Ribbon Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Doesn’t this bag just scream spring? This stylish tote is easy to make and the perfect accessory for any woman with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle.

Materials

  • White canvas tote, 8-1/2″x10-1/2″
  • Ribbons, 2/3 yd. each: 1/4″ hot pink gingham; 7/8″ floral print, hot pink, hot pink dot, lime green dot (two lengths); 1-1/4″ pink dot
  • Lime green rick rack, 1/4″-wide, 2/3 yd.
  • Hot pink/lime green embroidered flower trim, 1/2 yd.

Tools

  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut one each of floral print and hot pink ribbons to 23″ lengths. Cut two lime green dot ribbons to 23″ lengths. Cut one each of lime green rick rack, hot pink dot, pink dot, and hot pink gingham ribbons to 20″ lengths.

STEP 2

Adhere one lime green dot ribbon horizontally around tote, 1″ from top edge.

STEP 3

Starting below lime green dot ribbon, adhere pink dot ribbon vertically, 3″ from right side of bag; wrap around bottom and up back of tote to bottom edge of lime green dot ribbon. Adhere hot pink gingham ribbon vertically along pink dot ribbon left side. Adhere hot pink dot ribbon, then rick rack, in same way.

STEP 4

Adhere floral print ribbon horizontally, below lime green dot ribbon, and hot pink ribbon below floral. Tie remaining 23” lime green dot ribbon length into bow; trim ends diagonally. Adhere to tote as shown.

STEP 5

Cut two lengths of embroidered flower trim with five flowers each; adhere to front and back of tote along hot pink ribbon.

Tips

  • Substitute flower appliqués or silk flowers for the embroidered floral trim.
  • For a larger or smaller tote, measure around bag in both directions and add 2″ to measurements for ribbon lengths.

by Ann Krier

Beaded Watch Jean Charm

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Never be late again!! Keep track of time in style with this beautiful beaded butterfly watch charm for your jeans.

Materials

  • Silver watch face
  • Silver butterfly charm
  • Spring bracelet wire, 14” length
  • Assorted glass and silver beads

Tools

  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Gently bend one end of wire into small loop. (This will keep beads from slipping off wire.)

STEP 2

String one bead and butterfly charm onto wire. Continue adding beads for 5” of wire length.

STEP 3

Thread watch charm onto wire length. Continue adding beads until wire length is almost covered, leaving 1/2” at end.

STEP 4

Gently bend wire end into small loop.

STEP 5

Curl wire around belt loop.

by Chris Malone

God Bless America Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Show your American spirit by wearing this patriotic pin this President’s Day. Kids can also create this pin for a fun school or scout activity.

Materials

  • Craft foam: red, white, blue
  • Bar pin, 1”

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Blue Jay, Mendocino Red, Midnight Blue, Light Ivory, Black
  • Round paintbrush
  • Lowe-Cornell DES Stylus
  • Ultra-fine black permanent marker
  • Aleene’s FunCraft Foam Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, 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.) Cut craft foam as indicated.

STEP 2

Drybrush edges of heart Mendocino Red, sign Blue Jay, and star Midnight Blue. Transfer lettering; trace with marker. Use stylus to dot letter ends Black and star Light Ivory.

STEP 3

Adhere pieces together as shown and bar pin to back.

by Karen Sippel

Photo Valentine Cards

When my three boys were younger, each year when Valentine’s Day rolled around, I tried to come up with a card that was easy to make in multiples, fun yet inexpensive, and most importantly, met their requirement for something that was not too girly.

Since it was the one time of year I could usually count on my boys to pitch in and “get crafty” with me, the annual ritual of planning and assembling cards for the boys to bring to school was something we all looked forward to. Over the years, there have been candy airplanes, cards made with playing cards, and lots of stamped cards, but the one that seemed to be the biggest hit (and has been pretty popular on Pinterest) is this photo card:

I had seen a few variations of this card online and thought it seemed like something that would be fairly easy to recreate. The year we made this card, my two older boys were in middle and high school and no longer exchanged cards with classmates. My youngest son and I started out with a mini photo shoot in the backyard one day after school. There were some pretty funny outtakes!

We finally settled on this pose – it had the right combination of a good expression on Jack’s face plus enough room for the lollipop and message in the sky above.

The text was added using photo-editing software, but you could substitute a stamp, sticker, or handwritten message using a Sharpie marker. We cut out pieces of red cardstock to use as a mat and trimmed the bottom edge using a decorative border punch (kids love punches!). Two tiny holes were punched with a thumbtack on either side of the lollipop stem and it was tied on using paper floss. We also added an adhesive dot right behind the lollipop to keep it from moving. We worked assembly-line style and I tried to let Jack do as much of the work as possible. This would also work well with other types of small treats such as a pencil or marker.

One thing I have learned from crafting with my boys over the years is to let go of my perfectionist tendencies… in the end, what does it really matter if the photos aren’t trimmed precisely or there are some ragged edges on the card? We had fun, and the memories we have of spending time together will last a lifetime (and are nice to look back on, especially now with a house full of teenagers!).

Supplies:

  • Epson Premium Presentation Matte Photo Paper
  • Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
  • Karen Foster Design Scrapper’s Spools (available in a variety of colors)
  • Therm O Web Medium Craft Zots

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Love Goblin Valentine Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Keep this fun-loving monster happy with a mouthful of valentines! This easy-to-make mailbox will be loads of fun for all the kids in the classroom this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Recycled rectangular tissue box (remove plastic)
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Shapes: 1-1⁄4” balls, two; 2” egg
  • Floracraft Dry Foam Mug Inserts, 2-5/8”x3-3/4”, two
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp (Ebony) Black, Snow (Titanium) White, Bright Green, Grape Juice, Royal Fuchsia; Glow-in-the-Dark
  • Flat wooden shapes: two small circles, 17 small hearts
  • Craft foam: white, purple, fuchsia
  • Chenille stems, two each: pink, lime, orange, yellow, purple

Tools

  • 1⁄8” hole punch
  • Adhesives: thick craft glue, glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, paintbrushes, paper plate (for palette), transparent tape, large nail, hammer, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

Adult supervision is needed when using a glue gun and nail.

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Follow directions on patterns.

2. On covered work surface, paint the pieces. (Note: Allow paint to dry between coats and color changes.) Use Titanium White to basecoat tissue box (body). Paint body Bright Green, wooden circles (pupils) Lamp Black, foam balls (eyes) Glow-in-the Dark, cylinders (legs) and hearts Royal Fuchsia, and egg (nose) Grape Juice.

3. To make the arms, use hole punch to punch a hole in hands where indicated by “x” on pattern. See photo. Use nail to punch a hole at each side of body. Thread chenille stem through hand holes and center; fold in half and twist chenille stem together. Push chenille stem ends through sides of body. Secure ends with tape inside body.

4. To assemble the monster, see photo. Adhere teeth to inside of “mouth”. Adhere feet to bottom of legs. Adhere legs to bottom of body and hearts to body as desired. Use glue gun to adhere pupils to eyes and eyes side-by-side to top of body. Adhere nose to front of body below eyes.

5. Make the hair. Wrap each chenille stem around pencil, one at a time. Remove from pencil and stretch to measure 6”. Curl top ends of hair in a circle. Twist bottom of hair ends together. Use glue gun to adhere hair behind eyes. Let dry. Arrange hair as shown.

Tip

  • Replace foam legs with recycled frozen juice cans; wrap cans with fuchsia craft foam.

by Sandy Parpart

Turtle Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Take a hint from the turtle and slow down to enjoy some creative time with your kids!  This playful turtle is the last of the Clay Zoo Friends in Crafts ‘n things Craft-of-the-Day projects. Whether on a safari or a visit to the zoo, enjoy the trip to wherever your imagination may lead you.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Green, Red, Yellow

Tools

  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

toothpick

Directions

Size

2″ tall

note

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

Turtle

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

2. For turtle, roll large Green ball (shell), two small Green balls (eyes), and five small Green teardrops (head and legs). Press legs on bottom of shell and head on front of shell. Roll small Red and tiny Yellow balls (spots); flatten and press on shell. See photo. Press Green eyes to top of teardrop head. Roll two tiny Yellow balls (eyes); press on eyes. Use toothpick to add eye and nostril holes and details to legs.

3. Position turtle on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake in oven. Let cool completely.

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Friendly Footprints Slumberbag & Cooler

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Going to a sleepover with friends is sure way to cure the winter blues. Sponge stamps make this sleepover set a quick-and-easy project for kids of all ages – and they’ll be the hit of the party!

Materials

  • Nylon sleeping bag, any size
  • Cooler, any size
  • DecoArt Patio Paints: Summer Sky Blue, Citrus Green, Petunia Purple

Tools

  • Compressed sponge, 5”x6”
  • Paintbrushes: liner, pointed round, round scrubber, deerfoot stippler

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

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.) Cut sponge as indicated; expand in water and squeeze out excess.

STEP 2

For slumberbag, load top half of one sponge with Summer Sky Blue and bottom half with Citrus Green. Load remaining sponge, reversing color order. Use photo as guide to stamp slumberbag.

STEP 3

Let stamped footprints dry for one minute, then use scrubber brush to tap a second coat of paint on footprints, gently blending colors. Use liner to outline footprints and add toe lines. If desired, add movement lines and accent dots.

STEP 4

Stamp cooler in same way, using Citrus Green and Petunia Purple, and stippler brush to add second coat of paint.

Other Options

  • Use a fabric paint pen to personalize items with names.
  • Have sleepover guests “sign” items (using liner brush and paint or fabric paint pen) or write special messages.
  • Use same technique to decorate beach towels, tote bags, backpacks, blankets, or other surfaces.

by Annie Lang

Parrot Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A perfect playmate for any “little pirate”, this colorful parrot is sure to stimulate the imagination! Made from clay, your child’s new feathered friend will bring a ton of fun along with it.

 

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Black, Blue, Red, White, Yellow
  • Black chenille stems, two 12” lengths

Tools

  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

toothpick, scissors, ruler

Directions

Size

3″ tall

Note

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

parrot

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

2. For parrot, roll large Red oval (body) and two large Red balls (wings). Form one end of body into tail. Shape other end of body to create head. Shape and press wings on sides of body.

3. For feathers, roll Yellow and Blue logs and press on wings. See photo. Slide toothpick downward along wing to create feather details.

4. Roll two White ovals (eyes) and press on sides of head. Roll two tiny Black balls (pupils) and press on eyes. Roll two tiny Black logs (beak) and press on front of head.

5. For legs, measure and cut two 6” lengths of black chenille stem; fold in half and twist together to create 3” legs. Cut small 3” black chenille stem lengths; twist around legs, forming claws. Insert chenille stem ends into bottom of body.

6. Position parrot on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake in oven. Let cool completely.

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Giraffe Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Creative play and working with their hands is a great way for children to develop and “stretch” their imagination. Always a favorite attraction at the zoo, just think of the fun your child will have “on a safari” after creating this adorable giraffe.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Black, Brown, Green, Tan, White

Tools

  • Old or promo credit card (for cutter)
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

toothpick

Directions

Size

5” tall

Note

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

Giraffe

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

2. For giraffe, roll large Tan oval (body), small Tan oval (head), and five Tan logs (neck and legs). Press head on neck, neck on body, and legs on body. Use photo as guide. Smooth clay. Roll four small Black balls (hooves); press onto bottom of legs.

3. For base, roll flat Green square. Press giraffe on square.

4. For spots, roll small irregular-shaped Brown balls; flatten and press onto giraffe.

5. For mane, roll Brown log; press along neck and part of head. See photo.

6. For ears, roll one small Brown oval. Cut in half widthwise; press to top of head on each side of mane.

7. For eyes, roll two tiny White balls and two tiny Black balls. Press Black balls on White balls; press eyes on head. For eyelids, roll one small Tan oval; flatten. Cut in half lengthwise; press over top of eyes.

8. Use toothpick to make holes in front side of head for nostrils.

9. Position giraffe on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake in oven. Let cool completely.

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Lion Clay Zoo Friend

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Roarrrr in the new year with fun activities for the kids. Your kids can create this lovable lion from clay in no time at all, but will have hours of fun playing with it. Watch for more clay zoo friend creations in your upcoming Crafts ‘n things Craft-of-the-Day projects.

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Oven-Bake Clay: Black, Orange, White, Yellow

Tools

  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Oven thermometer
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

toothpick, paintbrush with rounded end

Directions

Size

4″ tall

Note

Adults, help kids when baking clay in oven.

Lion

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

2. For lion, roll large Yellow ball (head), two small Yellow balls (ears), four Yellow logs (legs), five small Yellow teardrops (paws and mouth), and skinny Yellow rope (tail). Press legs together as shown in photo, rounding at top to create body. Press tail to back of body. Press head on body and ears on head. Press one teardrop to head for mouth. For paws, press one teardrop to each leg. Indent ears and mouth using rounded end of paintbrush.

3. Roll large Orange ball (mane) and wrap around head. Smooth edges. Roll one small Orange teardrop (bangs); flatten and press to top of mane. Use toothpick to add details to mane and bangs. Roll small Orange ball; press to end of tail.

4. For muzzle, roll two small White balls; press together, then press to head above mouth. For nose, roll small Black ball; slightly flatten. Press nose on muzzle. Use toothpick to add eye, muzzle, and paw details.

5. Position lion on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake in oven. Let cool completely.

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