New Year’s Party Hat

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Ring out the old boring party hats! Upcycle leftover Christmas decorations to bling in new, airbrushed party hats for your New Year’s celebration.

Materials

  • Party hat
  • Plastic headband
  • Recycled Christmas items: white shirt box, bows, silver tinsel garland
  • Small brad

Tools

  • Testors Aztek A220 Broadstroke EZ Airbrush Set
  • Testors Aztek AC100 Powerful and Compact Compressor-Standard or Airbrush Propellant, 6 oz. can with Air Can Adapter
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint, 2 oz.: Opaque Black, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Pink
  • Testors Aztek Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner, 4 oz.
  • Testors Aztek Cleaning Drop Cloth
  • Lace fabric
  • Silver glitter
  • Adhesives: double-stick tape, all-purpose glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, scrap paper, straight pin, paper plate, plastic spoon, black marker

Directions

STEP 1

Deconstruct party hat and use as template to trace onto shirt box. Use a small cup to trace a circle (clock base) and freehand draw two clock hand shapes onto the shirt box; cut out all shapes.

STEP 2

Cover work area with Cleaning Drop Cloth. Following manufacturer’s instructions, assemble airbrush to chosen air source.  Remove red plastic cap and fill Quick Change Bottle with Fluorescent Pink Paint; close cap and thread connector to bottle. The connector then snaps into place on airbrush.

STEP 3

Practice airbrushing on piece of paper before applying paint to project. (Note: Trigger turns air on and off.  Roller at front of airbrush allows flow of air to be adjusted.  To adjust flow of paint, turn ring at top of the paint bottle until you have desired amount of paint.) Lightly press trigger and spray smooth, even strokes of Fluorescent Pink paint onto party hat.  (Note: Heavy amounts of paint may warp the cardboard, so keep coats of paint very light.)  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 4

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

STEP 5

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. Lay lace fabric over painted party hat.  Lightly press trigger and spray light, smooth, even strokes of Opaque Black paint until lace is covered completely.

STEP 6

Carefully remove lace to reveal design.  Set aside to dry.

STEP 7

Airbrush clock face with Fluorescent Yellow Paint.  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 8

Apply glue to clock hands and run bead of glue along edge of circle as shown. Cover glue with silver glitter. Let dry. Brush off any excess glitter.

STEP 9

Securing all with double-stick tape, reassemble party hat into cone shape, attach tinsel to base and bows to top of hat. Using straight pin to start holes, poke brad through all pieces to form clock and attach to hat.  Position clock on opposite side of hat’s seam.

STEP 10

Cut small slits in sides of hat; slide headband through slits. If desired, use black marker to write, “Happy New Years,” or further personalize it by the adding the year or name.

Tips

  • Attach folded tape to the bottoms of your shapes to secure them while airbrushing and glittering.
  • Place items to be glittered on a paper plate for easy clean up and use a plastic spoon to sprinkle the glitter.
  • To learn more about this particular Testor’s Aztek Airbrush, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic airbrushing information.

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

Snowflake Favor Box

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

This fun little box can be created with an electronic cutting machine or by hand. It’s perfect for stocking stuffers!

Materials

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Holiday print papers: blue, red
  • Transparency sheet
  • Metal snowman charm
  • Blue rhinestones
  • Trim: blue flat braid, red gingham ribbon
  • Small container of mints

Tools

  • Bosskut Gazelle Electronic Cutting Machine
  • The Cutting Café Christmas Tic Tac Box Template
  • Stampin’ Up! Jewelry Tag Punch
  • Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: double-sided red liner tape, clear dots, liquid glue
  • Optional: Craft knife and cutting mat

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

2”x3”

Snowflake Favor Box

1. Download box template at www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com. Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut box from red paper and lid from blue paper using cutting machine. If you don’t have a cutting machine, print the pdf pattern and cut by hand using craft knife and cutting mat.

2. Back snowflake window with transparency before assembling. Score and fold box and lid pieces as indicated, securing edges with double-sided tape.

3. Drop entire mint container inside box. Place lid on box.

4. Print sentiment onto kraft cardstock, punch into tag, and ink edges white. Adhere to box over snowflake.

5. Adhere trim and ribbon to lid edges using liquid glue; let dry. Adhere rhinestones with liquid glue; let dry. Adhere snowman charm with clear dots.

Tip

  • Personalize kraft tag with name to create favor place card for your holiday party.

by Regina Easter (www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com)

Frank ’n Friends Treat Bags

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create frighteningly fun treat boxes using Die-namics dies. My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com) is offering a 10% savings site-wide for all Crafts ’n things fans who use code CNTINTRO at checkout. Hurry! Offer expires September 7, 2013.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Sour Apple, Steel Grey, Steel Blue, Black Licorice
  • Wiggle eyes

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Paper Bag Treat Box, Grassy Edges, Big Numbers, Blueprints 3
  • My Favorite Things Plaid Background Builder Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
  • My Favorite Things MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist
  • Strong paper adhesive

Directions

To Complete Frank

1. Die cut two Paper Bag Treat Boxes from Sour Apple cardstock, one of longer-bladed Grassy Edges from Black Licorice cardstock, two Big Numbers number ones from Steel Blue cardstock, and one Blueprints 3 bow tie from Steel Grey cardstock.

2. Cover work surface with newspaper. Mist Frank’s hair with MIX-ables Steel Shimmer Mist; let dry.

3. Align top edge of Frank’s hair with top edge of Paper Bag Treat Box die and trim sides even.

4. Adhere Frank’s hair to front panel of the treat box. Adhere bolts behind front panel of treat box to allow the top portion of the “1” to be hidden.

5. Assemble box using the directions for Basic Box Assembly; see below.

6. Stamp Black Licorice Plaid Background Builder design onto Steel Grey bow tie; adhere to treat box as shown. Attach two wiggle eyes.

Basic Box Assembly

1. Cut two Paper Bag Treat Boxes from cardstock of choice.

2. Pre-fold along all score lines on two box panels.

3. Apply strong adhesive to both flaps on both panels and on bottom rectangle of only one panel.

4. Assemble individual panels by adhering one flap to interior of front panel.

5. Form box by adhering panel with adhesive on bottom to inside of other panel. Adhere all remaining flaps to the inside of front and back panels of the paper bag treat box.

Tip

  • My Favorite Things makes it fun and easy to create a jovial jack-o’-lantern, mesmerizing mummy, bewitching bat, and spine-chilling spider web with products available on their website at www.mftstamps.com.

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)   

Floral Favor Boxes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Use a Lifestyle Crafts basket die set to make darling favor boxes perfect for every occasion; simply change paper and embellishments to suit the event theme.

Materials

  • Cardstock, scraps
  • Papers: Close To My Heart Chantilly Paper Packet, Anna Griffin Silver Damask Paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Eyelet Outlet Brads: Aqua Sparkle, Pearl

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dies: Lifestyle Crafts Basket, Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creations
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Brilliance Silver Ink Pad
  • Ranger Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring board, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat, sponge dauber

Directions

size

2-1/2”x2-1/2”

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to die cut box and lid from desired paper. Fold and assemble box, adhering tabs with paper glue. Let dry.

STEP 2

To create paper rosette, cut 1”x8-1/2” paper strip. Score strip every 1/4”. Accordion fold strip, adhere ends together, and push shape flat. Weight with book.

STEP 3

Punch two 1/2″ circles from cardstock scraps. Use glue gun to adhere one circle to back of rosette. Pierce hole through center of second circle and insert brad. Adhere circle to front of rosette, and rosette to box, using glue gun. Highlight rosette edges with glitter glue; let dry.

STEP 4

To create tissue flower, die cut multiple blossom layers from six to eight layers of tissue paper. Separate tissue layers and carefully sponge edges with silver ink.

STEP 5

Layer blossoms onto pearl brad, working from smallest to largest sizes. Reverse direction of some blossoms to create fuller flower. (Note: Die creates hole in center of each layer; if hole is not visible, pierce with piercing tool.)

STEP 6

Gently ruffle petal edges with fingers. Adhere blossom to box using glue gun.

Tip

  • For playful kids’ party favors, use bright papers and swap dimensional stickers for floral embellishments.

by Roberta Wax (www.creativeunblock.com)

Spooky Directional Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A directional sign in your entryway guides you to a ghoulishly good time. Cut and paint foam sheets to look like weathered road signs – it’s spine-chillingly simple with FloraCraft® foam!

Materials

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam: Sheet, 1”x12”x36”; Cube, 5”x5″
  • Spanish moss
  • Spider webbing
  • Spiders, two
  • Large container or basket

Tools

  • FloraCraft® Make it: Fun® Foam Cutter or serrated knife
  • Acrylic paints: black, green, orange, purple
  • Fabric paints: white, orange, purple
  • Low-temp glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

fine-tip black marker, ruler, paintbrush, wooden craft sticks, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

36”x20” (without container)

Sign

1. Use foam cutter or serrated knife to cut foam sheet into four 3”x36” boards. Set aside one board for signpost. From remaining boards, cut one each of following lengths: 20”, 18”, 17”, 16”, 13”. Cuts need not be straight; crookedness adds to rustic look. Cut one end of each board into point. Cut grooves into opposite end of each board for weathered, broken appearance. Use knife to randomly shave away crisp foam edges so boards appear smooth and worn in some areas.

2. Paint all boards black; let dry. Using photo as guide, paint 20”, 17”, and 13” boards orange, green, and purple respectively, letting some black show through. Let dry.

3. Arrange boards smallest to largest as shown, pointing ends in desired directions. Use fabric paints to write road names onto boards; let dry.

4. Use glue gun to adhere boards to signpost at irregular angles.

5. Use glue gun to adhere foam cube into bottom of container. Apply glue to ends of wooden craft sticks and push halfway into bottom of signpost. Apply glue to opposite ends of craft sticks and push into foam cube. Apply additional glue along seam between foam pieces.

6. Cover top of container with Spanish moss to conceal foam. Stretch spider webs over sign and container; add spiders as shown.

Tip

  • If cutting foam with serrated knife, wax blade with bar soap or old candle for easier cutting.

by Dondi Richardson for FloraCraft® (www.makeitfuncrafts.com)

Butterfly Beverage Cooler

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Keep drinks ice cold and refreshing while you give your summer party décor a boost with this bright and stylish beverage cooler.

Materials

  • Galvanized 5-1/2-gallon oblong tub (available at Lowe’s)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: White Wash; Citron Green; Pumpkin; Bahama Blue; Calypso Blue; Dark Chocolate

Tools

  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: White Taklon: Liner, Series 599, #1; Shader, Series 159, #6; White Bristle: Angular Sash, Series 985, 2”
  • Decoart Americana Sealers: Multi-Purpose; Acrylic Sealer/Finisher Spray, Matte
  • Masking tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, transfer paper, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Place tape around top and bottom tub rims. Apply Multi-Purpose Sealer on side of tub. Let dry.

STEP 2

Paint side of tub (on top of sealer) several coats Bahama Blue, letting dry between coats.

STEP 3

Print and cut out pattern. Transfer butterflies to tub. Paint wings Calypso Blue and bodies Dark Chocolate. Let dry

STEP 4

Transfer details. Paint: center of top flowers on wings Pumpkin; center of bottom flowers Citron Green; flower petals White Wash; antennae and details lines on wings Dark Chocolate.

STEP 5

Using Dark Chocolate, paint small dots along antennae lines, long lines on wings, and around edges of wings. Paint large dots at ends of antennae, long lines on wings, center of flowers, tips of flowers, and two on top of body. Let dry.

STEP 6

Spray sealer on side of tub to protect finish. Remove tape

Tip

  • To paint dots, dip end of paintbrush handle into paint, then dab on tub. Repeat for each dot to make them all the same size. Use end of large brush handle for large dots and small brush handle for small dots

by Mary Ayres

Tiered Dessert Stand

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create this three-tiered dessert stand using pretty patterned dishes from flea markets and thrift shops. They are quick, easy to make, and may be tailored to coordinate with everyone’s décor.

Materials

  • Vintage dishes: saucer; salad plate; dinner plate; small dessert cups, two

Tools

  • Eclectic Products E6000 Industrial-Strength Adhesive

Directions

(Note: For best results, take care to adhere cups to exact center of dishes.)

step 1

Wash and dry dishes. Apply E6000® Industrial-Strength Adhesive around lip of dessert cup and center carefully under salad plate. Repeat for saucer tier. Let glue cure for 24 hours.

step 2

Using photo as guide, adhere salad plate/dessert cup tier to center of dinner plate and to base of saucer/dessert cup tier. Let glue cure for 24 hours.

Tip

  • Instead of creating one dessert stand, create single-layer tiers you can stack. This will make it easier to wash and store.

by Eileen Hull

Little Lamb Shower Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Plastic-foam shapes, some ribbon, and a few yards of fun-to-use loopy chenille are all you need to create this shower show-stopper. After the shower, Little Lamb becomes a cherished nursery memento – a sweet reminder of the very first party thrown in baby’s honor!

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Shapes, one each: egg, 2-15⁄16”x3-1⁄16”, 3-7⁄8”x5-7⁄8”; disc, 1” thick, 10” diameter
  • White jumbo loopy chenille, 4-1⁄2 yds.
  • Tulle, 45” wide, color of choice, 1⁄2 yd.
  • Ribbon: satin, 3⁄8” wide, color of choice, 1⁄3 yd.; baby-print satin or grosgrain, 7⁄8” wide, color of choice, 2 yds.; organdy, 1-1⁄2” wide, color of choice, 1 yd.
  • Wooden items: craft stick, one; dowel, 1⁄4” diameter, 18 inches long
  • Pink animal nose, 12mm
  • Black animal eyes, 9mm, two
  • Gold jingle bell, 3⁄4”
  • White cloth-covered floral wire, 9” length

Tools

  • Pink powdered blush
  • Floral pins
  • Low-temperature glue gun or thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, handsaw, cotton-tip swab, metal nail file

Directions

STEP 1

For lamb body, cut one two-yard length from loopy chenille. Pin one end of chenille length to narrow end of large egg; narrow end of egg becomes lamb’s chest. Coil chenille around body to cover, spot gluing as you go. Pin free end of chenille to wide end of body to secure. Set body aside.

STEP 2

For head, cut one-yard length from loopy chenille. In same way as body, cover smaller egg for head; narrow end of egg becomes lamb’s face.

STEP 3

To join head to body, insert one half of craft stick into center side of head. Remove craft stick; coat one end with glue and re-insert glued end into head. Insert opposite end of craft stick into body. When pleased with angle of head, remove head/craft stick assembly from body. Apply glue to end of craft stick and re-insert into body. Set head/body aside.

STEP 4

For legs, cut four 4-1⁄2” lengths from wooden dowel and four 8” lengths from loopy chenille. Each leg is made in same way. Adhere one end of chenille to one end of dowel. Spiral wrap chenille around dowel, spot gluing as you go. Leave 3⁄4” unwrapped at end of each leg.

STEP 5

To attach legs to body, apply thin layer of glue to exposed dowel; push legs into bottom of body so legs rest at slight outward angle from body. Legs should be about 1-3⁄4” apart where they join body. Front legs should be inserted about 2” behind chest area; back legs should be inserted about 1” from rear of body.

STEP 6

For face, use scissors to trim chenille loops from 2-1⁄2” diameter circle. Be careful not to clip too much or the wire inside the chenille will be exposed. Adhere eyes and nose to face. Use cotton-tip swab or finger to apply blush to cheeks.

STEP 7

For ears and tail, cut three 6” lengths from loopy chenille. Fold each length in half; twist ends to secure. Adhere two lengths, 2-1⁄2” apart, to top of head for ears. Adhere remaining length to back of lamb for tail. Ears should curve downward toward face; tail should stand up straight. Set lamb aside.

STEP 8

To make the base, cut one 32” length from baby-print ribbon. Adhere one end of ribbon to edge of plastic-foam disc. Wrap ribbon around disc; adhere free end of ribbon to secure. Center and adhere lamb to top of base.

STEP 9

To finish base, use metal nail file to tuck finger-gathered tulle into base under and around lamb.

STEP 10

For lamb’s collar, wrap and adhere 3⁄8” wide satin ribbon around neck; trim ribbon ends as needed. Adhere jingle bell to bottom of collar, left of center.

STEP 11

For ear bow, cut 8” length from baby-print ribbon. Fold ribbon into 3”-wide two-loop bow with 1-1⁄2” tails and center loop. Cut floral wire into three 3” lengths. Twist one floral wire length around center of bow; trim wire ends and adhere bow to ear as shown.

STEP 12

For base bow, tie organdy ribbon into 6”-wide four-loop bow with two 3” tails. Wrap center of bow with floral wire; trim wire ends. From remaining baby-print ribbon, tie 4”-wide four-loop bow with two 3” tails and center loop. Wrap center of bow with remaining floral wire. Wire baby-print bow to center of organdy bow, twisting wire ends to secure; trim wire ends. Adhere bow to base on left side of lamb.

by Muriel Spencer

Baby Jar Animal Favors

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

These baby elephants, giraffes, and monkeys are ready to help celebrate the arrival of your little one!

Materials

  • Baby food jars, three
  • Felt: 9”x12” sheets: yellow, blue, brown, tan
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Curling ribbon: 12” lengths, three each: blue, yellow, pink
  • Thread: black, white
  • Black seed beads, six
  • Assorted plastic baby trinkets
  • Candy

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • DecoArt Antique Lace No-Prep Metal Paint
  • Powdered blush
  • Chenille stems
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Gem-tac Permanent Adhesive, glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, sponge, needle, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Favors

(Note: Materials listed are for set of three.)

1. Remove labels from baby food jars; wash and let dry. On covered work surface, sponge lids Antique Lace; set aside.

2. Cut out patterns and felt as indicated. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Machine or hand stitch coordinating pieces together with white thread, leaving small openings for stuffing. Stuff pieces; stitch openings closed. (Note: Stuff body pieces firmly in order for characters to stand upright.)

3. Use black thread to sew beads to faces for eyes and monkey’s nose. Apply blush to animals’ cheeks and monkey’s ears, hands, and feet.

4. Use glue gun to adhere the following: elephant’s ears to head and arms to body; giraffe’s neck to center back of arms. Use craft glue to adhere body and feet to jars. Wrap chenille stems around body pieces to hold in place while drying. Adhere spots to giraffe’s neck.

5. For each jar, tie center of three ribbon lengths together and curl ends. Tie trinkets to ribbon centers; adhere to jar lids. Fill jars with candy.

Baby Shower Games

Check out the list below for a few fun games to play at your next baby shower.

  • Measure the Mother-To-Be: Place spools of ribbon and scissors at tables. Ask guests to each cut a length that they think will fit perfectly around the mom-to-be’s belly. The closest length wins.
  • Diaper the Baby: Divide guests into pairs. Provide each pair with a baby doll, diaper, and doll clothing. The teams must diaper and dress the dolls using only one hand. The fastest dressers win.
  • Candy Count: Fill a plastic baby bottle with small candies. Have guests guess the number of candies in the bottle.
  • Stork Bingo: Photocopy and pass out blank bingo cards. Have guests fill in squares with items they think the mom-to-be will receive as gifts. As gifts are opened, guests mark items on cards until someone marks off a row (Bingo).
  • New Wardrobe: Place a onesie or baby shirt at each place setting, and fabric paints in center of table. Guests decorate a new “wardrobe” for baby. (Insert cardboard between layers of clothing to protect back sides while painting.)
  • Baby Name Race: Provide guests with paper and pen. See who can come up with the most names in one minute. Do girls’ names, then boys’ names.
  • Advice for the New Mom: Decorate a sheet of paper with a “baby theme” (footprints, duckies, etc.). Have guests write advice to the new mom. Place all sheets together in a nice scrapbook for her.

by Debbie Kolehmainen

Ruby Rock-It Carnival Queen Prize Winner

Whether it’s the Ferris wheel, funnel cakes, games, or sugary cotton candy, everyone has special memories of a carnival. Alice Golden here with you today to announce the winner of the new Ruby Rock-It product line “Carnival Queen”.

In my last post on April 17, I introduced to you the Australian company Ruby Rock-It and explained that I had the wonderful opportunity to try out their new line of products. Their products include not only many wonderful papers and stickers, but they have a fantastic variety of paper and fabric die cuts, pockets, printed cards and stitched paper garlands, too. 

All you needed to do to be entered in the drawing for this fabulously fun carnival prize was to tell me your favorite thing to do, see, or eat at a carnival in the comments section of my post by Monday, May 6.

While my favorite carnival treat is cotton candy, I received a wide variety of favorites, from watching the crowd, to funnel cakes, to losing your voice from screaming on the Zipper ride! The winner of this prize pack said, “My favorite thing to eat is the cotton candy- but it has to be pink!”

The winner, as selected by Random.org, is: Heidi.

Heidi, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address. Your kind comments are very much appreciated.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)