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

Seasonal Decorating Success is Guaranteed!

I have a long history of good intentions followed up by last minute rushes to get things done. I love to send handmade Christmas cards, but a week before international Christmas mail closes is not the time to be making them. I also love to decorate the table for holidays but that too needs to not only be planned in advance but also executed in advance. So this year I’m combining intention with execution and getting started early.

My table project for the holidays is autumn-themed and I’ve chosen oak leaves and acorns. The oak is a wonderful tree – it looks great all year round. In California, where I live, we have them in abundance and each year I watch as they sprout small green shoots of leaves that quickly turn into wonderful canopies of the deepest green. In autumn, they turn a wonderful gold and litter the ground with acorns that get scooped up by bouncy squirrels.

This year’s holiday decorations are oak leaves and acorns fashioned into table decorations and napkin rings made from AMACO Cloud Clay. Cloud Clay is an air-dry clay that is soft to work with, it stretches easily, and it dries to a light and flexible finish that feels just a teeny bit like suede. For this project you’ll need browns and yellows, so I’d grab a 4 oz. pack of Terra Cotta or Brown, one of White and one Yellow or Orange. You will also need an oak leaf cookie cutter – or some other leaf shape cutter. While you can cut the leaves by hand, cookie cutters make the project go a bit smoother. Add an acrylic roller, thin knitting needle, and a non-stick work surface and you’re done.

Start by pinching off an egg-size piece of clay and pull and fold it until it is nice and pliable. If you like, you can mix bits of various colors of clay to get custom colors – the colors mix very quickly so you can easily get a range of autumn golds and browns.

Roll the clay to around 1/8 -1/4″ thickness and press out the shapes with the cutter. Use the knitting needle to press veins into the leaves. Bend the leaves along the middle vein and curve the ends. Set the leaves aside to dry a little.

Make the acorns from small teardrop shapes of clay and add caps made from a second color of clay. Use the pointy end of the knitting needle to texture the acorn caps.

Assemble the leaves and acorns into groups – two leaves and two acorns. If the clay is still a bit wet, the pieces will stick together easily. If not, dampen them slightly and adhere.

Napkin rings are easily made from a small snake of clay flattened slightly and twisted around to make a circle. Press the ends together to seal. You can then add a leaf and acorn combination to each napkin ring.

Plan for a napkin ring for each guest and a few extra leaf and acorn combinations to scatter around the table. Cloud Clay items are extremely durable, so at the end of the holidays, pack them up carefully and they’ll be ready for the next year’s festivities.

by Helen Bradley (www.craftinggoodness.com)

Hankie Coasters

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

If you have a collection of pretty hankies just sitting in a drawer, showcase them by creating these darling coasters.

Materials

  • National Nonwovens Wool Felt: Cream, colors of choice
  • Buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • The Warm Co. Steam-A-Seam2
  • Pinking shears
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 4-1/2” square from each hankie. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Steam-A-Seam2 to wrong side of each hankie square. Remove backing from each square.

STEP 2

Place hankie wrong side down onto cream felt and use iron to fuse in place. Using pinking shears, carefully trim around each felt/hankie square.

STEP 3

Machine-sew zigzag stitch 1/8” from edge of hankie.

STEP 4

Adhere cream felt/hankie to another coordinating wool felt color. Use pinking shears to trim around edges, leaving 1/8” border.

STEP 5

Adhere buttons to coaster.

by Rebekah Meier

Hatbox Snowman

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

To beat the summer heat, throw a “Christmas in July” party. Create this adorable, quick-and-simple Hatbox Snowman to decorate your patio and spread the Christmas cheer! No snow required!

Materials

  • Round papier-mâché boxes with lids, one each size: 5-1⁄2”x7” diameter, 4”x8” diameter, 4-1⁄2”x10” diameter
  • Wooden shapes: 3⁄4” discs, five; 1” disc, three; 1-1/4” hearts, two; 2” carrot
  • Rusty tin items: primitive heart, 1-1⁄4” across; jingle bell, 1” diameter; shovel, 12”
  • Fabrics: green/ecru homespun, 1”x27”; burgundy felt, 1⁄4 yd.
  • Acrylic paints: Rust, White, Black, Burgundy, Hunter Green
  • Aleene’s Brush-on Snow
  • Artificial pine sprigs, two
  • Pine cone, 1-1⁄2”
  • Jute twine, 1-1⁄4 yds.

Tools

  • Palette knife
  • Paintbrushes: flat, liner
  • Needle and burgundy thread
  • All-purpose primer
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

20″ tall

Snowman

1. Remove lid from small box and discard. On covered work surface, apply one coat all-purpose primer to outside of boxes and remaining lids; let dry. Paint boxes White. Adhere boxes together, with smallest box at top; let dry.

2. Paint the following: small discs (eyes/mouth) Black; hearts (cheeks) and two large discs (buttons) Burgundy; carrot (nose) Rust; remaining large disc (button) Hunter Green. Let dry.

3. Using palette knife and following manufacturer’s instructions, apply brush-on snow to boxes. While still wet, and using photo as placement guide, push painted wooden shapes and rusty tin heart into snow. Let dry overnight.

4. For hat, cut 5”x14” piece from felt. Sew gathering stitches along both long edges. Pull gathers tight on one edge for top of hat. Fit open end of hat around top of head; pull threads to gather and spot glue to head.

5. For hat band, cut 1-1⁄2”x23” strip from felt. Beginning and ending at center back, adhere band around top of head, over hat gathers. Trim ends as needed.

6. Using a liner brush, highlight eyes, cheeks, and nose with White. Thin brush-on snow with water; spatter paint hat.

7. Cut three 6” lengths from twine. Tie each length into a bow; adhere bows to buttons. Use remaining twine to tie shovel around neck. Tie fabric around neck to hide twine; knot fabric at right side of neck. Adhere bell to top of hat. Adhere greenery and pine cone to right side of hat.

by Bonnie Stephens

Sparklers Centerpiece

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a little glitz to your Independence Day table with this easy-to-make star-spangled centerpiece!

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Block 2”x5”x7”
  • Fabric: red/white striped, 6”x19”; blue/white star, 6-1/2”x9”
  • Red Felt, 1-7/8”x6-7/8”
  • Star picks: four blue, three red, two red/white/blue
  • Silver metallic bag filler

Tools

  • Iron-on adhesive
  • Star cookie cutter, 3-1/2”
  • Pebbles or fishing weights, 1/2 cup
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, iron and pressing surface, melon baller

Directions

STEP 1

For vase bottom, use melon baller to scoop out a small cavity from one long 2”-wide end of plastic foam. See photo. Center and adhere striped fabric to vase, overlapping edges, folding and adhering excess fabric to top and bottom of vase.

STEP 2

Following manufacturer’s directions for adhesive, iron adhesive to wrong side of star print fabric. Use cookie cutter to trace two stars on wrong wide of fabric; cut out. Iron one star to upper left corner of one long side of vase. Repeat for back.

STEP 3

Adhere pebbles or fishing weights into vase, filling cavity. Adhere felt to bottom of vase.

STEP 4

Use scissors to curl several streamers from picks. Use wire cutters to cut 3-1/2” length from bottom of each pick; adjust length of pick as necessary. See photo. Insert picks into top of vase.

STEP 5

Adhere filler to top of vase.

Tip

  • Spray glitter on base to add some sparkle to your centerpiece.

by Annabelle Keller

Americana Floor Cloth

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a bit of Americana to your home décor and celebrate America’s birthday all summer long with this patriotic accent rug.

Materials

  • Half-round rug, 18”x36”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Light Buttermilk, Country Red, Uniform Blue, Antique Gold

Tools

  • Plaid FolkArt Clearcote Extra Thick Glaze
  • Paintbrushes: round; flat; foam, 2” wide

Basic Supplies

newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

(Note: Use photo as painting guide.)

Step 1

Use foam brush to basecoat front of rug Light Buttermilk.

Step 2

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.) Place heart pattern in left top corner of rug, 3” from top and 6” from side. Transfer heart pattern and draw horizontal lines 2-5⁄8” apart across rug for stripes. Use foam brush to paint alternating Country Red and Light Buttermilk stripes. (Note: Wiggle brush slightly to make irregular edges. Do not paint through heart.)

Step 3

Carefully cut letters from pattern apart. Transfer letters to Light Buttermilk stripes to read “my home sweet home.” Transfer three small stars to Light Buttermilk stripes. Use a round paintbrush to outline heart and letters with Uniform Blue and stars with Antique Gold. Use a flat brush to fill in center of shapes.

Step 4

Following manufacturer’s instructions, spray two or three coats of glaze evenly over entire rug.

by Chris Malone

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

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

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)