Straw Flowers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids, surprise Mom this Mother’s Day with a special garden of flowers to let her know how much you care!

Materials

  • 2-1⁄2” clay pot
  • 2” plastic-foam ball
  • Crazy straw in choice of color
  • 3-1⁄4” pre-cut craft foam flower and flower center in choice of color
  • Green felt, scrap
  • 1⁄2 cup of deer moss

Tools

  • Thick craft glue
  • Acrylic Paint in color of choice (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for one flower.)

1. Press plastic-foam ball into bottom of pot, securing firmly in place. Adhere deer moss to top of foam ball. Let dry.

2. Adhere flower center to flower. Adhere 1” of top end of straw to back of assembled flower.

3. Freehand cut leaves from green felt and adhere to each side of straw as desired.

4. Insert bottom of straw into center of moss and foam ball.

Tip

  • For extra pizazz, paint flower pots in bright colors!

by Julie Streapy

Mother’s Day Photo Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! Kids, create this easy-to-make frame for Mom with a memorable picture of yourself! 

Materials

  • White craft foam, 1 sheet
  • Felt: dark pink, light pink, green
  • Recycled plastic berry basket
  • Pink rick rack, 1/2” wide, 4” length

Tools

  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, pinking shears, ruler, adhesive tape, stapler

Directions

STEP 1

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.) Follow directions on patterns. Use pinking shears to trim flower edges.

STEP 2

For frame, cut 4-1⁄2” x 5-1⁄2” piece from foam. Center and trace window on frame 1-1⁄2” from top. Cut out window. (Note: For ease in cutting, cut small “X” in center of window and work your way to edges.) Cut 1-1⁄4”x6” strip from foam for frame stand. Staple short ends of strip together, overlapping edges 3⁄4”. Staple or adhere loop to back center of frame, 1⁄4” from bottom edge. See Figure 1.

STEP 3

To decorate the frame, see photo. Cut 3-1⁄2” length from rick rack. Adhere rick rack to bottom of awning; trim edges. Adhere awning to frame above window. For window box, see photo to cut section from basket approximately 1-1⁄8” x 3-3⁄4”. Trim window box as shown; adhere to center bottom of frame. Adhere flowers side-by-side above window box. For flower centers, cut three 3⁄8” wide circles; adhere to center of flowers. Adhere leaves to window box as shown.

STEP 4

For Mother’s Day greeting, cut 1”x1-1⁄2” piece from paper. Write greeting on paper and adhere to frame. Tape photo to back of frame.

by Linda Bloomgren

May Day Pocket Full of Posies

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Baskets of sweets or spring flowers mysteriously appear on doorsteps as the traditional custom for May Day, celebrated May 1. Use old blue jean pockets to create the perfect holder for your May Day flowers or treats, then secretly surprise your neighbors, family, and friends.

Materials

  • Old blue jeans with pockets
  • Ribbon in color of choice, 3/8”, 18” length per pocket
  • Miscellaneous scrap items: fabric, felt, buttons, pearls, ribbons, jewelry, etc.
  • Silk flowers

Tools

  • Fabric paint
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Adhesives: thick craft glue, glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pinking shears

Directions

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

STEP 1

To cut out pocket, use pinking shears to cut jeans approximately 3/8” from sides and bottom of pocket and 1-1/4” to 1-1/2” from top of pocket. See photo.

STEP 2

For hanging loop, adhere each end of 18” length ribbon to top corners of pocket. Adhere (or sew) buttons to top of each hanging loop end.

STEP 3

Referring to photo as guide, decorate front of pocket as desired using miscellaneous scraps and fabric paint. To create heart and butterfly shapes, refer to Figure 1.

STEP 4

Fill pocket with silk flowers.

by Vicki Felix

Garden Glove Turtle Puppet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids can turn a glove into a turtle and use their imaginations for endless hours of fun!

Materials

  • Brown jersey work glove or garden glove
  • Self-adhesive felt, one sheet each: kelly green, cocoa brown
  • Wiggle eyes, 10mm, two
  • Polyester batting, 3/4” loft, 5” scrap
  • Polyester fiberfill, scrap

Tools

  • Red dimensional fabric paint
  • Liner paintbrush
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns following instructions listed. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Cut spots apart where indicated by dashed lines on pattern.

STEP 2

For top shell, remove paper backing from spots; place spots on one side of shell. See photo. Turn over. Place 5” batting scrap on shell pattern; trim batting 1/4” smaller than outside edges of shell. Remove paper backing from shell; press batting onto adhesive in center of shell, leaving 1/4″ around all edges. For bottom shell, remove paper backing and press over batting so shell edges line up (see photo). Pinch edges together tightly.

STEP 3

Adhere shell onto top of glove. See photo for placement. For head, firmly stuff small amount of fiberfill into tip of middle finger. Adhere eyes to head. Use fabric paint to paint squiggly mouth below eyes.

by Sandy Parpart

Beaded Dangle Jean Charm

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Not only will this pretty beaded dangle charm add personality to your jeans, but the photo charm is a perfect keepsake to remember those you love.

Materials

  • Darice Big Clasp-Large Clasp: Silver
  • Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire
  • Blue Moon Silver Photo Frame Charm
  • Assorted beads
  • Silver crimp beads, two

Tools

  • Crimp pliers
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 5” wire length.

STEP 2

Thread crimp bead on wire end. Thread wire end through clasp and back through crimp bead, leaving 1/2” tail. Push crimp bead close to clasp loop.

STEP 3

Squeeze crimp bead with pliers to flatten and hold wire in place.

STEP 4

String 2-1/2” of beads onto wire, ending with other crimp bead. Thread wire end through photo charm loop and back through crimp bead.

STEP 5

Use pliers to flatten crimp bead, threading wire end back through two beads. Trim excess wire.

STEP 6

Attach dangle charm onto belt loop.

by Chris Malone

Easter Sheep

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

For a fantastic last-minute decorating idea, create this Easter sheep with your kids and fill with flowers, candy, eggs, and grass for an adorable Easter dinner centerpiece.

Materials

  • Recycled box
  • White cardstock or construction paper
  • White curling ribbon
  • Wiggle eyes, two
  • Blue/white checked ribbon, 6” length
  • Silver bell, 1⁄2”
  • White cord, 4” length

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: White Wash, Baby Blue
  • Black markers: fine-tip, medium-tip
  • API The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Cut off top of box to desired height. (Note: Box height should be a minimum of 5-1/2” tall.) Round top edge with scissors.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint inside of box Baby Blue and outside White Wash. Let dry. Using fine-tip marker, outline rounded edges on top of box.

STEP 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.) Using fine-tip marker, draw outline and nose on head. Adhere wiggle eyes to head. Fold back flap on head and adhere to front of sheep.

STEP 4

Tie ribbon bow. Thread cord through bell and tie around bow’s center. Adhere bow with bell under head.

STEP 5

Cut curling ribbon into 3” lengths and curl using edge of scissors. Adhere pieces to sheep.

STEP 6

For legs, cut four 2-1/2”x3” strips from white paper. Use medium-tip marker to draw line on one long edge (hoof) of each strip. Roll strips into 3⁄4” tubes (legs) and adhere closed. Using scissors, make 1/4” snips around top edge of tube (side opposite of hoof) and fold paper down to create tabs for adhering to bottom of box. Adhere legs to bottom of sheep with black line on bottom for hooves.

Tips

  • Young kids can paint the sheep while you cut and curl ribbon. All they’ll have to do is glue!
  • Use a paper plate as a palette for paint or as an easier way for little kids to apply glue. Just give them a sponge scrap and have them blot glue onto ribbon ends.
  • Try cloud decorative-edge scissors to round the box top!

Another idea…

  • Pack your sheep with small travel items, candy, a deck of cards, mini perfume bottles, and other small gifts. Deliver to your local nursing home or to a local shut-in in your neighborhood!

by Mary Ayres

Make a Felt VW Bug

 

I have had a long love affair with the humble VW bug. My sister used to own a crimson one and we would spend hours happily tinkering with it on weekends together, fixing the engine and the brakes. Seriously, cars were very easy to work on in the days before they built pollution controls and computers into them.

I also have an ongoing love affair with felt and I have a few sheets of a delicious recycled felt from Kunin that is printed in bright pink with black polka dots. It seems like a perfect match – VW bug and pink-and-black polka dots. So here is my take on a felt plush bug of the automotive type.

Materials & Tools

  • Kunin Felt, 8-1/2″x11″: black, pink/black polka dot
  • DMC Black #5 Pearl Thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Tracing paper
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Pencil

Hand draw a VW bug or download my template from here: http://www.http-design.com/2013/03/free-vw-bug-pattern-download.html.

Fold the polka dot felt in half and pin the template to the felt. Cut out two car shapes.

Pin the wheel and window templates to the black felt and cut the two tires and two windows.

Flip the polka dot felt so the pink side faces up and pin the fender templates to it. Cut front and rear fenders.

Using only the front of the car, pin all of the black and plain pink pieces to the car. Sew on the windows using a straight stitch.

Sew around the top half of the wheels and the fenders using straight stitch. Add stitch lines to define doors and other elements marked on the template.

Pin both pieces of the car together – right sides out and sew around the edge using blanket stitch leaving a small area not sewn. Use this to fill the car with a small amount of fiberfill pushing it into the wheels and the front and rear of the car.

Finish sewing up the shape. Enjoy!

 by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Easter Magnet Fun!

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Simply recycle those Christmas goodie tins by spraying them with Design Master’s bright spring colors and let the kids (okay adults, too!) decorate them with Attitude magnets! 

Materials

  • Avatrex Magnet Attitude Inkjet Film and Magnetic Sheets, 8-1/2″x11″, two – three sheets each (Note: Magnet Attitude Package includes both film and magnet sheets.)
  • Metal tins: 3”-7” tall x approx. 4”-7” diameter, three
  • Digital images of spring candies, cookies, photos, etc.
  • Filler: spring-decorated cookies (in plastic bag), small gifts, green paper shred, & wrapped candy eggs

Tools

  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Design Master: ColorTool Spray Color: White, Lavender, Coral, Robin’s Egg
  • Design Master Primer
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Tools: 5” Precision Tip Scissors, Decorative Edge Scissors
  • Circle template (optional)
  • Elmer’s Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

large box for spraying paint, copy paper, pencil, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

SizeS

Coral tin, 7”x4”; lavender tin, 6”x5”; blue tin, 3”x7”

TINS

1. Print digital images of spring cookies, Easter candy, typed words, or appropriate names, and 3” square photo of child on copy paper to check size.

 2. Read and follow Avatrex Magnet Attitude package instructions to print mirror image of digital photos and words onto glossy side of Attitude sheets on inkjet printer. (Note: Words must be backwards.) Do not remove backing sheet.

3. In well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area, lightly spray inside large box printed side of one Attitude sheet with spray adhesive. Turn over Attitude sheet and carefully position on white side of magnetic sheet. Press and smooth Attitude backing paper. Then remove backing paper and smooth. Set aside to dry. Repeat to attach remaining images to other sheets.

 4. Use scissors to cut around each magnet shape to separate, then carefully detail cut each shape. For face photo, trace circle shape with pencil and cut out. For words, use decorative-edge scissors to cut out. Set aside.

5. In well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area, apply primer to all three tins. Let dry. Then spray tins White. (Note: Spraying tins White will brighten colors grayed by primer.) Let dry. Spray two light coats for each tin in desired color. Let thoroughly dry before attaching magnets.

6. Arrange magnets on tins and fill with goodies.

by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Sock Beanbag Bunnies

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add some fun to your Easter décor with these adorable beanbag bunnies. They are sure to hop off the Bunny Trail right into your child’s heart!

Materials

  • Fleece or furry sock: pink OR white
  • Dried rice, two cups
  • Pom-poms: one large white, two medium white, small pink
  • White chenille stems, two
  • Pink felt, scrap
  • Ribbon, 12” length
  • Wiggle eyes, two

Tools

  • Circle template, 3/4”
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, measuring cup

Directions

(Note: Materials and directions are for one bunny.)

1. Measure two cups of dried rice and fill bottom of sock. Wrap ribbon length around sock, just above rice; tie bow.

2. Measure 6” from ribbon bow to top of sock; cut off excess. Cut down center of 6” piece, forming two ears

3. Bend chenille stems into teardrop shapes; twist ends together. Adhere shapes on back of ears, wrapping sock around stems and securing on back side. (This makes ears sturdier.) Bend ears.

4. For nose, adhere pink pom-pom on center of face. Adhere eyes above nose. For muzzle, adhere two medium white pom-poms below nose. For cheeks, cut two 3/4” circles from pink felt. Adhere cheeks on sides of muzzle.

5. For tail, adhere large white pompom on back of body.

by Linda Valentino

Lucky Clover Necklace

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Wear your luck around your neck! Kids, create this fun clover necklace to show your Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Emerald Green
  • Green satin cording, 24” length
  • Large jump ring
  • Clear crystal gem (optional)

Tools

  • Heart cookie cutter, 1/2
  • Pliers
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, plastic knife

Directions

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

1. On clean work surface, remove clay from package. To condition, roll clay separately in hands until soft, bending and rolling until pliable. If clay cracks, keep conditioning.

2. Roll Emerald Clay into 1/4”-thickness. Use heart cookie cutter to cut out four hearts (clover) or use plastic knife to cut four heart shapes from clay. For stem, use plastic knife to cut tiny triangle.

3. Position four hearts and stem on parchment-lined baking sheet. Smooth edges. Flip clover over; smooth edges together. Use toothpick to poke hole on top of clover (for jump ring). Add details lines on clover. If desired, press crystal gem in center.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clover in oven. Let cool completely.

5. Use pliers to open jump ring. Insert jump ring through hole on clover; squeeze ring closed.

6. Measure and cut 24” length of green cording. Insert cording through hole on jump ring; knot ends together.

by Phoebe Doehring for Polyform Products