Fun In The Sun Backpack

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Hit the beach in style with an eye-catching carryall – perfect for toting flip-flops, sunscreen, beach towel, and so much more!

Materials

  • Light yellow fabric backpack or sling
  • Duncan Tulip Dimensional Slick Paints: Pink, Orange, Purple
  • Beads: flower, two; micro-beads, clear

Tools

  • Cardboard
  • Transfer paper

Basic Supplies

pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry backpack without fabric softener.

STEP 2

Enlarge pattern to desired size if necessary. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Print and transfer pattern to backpack. (Note: Flower on pattern is for placement of bead only; do not transfer.)

STEP 3

Insert cardboard inside backpack. Apply Orange dot to tip of straps; press flower bead in place. Outline flip-flops Orange, dots Purple, and paint straps Pink; sprinkle with beads while still wet. Let dry.

STEP 4

Trace lettering with all three paint colors as shown in photo; sprinkle with beads while still wet. Let dry.

by Kirsten Peters McGrath for Duncan Enterprises

DIY Custom Play Mat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids will enjoy this fun-and-easy project which allows them to incorporate their favorite toys during play time. Use Sakura’s Permapaque dual-point markers which contain a durable ink that goes on smoothly like paint.

Materials

  • Vinyl (may also be called “faux leather”, “naugahyde”, or “marine vinyl”)

Tools

Basic Supplies

scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Cut vinyl to preferred size.

STEP 2

Create design for mat. If your child is old enough, have them draw their own design. Involve smaller children by asking what they think should be included.

STEP 3

Outline design using fine point of Permapaque marker.

STEP 4

Use various other shades of markers to create background items, such as small town, field of flowers, or farm with animals. Use the chisel tip edge of Permapaque marker to fill in larger areas of play mat. Finish coloring design, including background area.

STEP 5

Spray light coat of clear finishing spray on completed mat in well-ventilated area. (Note: Only adults should use spray cans.)

STEP 6

Roll up the finished play mat and secure with an elastic band for portable playtime.

Tip

  • Sakura’s Permapaque dual-point markers contain a durable ink that goes on smoothly like paint. It dries almost instantly so there are no worries about smearing. The broad chisel point is ideal for coloring in large areas. For this project, the entire background was filled in without stopping, and the color stayed consistent the entire time. Visit Sakura’s YouTube Channel for a video demonstration of this project.

 About this project

  • The play mat is a portable play space for your child to use while also protecting furniture surfaces. But, just how durable is this project? The Permapaque ink stays put pretty well, even when rubbed with a damp cloth. After a couple weeks of intense playtime, there may be some minor scratches from car wheels. It can be prevented by spraying a light coat of clear finishing spray on the completed mat. This spray can be found in the fine art section of the craft department, typically by the paints. Since multiple brands of sprays react differently with fabrics and inks, it is recommended to always test your specific fabric type prior to final application. Always use sprays in well-ventilated areas.

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

Beach Towel

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

  

Enjoy the waves all summer long and be ready for any water adventure with this easy-to-make beach towel. The vibrant colors are sure to be a splash on the beach or at the pool.

Materials

  • White beach towel, 30”x50”
  • Simply Spray Soft Fabric Paint, three cans each: Blue Jay, Sky Blue

Tools

  • Masking tape rolls: 1/2”, 3/4”, 1”
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Paper towels

Basic Supplies

plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Wash and dry towel without fabric softener.

STEP 2

Protect work area with plastic tablecloth. Mask off bands on both towel ends by completely covering them with masking tape. On remainder of towel, beginning at center, place strip of 1”-wide tape across towel length. Butting against first strip, place 1/2”-wide tape on each side. Continue to place tape on either side of center using desired tape widths. When entire towel is covered with tape, remove desired strips to be painted Blue Jay. Set aside tape strips, taking care so they remain intact; do not discard.

STEP 3

Place towel on work surface and slide paper towels halfway under towel along all edges. Spray paint stripes Blue Jay. Let dry completely, for a minimum of 30 minutes. (Note: When spraying stripes, begin spraying on paper towels, then spray across length of towel and continue spraying off onto paper towels.)

STEP 4

When paint is completely dry, reapply tape strips over painted area. Remove desired strips to be painted Sky Blue. Repeat Step 3, using Sky Blue paint instead of Blue Jay. Let dry completely.

STEP 5

Remove remaining tape strips.

Tip

  • Simply Spray is a permanent, non-toxic aerosol spray designed especially for fabric, leaving it soft and machine washable. The color dries in 30 minutes and cleans up with soap and water.

by Cindy Groom-Harry and the CMC Staff

Crocheted Purse

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids, learn how to crochet using our easy-to-follow tutorial. Then crochet this purse as a great beginner project.

Materials

  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn in choice of color
  • Wooden barrel bead, 3⁄4”

Tools

  • Crochet hook, size N (10mm)
  • Yarn needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Abbreviations

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over

Directions

(Note: Use three strands of yarn held together throughout.)

Purse

1. Chain (ch) 16.

2. Row 1. Single crochet (sc) in next ch. *Yarn over (yo) and insert hook in next ch. Pull yarn through ch, then yo and pull through all three loops on hook. Repeat from * across. Turn.

3. Row 2. Sc in next sc. Repeat from * across, as in Row 1. Turn.

4. Rows 3-20. Repeat Row 2.

5. Rows 21-31. Repeat from * across, as in Row 1.

6. Row 31 (flap “trim”). *Sc in next sc. Skip one sc. Double crochet (dc) four times in next sc. Repeat from * across. Fasten off

Strap

1. Ch 55 to 65 (depending on desired length of strap).

2. Row 1. Sc in each ch. Fasten off.

Finish up

1. To assemble purse, fold bottom edge up, about 7”. Use yarn needle to sew edges together. Turn right side out.

2. Sew straps inside purse on each upper side edge. Sew bead to center front of purse.

Tip

by Nancy Smarinsky

Under the Sea Tote Bag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fill this adorable tote bag with sunscreen, beach towel, and other essentials, then head for the beach for an afternoon of fun!

Materials

  • Turquoise tote bag, 13-1/2”
  • DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint: Sweet Melon, Tangerine, Hauser Light Green, Buttermilk, Lamp Black
  • Blumenthal Lansing Co. Favorite Findings Shellz Buttons: Green, Turquoise, Pink
  • Clear rhinestones, five

Tools

  • DecoArt Fashion Sequins Writer: Orange Blaze, Lime Fizz
  • Aleene’s Jewel-It

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, chalk, transfer paper, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

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.) Use chalk and transfer paper to transfer patterns onto tote bag.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint: fish body Tangerine, fins and tail Sweet Melon, eye Buttermilk. Let dry. Paint pupil Lamp Black. Paint plants Hauser Light Green. Let dry. Dot eye Buttermilk.

STEP 3

Use paint writers to add Orange Blaze accents on fins and tail and Lime Fizz accents on plants. Let dry.

STEP 4

Position buttons and rhinestones on design in desired pattern. Use jewelry glue to adhere buttons and rhinestones on bag. See photo for guide. Let dry.

by Terry Ricioli

Appliquéd Butterfly & Bug Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make bath time a splash! Stitch these adorable bug and butterfly towels to make bath time a fun treat for kids instead of a chore.

Materials

  • White bath towels, two
  • Cotton fabrics: bright purple, 1/8 yd.; bright pink, 1/4 yd.; bright blue, 1/8 yd.; bright green, 1/4 yd.
  • Embroidery floss: bright purple, bright blue, black pearl cotton
  • Yellow flat buttons, 3/4”, four
  • Black baby rickrack

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Needle
  • Adhesives: Iron-on adhesive, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, iron and pressing surface

Directions

General

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.). Cut materials as indicated.

2. Use computer and desired font to print names; transfer to towels, adding swirls at beginning and end. Stem stitch names on towels using four strands bright blue floss for bug and bright purple floss for butterfly.

Butterfly Towel

1. Cut pieces from iron-on adhesive slightly larger than top and bottom wings. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse iron-on adhesive to backs of fabrics. Cut top wings from fused purple and bottom wings from fused pink fabric (along dashed lines). Adhere wings to towel above name on right side (top wing should overlap bottom wing). Use one strand pearl cotton to blanket stitch around outside edges of wings.

2. For antennae, fold 7” rickrack length in half; adhere above wings. Use four strands of floss to blanket stitch over rickrack, going between indentations.

3. Use black pearl cotton to sew yellow buttons to top wings.

4. For binding, cut 3”-wide strips to towel width plus 1” from pink fabric. Place strip across bottom front of towel with right sides together (edge should be even at bottom and extend 1/2” at sides). Sew strip 3/4” from bottom edge of towel. Turn raw edges of strip over to back of towel. Turn long edge under 3/4” (turned edge should be even with stitching on front side). Hand sew turned edges of strip to towel.

Bug Towel

1. Cut pieces from iron-on adhesive slightly larger than head and body. Follow manufacturer’s instruction to fuse iron-on adhesive to backs of fabrics. Cut head from fused blue and body from fused green (along dashed lines).

2. For legs, cut six 4-1/2” black rickrack lengths. Fold pieces in half so both sides are same length. Adhere raw ends under body at placement of leg lines on pattern.

3. For antennae, fold a 5” baby rickrack length in half and adhere above wings. Use four strands of floss to blanket stitch over rickrack, going between indentations.

4. Use black pearl cotton to sew yellow buttons to top of bug.

5. Make binding in same way as Butterfly Towel, using green fabric.

by Mary Ayres

Earring and Necklace Holder

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Easily locate jewelry at a glance while avoiding the hassles of lost earrings or tangled necklaces. Both kids and adults can create this quick-and simple holder to beautifully display and organize their jewelry.

Materials

  • Three yellow jumbo craft sticks
  • Black plastic screen, 4-3⁄4” x 5-3⁄8”
  • Heart-shaped brads, six
  • Wire, 24-gauge
  • Yellow satin ribbon, 1/4″ wide, 24″ length

Tools

  • Drill or hand drill with 5⁄64” bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Transparent tape

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, old magazine

Directions

STEP 1

For top craft sticks, use pencil to make a mark 3⁄4” from each end of two craft sticks, 3⁄8” from one long edge. Place sticks on top of magazine and drill holes through mark. (Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a drill.) For bottom craft stick, use pencil to make a mark 1-3⁄16”, 2-1⁄4”, 3-11⁄16”, and 5” on remaining craft stick, 1⁄4” from one long edge; drill holes.

STEP 2

For necklace holders, wrap an 1⁄8” section of wire around shanks of four brads just behind heart. (Note: This allows space between brad and craft stick in order to hang necklaces.) Center screen to back of bottom craft stick, covering holes. Push brads through front of craft stick and screen; open brads to secure in place.

STEP 3

Center screen to back of one top craft stick, covering holes; tape in place. Align remaining top craft stick, so screen is sandwiched between and holes are aligned. Push brads through holes; do not open brads at this time. Tie ribbon ends into a 2” wide bow with 2” long tails; cut ends at a slant. See photo. Place ribbon between brads and adjust so bow and loop meet as hanger. Open brads to secure in place.

by Barb Chauncey

Quilled Baby Frame

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Floral vines and whimsical quilled ducks accent this adorable handmade baby frame for your special little bundle of joy.

Materials

  • Papier-mâché frame, 8”x10
  • Cardstock: pink, blue, light green
  • Quilling paper, 1/8” wide: light green, medium yellow, orange
  • White pearls, 4mm, 12

Tools

  • Slotted quilling tool
  • Embossing tool
  • Paints: mint; dimensional: white, black
  • Gesso
  • Flat paintbrush, 1/2”
  • Paper punches: leaf; medium daisy; small flower; round, 3/16”
  • Beacon Adhesives Zip-Dry Paper Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply gesso to frame; let dry. Basecoat frame mint. Add white dimensional dots to frame front.

STEP 2

For vines, cut ten 3”-long light green quilling strips. Use fingers to give slight curve to each strip. Place slotted quilling tool into one paper end and curl five to six times. Gently remove tool. Adhere three vines together for left and top sides of frame. Adhere two vines together for lower right and bottom of frame. Adhere vines to frame as shown.

STEP 3

Cut ten 5”-long yellow quilling strips. Roll two strips into loose 7/16” circles (ducks’ heads) and remaining strips into 7/16”-long teardrops (buds). Adhere buds to vines.

STEP 4

Punch out five light green leaves; use embossing tool to make veins. Adhere leaves to vines on bottom right corner. Punch out seven additional leaves, emboss veins, and adhere to vines on upper left corner.

STEP 5

Punch out five pink medium daisies. Use embossing tool to make dimple in centers. Adhere pearls to flower centers. Adhere three daisies to upper left corner and two daisies to lower right corner.

STEP 6

Punch seven blue small flowers. Embellish flowers in same way as pink flowers. Adhere five flowers to upper left corner and two flowers to lower right corner.

STEP 7

For duck’s body, roll two yellow quilling strips into 3/4”-long teardrops. Adhere bodies to top right and bottom left frame corners. Adhere heads to bodies. Cut three small 1/2” orange strips for each duck; fold in half. Adhere two on body for legs and one to face for bill. Punch two blue circles for eyes; adhere to faces. Use black dimensional paint to dot pupils; let dry.

by Sandy Rollinger

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

Dog and Cat Pots

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Not only is this the cat’s meow, but it’s perfectly fine that this project has gone to the dogs. Create the perfect treat container to reflect your special pet’s personality.

Materials

  • Terra cotta pots: 2”, 3”
  • Polymer clay: dark brown, brown, grey, white, pale pink

Tools

  • Acrylic paint: dark orange, grey
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

toothpick, baking dish, oven

Directions

 

General

(Note: Adult supervision is needed when using a glue gun and oven.)

1. Preheat oven to 275° F. (Note: When assembling clay pieces, be sure all pieces are pressed and stuck together.)

Dog

1. Paint dark orange on outside and inside top half of 3” pot. Let dry.

2. To make body pieces, use photo as guide. For head, roll brown clay into 1”x1-1/4” oval. See Figure 1. To shape head, use thumb and first finger to slightly squeeze one end of oval. For ears, roll two 1”-long teardrop shapes from brown. For nose, roll dark brown clay into 1/4”x3/8” oval; press nose onto front of head. Press ears onto sides of head. For eyes, use toothpick to poke two small holes into head above nose. For muzzle, use toothpick to mark slit below nose. For feet, roll four 5/8”-wide balls from brown; flatten one end of each ball for bottom of feet. Place bottom of feet on work surface, spacing feet so bottom of pot rests on top of each foot; press bottom of pot onto feet. Use toothpick to cut toe slits into each foot as shown. Remove pot. For tail, roll brown 1-1/8”-long tube. Bend tail as desired.

3. Place clay pieces on baking dish. Bake 1/2 hour. Remove from oven. Let cool.

4. Adhere back of head onto one side of rim. Adhere tail on back top of rim. Adhere feet onto bottom of pot.

Cat

1. Adhere back of head onto one side of rim. Adhere tail on back top of rim. Adhere feet onto bottom of pot.

2. To make body pieces, use photo as guide. For head, roll ball approximately 1” wide from grey clay. See Figure 2. Shape ball so head comes to slight point. See Figure 3. For muzzle, roll two 1/4” balls from white clay and slightly flatten. For bottom lip, roll tiny white oval. For nose, roll tiny pink ball. Press muzzle, bottom lip, and nose onto front of head. For ears, form two 1/4” triangles from grey. Press tiny ball of pink onto front of each ear. Press ears onto top of head. For eyes, use toothpick to poke two holes into head above nose. For feet, press white and grey clays together; roll four 1/2” balls; flatten one end of each ball for bottom of feet. Place bottom of feet on work surface, spacing feet so bottom of pot rests on top of each foot; press bottom of pot onto feet. Use toothpick to cut toe slits into each foot as shown. Remove pot. For tail, roll grey 1/8”x3/4”-long tube; flatten one end. Bend down tail.

3. Place clay pieces on baking dish. Bake 1/2 hour. Remove from oven. Let cool.

4. Adhere back of head onto one side of rim. Adhere tail on back top of rim. Adhere feet onto bottom of pot.

by Billie Ciancio