Winter’s Woes Sign

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

With this winter welcome, you’ll have visitors in abundance and your home will be filled with friends helping to make the season enjoyable.

Materials

  • Birch, veneer, or pine wood, 1⁄4” thick, 8”x10”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Antique Gold, Cashmere Beige, Sable Brown, Light Avocado, Sand, Antique White, Hauser Dark Green, Moon Yellow, Uniform Blue, Burnt Sienna, Lamp Black, Rookwood Red
  • Fabric of choice, 1”x5”
  • Black wire, 20-gauge, 16” length

Tools

  • Scroll saw
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Flat, Series 2700, 3⁄4”, 1”; Angular, Series 2160, 1⁄4”; Liner, Series 2595, 10/0; Stippler, Series 650, 1⁄4”
  • Walnut wood stain
  • Spray sealer
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, transfer paper, pencil, soft cloth, sandpaper, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

7-1⁄2”x9-1⁄2”

Sign

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 wood as indicated. Drill holes where indicated. Sand all sides of wood; wipe dust with soft cloth. Apply stain; let dry.

2. Transfer details (except lettering).

3. Paint the following: girl’s face and hands Cashmere Beige, shade Sable Brown; snowmen, girl’s hat brim, and tassel Sand; inside of sign Antique White; outside of sign Uniform Blue; girl’s hat and shirt and highlight dots on hat and tassel Light Avocado; one mitten Hauser Dark Green; other mitten Rookwood Red; snowman noses Burnt Sienna; girl’s hair Moon Yellow, shade Antique Gold; squiggles on hat and shirt, snowflakes on mittens, and highlight dots on sign border Sand. Drybrush cheeks with combination of Rookwood Red and Sand.

4. Sand corners for “aged” look. Apply stain; let dry.

5. Dot eyes and lettering Lamp Black. Adhere snowmens’ mittens and noses, girl’s hands, and hat brim with hair to sign. Add details with marker. Apply sealer; let dry.

6. Insert wire through holes for hanger; twist ends to secure. Tie fabric into bow at top of hanger.

by Cheryl Seslar

Faux Cupcake Ornaments

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Create these festive miniature faux cupcakes to spice up your holiday décor this Christmas.

Materials

  • Celebrate It Mini Cupcake Baking Cups
  • FloraCraft Foam Ball, 1-1/2”
  • All-purpose caulking
  • White cardstock
  • Red ribbon
  • Assorted beads, four (for hanger)
  • Rhinestones: clear, two; red, 12
  • Beadalon Products: large topaz bead; silver beads, 18; headpins; wire, 24- and 18-gauge

Tools

  • Testors Enamel Paint Markers (available at Testors.com or Amazon.com): Blue (2508), Green (2524), Red (2503), Yellow (2514)
  • Wilton: Disposable Decorating Bags; Decorating Tips, #48, #70
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat nose pliers, two
  • Funnel
  • Glitter: silver, clear
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, spool of thread, craft knife, toothpick, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

All “frosting” on cupcakes is created by filling decorating bag with caulking and squeezing it out with different style tips.  Follow manufacturer’s directions on decorating bag package.  Decorating bags and tips used for these projects should not be reused for food.

Basic Cupcake

1. Cut small section off bottom of foam ball to create flat surface.

2. Apply caulking to flat bottom and set into baking cup.

3. Set baking cup into funnel.

4. Squeeze bead of caulking into space between cup and foam ball.  (Note: This will adhere foam to foil and help it keep its shape once set.)

Wire Hangers

1. Cut 5” length from 18-gauge wire; wrap around any tubular object, such as Testors enamel markers or jewelry ring maker, two or three times.

 

2. Lay another larger round object, such as a spool of thread, on excess wire and smooth wire around object to create “s” shape. Slip wire off both objects and trim. Dip wire end in glue, then attach bead.

3. Each hanger is connected to a SIMPLE LOOP WIRE. To create one, cut 2-1/2” length from 24-gauge wire and wrap into spiral on one end (See Wire Hangers – Step 1). Dip straight wire end into glue and insert into center of cupcake.

Angel Cupcake

1. Cut 18” length of 18-gauge wire; fold in half.

2. Using pliers, grab wire at 1/3 of wire length. Grab folded end with another set of pliers and twist until wires are wrapped around each other.

3. Form the two untwisted wires into “y” shape.

4. Roughly shape into curves with your hands. Twist ends together at top as shown.

5. Push the two twisted ends together, forming two loops for wings. Slide on topaz bead.

6. Form wings by pinching along wire several times with flat-nose pliers.

7. Slip silver bead over remaining wires above topaz bead.

8. Bend top wires into 45-degree angle.

9. Wrap and smooth remaining wire around marker or other round object to create double, open halo above topaz bead.

10. Stick long twisted stem at bottom of angel into glue and then into center of cupcake. Insert simple loop wire (from Wire Hangers – Step 3) in cupcake behind stem.

11. Using #70 decorating tip, form base of angel by applying adhesive caulking and working from center of cupcake out to edges, overlapping strokes.

12. When caulking is dry, paint with yellow marker.

Snowflake Cupcake

1. Print and use template to cut two identical snowflakes with craft knife from cardstock. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print.) Place one flake on covered work surface and dot glue on center and points. Lay 3” simple loop wire on snowflake as shown. Place second snowflake on top of wire, aligning snowflakes. Let dry.

2. Apply thin coat of glue to both sides of snowflake and sprinkle on clear glitter. Adhere rhinestone in center on each side.

3. For frosting, use swirling pattern to apply caulking with #48 decorating tip positioned on its side.  (Note: This will make frosting swirls stand on end.)

4. When dry, paint frosting with blue marker. While paint is still wet, sprinkle on silver glitter. Stick snowflake simple loop wire into glue and then into center of cupcake.

Wreath Cupcake

1. Use #70 decorating tip to apply two rippled lines of caulking around border of cupcake. (Note: The slower you move the tip, the more it will ripple the caulking.)

2. Using toothpick, jab repeatedly at caulking. As toothpick is pulled out, peeks are formed that look like wreath needles.

3. When set, paint wreath with green marker.

4. Dab glue on back of red rhinestones and attach to wreath in groups of three.

5. Attach simple loop wire to center of cupcake. Tie bow on wire with red ribbon.

Gift Package Cupcake

1. Cover cupcake with caulking using #70 decorating tip.

2. Once set, apply caulking to add ribbon and bow with #48 tip.

3. Paint ribbon with red marker.

4. Push headpin into each silver bead and insert into cupcake as shown.  Add simple loop wire to center and surround with beads.

by The Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for The Testor Corporation (www.testors.com)

Heavenly Angel

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Decorate your home this holiday season with this beautiful angel made from fabric and freezer paper! Gold designs are airbrushed using lace and a paper doily as stencils, giving this angel her sparkle and shine.

Materials

  • Ivory sheer fabric, 18”x45”
  • Lace, 8”x8” scrap
  • FloraCraft Foam Cone, 6”
  • Paper doily, 12” circle
  • Gold ball Christmas ornament of choice, 1-1/2” diameter
  • Gold wire, 22- or 24-gauge
  • Gold headpins, three
  • Round pearls, three
  • Small green leafy Christmas sprig
  • Reynolds Freezer Paper

Tools

  • Testors Aztec Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztec Airbrushable Pearl Gold Acrylic Paint (available at Testors.com or Amazon.com)
  • Wire cutters
  • Paintbrush, 1”
  • Fast Finish Découpage
  • Adhesives: Stencil Ease Repositionable Stencil Adhesive, Elmer’s Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, marker, tape, craft knife, toothpicks, iron and pressing surface, knitting needle or skinny pen, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Angel Templates

1. Download and print angel body and wing template. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print.)

2. Follow directions to assemble body template.

Angel

1. From sheer fabric and freezer paper, cut one 16” square for angel body and three 8” squares for wings. Set wings aside.

2. Iron sheer fabric onto all freezer paper squares. (Note: Freezer paper will keep fabric stable while you work.)

3. Place 16” bonded fabric/paper square onto work surface with paper side up. Using template, trace one 12” circle onto freezer paper with marker. (Note: Circle will be visible through the sheer fabric.) Using marker, place dot in center of circle.

4. With fabric side up, use one-inch paintbrush to paint even coat of découpage on circle outline. Straddle line with center of brush to place découpage half inside and half outside of line. (Note: This will prevent fabric edge from fraying when cut.)

5. When dry, spray back side of 12-inch paper doily with repositionable stencil adhesive. Align doily with fabric circle and press to adhere.

6. Over covered work surface, use airbrush to paint doily gold.

7. When dry, carefully peel away doily, then fabric, from freezer paper.

8. Drape fabric over foam cone, matching dot to cone center.

9. For angel wings, place one 8” square onto work surface with paper side up. Trace wing template onto square using marker.

10. Use paintbrush to evenly coat entire fabric-side surface of each 8” square with découpage.

11. When completely dry, bond all three squares as follows:  Remove freezer paper from one square and place square on layer with wing outline. Paint with more découpage, which will bond fabrics together. Repeat with third wing and let dry.

12. Spray adhesive on back of lace and place over wing shape. (Note: Lace should cover wing completely.)

13. Over covered work surface, airbrush wing with gold paint. When completely dry, remove lace and cut out wing on marker line. Carefully peel away freezer paper.

14. For angel head, remove hanger/top from ball ornament. Place enough toothpicks in hole of ornament to fill space.  Adhere toothpicks to ball; let dry.

15. Wrap gold wire around knitting needle or skinny pen five times to form coiled ring small enough to cover toothpicks. Cut off excess wire.

16. Use craft knife to make small “x” cut into fabric over dot on cone. Insert toothpicks into spiral wire and push into dot in fabric, leaving about 1/4” space between head and body.

17. To form angel halo, double wrap wire around any round 1-1/2” object (such as a glue bottle). Slide wire off container. Make 45-degree bend in excess wire, leaving a 2-1/2” tail. Smooth out any kinks in wire circle.

18. Wrap opposite wire end around bend and cut off excess.

19. Push wire stem into cone behind angel’s head.

20. For angel arms, cut 8” wire length. Stick wire through cone, 1/4” below neck, leaving equal amount of wire on each side.  Bend wire to form angled arms.

21. Stick wire ends through ornamental Christmas sprig and loop ends.

22. Insert one headpin through each pearl. To attach wings on angel back, position one pearl at top of wings and push pearl headpin into cone. Place remaining pearl headpins at middle and at bottom to secure wings in place.

by The Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for The Testor Corporation (www.testors.com)

Whimsical Christmas Stocking with Removable Silhouette

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

This personalized, keepsake stocking will not only fill your home with HOLIDAY CHEER, but will grace your walls ALL YEAR!

Materials

  • Wooden oval plaque, 5″x7″
  • Circle stickers
  • White, canvas cloth, 1 yd.
  • Side profile photo printed on photo paper (sized to fit on wood plaque)
  • No-Sew Velcro, white
  • White, all-purpose thread
  • Ribbon, in color of choice
  • Small Santa hat

Tools

  • Testors Aztek A220 Broadstroke EZ Airbrush Set
  • Testors Aztek AC100 Powerful and Compact Standard Compressor or Airbrush Propellant, 6 oz. can with Air Can Adapter
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint, 2oz.: Opaque Red, Opaque Green, Opaque White, Fluorescent Green
  • Testors Aztek Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner, 4 oz.
  • Testors Aztek Cleaning Drop Cloth
  • Painters tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, craft knife, sewing machine, straight pins, scrap paper, hot glue gun, glue sticks, camera

Directions

Chevron/Polka-Dot Stocking

1. For pattern, freehand draw stocking shape onto scrap paper, allowing additional 4”-5” at top of stocking to be folded down for cuff. (Note: An existing stocking can be used as pattern.) Cut two stockings from canvas cloth.

2. To create chevron design, fold down approximately 4”-5” of top layer of canvas cloth to create a cuff. (Note: Do not sew cuff into place.) Cut 2” pieces of painters tape and adhere to cuff of stocking in zig-zag design as shown. To create polka dot design, place circle stickers on front side of stocking in desired pattern just below cuff.

3. Cover work area with the Cleaning Drop Cloth. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to assemble airbrush to your chosen air source. Remove red plastic cap and fill Quick Change Bottle with Opaque Red Paint; close cap and thread connector to bottle. The connector then snaps into place on airbrush.

4. Practice airbrushing on piece of paper. (Note: Trigger turns air on and off. Roller at front of airbrush allows adjusts flow of air. To adjust flow of paint, turn ring at top of paint bottle until you have desired amount of paint.) Lightly press trigger and spray smooth, even strokes of Opaque Red paint on stocking, covering all circle stickers. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

5. Should paint start to dry inside the Quick Connect Cap, insert wire tool included in airbrush kit into opening of cap to remove any dried paint. If airbrush is left idle and paint has dried inside bottle, cap, or siphon tubes, disassemble parts and soak in Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner.

6. To change colors, pop off first bottle and thread connector onto another; snap into place. Replace red plastic cap on first bottle to keep paint fresh. Cover polka dot stocking to protect it from overspray. Airbrush Fluorescent Green paint over painter’s tape on cuff to create chevron design. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

7. Remove circle stickers and tape to reveal designs.

8. Airbrush wooden plaque with Opaque White paint. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

9. Print photo of your subject’s side profile on photo paper. To create stencil, cut out silhouette with craft knife as shown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for spray adhesive’s temporary bond application and adhere silhouette stencil to painted white plaque. Use painters tape to mask off exposed areas on plaque from overspray. Airbrush Opaque Red paint over stencil. Let dry and gently remove stencil.

10. Pin both stocking pieces together with wrong sides facing out. Machine-sew stocking together, making sure to leave top of stocking open. Trim off any excess seam allowance. Turn stocking right side out. Fold cuff down. Using canvas scrap, create loop and machine-sew inside cuff. Sew over seam several times.

11. Using hot glue, adhere Velcro in a cross formation to stocking back (hook side) and plaque back (loop side) as shown. To make removable plaque hanger, cut 4” ribbon length to create loop; secure with hot glue. Cut small piece of hook side of Velcro and adhere onto base of the ribbon loop as shown.

12. Tie small ribbon length into bow and adhere to girl silhouette as shown. Adhere Santa hat to boy silhouette. Or, embellish plaques as desired. (Note: If you would like to hang plaque year round, do not permanently adhere Santa hat.)

Polka-Dot/Stripe Stocking

1. To create Polka-Dot/Stripe Stocking, repeat steps for Chevron/Polka-Dot Stocking with the following changes. Adhere painter’s tape diagonally across stocking below cuff, then place circle stickers on cuff. Airbrush cuff green and below cuff red. Airbrush plaque green and silhouette white. All other directions are the same.

Tips

  • To learn more about this particular Testor’s Aztek Airbrush, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic airbrushing information.
  • Using Velcro allows you to remove the silhouette plaque and hang in your home throughout the rest of the year. And as your child grows, you can recreate and attach a new silhouette. Color schemes can be adapted to match your décor.

by Emma McDonald for Testors (www.testors.com)

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)

 

Ruffled Christmas Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Enhance the beauty of your home this holiday season with an elegant ivory ruffled wreath airbrushed and accented in gold.

Materials

  • Foam wreath, 12”
  • Ruffled knit ivory fabric, 60” wide, 1/4 yd.
  • Offray Pearl-Edge Ivory Sheer Ribbon, 2” wide, 4 ft.
  • Gold ball holiday stems
  • Pearls, two
  • Straight pins, two
  • Headpins, two
  • Craft wire

Tools

  • Testors Aztek Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztek Fine Line Nozzle
  • Testors Aztek Pearl Gold Acrylic Airbrush
Paint
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun and sticks, painter’s tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft sticks, newspaper (to cover work surface), clothes hangers

Directions

STEP 1

Separate ruffles by cutting fabric into 1-1/2” strips that consist of 1” of ruffle and 1/2” of flat border. (Note: Knit fabric doesn’t fray.)

STEP 2

To paint ruffles, secure both ends of each strip to covered work surface with painters tape. Work in sections if space is limited to paint an entire strip at one time. Ruffle edge should be taut but not so tight it curls.

STEP 3

Using airbrush with fine nozzle attached, create line across edge of ruffle with gold paint. Use light trigger pressure, as too much pressure from the airbrush will lift delicate fabric. Repeat for all ruffle strips. Drape ruffles over hangers to dry.

STEP 4

Attach end of one ruffle strip to top center on back side of wreath using glue gun. Use craft sticks to hold the fabric in place while glue sets.

STEP 5

Wrap strip around wreath, creating small tucks  –  one on outer edge, one on front flat surface, and one on inside edge. Adhere tucks in place.

STEP 6

Bring fabric strip to back of wreath and continue with next row. Ruffled hem from previous row should cover flat border of new row when it is adhered in place. On curved areas, overlap ruffles at inner edges of wreath more than outer edges because of difference in diameter.

STEP 7

Continue working around one side of wreath to bottom center, adding strips as needed. At bottom center, cut strip and adhere in back. Move to top center and attach end of ruffle strip to back side of wreath. Working in opposite direction, overlap strips in center to create flat double border to be covered later. Repeat Steps 5-7 to finish covering remaining side of wreath with ruffles.

STEP 8

Wrap length of pearl-edged ribbon over flat double border, bringing it to back of wreath. Fold ribbon, creating 6” loop. Slip raw edge of ribbon against wreath. Dab hot glue on straight pins and insert into wreath to hold ribbon in place.

STEP 9

Cut branches from gold ball holiday stems and adhere to center ribbon on front side of wreath as desired. Slip some stems under ribbon and adhere in place.

STEP 10

Create bow by making four loops with one piece of ribbon. Secure bow with wire, twisting the ends together. Trim ribbon ends, leaving 2” tail.

STEP 11

Using scissors point, poke hole through ribbon and into top center of wreath.

STEP 12

Fill hole with hot glue and push wire ends of bow inside hole; let dry. Use ribbon tail to cover wire; adhere in place. Add more stems below bow as desired.

STEP 13

Cut several gold ball stems and poke into wreath in clusters. Dab stem wires with hot glue before poking through fabric and into wreath.

STEP 14

Finish wreath by securing loop made in Step 8 (on back of wreath) to top center of wreath. Insert headpin through pearl, dab pin with glue, and push into wreath at left edge of ribbon. Repeat on right edge of ribbon. (Note: Attaching ribbon to center will allow wreath to hang properly.)

Tip

  • Never airbrushed before? Testors Aztek Airbrush System is simple to use and maintain. Plus, it makes fast, easy, and accurate work of turning your projects into beautiful masterpieces.

by Lisa Nielsen for Testors (www.testors.com)
designed by the Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com)

Pumpkin Welcome Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Heavy sweaters, hot cocoa, and pumpkins from the garden are all signs that fall is here! Paint this festive pumpkin sign to welcome friends and celebrate this fun season.

Materials

  • Wooden items: plaque, 6-3/4”x15-1/2”; plywood or basswood, 1/8” thick, 6”x12”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Antique White, Pumpkin, Poppy Orange, Black Green, Green Sea
  • Fall color silk leaves, two stems
  • Raffia
  • Black craft wire, 19-gauge, 25” length
  • Branch, 3/4” diameter, 24” length

Tools

  • Scroll saw
  • Drill with 1/8” bit
  • Wire cutter
  • Paintbrushes: flat; liner; shader, small, large
  • Checkerboard stencil, 1/4” and 1/2” squares
  • Sponge scrap
  • Brown antiquing gel
  • Satin varnish
  • Crackle medium
  • Wood glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, transfer paper, sandpaper, paper towel, old toothbrush, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

6-3/4”x15-1/2” (not including hanger)

Pumpkin Welcome Sign

1. Print and cut patterns along dashed lines. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Transfer two pumpkins, two leaves, and outline of sign to plywood or basswood; cut shapes from wood. Sand all rough edges; remove dust with damp paper towel.

2. Drill holes in pumpkins and oval (sign) where indicated by “X” on patterns. Use Figure 1 as guide to drill holes in plaque.

3. Use flat brush to basecoat all surfaces of the following: pumpkins Pumpkin; plaque, sign, and leaves Black Green. Apply crackle medium to front and sides of plaque; set aside.

4. For pumpkins, use large shader brush double loaded with Pumpkin and Poppy Orange to shade sections. Paint stems Black Green. Use 1/4” square stencil and sponge to checker leaves with Green Sea. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint dots and broken lines/stitch marks on stems and leaves, close to edges. Use toothbrush and Black Green to lightly spatter pumpkins.

5. For sign, use 1/2” square stencil and sponge to checker sign with Green Sea. Transfer lettering to sign; use small shader brush and Antique White to paint letters. Use liner brush and Pumpkin to outline right edges and add dots to letters. Use liner brush and Antique White to paint broken lines/stitch marks on sign, close to edges.

6. For plaque, use flat brush and Antique White to paint over crackle medium. (Note: Use long strokes and paint each area only once for best results.)

7. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply one coat antiquing gel to plaque and shapes. (Note: For a lighter antiqued look, apply one coat varnish before applying antiquing gel.) Apply one coat varnish to plaque and shapes.

8. (Note: Use photo as assembly guide.) Adhere leaves to pumpkins. To attach pumpkins and sign to plaque, cut 18, 10” lengths from raffia. Holding six lengths together, insert raffia into left hole in shape; thread through left front hole in sign. (Note: For easier threading, tape raffia ends together tightly; tape can be cut off after threading.) Insert raffia through remaining hole in back of sign and shape; tie bow in front to secure.

9. For hanger, cut two 4” lengths, two 6” lengths, and three 2-1/2” lengths from craft wire. Fold each 6” length in half and insert ends through holes in top of plaque from back to front, leaving 1” loops in back of plaque. Bend loops up so they are flat against plaque; wrap wire ends around loop to secure.

10. To attach branch, insert each 4” length through loop; wrap wire around branch and twist ends to secure. To attach leaves, hold stem against branch; wrap remaining wire around branch to secure.

Tips

  • Use pre-cut wooden pumpkins instead of cutting your own with a scroll saw.
  • For a year ‘round “Welcome” sign, make different embellishments to replace the pumpkins, such as turkeys, Christmas trees, hearts, shamrocks, bunnies, flags, etc.

by Linda Lover

Walkway Lights

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a spooky entrance for trick-or-treaters while safely lighting the pathway to your door. It’s quick, simple, and can be ready in time for Halloween night!

Materials

  • Orange game cones, four (purchased at dollar store)
  • Battery-operated tea lights, four

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Black marker

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 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.) Trace around pattern pieces to transfer designs onto cones using black marker.

STEP 2

On covered work surface, paint designs black. For pumpkin, paint outline and details only. Let dry.

STEP 3

Insert battery-operated tea light under cone.

Tips

  • Use glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint to add details or paint in designs!
  • Create fun “witch hats” by painting cones black and adding glow-in-the-dark highlights!

by Pam Sicely

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)

Halloween Window Hanger

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Try as they might, these playful pumpkins are just too cute to cause a scare this Halloween season. Paint this quick-and-simple trio to add some fun to your Halloween décor.

Materials

  • Wooden items: triangles, 1⁄4” thick, 2-1⁄2” tall, three; “BOO” letters, 3⁄16” thick, 1-1⁄2” tall
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: White, Tangerine, Black, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow, Pink Quartz
  • Black craft wire, 20-gauge, 3” length
  • Eye screws, 1⁄4” long, three
  • Suction cups, three
  • Green raffia
  • Black thread
  • Fishing line

Tools

  • Royal & Langnickel Aqualon Paintbrushes: Flat Wash, Series 2700, 1⁄2”; Angular Shaders, Series 2160, 1⁄4”, 3⁄8”; Stencil, Series 1111, 1⁄4”; Liners, #1, 10/0
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, tracing paper, pencil, pliers

Directions

STEP 1

Drill shallow holes in top of letters and triangles. (Note: The “O’s” in “BOO” are placed at an angle.) Basecoat letters White and triangles (pumpkins) Tangerine. Apply random Black dots to letters using different size brush handles.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide and Red Iron Oxide, shade pumpkin segments and outside edges; highlight Yellow.

STEP 3

Print and cut out patterns; transfer faces. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Dot eyes and paint details Black. Lightly shade bottom of noses with Red Iron Oxide. Add dot to each eye and highlight nose White. Drybrush cheeks with Pink Quartz.

STEP 4

Cut three 1” lengths from wire; bend each in half. Cut fifteen 2” lengths from raffia. Cut three 12” lengths from thread; fold each in half.

STEP 5

Holding one folded thread length and five raffia lengths together, insert centers between bent wire. Using pliers, twist wire to secure. Apply glue to wire ends and insert into top of pumpkin; let dry. Arrange and trim raffia as desired.

STEP 6

Insert eye screws in tops of letters. Tie pumpkins to letters with thread as shown. Attach suction cups to glass surface; tie fishing line to suction cups and eye screws to hang.

by Loretta Mateik