Festive Pen-touch Doodled Ornaments

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Turn inexpensive glass ornaments into something unique using Pen-touch® Markers and acrylic paint. Personalize ornaments with the recipient’s name or pair simple designs with bright paint for a real “WOW” factor. The paint-like Pen-touch is easy to use and gives rich opaque results.

Materials

  • Clear glass ornaments

Tools

  • Sakura Pen-touch® Black Paint Marker
  • Acrylic paint
  • Empty egg carton (optional)

Basic Supplies

plastic straw, toothpick, scrap paper

Directions

STEP 1

Remove hanger/cover from top of ornament.

STEP 2

Pour small amount of paint into ornament, taking care not to get any on outside of ornament. (Note: Depending on size of paint bottle spout and ornament opening, it may be helpful to use a plastic straw as a funnel. An empty egg carton works great to hold ornaments as you work.)

STEP 3

Roll ornament to distribute paint as desired along inside areas.

STEP 4

Use plastic straw or toothpick to pop any air bubbles.

STEP 5

Replace the hanger/cover on top of ornament.

STEP 6

Sketch doodles on scrap paper to determine desired design.

STEP 7

Using sketch as guide, decorate outside of ornament using Pen-touch Paint Markers. (Note: The permanent, opaque ink gives a glossy finish that writes beautifully on glass. Regular permanent markers will not give the same opaque results as this valve action paint marker.)

STEP 8

Personalize ornaments with your favorite pattern, year, or names of family members. Journal favorite memories and add new ones each Christmas.

Tips

  • For this project, cheaper acrylic paint is better. Less expensive brands are thinner and spread more easily.
  • Clear glass ornaments can be found almost anywhere during the holidays, including most dollar stores.

Video

  • Click here or on the Sakura of America advertisement below for a video of this fun project.

by Maureen Wilson for Sakura of America (www.sakuraofamerica.com)

 

Christmas Garland

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This simple but beautiful holiday-themed garland looks sophisticated, yet is easy enough for kids to make.

Materials

  • Bazzill White Cardstock
  • Echo Park Dots & Stripes Paper Collections: Metropolitan Ruby Red, Leaf; Candy Shoppe Raspberry
  • The Twinery Ocean Stripe Baker’s Twine

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Craft punches: circle, 2”; snowflake, 1-3/8”
  • Clearsnap Glitter: Winter Frost, Silver Lining

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper plates

Directions

STEP 1

Punch 12-20 circles from each color Echo Park paper. Sort into matching color pairs of main and back circles.

STEP 2

Punch 18-30 snowflakes from White cardstock.

STEP 3

Run snowflakes through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Rub very well, then peel.

STEP 4

Carefully remove snowflakes and lay with sticky side up on paper plate.

STEP 5

Sprinkle snowflakes with Winter Frost glitter, making sure to cover every snowflake completely, including the edges.

STEP 6

Run glittered snowflakes back through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker with glitter side up. Rub very well, then peel.

STEP 7

Adhere snowflakes to half of main circle centers, varying colors. Set pairs aside.

STEP 8

Press Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots on remaining main circles in random polka dot pattern.

STEP 9

Lay with sticky side up on paper plate; sprinkle with Silver Lining glitter. Tap off excess.

STEP 10

Run decorated circles through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker.

STEP 11

Lay several back circles 1” apart across work surface, in desired color pattern. Starting 6” from end, lay twine across center of back circles. Adhere decorated circle to matching color back circle and twine, pressing firmly. Repeat until all circles are adhered or desired length is achieved. Trim twine 6” beyond last circle. (Note: Increase starting and ending lengths of twine to 12” or more if intending to tie around column or post.)

Tips

  • Xyron makes it easy to add the glitter with very little mess, especially when crafting with children.
  • Make this garland as long or as short as desired by making more or less circles.

by Cristal “Pinky” Hobbs for Xyron Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Turkey Glove Gobblers

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

These silly little turkeys are stuffed with a candy surprise! Create several for your child’s Thanksgiving treats for school, or to use as table favors on Thanksgiving Day.

Materials

  • Stretch glove: rust, tan, or brown
  • Craft foam scraps: tan, red, yellow
  • Wiggle eyes, 7mm, two
  • Yellow chenille stem
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Candy treat

Tools

  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, measuring cup

Directions

STEP 1

  • Print patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Cut patterns from craft foam as indicated on patterns.

STEP 2

  • Use photo as guide to make turkey. Adhere eyes, beak, and wattle to thumb and wing to palm of glove as shown.

STEP 3

  • For legs, cut chenille stem to measure 9”. Fill sandwich bag with approximately 1/2 cup of candy. Center and twist legs around bag above candy; cut away excess bag. Wrap ends of each leg around feet; twist to secure.

STEP 4

  • Place candy bag inside glove so feet are sticking out. Fold up glove cuff 3/4” and bend legs up.

by Kathy Wegner

Paper Clip Bookmarks

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

These adorable bookmarks take just minutes to make and are a great gift for a book-loving friend!

Materials

  • My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing Paper Collection, in pattern of choice
  • Paper clips

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Bow, Butterfly, Heart Cuttable Designs
  • Craft glue

Directions

STEP 1

Using Silhouette CAMEO, cut bow shape from cardstock or patterned paper of choice.

STEP 2

Apply glue to each bow end; fold ends toward bow center and hold in place until glue is dry.

STEP 3

Place paper clip over tab; add glue and wrap tab up over paper clip to back side of bow.

STEP 4

Add more glue to tab; press down, and hold in place until dry.

STEP 5

To create butterfly paper clip, cut two butterfly shapes from cardstock or patterned paper of choice; place paper clip between butterfly cutouts and adhere together in center. Let dry. Slightly bend wings up on top butterfly to create dimension.

STEP 6

For heart design, cut two heart shapes from cardstock or patterned paper of choice; place paper clip between cutouts and adhere together. Let dry.

Tip

  • Use up your cardstock scraps to create more fun designs. With the Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine, the possibilities are endless!

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Under The Big Top

It’s hard to pinpoint just what I love most about the circus. Is it the color of the big top, the wonderful animals or the clowns and their antics? The circus itself is a minor miracle – it has survived the internet, the iPhone and Netflix. And while drive-in cinemas are no longer to be found, there are still circuses performing around the globe entertaining a new generation of kids.

To celebrate the circus, I have a project that you can make yourself or make with the kids. The clown and circus tent are made in AMACO Cloud Clay which is an air-dry clay that has a lovely suede-like finish and which comes in a heap of colors just perfect for this circus project. The wet clay sticks to itself so the pieces are easily assembled, and when dry, the pieces are astonishingly robust.

To complete the project you will need:

  • AMACO Cloud Clay: Green, Orange, White, Blue, Yellow, Black, Purple, Red, Orange
  • Recycled toilet roll or cardboard cylinder
  • Aluminum foil
  • Acrylic roller
  • Toothpicks
  • Scissors
  • Scallop scissors (optional)
  • Non-stick work surface

To condition the Cloud Clay, pull off a piece of clay large enough for the element you are making and knead it and pull and fold it until it is pliable and soft. Keep the remainder of the clay sealed in an airtight container. I double-bag mine, wrapping first in cling wrap, and then storing it in zip-lock bags. Start with the clown’s feet, shape some Red Cloud Clay to make his shoes. Break a toothpick in two and push one half into each shoe – you will use these to anchor his body.

Scrunch up some aluminum foil to make a sphere for his body. Cover the bottom of the sphere with an overlarge piece of Blue clay; pull some clay away from the body and cut it in two with scissors. Shape the clay to make his trouser legs. Cover the top of the sphere with a large piece of Orange Cloud Clay for his shirt. Press the completed body onto the toothpicks in his shoes, pressing everything firmly together and ensuring that everything is angled correctly so he stands upright.

Make two flattened teardrop shapes using White Cloud Clay for his hands – use scissors to cut the thumb and then curve the shapes to make one left and one right hand. Add some Orange Cloud Clay to his wrists to make sleeves and press the sleeves onto his shirt.

Roll a small egg shape from White Cloud Clay for the clown’s head. Add small pieces of Orange Cloud Clay for the nose and mouth and pieces of Yellow, White, and Black Cloud Clay for his eyes. The image shows how these pieces should be assembled. Press a toothpick into the eyes to make pupils.

Flatten pieces of Green Cloud Clay with your fingers for his ears. Cut around the ears with scallop-edge decorative scissors and press the ears onto the head. Press the head onto the body, ensuring that the clown still stands upright.

Press some Purple clay flat with your fingers to make a bow tie shape. Cut the edges with decorative scissors. Press the bow tie on the clown’s shirt. Finish his trousers with some buttons made from tiny flattened balls of Purple Cloud Clay.

To make the circus tent, roll a piece of Orange Cloud Clay flat using an acrylic roller. Cover a recycled toilet roll with the Orange Cloud Clay and trim away any excess clay. Roll some White Cloud Clay to a similar thickness and cut it into long flat strips. Press the strips of White Cloud Clay onto the Orange clay to make the stripes in the circus tent.

Roll some Orange clay flat and cut a half-circle of clay from it. Press into a cone shape, pull out the bottom edge of the cone to flute it, and sit it on the striped tent base. Make a small flag from Orange clay – roll it around a toothpick and press it into the top of the tent.

Set all the pieces aside to dry.

by Helen Bradley (www.amaco.com)

Felt Flower Hair Clips

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create sweet hair adornments for your little girl by dressing up snap hair clips with felt flowers.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Felt: Razzle Berry, Blu Raspberry, Grapesicle, Sour Apple
  • My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth Buttons
  • Snap hair clips, six
  • Self-adhesive rhinestones, two
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Large Rolled Rose, Pretty Posies, Flower and Leaf Trio, Royal Leaves
  • Glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

(Note: Make two of each type flower.)

step 1

Die-cut two Large Rolled Rose shapes from Razzle Berry felt, two sets of Flower and Leaf Trio shapes from Blu Raspberry felt, two sets of Pretty Posies shapes from Grapesicle felt, and six large and six medium Royal Leaves from Sour Apple felt.

step 2

Roll two Razzle Berry roses. Starting at outer edge, use fingers to roll felt towards you. Using glue gun, apply glue to bottom edge to secure flowers.

step 3

Use glue gun to adhere three Blu Raspberry flower layers together, from largest to smallest. Repeat to make second flower. Adhere self-adhesive rhinestones to flower centers.

step 4

Repeat Step 3 for Grapesicle flowers. For flower centers, thread two buttons with hemp cord; tie into bow. Adhere buttons to flower centers using glue gun.

step 5

Use glue gun to adhere one large and one medium Sour Apple leaf to base of each flower.

step 6

Open snap hair clip and adhere flower/leaf combination using glue gun. (Note: Open hair clip before adhering flower to prevent clip from being glued closed.)

Tip

  • Make additional flowers, of one type or multiple types, to decorate a headband or cuff bracelet.

by Jodi Collins for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Magic Marbleizing

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create stunning marbleized works of art with magic marbleizing. Use this quick-and-easy technique along with a favorite photo to create a special Grandparents’ Day card.

Materials

  • Food coloring, in colors of choice
  • White shaving cream
  • White paper, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Photo

Tools

  • Shallow pan or tray
  • Toothpick
  • Plastic knife or spatula
  • Thin cardboard
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, fill pan or tray with 1” of shaving cream.

STEP 2

Squirt small amount of food coloring onto shaving cream. Repeat with assorted colors.

STEP 3

Use toothpick to make several swirls across shaving cream. (Note: Do not over mix.)

STEP 4

Gently press paper on top of shaving cream mixture; lift off. (Note: Paper should be covered with swirls of colored shaving cream.)

STEP 5

Using plastic knife or spatula, gently scrape excess shaving cream from paper, revealing  paper-stained marbleized design. Let dry completely.

STEP 6

Cut paper into 8-1/2””x5-1/2” strip; fold to create 4-1/4”x5-1/2” top-fold card. To create heart template, draw heart shape on thin cardboard; cut out and discard heart. Use cardboard template to draw heart shape on center back side of card front; cut heart-shaped opening.

STEP 7

Position, trim, and adhere photo on back side of card front so image is displayed through heart-shaped opening.

Tips

  • Make a matching envelope by using this same technique on the envelope flap.
  • Use Magic Marbleizing to create beautiful wrapping paper, gift bags, photo frames, and much more.

by John E. Thomas and Danita Pagel-Thomas

Dog & Giraffe Toy Buckets

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Great for the beach, bathtub, or playroom, these adorable Dog & Giraffe Toy Buckets are a fun, clutter-free way to store your child’s toys.

Materials

  • Metal pails, 12-quart, two
  • Satin spray paint: ivory, orange
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Sable Brown, Lamp Black, White Wash, Cadmium Yellow
  • Craft foam: brown orange
  • Black cord
  • Yellow pom-poms, 1-1/2”, four

Tools

  • Hole punch, 1/8”
  • Plastic circle template
  • Paintbrushes: round bristle or stencil, liner
  • API Crafter’s Pick Incredibly Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, paper towels, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Dog

(Note: The blue words shown below are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

1. On covered work surface, spray paint bucket Ivory; let dry.

2. Center face from side to side. Use circle templates to paint: 3-1/2” Sable Brown circle on top left side of center; two 1-1/2” Lamp Black eye circles at center top (Note: left eye circle should be on top of brown circle.); 2” Lamp Black nose circle in middle of bucket at center; three 1/4” Lamp Black circles on each side of nose; 1/4” White Wash circle in top of each eye; 1/2” White Wash circle in top of nose.

3. Paint muzzle line Lamp Black.

4. Print Dog pattern. Cut out ears; punch hole 3/8” from each side of top edge of ear. Thread cord through one hole in ear, wrap ear around bottom of handle, thread cord through remaining ear hole, and knot. Trim cord ends 1” past knot.

Giraffe

1. Print Giraffe pattern. Cut out ears. On covered work surface, spray paint bucket and one side of ears orange. Let dry.

2. Center face from side to side. Use circle template to paint: two 1-1/2” Lamp Black eye circles at center top; 1/4” White Wash circle in top of each eye; five 3/4” to 1-1/4” Cadmium Yellow circles on both sides of face; three 3/4” to 1-1/4” Cadmium Yellow circles on each painted ear.

3. Transfer nostrils; paint Lamp Black.

4. Punch holes 3/8” from each side of top edge of ear. Attach ears in same way as Dog.

5. For horns, glue two pom-poms to both sides of bucket handle.

Painting Techniques

  • Circles: Place circle template on area to be painted. Dip dry round bristle or stencil brush in paint, wipe brush on paper towel to remove excess, and dab brush in open area of circle.
  • Muzzle & Nostril Lines: Dip end of pointed paintbrush handle into paint, then make dot on line. Repeat for each dot. Make dots side by side to form a continuous line.

by Mary Ayres

Decorative Fabric Strip Rug

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Here’s a really easy, no-sew way to create a fun, unique rug for your room – all you do is cut long strips and then glue them to a purchased rug. 

Materials

  • Tightly-woven area rug or mat, 2’x3’
  • Assorted cotton fabric scraps, various widths at least 28” long

Tools

  • Pinking shears
  • Palette knife or 2”-wide flat paintbrush
  • Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

pencil, yardstick, aluminum foil, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Use pinking shears to cut 28” long strips of various widths from all fabrics. This will allow a 2” overlap on each side of rug, which will be adhered to back.

STEP 2

Squeeze large puddle of glue onto foil. On covered work surface, use paintbrush or palette knife to apply generous amount of glue to one 24” edge of rug where first strip will be placed. Using photo as placement guide, center first fabric strip over glue and press firmly to rug.

STEP 3

Continue covering rug with fabric strips, applying glue to each section and allowing each strip to overlap the previous one by 1⁄4”. Let dry.

STEP 4

Turn rug over and apply glue along both long edges. While glue is still wet, fold over excess fabric to back and press to adhere. Let dry. Use pinking shears to cut excess fabric at each end into fringe.

STEP 5

Use pinking shears to cut four 4” circles and four 2” circles from various fabrics. Using photo as guide, adhere large circles across mat. Adhere small circles to large circles, varying placement as desired. Let dry.

Tips

  • Raid the fabric store’s remnant bin to find inexpensive prints and solids to save money.
  • To create circles, trace drinking glasses or jar lids onto your fabric with a pencil, then cut out.
  • To give your rug a different look, adhere ruffled ribbon instead of fabric scrap on the two rug ends.

Variations

  • Cover a scrapbook album with fabric or paper strips cut and glue the same way.
  • In a hurry? Use brushable fabric paint to add stripes and dots to rug and other fabric surfaces.

by Cheryl Ball for Duncan Enterprises

Best Friends Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids can create a colorful craft stick frame to capture a fun summer memory with their friends.

Materials

  • Jumbo craft sticks, 20
  • Cardboard scrap, 5”x6”
  • Scrapbook paper: blue, blue/green plaid, yellow/green plaid
  • The Beadery Alphabet Beads
  • Glass E beads, in coordinating colors, 23
  • Artistic Wire Tinned Copper Wire, 15” length
  • Photo, 4-1/2”x3-1/2”
  • Wire photo hanger

Tools

  • Adhesives: glue stick, craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, apply glue stick on one side of nine craft sticks. Press craft sticks on blue paper. Cut around craft sticks. Let dry. Repeat process to cover eight craft sticks with blue/green plaid paper and three craft sticks with yellow/green plaid paper. Let dry.

STEP 2

Position cardboard rectangle, with 5” side at top, on work surface. To make frame, use craft glue to adhere one blue stick horizontally at top on 5” side. Continue adhering blue sticks horizontally on rectangle, covering completely. Let dry.

STEP 3

Adhere photo 1/8” below top edge of bottom horizontal blue craft stick on frame, centering in space. Let dry.

STEP 4

Measure 1/2” from each side of frame. Adhere blue/green plaid stick vertically on each side of frame, slightly covering edges of photo. Let dry.

STEP 5

Stack blue/green plaid sticks into two stacks of three. Adhere stacks on top of frame (on top two blue sticks). Let dry.

STEP 6

Adhere yellow/green plaid sticks on top and bottom sides of photo. Adhere remaining yellow/plaid stick centered on top of blue/green plaid stacks as shown in photo.

STEP 7

Cut 6” length of wire; loop one end. Thread wire into alphabet beads to spell “BEST” with glass beads between. Loop other wire end. Repeat process using 9″ length of wire to spell “FRIENDS”. Adhere beaded wires on frame as shown in photo.

STEP 8

Adhere wire hanger on back of frame. Let dry.

for Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.