Walkway Lights

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a spooky entrance for trick-or-treaters while safely lighting the pathway to your door. It’s quick, simple, and can be ready in time for Halloween night!

Materials

  • Orange game cones, four (purchased at dollar store)
  • Battery-operated tea lights, four

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Black marker

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

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.) Trace around pattern pieces to transfer designs onto cones using black marker.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint designs black. For pumpkin, paint outline and details only. Let dry.

STEP 3

Insert battery-operated tea light under cone.

Tips

  • Use glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint to add details or paint in designs!
  • Create fun “witch hats” by painting cones black and adding glow-in-the-dark highlights!

by Pam Sicely

Autumn Splendor Canvas

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Embrace the fall season by creating this inexpensive home décor piece on canvas purchased from the dollar store. It’s a super fun and easy project that even your children can do.

Materials

  • Canvas, 8″x10”
  • Chipboard shapes: alphabet letters, heart, leaves
  • Copper pearl gems

Tools

  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Acrylic paints: various autumn colors, dark red, turquoise
  • Stampendous! Glitter: Copper, Ice Blue

Basic Supplies

ruler, pencil, paintbrushes, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Gather supplies and lay chipboard letters and leaves on canvas to determine placement.

STEP 2

Run chipboard letters and heart through the 3” Sticker Maker. Lightly pencil a line across bottom section of canvas to align letters; adhere “SPLENDOR” chipboard letters to canvas using penciled line as guide.

STEP 3

Pencil another line above top of adhered letters; adhere “autumn” chipboard letters using line as guide.

STEP 4

On covered work surface, paint over chipboard letters and canvas using dark shade of paint, making sure to get in the corners and cracks of letters with smaller brush. Apply several coats until desired effect is achieved. Let dry.

STEP 5

Paint over entire canvas again with lighter shade and different color of paint. Apply only one coat so some of darker color shows through. Let dry completely.

STEP 6

Gently brush contrasting color (designer used turquoise) in various places around the canvas to add just small amount of color. Let dry.

STEP 7

Paint heart dark red; let dry. Adhere heart to letter “D” as shown in photo using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

STEP 8

Run chipboard leaves upside down through 3” Sticker Maker.

STEP 9

Sprinkle glitter over adhesive on leaves (designer used Copper color and Copper/Ice Blue combination). Gently press glitter down to ensure it’s completely adhered to chipboard leaf.

STEP 10

After leaves are covered with glitter, run them through the 3” Sticker Maker again with glitter facing up this time.

STEP 11

Adhere chipboard leaves to canvas as shown in photo.

STEP 12

To finish canvas, adhere pearl gems in various places using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • Run any paper or chipboard shape through the Xyron 3” Sticker Maker twice to make your own glittery embellishments.

by Cari Locken for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Scarecrow Hot Cocoa Jar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fill this whimsical scarecrow jar with hot cocoa or apple cider mix as a great autumn gift for a teacher or friend.

Materials

  • Recycled quart jar with lid
  • White cardstock
  • Men’s socks: brown, white
  • Felt scraps: light orange, red, white, purple, brown, green
  • Brown burlap, 6” circle
  • Buttons: two each, yellow, black, orange; one each, purple, green, brown, red
  • Black rickrack, 5” length
  • Orange polka dot ribbon, 18” length
  • Embroidery floss: black, white
  • Polyester stuffing

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Hole punch, 1/4”
  • Pinking shears
  • Bright yellow fabric spray paint
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, black marker, newspaper or plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Measure and cut 4-1/2” section from straight area on white sock. On covered work surface, spray sock bright yellow. Let dry. Position yellow sock around jar.

STEP 2

To create hat brim, cut out circle slightly smaller than jar lid in center of 6” burlap circle; set center cutout aside for future project. Apply glue to jar lid sides. Position hat brim over jar lid and pull down over edge to adhere to sides; let dry.

STEP 3

For hat, cut 5” section from straight area of brown sock. Wrap orange ribbon around one end of brown sock and tie into bow as shown. Lightly stuff hat with polyester stuffing. Roll bottom edge of hat and adhere around jar lid, covering burlap edge.

STEP 4

Using pinking shears, cut the following from felt: 1-1/2” triangle (nose) from red, two 1-1/2” circles (cheeks) from orange, two 1” circles (eyes) from white, and one 1” squares (patches) each from purple, green, and brown.

STEP 5

(Note: Use three strands white floss to sew buttons onto felt pieces; tie knot on front of buttons.) Sew coordinating-color buttons onto patches. For mouth, adhere ends of rickrack length onto centers of cheeks. Sew orange buttons over rickrack ends. For eyes, sew yellow and black buttons to white circles as shown. For nose, sew red button onto center of triangle.

STEP 6

Adhere patches onto hat. Adhere eyes, cheeks, mouth, and nose onto yellow sock on jar.

STEP 7

For tag, use marker to write “Happy Fall” on paper. Trim cardstock into tag shape around words; punch 1/4” hole in tag as shown. Insert six strands black floss through hole and orange bow; knot ends.

by Mary Ayres

Great Finds Friday: Tape It & Make MORE with Platypus Designer Duct Tape

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Today finds me in a bit of a sticky situation. . . I can’t decide what to make next from Richela Fabian Morgan’s fantastic new book Tape It & Make MORE: 101 More Duct Tape Activities.

While some of you might think that duct tape crafting is for kids or your hardware store-loving other halves, I want to talk about how versatile this inexpensive and nearly indestructible crafting material really is. And it’s a blast to work with, whether you’re creating duct tape pouches for storage needs, cute and trendy accessories, or costumes for Halloween. Keep reading and you could win your own copy of Tape It & Make MORE, plus a gorgeous roll of Platypus Designer Duct Tape!

Morgan’s new book features a wonderful introduction that covers basic tools you’ll need to become a serious duct tape crafter, as well as tips for tool care and hints on creating your own duct tape “fabric.” Whether you have access only to solid-colored tapes, or you look online or in stores for beautiful patterned tapes like those from Platypus Designer Duct Tape, you’re guaranteed crafting success if you follow these easy, photo-illustrated project instructions.

Here’s a look at some of the patterns available from Platypus Designer Duct Tape; visit their website www.designerducttape.com to find many more, including cool duct tape kits.

Within the 10 project-filled chapters, Morgan provides inspired looks ranging from Accessories (like earrings, brooches, slippers, even duct tape shoelaces!) to Housewares (shower caddy, napkin rings, shoe mat, and the coolest wall umbrella holder – no more water dripping all over your entryway!). Other chapters include: Cushions, Pads, Mats, and Pillows; Decorative Stickers; Bags and Cases (think cool, trendy tablet holder); Flowers, Fruits, and Plants (no green thumb required); Toys (kids will love these handmade creations); Costumes (Halloween’s coming, plan a unique costume this year with creative duct tape style); Holiday (decorations, ornaments, hostess gifts); and Just for Fun (I’ve already made five Reusable Hot Beverage Sleeves using these instructions; we have a bit of a Starbucks “problem” in our house).

For a small investment, you can create countless duct tape gifts for upcoming holidays. Who doesn’t love to save some cash while creating something unique and delightful for family and friends?

For a chance to win your own copy of Tape It & Make MORE, leave a comment on the blog telling us the name of your favorite roll of tape from the Platypus Designer Duct Tape website. Five winners will each receive a copy of the book and a randomly chosen roll of Designer Duct Tape.

Winners will be announced in the next Great Finds Friday post on October 11th.

Good luck and happy taping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

Clay-Swirled Pens

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Don’t show up on the first day of school with the same boring pens as everyone else. Create vibrant and stylish clay-covered pens to start the school year out with a bit of flair.

Materials

  • BIC round stick pens, three
  • Soft polymer clay: red, gold, white, fluorescent pink, metallic purple, black, granite

Tools

  • Old gift card or promotional credit card (for cutter)
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven

Basic Supplies

ruler, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

(Note: BiC pens won’t melt when baked in the oven. Don’t substitute!)

Step 1

Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth. Use pliers to pull gold tip and ink stick out of pens. Set aside.

Step 2

To condition clays, remove from package and roll in hands until soft. (Note: For one pen, 1⁄3 package of each color is needed.) Flatten clay and fold in half. If clay cracks when folded, keep conditioning.

Step 3

For one pen, choose two or three colors to blend together. Use rolling pin to shape clays into 1⁄8”-thick flat rectangles. Stack two or three different-colored rectangles together. Use rolling pin to flatten clays into one 1⁄8”-thick rectangle.

Step 4

With hands, roll rectangle into tube. Continue rolling tube until colors blend together and clay is smooth.

Step 5

Use gift card to slice off pieces from tube. Roll slices onto pen, covering length.

Step 6

Smooth out pen by rolling on work surface.

Step 7

Place pen on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay.

by Laurie D’Ambrosio

Cupcake Dreams

Cupcakes have just the right balance between fluffy, sweet frosting and cake. I’m not a big cake person, but cupcakes piled high with frosting are great in my book. Cupcakes also look pretty, so they look great regardless of whether they are edible or if they are faux cupcakes for decorating or wearing.

My cupcakes are sized according to their purpose, big ones for decorating and tiny ones for earrings. They’re all made from AMACO Cloud Clay which is light and yet very robust when dry.

You will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay in white and colors you can mix to make the colors you need. Or, buy a packet of white and color it with acrylic paints (think DecoArt Americana or Plaid FolkArt) or alcohol inks (think Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks).
  • Scissors
  • Non-stick work surface
  • Acrylic roller
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents (optional)
  • Findings: headpins, jump rings, earring wires, cell phone charm attachment, key-ring attachment
  • Jewelry tools

Mix the white clay with the color. If you’re using colored clays, you only need the smallest bit of color to mix with the white to get dreamy pastels. If you’re using paint or ink, start with small amounts and add more if you need it. To mix the clay, add the colored clay, paint, or ink, and fold the colored bits into the white clay. Pull apart, fold over, and repeat. It only takes about 20 folds and pulls to mix the color; it’s simple to do.

Now shape your cupcake. For the big one, I used an individual silicone cupcake mold and filled it with the Cloud Clay (once the clay is a bit dry you can easily remove the mold to complete drying). For little cupcakes, just roll into a small cylinder and add dents around the edge by pressing the edge of a credit card into the clay. Set aside to dry a little while you mix the color for the icing.

For the big cupcake, I mixed a heap of colored Cloud Clay for the icing. Pull it into long strips and you’ll see it begins to take on a texture. I just placed one end on the cupcake base and started winding and building it up so it looks like piled-up icing.

For the little cupcakes, you need a much smaller amount of clay. Roll it into a long thin snake and curl it for the icing. Tuck the end of the clay back into the icing to finish.

Make a strawberry shape – basically a large teardrop – from red clay. As it dries, press small dents into it with a toothpick for its seeds. Add a small green leafy top and push it into the icing so it dries in place.

The tiny cupcakes just need a small ball of red clay and a green leaf if desired.

The large cupcake, when dry, is a fun decorative piece. The smaller ones can become cell phone charms and key-ring charms if you add the appropriate hardware. The teeny tiny ones are great earrings – I like to cover these mini cupcakes with a coat of Glossy Accents to protect them and give them a sheen.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

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

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

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