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

Tea Lantern

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a fun and simple way to display the beauty of nature with this pressed flower tea lantern.

Materials

  • Clear self-adhesive vinyl paper, 9”x10”, two
  • Assorted pressed flowers and greenery
  • Craft foam, two colors of choice, 1”x10-1⁄2”, four (trim); 1”x9-1⁄4”, one (handle)
  • Two brass paper fasteners
  • Battery-operated candle or tea light

Tools

  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Remove paper backing from one piece of self-adhesive vinyl paper. Arrange pressed flowers as desired on sticky side. (Note: Do not place flowers within 1” from edges of self-adhesive vinyl paper.)

STEP 2

Remove paper backing from remaining piece of self-adhesive vinyl paper and press onto first piece, covering flowers with side edges overlapping 1”.

STEP 3

Use decorative-edge scissors to trim one long side of each trim piece. See photo. Adhere one trim piece along one long edge of self-adhesive vinyl paper aligning edges. Repeat same for other end.

STEP 4

Form self-adhesive vinyl paper into a cylinder so trim pieces are on inside of cylinder; press together, overlapping edges of self-adhesive vinyl paper. Adhere remaining trim pieces onto outside of cylinder, sandwiching self-adhesive vinyl paper in between.

STEP 5

Use decorative-edge scissors to trim both long sides of handle. Use hole punch to make a hole in center of each short end of handle, 1⁄2” from edges. Use hole punch to punch two holes in center of one trim end, punching second hole directly opposite first. Use paper fasteners to secure handle to lantern.

STEP 6

Place lantern over battery-operated candle or tea light.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

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)

Father’s Day Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Greet your golf-loving dad with a handmade card this Father’s Day. The layered papers add great texture, as do the button “golf ball” and twig signpost.

Materials

  • White blank card, 5”x6-1⁄2”
  • Purple/Blue paper: checked, sponged, dotted
  • White embroidery floss
  • White button, 5⁄8”
  • Twig, 1⁄8” diameter, 5” long

Tools

  • White gel pen
  • Cutting mat
  • Needle
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft knife

Directions

(Note: Use photo as guide throughout.)

step 1

Open card; trim 3⁄8” from each front edge, except fold. Cover inside back of card with purple/blue checked and card front with purple/blue sponged papers.

step 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Cut grass border pattern from purple/blue dotted paper. Adhere grass to front of card.

step 3

Trace flag window pattern on front of card. Open card and use craft knife to cut out “window”. Outline window and front of card with white pen.

step 4

Using white floss and working from back to front, sew stick and button to card front; knot floss ends inside card.

step 5

Transfer lettering to inside back of card with white pen so only “Dad” is visible through window.

Tips

  • Modify patterns slightly to create sailboat window card, floating along on rolling, blue waves. Or, cut grass from green crinkle paper for added texture.

by Shauna Berglund-Immel

Dad’s Day T-shirt

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Kids will have as much fun making this special Father’s Day gift as they will enjoy the giant hug from Dad when he receives it.

Materials

  • Cotton T-shirt in appropriate size
  • Fabric paints in choice of color(s)

Tools

  • T-shirt transfer paper, 2 sheets
  • Shirtboard, cookie sheet, or newspaper

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, paper plate (for palette), iron and pressing surface, computer with printer 

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s directions to print and iron the following on one sheet of transfer paper for front of shirt: “Of course my kids don’t walk all over me. . .” Use remaining sheet of transfer paper to print and iron the following for back of shirt: “They just have me in the palms of their hands!”

STEP 2

To make the front of the shirt, place shirt board, cookie sheet, or newspaper inside T-shirt. Pour puddle of paint on palette. Have child sit in chair and paint bottom of foot and toes, spreading paint evenly. Repeat same for other foot. Help child place feet onto T-shirt; press across top of toes and feet for full impression. Lift child off shirt and wash feet immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Let dry completely.

STEP 3

To make the back of the shirt, pour puddle of paint on palette. Paint palm of hands, spreading paint evenly. Place child’s hands onto T-shirt and press firmly for full impression. Lift child’s hands off shirt and wash hands immediately. Repeat same for each child, changing paint color for each child. Allow paint to dry 24 hours.

STEP 4

Follow manufacturer’s directions to let paint cure before washing.

Tip

  • Turn this shirt into a keepsake by adding each child’s name next to their hand prints and the date to the bottom of the shirt.

by Alessa Giampaolo Keener

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

Potted Baseball Player

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fill this Potted Baseball Player’s head with gift cards or treats and you’ll have the perfect coach’s gift! Or, use this fun little guy to hold silverware at your next baseball party.

Materials

  • Terra cotta items: 8” pots, two; 10” saucer
  • DecoArt Patio Paints: Geranium Red, Cloud White, Antique Mum, Sprout Green, Wrought Iron Black, Pinecone Brown, Citrus Green
  • Black craft foam, 2mm, 9”x12” sheet

Tools

  • Robert Simmons Expression by Daler-Rowney Paintbrushes: size 8 flat shader; sizes 12, 5, 3 pointed round; size 0 liner; sponge brush
  • Painter’s tape, 1” wide
  • Beacon Adhesives Kids Choice! Glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, paper plate (for palette), paper towels, transparent tape, transfer paper, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

  • Print and cut out patterns. Follow directions on patterns. (Note: Apply two and possibly three coats of paint to each surface, allowing paint to dry between coats.) For base, turn saucer upside down; use sponge brush and Sprout Green to paint bottom and outside surface of saucer on covered work surface. Use Cloud White to paint bottom and outside surface of one pot (body) and rim of other pot. For head, use Antique Mum to paint remaining portion of pot with white rim.

STEP 2

  • Paint the base by applying two coats of Citrus Green to saucer rim and rim ledge; allow paint to dry between coats. For grass blades, fill or load liner brush with Citrus Green; starting at rim ledge, pull brush up and away from rim. Continue to paint grass blades around entire saucer, applying strokes in different directions and overlapping into each other.

STEP 3

  • For body, turn white pot upside down on work surface. To create shirt stripes, apply painter’s tape vertically to body, spacing each piece approximately 1⁄2” apart; use pencil to lightly trace along edges. For shoes, place transfer paper between pattern and rim of pot; trace pattern onto rim so bottom edges are aligned. In same manner, transfer arm pattern onto body so arms are centered to shoes and aligned with top edge of body.

STEP 4

  • To paint the body, see photo. (Note: Apply two coats of paint as needed, allowing paint to dry between coats.) Paint Pinecone Brown mitt, Antique Mum hands, Cloud White baseball, and Wrought Iron Black shoes. Use Geranium Red and shader brush to paint stripes on shirt and sleeves; use liner brush to apply curve lines on baseball. Use Wrought Iron Black and liner brush to outline sleeves, hands, mitt, and baseball; apply stitch lines on baseball curve lines. Use Geranium Red and shader brush to paint a collar line around top of shirt as shown.

STEP 5

  • To paint head, see photo. For face, place transfer paper between pattern and side of pot; trace pattern onto pot. To paint hair, turn pot upside down. In same manner as grass, fill or load liner brush with Pinecone Brown; starting at rim ledge, pull brush up and away from rim. Continue to paint hair strands around entire pot applying strokes in different directions and overlapping into each other. Let dry. Turn pot right side up. Paint eyes Cloud White. Use Wrought Iron Black to paint pupils and inner mouth. Let dry. Use Geranium Red to paint nose and tongue. For cheeks, load #12 round brush with Geranium Red and tap brush straight up and down a few times on paper towel to work paint into bristles; gently tap brush to each end of smile. Use Cloud White and liner brush to highlight dot eyes, cheeks, and nose. Use Wrought Iron Black and liner brush to outline eyes, nose, smile, and chin line.

STEP 6

  • To assemble, turn head pot upside down. See photo. Place hat brim on pot ledge, centering brim to face; use pencil to mark ends of brim on pot. Remove brim. Apply glue to pot ledge between pencil marks; allow glue to set for a minute or two. Adhere brim in place. Let dry. Turn head right side up. Apply glue along bottom edge of body; adhere bottom of body to top of base. Apply glue to top of body; adhere bottom of head to top of body.

by Annie Lang