Smooth Half Ball Trees

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a stunning holiday centerpiece with FloraCraft® by cutting foam balls in half and gluing them together.

Materials

  • FloraCraft® Foam: Balls, 1” (6), 1-1/2” (3), 2” (3), 2-1/2” (3), 3” (3), 4” (2); Cones, 9”x3”, 6”x3”
  • FloraCraft® Smooth Finish™
  • Metallic silver textured yarn
  • Acrylic paints: mint green, white, silver
  • Triple-thick gloss glaze

Tools

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam Cutter or serrated knife
  • Glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

paint spatula or putty knife, flat paintbrush, fine sanding block, straight pins, toothpicks, ruler, scissors, paper towels, rubber gloves, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Sizes

4”x18″, 4″x15”, 3″x13”

Trees

1. For tallest tree, cut one each 4”, 3”, 2-1/2”, 2”, and 1-1/2” balls in half. Using glue gun, stack and adhere all half balls together, from largest to smallest, inserting half toothpicks between each layer. See Photo 1. Stack balls straight up or asymmetrically as shown. Adhere two 1” balls to top of tree.

Photo 1

2. For medium tree, repeat Step 1 but set aside one 4” half ball for a future project. Stack and adhere remaining half balls together. Adhere two 1” balls to top of tree.

3. For smallest tree, repeat Step 1 using one each 3”, 2-1/2”, 2”, and 1-1/2” balls. Stack and adhere all half balls together. Adhere two 1” balls to top of tree.

4. Following manufacturer’s instructions, mix Smooth Finish™ prior to use. Wearing rubber gloves, completely coat trees with Smooth Finish™ using spatula or flat paintbrush using methods outlined in Steps 5 and 6. See Photo 2. When using spatula, apply small amount to foam and spread evenly in all directions, working finish into foam cells. When using paintbrush, load material onto brush and spread onto foam, smoothing lumps as you work.

Photo 2

5. To create textured finish on tallest tree, first use brush to apply coating to crevices of tree, and then use spatula to create small, overlapping ripples in coating. Apply small mound Smooth Finish™ to tree and then another overlapping first mound. Keep working with coating until tree is covered and fairly uniform. Let dry completely. Use sanding block to lightly sand raised areas to create smooth appearance as shown. See Photo 3.

Photo 3

6. To create super sleek finish on smaller trees, use brush to smooth out coating as you apply it. Apply first with spatula, then smooth with brush, or simply use brush to apply coating to entire tree. Let dry completely. Use sanding block to create ultra-smooth appearance.

7. Use drybrush technique to apply mint green paint to tallest tree. To drybrush, dip flat paintbrush into paint and rub off excess onto paper towel. Using side of brush, lightly brush across raised areas of tree to add color, leaving recessed areas bare. Let dry. See Photo 4.

Photo 4

8. Paint medium tree mint green and small tree white. Let dry.

9. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply even coat gloss glaze to all three trees. See Photo 5. Let dry completely.

Photo 5

10. To create tree trunks, cut top 4” from 9” cone using foam cutter or serrated knife. Use remaining 5” section to create base for tallest tree. Cut top 3/4″ from 4” section; use remaining 3-1/4” section to create base for smallest tree. Cut top 2-1/2” from 6” cone; use remaining 3-1/2” section to create base for medium tree.

11. Coat tree bases with Smooth Finish™, let dry, and sand surface smooth. Paint bases silver; let dry.

12. Insert toothpicks halfway into tops of bases. Use glue gun to adhere trees in place.

13. Embellish trees with metallic yarn. Pin one end of yarn to top of tree and spiral down around to bottom. Secure yarn end with pin at bottom of tree.

Tip

  • For added sparkle, use glue gun to adhere tiny crystal gems over surface of each tree base.

by Dondi Richardson for FloraCraft® (www.makeitfuncrafts.com)

“If the Shoe Fits” Plaque

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple clay embellishments and paint turn a wooden plaque into a fun décor piece for your home!

Materials

  • Wooden plaque, 9”x7″
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Black, Green, Orange, Purple
  • Black ribbon, 1/4” wide, 8” length
  • Felt, scraps

Tools

  • Scrub sponge or scruffy pad
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Olive Green, Canyon Orange, Saffron Yellow, Lamp Black; StarLite Varnish
  • Jacquard Products Powdered Pigments: Orange, Green, Purple
  • Dimensional paints: black, yellow
  • Gesso
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, paint palette, soft cloth, wax paper and newspaper (to cover work surface), fine sandpaper, transfer paper, pencil, cardstock, copy paper, paintbrush, craft knife, stylus

Directions

Size

9”x7″

Plaque

1. Print shoe patterns onto cardstock and saying pattern onto copy paper. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.)

2. Condition clay separately in hands until soft and pliable. On wax paper-covered work surface, roll Black clay to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge or scruffy pad onto surface to make texture. Trace and cut out shoe patterns from textured clay using craft knife. Position shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet.

3. Roll Green, Orange, and Purple clays separately on work surface to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge on surface of each clay to make texture. Use craft knife to cut out 1/4”-1/2”-thick strips of clay for each shoe. Follow color combinations as shown in photo.

4. Roll and flatten four 3/8”-diameter Orange balls (pumpkins) for left shoe. Use toothpick to make eye holes and smile on each flattened pumpkin. Press pumpkins, evenly spaced, along Green strip. Press strip onto left shoe.

5. Cut Purple clay strip and scallop one edge using craft knife. Gently curve and press Purple scalloped edge onto Green strip; blend edges. Press onto center shoe. Add tiny Green clay balls onto Purple scalloped edge; use toothpick to dot centers. Repeat process to add Purple/Green scalloped trim onto top of shoe.

6. Cut two Orange clay strips; press onto right shoe. Cut small diamond shape from Purple clay and smaller diamond shape from Orange clay. Press Orange diamond onto Purple diamond; press onto front of shoe. Roll skinny snake of Purple clay; form into bow and press onto back of shoe.

7. Use paintbrush to apply coordinating-color pigment powders onto each clay embellishment. Bake shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven at 275º for 10 minutes. Let cool.

8. On newspaper-covered work surface, apply gesso onto front of plaque. Let dry. Lightly sand and remove dust with soft cloth. Paint edges of plaque Canyon Orange; apply second coat if needed. Let dry. Measure 1” in from orange edge; paint front 6” rectangle on plaque Olive Green. Let dry. Measure and mark off center 6-1/2”x4-1/4” rectangle on front of plaque. Paint center rectangle Saffron Yellow. Apply two or three coats for opaque coverage if needed; let dry.

9. Use transfer paper and pencil to transfer saying on top of center rectangle. Trace over saying using Lamp Black paint and paintbrush. Let dry.

10. Add alternating black and yellow dots around center rectangle and edges of plaque using handle end of paintbrush or stylus (if available). Let dry.

11. Apply varnish over entire plaque using paintbrush. Let dry.

12. Adhere shoes on plaque as shown. Let dry. Spot glue clay embellishments if needed. Let dry.

13. Turn plaque over on work surface. Adhere black ribbon ends to corners of plaque to hang. Adhere felt scraps over ribbon ends to reinforce. Let dry overnight before hanging.

by Sandy Rollinger

Front Porch Witch

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Scrap wood, paint, and simple embellishments come together perfectly to create this Halloween porch greeter!

Materials

  • Scrap wood, 1/8” thick, 5-1/2”x13”
  • Wooden items: alphabet letter “A”, 6” tall; paint stick; jumbo craft sticks, six; teardrop, 2-1/2”; teardrops, 1/2”, two; mini craft stick; circles, 1/4”, 1/2”
  • Wiggle eyes, two each: 1/4”, 1”
  • DMC Black Memory Thread
  • Ribbon, 18” lengths: black, 2” wide; orange/black polka dot, 3/8” wide

Tools

  • Saws: hand, band
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Citron Green, Plum, Lamp Black, Snow White, Pumpkin Spice
  • Beacon Adhesives Premium Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, sanding block, cutting surface, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

Approximately 17”x9”

Witch

1. Use band saw to cut scrap wood into 13” length. Sand edges and surface. Use hand saw to cut paint stick to 9” length. Sand cut edge on paint stick.

2. On covered work surface, paint as follows: 13” scrap wood (face) and 1/4” circle (nose wart) Citron Green; jumbo craft sticks (hair), mini craft stick (mouth), 2-1/2” teardrop shape (nose) Lamp Black; paint stick (hat brim), wooden letter “A” (hat top) Plum; two small teardrops (teeth) Snow White; 1/2” circle (spider’s body) Pumpkin Spice. Let dry. Paint top 2” edge on face Plum. Let dry.

3. Refer to photograph to adhere hat top and hat brim on top of face using tacky glue. Adhere three craft sticks, on each side of face, onto back edge of hat brim for hair. Let dry. Adhere large wiggle eyes, nose, mouth, and teeth on face. Adhere wart on nose. Let dry.

4. Measure and cut eight 2” thread lengths (for spider legs). Adhere legs on back side of spider’s body. Adhere spider onto hat. Bend legs and spot glue to secure. Adhere small wiggle eyes on spider. Let dry.

5. Layer orange ribbon on top of black ribbon on work surface. Wrap ribbon lengths around bottom of face and tie into bow. Spot glue ribbon on face to secure. Let dry.

by Melony Miller Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Candy Corn Wind Chime

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Welcome guests with this “corny” character to show off your Halloween spirit.

Materials

  • White craft foam, 1⁄4” thick, 9”x12” sheet
  • Wind chimes, 6” long
  • Wooden mushroom plug, 1⁄2” diameter
  • Elastic string

Tools

  • Plastic-canvas needle
  • Zig Woodcraft Markers, 6mm: Pumpkin, Yellow, Teal Metallic; 0.5 mm, Black
  • White acrylic paint
  • Transfer paper

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, wax paper (to cover work surface), small round paintbrush

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out pattern, cutting along dashed line. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Omitting face and chime-placement dots, trace pattern onto craft foam; cut out.

STEP 2

On covered word surface, use Yellow marker to fill in front and edges of center section of craft foam. Let dry thoroughly to prevent smudging. Fill in bottom section with Pumpkin marker; let dry.

STEP 3

Transfer facial details and chime placement dots to front of candy corn. Color pupils Teal Metallic and tongue Black. Use Pumpkin marker to color nose; let dry. When dry, adhere nose to face.

STEP 4

With white paint, fill in remaining eye areas, make highlight dot in each eye, and comma highlight on tongue and across top of nose.

STEP 5

Use Black marker to draw stitch lines around top edge of candy corn and across top and bottom edges of center section.

STEP 6

To attach chimes, cut four 8” lengths from elastic. Thread needle with one elastic length; do not knot ends. (See Figure 1.) Working from back, insert needle through one chime-placement dot, then through holes in one chime; reinsert needle back through same hole. Remove needle; pull elastic so ends are even at back. Do not tie ends together. Attach remaining chimes in the same way. Holding all elastic ends together, tie ends together in an overhand knot.

Figure 1 – Side View

STEP 7

For hanger, cut an 8” length from elastic. Thread needle with elastic; do not knot ends. Insert needle 1/4” from center top of candy corn. Remove needle, leaving one end of elastic in hole; pull elastic so ends are even at back. Tie ends together in knot.

by Lisa Weber

Ghouls Only

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

These ghouls just want to have fun! Stitch this amusing design to add some “spirit” to your Halloween décor!

Materials

  • Charles Craft 14-count Light Oatmeal Fiddler’s Life, 15”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Size: 8-7/8” w X 5-3/4” h; Stitch Count: 125 w X 81 h

Ghouls Only

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Finish as a pillow using your favorite pillow pattern or as desired.

by Gail Bussi

Trick or Treat Greeting

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

From a spooky ghost, creepy cobwebs, and mystical witch to a jovial pumpkin and smiling moon, this Trick-or-Treat Greeting is loaded with all types of Halloween fun!

Materials

  • Charles Craft 14-count Wheatstraw Aida, 17”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg. Co. #4 Braid

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 11″x6″; Stitch count: 155 w x 84 h

Trick or Treat Greeting

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Finish as desired.

by Ursula Michael

Autumn Leaves Lamp & Shade

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Would you believe the lamp is actually a glass goblet? The shade is made from Bristol board, a type of paperboard found in craft and art supply stores. Make a different lamp for all seasons and special occasions!

Materials

  • Goblet, 2-1⁄2” diameter opening, 7” tall
  • White Bristol board, 8”x14”
  • Delta Stencil Paint Crème: Goldenrod Yellow, Garnet Red, Jungle Green, Christmas Red, Paprika
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel (for painting on glass): Dark Goldenrod, Rooster Red, Hunter Green
  • Battery-operated tea light

Tools

  • Leaf and acorn stencil
  • Paintbrushes: stencil, 1⁄4” and 3⁄8”; round
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Surface Conditioner
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel Clear Gloss Glaze
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors or craft knife, pencil, paper towels, newpaper (to cover work area)

Directions

STEP 1

To make the shade, print and cut pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Use pattern to cut shade from Bristol board. If you prefer a shade with a straight edge or are using a different style stencil, cut pattern on dashed line.

STEP 2

Place stencil on shade. Starting with lightest color and working to darkest color, stencil leaves and acorns. Use some of each color on all leaves and acorns. Stencil stems with Garnet Red, Christmas Red, and Paprika. Reposition stencil as needed to fill bottom of shade with leaves and acorns. Set shade aside.

STEP 3

Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply conditioner to base and glass. Do not apply to stem. Paint base with two coats of Rooster Red, letting dry between coats. In the same way, paint outside of glass with Dark Goldenrod.

STEP 4

Cut one acorn design from stencil. Using single acorn and Dark Goldenrod, stencil four acorns around base. When dry, stencil portions of each acorn with Hunter Green.

STEP 5

Apply two coats of clear gloss glaze to outside of glass and base, letting dry between coats.

STEP 6

Overlap short ends of shade approximately 1⁄4”; glue to secure.

STEP 7

Place tea light in glass. Place shade on glass.

Tip

  • For a different look, purchase goblets with colored stems and bases. Leave the glass section unpainted.

by Dorris Sorensen

Frank ’n Friends Treat Bags

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create frighteningly fun treat boxes using Die-namics dies. My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com) is offering a 10% savings site-wide for all Crafts ’n things fans who use code CNTINTRO at checkout. Hurry! Offer expires September 7, 2013.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Sour Apple, Steel Grey, Steel Blue, Black Licorice
  • Wiggle eyes

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Paper Bag Treat Box, Grassy Edges, Big Numbers, Blueprints 3
  • My Favorite Things Plaid Background Builder Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • My Favorite Things MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist
  • Strong paper adhesive

Directions

To Complete Frank

1. Die cut two Paper Bag Treat Boxes from Sour Apple cardstock, one of longer-bladed Grassy Edges from Black Licorice cardstock, two Big Numbers number ones from Steel Blue cardstock, and one Blueprints 3 bow tie from Steel Grey cardstock.

2. Cover work surface with newspaper. Mist Frank’s hair with MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist; let dry.

3. Align top edge of Frank’s hair with top edge of Paper Bag Treat Box die and trim sides even.

4. Adhere Frank’s hair to front panel of the treat box. Adhere bolts behind front panel of treat box to allow the top portion of the “1” to be hidden.

5. Assemble box using the directions for Basic Box Assembly; see below.

6. Stamp Black Licorice Plaid Background Builder design onto Steel Grey bow tie; adhere to treat box as shown. Attach two wiggle eyes.

Basic Box Assembly

1. Cut two Paper Bag Treat Boxes from cardstock of choice.

2. Pre-fold along all score lines on two box panels.

3. Apply strong adhesive to both flaps on both panels and on bottom rectangle of only one panel.

4. Assemble individual panels by adhering one flap to interior of front panel.

5. Form box by adhering panel with adhesive on bottom to inside of other panel. Adhere all remaining flaps to the inside of front and back panels of the paper bag treat box.

Tip

  • My Favorite Things makes it fun and easy to create a jovial jack-o’-lantern, mesmerizing mummy, bewitching bat, and spine-chilling spider web with products available on their website at www.mftstamps.com.

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)   

Americana Serving Tray

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Serve your favorite beverage on this Americana tray to bring a little patriotism to your Labor Day celebration.

Materials

  • Walnut Hollow Wooden Tray (3580), 11”x15”
  • Delta CeramCoat Acrylic Paints: Ivory, Blue Velvet, Black, Brown Iron Oxide, Tomato Spice

Tools

  • Royal Langnickel Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: glaze/wash, Series 700, 3⁄4”, 1”; script liner, Series 585, #1
  • Delta CeramCoat Crackle Medium
  • Delta CeramCoat Satin Varnish
  • Delta CeramCoat All-Purpose Sealer
  • Compressed sponge
  • Transfer paper: black, white

Basic Supplies

pencil, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply sealer to entire tray; let dry. (Note: Flag design will be painted first, then remainder of tray.)

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 star field (“union”) only. Basecoat union and outside bottom of tray Ivory. Basecoat rest of inside tray bottom and edge trim Brown Iron Oxide. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply crackle medium to entire inside bottom of tray.

STEP 3

Use white transfer paper to transfer stripes only. (Note: To paint over crackle medium, work quickly and apply brush strokes in same direction. Do not apply excessive amount of paint.) Paint union Blue Velvet; let dry.

STEP 4

Paint stripes, alternating Tomato Spice and Ivory; let dry. Use black transfer paper to transfer lettering; use liner to paint Black. Add Tomato Spice hearts. Freehand cut star from sponge and sponge paint Ivory stars in star field; let dry.

STEP 5

Apply crackle medium to remainder of tray, except outside bottom. Paint Ivory. (Note: Outside bottom will be solid, not crackled.)

STEP 6

Apply two to three coats of varnish to entire tray, letting dry completely between coats. If using tray for food, line with plastic wrap before use.

by Linda Staton for Delta Creative

Spooky Directional Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A directional sign in your entryway guides you to a ghoulishly good time. Cut and paint foam sheets to look like weathered road signs – it’s spine-chillingly simple with FloraCraft® foam!

Materials

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam: Sheet, 1”x12”x36”; Cube, 5”x5″
  • Spanish moss
  • Spider webbing
  • Spiders, two
  • Large container or basket

Tools

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam Cutter or serrated knife
  • Acrylic paints: black, green, orange, purple
  • Fabric paints: white, orange, purple
  • Low-temp glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

fine-tip black marker, ruler, paintbrush, wooden craft sticks, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

36”x20” (without container)

Sign

1. Use foam cutter or serrated knife to cut foam sheet into four 3”x36” boards. Set aside one board for signpost. From remaining boards, cut one each of following lengths: 20”, 18”, 17”, 16”, 13”. Cuts need not be straight; crookedness adds to rustic look. Cut one end of each board into point. Cut grooves into opposite end of each board for weathered, broken appearance. Use knife to randomly shave away crisp foam edges so boards appear smooth and worn in some areas.

2. Paint all boards black; let dry. Using photo as guide, paint 20”, 17”, and 13” boards orange, green, and purple respectively, letting some black show through. Let dry.

3. Arrange boards smallest to largest as shown, pointing ends in desired directions. Use fabric paints to write road names onto boards; let dry.

4. Use glue gun to adhere boards to signpost at irregular angles.

5. Use glue gun to adhere foam cube into bottom of container. Apply glue to ends of wooden craft sticks and push halfway into bottom of signpost. Apply glue to opposite ends of craft sticks and push into foam cube. Apply additional glue along seam between foam pieces.

6. Cover top of container with Spanish moss to conceal foam. Stretch spider webs over sign and container; add spiders as shown.

Tip

  • If cutting foam with serrated knife, wax blade with bar soap or old candle for easier cutting.

by Dondi Richardson for FloraCraft® (www.makeitfuncrafts.com)