Sparklers Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a little glitz to your Independence Day table with this easy-to-make star-spangled centerpiece!

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Block 2”x5”x7”
  • Fabric: red/white striped, 6”x19”; blue/white star, 6-1/2”x9”
  • Red Felt, 1-7/8”x6-7/8”
  • Star picks: four blue, three red, two red/white/blue
  • Silver metallic bag filler

Tools

  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Star cookie cutter, 3-1/2”
  • Pebbles or fishing weights, 1/2 cup
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, iron and pressing surface, melon baller

Directions

STEP 1

For vase bottom, use melon baller to scoop out a small cavity from one long 2”-wide end of plastic foam. See photo. Center and adhere striped fabric to vase, overlapping edges, folding and adhering excess fabric to top and bottom of vase.

STEP 2

Following manufacturer’s directions for adhesive, iron adhesive to wrong side of star print fabric. Use cookie cutter to trace two stars on wrong wide of fabric; cut out. Iron one star to upper left corner of one long side of vase. Repeat for back.

STEP 3

Adhere pebbles or fishing weights into vase, filling cavity. Adhere felt to bottom of vase.

STEP 4

Use scissors to curl several streamers from picks. Use wire cutters to cut 3-1/2” length from bottom of each pick; adjust length of pick as necessary. See photo. Insert picks into top of vase.

STEP 5

Adhere filler to top of vase.

Tip

  • Spray glitter on base to add some sparkle to your centerpiece.

by Annabelle Keller

God Bless America Flag Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

So patriotic, you may find yourself humming “God Bless America” while painting this pin!

 Materials

  • Wooden shapes: rectangle, 2”x2-1⁄2”; circle, 1-1⁄8” diameter; star, 1-1⁄2” across
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Ivory, Tomato Spice, Midnight Blue, Spice Brown, Golden Brown
  • Bar pin, 1” long

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: round: Series FAB, #4; Series 4000, #5; wash, Series 4550, 1⁄2”; angular shader, Series 4400, 1⁄4”; DES Stylus
  • Delta Ceramcoat Instant Age Varnish
  • Black ultra-fine tip permanent marker

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sandpaper, soft cloth, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, use wash brush to basecoat rectangle and circle Light Ivory and star Golden Brown.

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 details. Use #5 round brush to basecoat left corner of circle (“union”) Midnight Blue, and to paint Tomato Spice stripes. Dot union field Light Ivory. Use angular shader to float Spice Brown around inner blue edges. Transfer lettering and details; trace with marker.

STEP 3

For worn look, sand edges of shapes; wipe with soft cloth. Apply varnish to all shapes. Adhere pieces together as shown and bar pin to back.

by Karen Sippel

Americana Floor Cloth

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a bit of Americana to your home décor and celebrate America’s birthday all summer long with this patriotic accent rug.

Materials

  • Half-round rug, 18”x36”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Light Buttermilk, Country Red, Uniform Blue, Antique Gold

Tools

  • Plaid FolkArt Clearcote Extra Thick Glaze
  • Paintbrushes: round; flat; foam, 2” wide

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

(Note: Use photo as painting guide.)

Step 1

Use foam brush to basecoat front of rug Light Buttermilk.

Step 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Place heart pattern in left top corner of rug, 3” from top and 6” from side. Transfer heart pattern and draw horizontal lines 2-5⁄8” apart across rug for stripes. Use foam brush to paint alternating Country Red and Light Buttermilk stripes. (Note: Wiggle brush slightly to make irregular edges. Do not paint through heart.)

Step 3

Carefully cut letters from pattern apart. Transfer letters to Light Buttermilk stripes to read “my home sweet home.” Transfer three small stars to Light Buttermilk stripes. Use a round paintbrush to outline heart and letters with Uniform Blue and stars with Antique Gold. Use a flat brush to fill in center of shapes.

Step 4

Following manufacturer’s instructions, spray two or three coats of glaze evenly over entire rug.

by Chris Malone

Americana

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Has a catchy tune ever inspired you to paint? Carolyn Bacon took it one step further by painting her patriotic inspiration on the actual sheet music itself.

Materials

  • Patriotic sheet music
  • Plaid FolkArt Artist Pigment: Night Sky, Titanium White, Red Light, Pure Black, True Burgundy, Yellow Light, Van Dyke Brown, Yellow Ochre, Asphaltum, Burnt Umber, Blue Thunder

Tools

  • Scharff Brushes, Inc. Paintbrushes: Angler, series 155, 1⁄8” 1⁄4”; Short Shader, series 130, #2, #4, #8; Liner, series 455, #0
  • Plaid FolkArt: Blending Gel, Glazing Medium, Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer
  • Craft mounting board

Basic Supplies

pencil, paper towel, tracing paper, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Preparation

1. Attach sheet music to craft mounting board. Cover work surface. Spray with Clear Acrylic Sealer three times; let dry between coats. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) When sheet music is dry, trace background flag pattern lightly.

2. Lightly paint red stripes Red Light mixed with Glazing Medium. Do not paint white stripes. Let dry. Spray again with sealer. Trace pattern lightly.

Painting Notes

1. Use large shader for basecoating larger areas. Blend and shade with the smaller shaders or with angler brushes. Use liner for detail and line work.

2. Since Blending Gel extends drying time you can shade, blend, pat blend, and make highlight strokes and reflections. You can also achieve a transparent look. Do not mix gel with paint. Pick up Blending Gel on your brush, blot on a paper towel. Pick up color and paint a section at a time.

3. Highlighting and shading are blended in.

Capitol Building

Basecoat Pure Black. Use liner brush to place highlights with Titanium White. See photo for location. Place thin shadow under building using Glazing Medium.

Statue of Liberty

Basecoat Pure Black. Use liner brush to place Titanium White highlights. Place shadow underneath using Glazing Medium.

Drum

Drumhead: Mix Titanium White + Burnt Umber, basecoat entire area. Shade corners with Asphaltum. Reinforce dark shading with Burnt Umber.

Top Band – front and back: Basecoat True Burgundy. Use Van Dyke Brown to darken back band in the corners and outside edges of front band. Lighten center front with Red Light. Reinforce light area with Red Light + Yellow Light. Highlight front band Titanium White. With a liner, use Red Light on edge of rim.

Drum Sticks: Basecoat Yellow Ochre. Use Asphaltum to streak. Place Titanium White highlight on head. Made a shadow on drumhead and band with Asphaltum.

Drum Side: Basecoat Night Sky. Darken under rim and outside edges with Night Sky + Blue Thunder. Lighten center of area with mix of Titanium White + Night Sky. Blend into dark sides. Reinforce the light several times, making mixture lighter each time. For trim, make squiggle line with light blue mix. Paint “1776” Pure Black.

Wires: Base Yellow Ochre. Highlight Titanium White in the top where it crosses over the band. Use Titanium White to highlight Yellow Ochre circles. Paint holes in band Pure Black.

Bottom Band: Paint same as top band, darkening behind the firecrackers and horn.

Firecrackers

Basecoat top circle with mix of Titanium White + Burnt Umber. Lighten rim with Titanium White. Paint wick Pure Black. For white stripes, base Titanium White, then darken sides of each stripe Night Sky. Basecoat red stripes Red Light, darken with True Burgundy, and lighten center Yellow Light. Use Asphaltum for shadows underneath.

Horn

Basecoat Yellow Ochre. Use Asphaltum for dark shading inside the bell end, under rim, lower part of curve, and where horn overlaps itself. Blend Yellow Light into curve. Use Titanium White for highlights. Use Asphaltum for shadows underneath.

Finishing

When completely dry, spray with sealer.

by Carolyn Bacon

Denim Star Placemat and Napkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a splash of patriotic color to picnic tables with these easy-to-make placemats and napkins.

Materials

  • Red placemat, 12”x18”
  • Red dinner napkin, 18” square
  • Denim fabric, 1⁄6 yard
  • Red Felt, 6” square
  • Thread: navy rayon embroidery; all-purpose navy, white
  • White embroidery floss
  • White star buttons, 1⁄2” across, four

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Pellon: Wonder-Under Iron-on Adhesive Regular, Heavy-duty; Sof-Shape Tear-away Interfacing; Stitch-N-Tear Stabilizer
  • Pressing cloth (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for one placemat and napkin.)

Step 1

Wash placemat, napkin, and denim without fabric softener. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply interfacing, then regular iron-on adhesive, to back of denim. Apply heavy-duty iron-on adhesive to one side of felt.

Step 2

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.) Cut stars and hearts as indicated. Position three stars and hearts on left side of placemat, and one star and heart in one corner of napkin. Remove paper backing; fuse shapes in place.

Step 3

Using two floss strands, blanket-stitch around hearts. Use white thread to sew button to center of each heart.

Step 4

Cut squares from stabilizer to fit over design areas; pin in place on back. Using navy rayon for top thread and navy all-purpose in bobbin, satin stitch around stars.

by Angie Wilhite

Fishing Fund Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make saving pennies fun for your favorite fisherman! Stickers with a fishing theme make decorating quick and easy. Add a few pennies and give to Dad for Father’s Day!

Materials

  • Ball: Wide Mouth Quart Mason Jar, Gold Wide Mouth Jar Band
  • Wooden items: rectangle tags, 1-1⁄2”x2-1⁄2”, two; rectangle, 1⁄2”x1”
  • Paper: stripe, coordinating parchment
  • Dimensional stickers: fishing gear, fishing sentiment
  • Artistic Wire Permanent Colored Wire: Black, 18-gauge, 27” length

Tools

  • DecoArt Oak Gel Stain
  • 3M Scotch Craft Stick Permanent Adhesive Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, paper towel, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Apply stain to tags and jar band; wipe excess with paper towel and let dry. Cut 4”x12-1⁄4” parchment paper strip; adhere around jar. Cut 3-1⁄2”x12” striped paper strip; center and adhere to parchment strip.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide, attach dimensional fishing gear stickers to jar. Adhere fishing sentiment to small rectangle; adhere rectangle to jar as shown. Adhere additional fishing gear stickers to tags.

STEP 3

Curl wire around pencil, leaving 3” straight at both ends. Wrap wire around jar neck; twist ends together. Thread tags onto wire ends; twist to secure. Screw band onto jar.

by Cindy Groom-Harry and the CMC Staff

Painted Paddle Flag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Old Glory has never looked better! Make this quick-and-easy version for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

Materials

  • Wooden paint paddles, 14” long, nine
  • Darice: Rusted Tin Sheet, 4” square; Rusted Wire, 22-gauge, 28” length, 36” length
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Barn Red, Midnight Blue, Trail Tan, Spice Brown
  • Jute twine, 22” length

Tools

  • Drill with 1⁄4” bit
  • Delta Ceramcoat Painter’s Helper Crackle medium
  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, handsaw, sandpaper, soft cloth, heavy books, paintbrush

Directions

STEP 1

Cut handles from seven paddles, so each paddle measures 12” long; cut one end into point. Sand and wipe dust with soft cloth. Cut 9” lengths from remaining uncut paddles; drill hole 1⁄2” from one end of each. Lightly sand; wipe dust.

STEP 2

Arrange 12” paddles into flag with points facing left and straight ends aligned. Perpendicular to paddles, place 9” paddles on top and 1-1⁄2” in from each side, with holes overlapping top edge of flag 3⁄4” (for hangers). Adhere in place. Place heavy books over paddles to secure while drying.

STEP 3

Basecoat front and back of flag Spice Brown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply crackle medium to front.

STEP 4

Trace 3-1⁄2”x6” rectangle in upper left corner; paint rectangle and hanger Midnight Blue. Let dry completely. Paint remaining paddles alternating Barn Red and Trail Tan, and remaining hanger Barn Red.

STEP 5

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 seven stars from rusted tin sheet. Adhere to flag as shown.

STEP 6

Wrap 28” wire length around upper left edge of flag as desired; curl ends. Attach remaining length around bottom right corner in same way.

STEP 7

For hanger, insert ends of jute length through holes from back to front. Knot and trim.

Tip

  • Make a larger version from fence pickets or a smaller version from craft sticks.

by Linda Bauer

Mini Easter Basket Favors

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Use a cute die set to craft mini baskets and boxes for all occasions. Lattice insert and optional handle provide many options.

Materials

  • Cardstock scraps: yellow, teal, purple, light purple, olive green
  • Purple polka-dot or glitter paper
  • Flower brads
  • Easter grass
  • Candy filler of choice

Tools

  • Die-cutting system
  • Lifestyle Crafts Basket Die DC0458
  • Paper Source Stamps: Bunny Standing, Easter Egg Decorated Scallop
  • Clear embossing ink pad
  • White detail embossing powder
  • Gel ink pens, assorted colors
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, low-tack tape, foam tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, pencil, fine-tip tweezers, paper piercer, heat tool

Directions

Size

Size is 2-1/2”x2-1/2”x2” (without handle)

Favors

1. Place basket and handle dies on base cutting plate. Insert lattice dies into basket die template, if desired, and secure with low-tack tape to prevent shifting. For variety, die cut lattice on two sides or all four sides of basket.

2. Die cut basket and handle. Remove shapes from machine and use tweezers to remove any stray cut-outs.

3. Fold basket as indicated and adhere sides together; let dry.

4. Adhere handle ends inside top of basket on opposite sides, or attach handle using flower brads. Use paper piercer to poke holes for brads to prevent tearing.

5. Stamp bunny image onto yellow cardstock; heat emboss with white powder. Stamp and emboss egg images onto assorted cardstock scraps. Color images with gel pens as desired; let dry.

6. Detail cut images. Adhere images to baskets with foam tape, or place inside with grass and candy filler.

Tip

  • Spread a rainbow of color across your Easter table. Make each favor basket a different color, or replace candy with colored eggs.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.wordpress.com)

Chick ’n Stick

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Have you ever seen such a cute little chick, sitting on a stick? Make one to place in a potted plant, or to add to a little one’s Easter basket.

Materials

  • Wooden spoon, 12” tall
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints: White, Black, Wild Iris, Lilac Dust, Strawberry, Pumpkin Orange, Canary Yellow
  • Mauve satin ribbon, 1/4”-wide, 6” length
  • Yellow feather

Tools

  • Paintbrushes: liner, flat
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, cotton-tip swab, toothpick

Directions

(Note: Let paint dry before painting next portion of project.)

1. Cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer jagged lines to spoon, continuing lines around back.

2. Basecoat top of spoon (chick) Canary Yellow, spoon handle (legs) Pumpkin Orange, and area between jagged lines (eggshell) Lilac Dust.

3. For cheeks, use cotton-tip swab to drybrush cheeks Strawberry. Dot eyes white. Use toothpick to add Black pupils. Paint beak Pumpkin Orange; highlight White.

4. Use liner brush to shade edges of eggshell Wild Iris. Mix equal parts Lilac Dust and White; highlight eggshell.

5. Use black fine-tip permanent marker to: outline eyes, beak, and eggshell; add eyebrows; draw details on beak and legs and cracks on eggshell.

6. Tie ribbon into a 1”-wide bow. Trim ends; adhere to top of head. Cut 2” from top of feather. Adhere cut end of feather to back of head, with 1” extending above head.

by Tammy L. LeBlanc

Clay Bunny Ornament

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This bunny has been up to no good – stealing carrots from the garden again! But he’ll help spread some love by decorating those Easter baskets!

Materials

  • Polyform Sculpey III Oven Bake Clay: 1 pkg. each: Tan, Sweet Potato, Leaf Green
  • Craft wire, 22-gauge, 1” length
  • Pink satin ribbon, 1/8” wide, 7” length

Tools

  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: White, Pretty Pink, Black, Moroccan Red
  • Polyform Sculpey Glaze, Satin
  • Paintbrushes: liner, flat, shader
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Adhesives: Polyform Liquid Sculpey, one bottle; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft knife

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. Roll Tan into balls as follows: one 1” (head), four 1/2” (ears and feet), and two 3/8” (paws), and one 3/16” (nose). Print and cut out patterns. Use patterns as guide to shape ears, paws, and feet. Shape head into 1-1/2”-long egg shape.

STEP 2

Roll carrot-shape from Sweet Potato; press against work surface to flatten. Use craft knife to score fingers on paws and toes on feet. Roll Forest Green into two 2”-long snakes for scarf.

STEP 3

For hanger, fold wire length in half making loop in center; twist ends together. Apply liquid clay to ends; insert into top of head. (Note: Liquid clay acts as adhesive.)

STEP 4

Apply liquid clay to all bunny sections to be adhered together. Press ears to head; head to top of carrot; scarf to carrot below head (wrap around carrot and twist ends together at side). Press paws and feet to carrot; nose to face, then remove. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake. Dip in water to cool.

STEP 5

Use liner and Black to paint face as shown in Fig. 1. Drybrush edges of feet, paws, and ears White and center of ears, heels, toes, and paws Pretty Pink. Paint nose Pretty Pink and hearts on carrot and mouth outline Moroccan Red. Use liner and Black to paint remaining details as shown. When dry, apply glaze to entire surface.

Figure 1

STEP 6

Adhere nose to face. Insert ribbon through loop on head; knot ends.

by Dimples