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