Springy Celebration Ornament

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Add sparkle and fun to your tree this year. This clay ornament is quick and easy so you can create a batch in many color combos!

Materials

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Red Glitter Oven-Bake Clay
  • Green glass crystals

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey: Clay Conditioning Machine, Clay Extruder (with half-circle extruding disc)
  • Copy paper
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Tape

Basic Supplies

wax paper

Directions

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 275° F. Run clay through Clay Conditioning Machine on several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass; insert folded side into rollers first.

STEP 2

Create cone with sheet of copy paper; tape in place.

STEP 3

Fill extruder completely with Red Glitter clay. Extrude completely.

STEP 4

Lay extruded piece of clay down on flat side. Using fingers, create point at one end. At other end, create loop and connect back to strip.

STEP 5

Press crystals firmly into clay in random pattern.

STEP 6

Starting with pointed end of strip and small point of paper cone, wrap clay around cone.

STEP 7

Bake clay on paper cone on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool. Remove paper and hang ornament on tree.

Tip

  • For a different look, mix two colors of clay together to create marbleized look. Run marbleized clay through extruder and follow instructions to wrap around cone.

by Polyform Products (http://www.sculpey.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)

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)

Great Finds Friday: “Tape It & Make More” & Designer Duct Tape WINNERS!

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Before we get to today’s GFF post, it’s time to announce the five lucky winners of a book-and-tape prize package courtesy of Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., publishers of Tape It & Make MORE: 101 More Duct Tape Activities by Richela Fabian Morgan, and Platypus Designer Duct Tape. Each winner will receive a copy of the book and one roll of tape, our choice.

Potential winners were asked to leave a comment on the original blog post telling us their favorite roll of tape from the Platypus Designer Duct Tape website. If you missed the original post, read more about this idea-filled book and Platypus Designer Duct Tape here. The five winners are Carla, Laura, Linda, Samantha, and Diana.

Winners, we will contact you via email for your mailing addresses. Congratulations and happy duct taping!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

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

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

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.

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