail.

3. Place clay pieces on baking dish. Bake 1/2 hour. Remove from oven. Let cool.

4. Adhere back of head onto one side of rim. Adhere tail on back top of rim. Adhere feet onto bottom of pot.

by Billie Ciancio

Bird Hut

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

With a cozy little perch to sit upon and plenty of seeds to nibble on, this hut is a bird’s idea of paradise! Paint clay pots to create an inviting retreat for all your feathered friends.

Materials

  • Clay pots: 3-1⁄2”, 4-1⁄4”
  • Clay pot saucer, 6”
  • Wooden items: ball knob, 3⁄4”; large oval (sign), 2” long; dowel, 1⁄8” diameter
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Licorice, Kelly Green, Thicket, Calico Red, Real Brown, Tapioca
  • Black cording, 3 yards

Tools

  • Fender washer, 1-1⁄2”
  • Steel nut, any size
  • Drill with 1⁄8” masonry bit
  • Plaid FolkArt Crackle Medium
  • Plaid FolkArt All-purpose Sealer
  • Paintbrushes: shader, flat
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, masking tape, scrap wood, sponge scrap, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

6-1⁄2” tall (not including hanger)

Bird Hut

1. Drill holes in center of saucer, ball knob, and just above rim on 4-1⁄4” pot. (Note: To prevent cracking, apply masking tape inside pot at drill-hole point. Hold scrap wood piece behind hole while drilling. Do not push drill through pot; allow bit to work its way through pot.)

2. On covered work surface, basecoat saucer Kelly Green, clay pots Calico Red, sign Tapioca, and ball knob Real Brown. Sponge paint saucer Thicket. Use shader to paint 1”x1-1⁄4” Black door hole as shown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Crackle Medium, then Real Brown topcoat to 3-1⁄2” pot.

3. 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 black fine-tip permanent marker to trace sign lettering and details, and to draw shingles on roof (Figure 1) and wavy border around door hole. Apply sealer.

Figure 1

4. For perch, cut 3” length from dowel; insert end into hole in door hole. Adhere sign to roof.

5. Cut cording in half; fold each length into halves. Holding cording folds together, tie knot 2” from fold. Thread cording ends through hole in knob, then 3-1⁄2” pot, 4-1⁄4” pot, and saucer. Thread cording through fender washer; tie double overhand knot 6” from end. Thread cording through nut, then tie another double overhand knot. Trim cording ends.

6. To fill, place feeder horizontally on work surface, slide knob toward hanger, place seed inside bottom pot, then flip saucer up to keep seed inside. Adjust hanging cords by sliding knob down next to roof top. To release more seed, slide knob up, then lift bottom pot.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Candy Corn Garland

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Paint this Candy Corn Garland to brighten a porch, decorate a classroom, or create a fun and festive atmosphere for your Halloween party. This quick-and-easy clay pot activity is a fun way for kids to help with the Halloween decorations!

 

Materials

  • Terra cotta pots, 2″, four
  • Plaid Enterprises Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: Harvest Orange, Yellow, White, Black
  • Toner Plastics Marshmallow Fun Wire, 18-gauge, 40” length

Tools

  • Black permanent fine-line marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip All Purpose Adhesive

Basic Supplies

ruler, paintbrush, stencil brush, paper towel, paper plate (for palette), newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Using photo as guide, paint rim of pots Harvest Orange, paint a 7/8” section above rim Yellow, and remaining area White. Let dry. See Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4. Use marker to draw a face on one side of each yellow section; outline edges as shown. For nose, dip handle end of paintbrush into Harvest Orange and touch to face; drybrush cheeks. (Note: To drybrush, dip stencil brush into paint, stroke on paper towel until almost dry, and brush surface in a circular motion.)

Figures 1-4

STEP 2

To assemble the garland, bend and curl wire randomly. Position pots along wire, spacing each approximately 8” apart. Insert 1-1/2” length of wire into top of pots; curl up wire on inside and adhere in place. Form a 1” long loop at each end of wire and twist to secure.

by Paula Bales