Thank You Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Craft this card as a creative way to thank neighbors and friends who are always sharing the bounty of their garden with you.

Materials

  • Jillibean Soup: Jellybean Green Note Card, Baby Carrots Paper, Etched Flowers Wood Buttons, Thank You Wooden Flag
  • Textured cardstock: dark brown, gold, orange, light green, black
  • Wooden skewer
  • May Arts Ribbons: Solid Ivory/Green Checkered Ribbon, 7/8”; 400 Yard String Burlap Ribbon in Ivory, Natural

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: Mega Runner, 1/4” Double-Sided Tape, Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit Liquid Adhesive, 3/8” Adhesive Dots, 3/16” Adhesive Dots
  • Die-cutting machine and carrot die of choice
  • Brown ink pad

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 3-3/4”x5” dark brown cardstock panel. Cut 3-5/8”x4-7/8” Baby Carrots panel; ink edges brown. Mat panels together using Xyron Mega Runner.

STEP 2

Cut 4-1/4” length of checkered ribbon. Wrap around dark brown panel, securing with Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided Tape. Adhere panel to note card using Xyron Mega Runner.

STEP 3

Cut 2-1/2”x1-1/4” strip from green side of Baby Carrots paper. Dove-tail cut right side to create flag shape; ink edges. Adhere flag to gold cardstock with Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided Tape, insetting 1/8” from straight edge. Trim gold cardstock to 1/8” around flag shape to mat.

STEP 4

Using Xyron Mega Runner, adhere flag to card over top of ribbon as shown.

STEP 5

Adhere wooden “Thank You” flag to center of green flag using Xyron 1/4” Double-Sided Tape.

STEP 6

Cut skewer to desired length. Wrap Ivory burlap ribbon around skewer in criss-cross pattern and secure on back side using Xyron 3/16” Adhesive Dots. Tie bow at top of skewer. Adhere skewer to left side of green flag as shown using additional Xyron 3/16” Adhesive Dots.

STEP 7

Using die-cutting machine, die cut three carrots and all layers from cardstock. Adhere layers together using Clear Hold Adhesive in Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron. Adhere carrots to card over flags and skewer with Xyron 3/8” Adhesive Dots.

STEP 8

Thread Natural burlap ribbon through Etched Flowers Wood Button; tie bow in back. Using Xyron 3/8” Adhesive Dot, adhere button to right side of card.

Tip

  • Create your own wooden sentiment flag by substituting chipboard, acrylic, or cardstock stamped with “Thank You.”

by Courtney Lee for Xyron (www.xyron.com)

Tranquil Candle Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

As you sit back and enjoy a warm summer’s evening, help set the mood with this beautiful candle holder.

Materials

  • Wooden drapery finial
  • 6″ metal candle plate
  • Pillar candle, 3″
  • Utility chain, #16, silver, 54” length
  • Split ring, 1-1⁄4″
  • “S” hooks, 1″, three

Tools

  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Krylon Spray Paint: Black H2O, Charcoal Crafter’s Metallic, Flat White Interior-Exterior
  • AMACO Rub ‘n Buff Antique White Metallic Paste

Basic Supplies

plastic bag, wire cutter, paper towel

Directions

STEP 1

Use drill bit same size as finial screw to drill hole in center of candle plate. Screw plate onto finial.

STEP 2

Cut chain into three 18” lengths. Attach one end of each 18” chain to split ring. Attach “S” hooks to other ends and use pliers to close hooks, securing chain. Attach “S” hooks to plate, spacing evenly apart so plate is balanced; close hooks. (Note: Drill holes in plate if no holes exist.)

STEP 3

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply two coats of White paint to finial. Randomly mist entire candle hanger with Black paint. Immediately dab with scrunched plastic bag. (Note: If bag has printing, turn inside out.) Repeat, using Charcoal and White. Let dry.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Antique White Rub ‘n Buff paste to raised areas of entire candle hanger; buff with paper towel.

STEP 5

Twist candle onto screw. (Note: Never leave burning candle unattended.)

by Barbara Matthiessen

Gardener’s Apron & Kneeling Pad

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make gardening even more fun with this coordinating gardener’s apron and kneeling pad. The kneeling pad will protect and cushion your knees as you garden the day away in this stylish, yet functional, apron.

Materials

  • Fabrics: large floral print, 1 yd.; stripe, 1/3 yd.
  • Ribbon, 7/8”, 2-1/4 yd.

Tools

  • Foam, 2” thick, 8”x16”
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Apron

1. Cut 24”x31” rectangle from floral fabric. Fold in half lengthwise. Use pencil to mark 6” from fold at top edge, 8” from top, and 14” from top along selvage edge. Use pencil to draw a line from 6” mark down, 8” then curve line to meet with 14” mark on selvage edge. Use scissors to cut along line, creating one-piece apron shape.

2. Fold side and bottom edges in 1-1/2”; press. Open up and fold edges into crease and press again. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire edge of apron. Fold top edge in 2”, press. Open up and fold raw edge into crease and press. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire top edge of apron. Cut and sew 22” ribbon length to top two edges for neck loop, and two 28” lengths at sides for apron ties.

3. Cut 8-1/2” square from striped fabric. Fold in all edges 1/2”; press. Use pencil to mark bottom two corners 2” from bottom edge and 2” in from each side. Use pencil to draw line between marks and press along line to create clipped corners. Use straight stitch to top stitch along entire shape of pocket. Use straight stitch to sew pocket to apron, leaving top edge open.

Kneeling Pad

1. Use sharp scissors to cut 8”x16” rectangle from foam. Cut 11”x19” rectangle from floral and stripe fabrics. Using 1/2” seam allowance, sew right sides together and sew around all sides, leaving a 4” opening along top edge.

2. Use pencil to mark 1-1/2” in from each edge at all four corners for two marks at each corner. Open up corners and place seams together, matching edge markings. Straight stitch between marks for a pleated corner. Repeat for three remaining corners. Turn case right side out and insert foam. Hand sew opening closed.

by Keri Lee Sereika

Faux Metal Votive Holders

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

  

Sponge painting silver over black magically creates a metallic faux finish. You’d never guess these sturdy-looking candle holders are cut from posterboard!

Materials

  • Posterboard, 10” square
  • Acrylic paints: black, silver
  • Battery-operated tea light or votive candle

Tools

  • Sponge scrap
  • Fiskars Decorative-Edge Scissors: Pinking or Scallop
  • Aleene’s OriginalTacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, tracing paper, pencil

Directions

Size

2-3/4″ square

Votive Holder

(Note: Materials listed are for one votive holder.)

1. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Trace votive holder outline onto posterboard; cut out. Transfer desired motif onto each side; use craft knife to cut out. Use decorative-edged scissors to cut top edges.

2. Basecoat all surfaces black; let dry. Sponge over black with silver.

3. Score votive holder along dashed lines; fold. Adhere flaps to side panels.

4. Place battery-operated tea light or votive candle inside votive holder.

by Helen Rafson

Secret Garden Signs

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make your glorious garden a well-known, best-kept secret with this charming sign and coordinating plant pokes. Paint extras for a gardening friend.

Materials

  • MDF, pine, or birch veneer, 1⁄4” thick, 12”x21”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Barn Red, Copen Blue, Quaker Grey, Terra Cotta, Black, Ivory, Rain Grey, Toffee Brown, Burnt Umber, Gamal Green, Straw, Village Green
  • Fabric scrap

Tools

  • Scroll saw
  • Drill
  • Royal & Langnickel Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Angular Shader, Series 160, 1⁄2”; Shader, Series 150, #4-12; Liner, Series 595, #2
  • Delta Ceramcoat: Brown Antiquing Medium, Satin Interior/Exterior Varnish
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, damp cloth, 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 patterns.) Use scroll saw to cut shapes from wood. Drill holes where indicated. Sand and wipe edges with damp cloth. Transfer outlines only to items.

STEP 2

Thin antiquing medium with water; apply to sides and back of all items. Paint the following: beehive Custard; watering can Quaker Grey; pot Terra Cotta; snail’s head Burnt Umber; snail’s body Toffee Brown; sign border Gamal Green; stakes, sign center, flower center, snail’s eyes, and bee’s wings Ivory; bee’s body and flower Straw; leaves Village Green; watering can checks Copen Blue; ladybug’s body Barn Red; ladybug’s and bee’s head Black. Paint beehive hole Toffee Brown.

STEP 3

Transfer remaining details. Use liner and Black to paint bee’s stripes and dot snail’s eyes and ladybug’s body. Use liner and Black or marker for lettering. Use liner and Ivory to dot ladybug’s and bee’s eyes, and paint sign stripes. Use liner to paint Toffee Brown stripes on flower centers. Use marker to trace remaining details.

STEP 4

Shade the following: beehive Straw; watering can Rain Grey; pot Burnt Umber; sign center edges, flower center, snail’s eyes, and bee’s wings Toffee Brown; leaves Gamal Green; ladybug’s body Black. Add Ivory highlights to watering can checks.

STEP 5

Thread wire through sign holes and curl ends. Tie fabric bow onto hanger. Adhere stakes to plant pokes.

by Cheryl Seslar

Whimsical Flower Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add some summer charm to your patio or porch décor with this soft and cheery floral pillow. Combined with a refreshing glass of lemonade, this comfy pillow is the perfect way to relax on a hot summer day.

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Natural, 1/3 yd.; Blushing Bride, 1/2 yd.; English Rose, 1/8 yd.
  • Pink floral print cotton fabrics: large floral (borders), 1/4 yd.; coordinating print, scraps, four
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pink rick rack
  • Buttons, two
  • Embroidery floss

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Sewing needle and button thread
  • Iron and pressing board
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 10” square from Natural wool felt.

STEP 2

Cut two 2-1/2”x10” and two 2-1/2”x15” strips from floral fabric. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew shorter strips to top and bottom of 10” Natural square, trimming strips even. With right sides together and using 1/4″ seam allowance, machine-sew remaining strips to sides of sewn panel, trimming strips even. Press seams.

STEP 3

Cut backing square from Blushing Bride wool felt to same size as pillow front.

STEP 4

With right sides together and using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew front and back squares together, leaving a 3” opening. Trim seam allowance and turn pillow right side out. Stuff pillow with fiberfill.

STEP 5

Use button thread to whipstitch opening closed.

STEP 6

Print patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using two fabrics, with wrong sides together, trace one large flower onto fabric with disappearing ink marker. Repeat with small flower. Machine-sew on traced line of each flower. Using scissors, cut very close to stitching outside of traced line, being careful not to cut thread. Flowers should have a frayed edge.

STEP 7

Trace yo-yo pattern onto fabric. Use button thread to sew a running stitch very close to raw edge of fabric. Pull gathers tight; knot and clip thread. Create two yo-yo’s. Use floss to sew buttons to yo-yo centers, knotting on front of button.

STEP 8

Use decorative-edge scissors to cut 1/2”-wide strips (stems) from wool felt. Trace and cut leaves from wool felt.

STEP 9

Arrange flowers, stems, and leaves onto pillow, trimming stems to desired lengths; adhere to pillow.

STEP 10

Adhere rick rack trim to pillow as shown.

by Rebekah Meier

Ivy Stepping Stone & Brick

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Pave the way through your garden, or welcome guests indoors, with an easy-to-master glazing technique you’ll use again and again.

Materials

  • Dark red stepping stone or brick
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Colors: Clover, New Leaf Green, White, Licorice

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Photocopier (optional)
  • Ivy sponge stamp
  • Plaid FolkArt Glazing Medium
  • Clear acrylic gloss sealer
  • Paintbrushes: flat, round
  • Plaid Bottle Top Tip Writers

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions throughout. Mix glazing medium with each of the following: Clover, New Leaf Green, and White.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide, stamp ivy design around stone or brick with White; let dry. (Note: White is used as a basecoat so colors will show more vividly against dark background color.)

STEP 3

Load stamp with Clover and New Leaf Green; re-stamp over White ivy leaves.

STEP 4

Use round brush and White to add vines and tendrils; re-paint with Clover.

STEP 5

Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Enlarge or reduce pattern on photocopier as desired. Transfer “Welcome” to center of surface. Use Licorice and craft tip set to fill in lettering; let dry.

STEP 6

Spatter paint surface with Licorice. Seal with gloss sealer.

by Kirsten Jones

Bless My Bloomers Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Blooming with color, this whimsical pillow is embroidered with all the fun inhabitants of a garden and will be the perfect addition to your summer décor.

Materials

  • Muslin, 11”x18”
  • Cotton fabrics, coordinating spring solids and prints of choice
  • The Warm Co. Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting, 11”x18”
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss: 310, 367, 780, 817, 839, 844, 3350, 3362, 3821, 3834, 3835, 3852, 3853, 3862
  • Fairfield Processing Poly-Fil Stuffing

Tools

  • Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, transfer paper, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

STEP 1

Cut the following from fabrics of choice: back, 16”x23”; top strip, 2-1⁄2”x18”; bottom strip, 2-1⁄2”x20”; right strip, 2-1⁄2”x13-1⁄2”; left strip, 2-1⁄2”x16”; bow, 1”x12”.

STEP 2

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 design to muslin.

STEP 3

(Note: Use two strands floss and backstitch, except where noted differently, to embroider design.) Backstitch as follows: Rabbit and shovel handle, DMC 844; “Bless My Bloomers”, whiskers, shovel loop, bees and solid line on bee bodies, dotted line around bees, and ladybug outline, DMC 310; eyes (French knots) and nose (satin stitch) DMC 310; star on rabbit, third flower from left and dashed lines on bees, DMC 3852.

STEP 4

Backstitch ladybug dots/circles, DMC 817; watering can handle, sides, checkerboard, spout outline, radish outline, and right flower center, DMC 3834; watering can spout, watering can top and bottom, spout dots (French knots), left flower, and inner radish lines, DMC 3350.

STEP 5

Backstitch carrot and second flower from left, DMC 3853; right flower, DMC 3835; left flower center, DMC 3862; center of second flower to left of shovel, DMC 839; center of third flower from left, DMC 780.

STEP 6

Backstitch stem/leaves on left flower and third flower from left and carrot top, DMC 3362; stem/leaves on second flower from left, and right flower, radish top, and ground line, DMC 367; sunflower, DMC 3821.

STEP 7

To assemble, sew fabric strips to muslin, with right sides facing, in the following order: top, right, bottom, left. Trim as needed; press.

STEP 8

Use small straight stitches to attach small fabric scrap to ear. Tie fabric bow; sew to rabbit. Blush cheeks.

STEP 9

Sew pillow front to back with right sides facing, leaving 3” opening for turning. Turn right side out and stuff. Whipstitch opening closed.

by Melinda Brooks

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

Garden Markers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stamp clay garden markers to keep track of your plants this year while adding a touch of class to your garden décor.

Materials

  • Oven-bake polymer clay, in color of choice
  • Copper wire: 10-gauge, 36” lengths, two; 18-gauge, 24” length
  • Bead of choice, 1⁄4”

Tools

  • Stamps of choice (designer used script wording, dragonfly, flowers, and grass)
  • Metallic rub-on finish, in color of choice
  • Acrylic brayer or rolling pin
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine (optional)

Basic Supplies

toothpick, craft knife, pliers

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay; roll to 1⁄4” thickness. For each sign, cut two rectangles of desired size (1-3⁄4”x2” shown in photo); shape edges as desired by pressing with fingers

STEP 2

Stamp one rectangle. Indent wording of choice with toothpick. Apply rub-on finish.

STEP 3

For stake-style marker as shown on right in photo, press 10-gauge wire length against remaining rectangle, leaving portion of wire above and below rectangle. Place stamped rectangle on top, matching edges; press together. Apply additional rub-on finish to sides.

STEP 4

For double hanging-style marker as shown on left in photo, slide bead onto 18-gauge wire length. Position and press wire length against two remaining rectangles, leaving portion of wire above and below rectangles and small portion with bead between them. Place stamped rectangles on top of rectangles, matching edges; press together. Apply additional rub-on finish to sides.

STEP 5

Bake at 265° for 25 minutes. Let cool. Use pliers to shape wire as desired.

STEP 6

For hanging post, use Figure 1 as guide to shape post from 10-gauge wire. Hang marker.

Figure 1

by Linda Welsh-Peterson