Americana Serving Tray

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Serve your favorite beverage on this Americana tray to bring a little patriotism to your Labor Day celebration.

Materials

  • Walnut Hollow Wooden Tray (3580), 11”x15”
  • Delta CeramCoat Acrylic Paints: Ivory, Blue Velvet, Black, Brown Iron Oxide, Tomato Spice

Tools

  • Royal Langnickel Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: glaze/wash, Series 700, 3⁄4”, 1”; script liner, Series 585, #1
  • Delta CeramCoat Crackle Medium
  • Delta CeramCoat Satin Varnish
  • Delta CeramCoat All-Purpose Sealer
  • Compressed sponge
  • Transfer paper: black, white

Basic Supplies

pencil, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply sealer to entire tray; let dry. (Note: Flag design will be painted first, then remainder of tray.)

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer star field (“union”) only. Basecoat union and outside bottom of tray Ivory. Basecoat rest of inside tray bottom and edge trim Brown Iron Oxide. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply crackle medium to entire inside bottom of tray.

STEP 3

Use white transfer paper to transfer stripes only. (Note: To paint over crackle medium, work quickly and apply brush strokes in same direction. Do not apply excessive amount of paint.) Paint union Blue Velvet; let dry.

STEP 4

Paint stripes, alternating Tomato Spice and Ivory; let dry. Use black transfer paper to transfer lettering; use liner to paint Black. Add Tomato Spice hearts. Freehand cut star from sponge and sponge paint Ivory stars in star field; let dry.

STEP 5

Apply crackle medium to remainder of tray, except outside bottom. Paint Ivory. (Note: Outside bottom will be solid, not crackled.)

STEP 6

Apply two to three coats of varnish to entire tray, letting dry completely between coats. If using tray for food, line with plastic wrap before use.

by Linda Staton for Delta Creative

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

Happy Fourth of July

I love The Fourth of July. When I was a child, “the 4th” was the best holiday of the year. All of my older siblings would come home for a long visit. We always had a huge picnic in the backyard, complete with icy cold watermelon. My brothers would place the watermelon in the creek to chill until lunch. We all attended the local parade and fireworks. Plus, our small town always had a carnival and festival. It was the best of times.

As an adult, I am proud of my relatives who have served our country. I especially thank my father (a World War II veteran) and my four brothers (two who are Vietnam veterans) for their military service. I created a card suitable for wishing them a happy Independence Day.

1. Make 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ brown top-fold card.

2. Cut 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ star paper panel. Distress edges with scissors and sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to card front.

3. Cut 4-1/8″x3″ brown cardstock panel. Cut 4″x2-7/8″ plaid paper panel. Layer and adhere panels together. Wrap red twill around center of panel and knot on right side. Adhere panel to card 1/2″ from bottom edge.

4. Using scissors, distress edges of bingo card; sponge with Venetian Lace ink. Adhere to top left corner of card on angle.

5. Die cut/emboss Nested Lacey Pennants #3 shape from brown cardstock. Die cut/emboss Nested Pennants #3 shape from blue star paper. Layer and adhere pennants together; adhere to card with foam tape.

6. Using Dark Cashmere ink, stamp sentiment onto cream cardstock. Die cut/emboss sentiment into Ribbon Banners #3 shape. Before removing shape from die template, use sponge to stencil openings with Venetian Lace ink, concentrating ink more heavily near ends. Remove template. Adhere sentiment to center of pennant.

7. Using Nestabilities Stars Five die set, die cut/emboss smallest star from red and white cardstock, next smallest star from red cardstock, and star #3 from dark blue cardstock. Adhere stars to the card as shown using foam dots. If desired, save one small red star to decorate matching envelope.

8. Tie twine through holes of cream button; adhere to twill knot using clear dot.

9. Decorate inside of card with strip of decorative paper. Stamp sentiment as shown.

Products used:

  • Paper: My Mind’s Eye Alphabet Soup; October Afternoon Modern Homemaker,  Report Card
  • Cardstock: American Crafts Rocky Road; Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla, Night of Navy; Bazzill Basics Paper Maraschino
  • Jenni Bowlin Studios Bingo Card
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon Red Twill
  • StampingScrapping Stamp Sets: Design Label Accents, Design Fancy
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Dies: Shapeabilities Nested Pennants, Nested Lacey Pennants, and Ribbon Banners; Nestabilities Stars Five
  • Clearsnap ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Pads: Venetian Lace, Dark Cashmere
  • Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Tape Runner and Foam Squares; Glue Dots International Glue Dots

 Gloria Stengel from Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

XO Tin Star and Tag

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Down-home charm transforms a tin star into a sweet, subtle patriotic display. Hang it in remembrance this 4th of July and leave it there year-round.

Materials

  • Tin star, 7-3/4” across
  • Stampin Up! Cardstock: Very Vanilla; Chocolate Chip
  • Paper: white printer-weight, red/brown dot, cream/brown text
  • Clear button
  • Hemp
  • Brown/crème gingham ribbon

Tools

  • Stamps: flower, alphabet
  • Stampin Up! Classic Stampin’ Pads: Chocolate Chip, Early Expresso
  • Sponge dauber
  • Tag punch
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, needle

Directions

STEP 1

Trace one section of star onto white printer-weight paper and cut out for pattern. Cut five from either dot paper or text paper. Turn pattern over and cut five from remaining paper. Sponge Chocolate Chip ink along paper edges. Adhere to star.

STEP 2

Cut and adhere two 4” ribbon lengths into loops. Cross loops and adhere to center of star.

STEP 3

Trace button onto brown cardstock and cut out slightly inside traced line. Adhere cardstock to back of button; poke holes with needle or similar tool. Tie hemp through holes. Adhere button to star.

STEP 4

Stamp Early Expresso flower on cream cardstock; punch with tag punch. Stamp Chocolate Chip “XO” over flower. Sponge same ink along edges. Mat tag on dot paper. Tie tag to star with hemp.

by Lindsey Botkin

God Bless America Flag Pin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

So patriotic, you may find yourself humming “God Bless America” while painting this pin!

 Materials

  • Wooden shapes: rectangle, 2”x2-1⁄2”; circle, 1-1⁄8” diameter; star, 1-1⁄2” across
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Light Ivory, Tomato Spice, Midnight Blue, Spice Brown, Golden Brown
  • Bar pin, 1” long

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: round: Series FAB, #4; Series 4000, #5; wash, Series 4550, 1⁄2”; angular shader, Series 4400, 1⁄4”; DES Stylus
  • Delta Ceramcoat Instant Age Varnish
  • Black ultra-fine tip permanent marker

Basic Supplies

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

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, use wash brush to basecoat rectangle and circle Light Ivory and star Golden Brown.

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer details. Use #5 round brush to basecoat left corner of circle (“union”) Midnight Blue, and to paint Tomato Spice stripes. Dot union field Light Ivory. Use angular shader to float Spice Brown around inner blue edges. Transfer lettering and details; trace with marker.

STEP 3

For worn look, sand edges of shapes; wipe with soft cloth. Apply varnish to all shapes. Adhere pieces together as shown and bar pin to back.

by Karen Sippel

Pledge of Allegiance

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Display your loyalty to America not only on the 4th of July but throughout the entire year. Stitch this Pledge of Allegiance cross-stitch design to express your pride and devotion to America.

Materials

  • 14-count light blue Aida
  • Anchor 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid

Tools

  • #24 tapestry needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands floss or 1 strand braid
  • French knot: 1 strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 7″x5″; Stitch Count 98 w x 70 h

Pledge of Allegiance

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Using two strands floss or one strand braid, cross-stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Backstitch words using one strand Anchor 133 Dark Blue. Stitch all other backstitch using one strand Anchor 403 Black. Stitch French knots using one strand Anchor 133 Dark Blue.

4. Frame as desired.

by Lois Winston

Red, White, & Blue Anklet

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create this patriotic anklet to celebrate America’s birthday in style! Show your patriotism by wearing this red, white, and blue anklet to backyard barbeques, parades, fireworks displays, or any other Independence Day festivities.

Materials

  • Beads: 12 silver star beads, 12 blue tube beads, 11 red tube beads, 24 white seed beads, 2 silver round beads, 2 silver crimp beads
  • Beadalon 7-Strand Bead Stringing Wire
  • Silver findings: lobster claw clasp, two jump rings, 1-1/2” headpin, 1-1/2” eye pin

Tools

  • Pliers: round-nose, crimping

Basic Supplies

tape measure

Directions

STEP 1

For dangle, thread: white seed bead, blue tube bead, white seed bead onto headpin. Use round-nose pliers to wrap wire end around headpin.

STEP 2

Thread star bead onto eye pin. Use round-nose pliers to wrap wire end around eye pin. Attach headpin with beads onto end of eye pin. Attach jump ring onto top of eye pin. Set dangle aside.

STEP 3

Measure around ankle for anklet length; cut bead wire to length. String crimp bead on wire length, leaving 1/2” on end. Insert wire through lobster claw clasp and back through crimp bead. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp bead.

STEP 4

String beads on wire as follows: silver round, beaded dangle, red tube, two white seeds, blue tube, star. Repeat pattern (omitting dangle) nine times (or more).

STEP 5

To finish, string: red tube, two white seeds, blue tube, silver round. String crimp bead and jump ring on wire end; bring wire end back through crimp bead. Use crimping pliers to squeeze crimp bead. Trim excess wire.

by Sandy Parpart

Americana

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Has a catchy tune ever inspired you to paint? Carolyn Bacon took it one step further by painting her patriotic inspiration on the actual sheet music itself.

Materials

  • Patriotic sheet music
  • Plaid FolkArt Artist Pigment: Night Sky, Titanium White, Red Light, Pure Black, True Burgundy, Yellow Light, Van Dyke Brown, Yellow Ochre, Asphaltum, Burnt Umber, Blue Thunder

Tools

  • Scharff Brushes, Inc. Paintbrushes: Angler, series 155, 1⁄8” 1⁄4”; Short Shader, series 130, #2, #4, #8; Liner, series 455, #0
  • Plaid FolkArt: Blending Gel, Glazing Medium, Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer
  • Craft mounting board

Basic Supplies

pencil, paper towel, tracing paper, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Preparation

1. Attach sheet music to craft mounting board. Cover work surface. Spray with Clear Acrylic Sealer three times; let dry between coats. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) When sheet music is dry, trace background flag pattern lightly.

2. Lightly paint red stripes Red Light mixed with Glazing Medium. Do not paint white stripes. Let dry. Spray again with sealer. Trace pattern lightly.

Painting Notes

1. Use large shader for basecoating larger areas. Blend and shade with the smaller shaders or with angler brushes. Use liner for detail and line work.

2. Since Blending Gel extends drying time you can shade, blend, pat blend, and make highlight strokes and reflections. You can also achieve a transparent look. Do not mix gel with paint. Pick up Blending Gel on your brush, blot on a paper towel. Pick up color and paint a section at a time.

3. Highlighting and shading are blended in.

Capitol Building

Basecoat Pure Black. Use liner brush to place highlights with Titanium White. See photo for location. Place thin shadow under building using Glazing Medium.

Statue of Liberty

Basecoat Pure Black. Use liner brush to place Titanium White highlights. Place shadow underneath using Glazing Medium.

Drum

Drumhead: Mix Titanium White + Burnt Umber, basecoat entire area. Shade corners with Asphaltum. Reinforce dark shading with Burnt Umber.

Top Band – front and back: Basecoat True Burgundy. Use Van Dyke Brown to darken back band in the corners and outside edges of front band. Lighten center front with Red Light. Reinforce light area with Red Light + Yellow Light. Highlight front band Titanium White. With a liner, use Red Light on edge of rim.

Drum Sticks: Basecoat Yellow Ochre. Use Asphaltum to streak. Place Titanium White highlight on head. Made a shadow on drumhead and band with Asphaltum.

Drum Side: Basecoat Night Sky. Darken under rim and outside edges with Night Sky + Blue Thunder. Lighten center of area with mix of Titanium White + Night Sky. Blend into dark sides. Reinforce the light several times, making mixture lighter each time. For trim, make squiggle line with light blue mix. Paint “1776” Pure Black.

Wires: Base Yellow Ochre. Highlight Titanium White in the top where it crosses over the band. Use Titanium White to highlight Yellow Ochre circles. Paint holes in band Pure Black.

Bottom Band: Paint same as top band, darkening behind the firecrackers and horn.

Firecrackers

Basecoat top circle with mix of Titanium White + Burnt Umber. Lighten rim with Titanium White. Paint wick Pure Black. For white stripes, base Titanium White, then darken sides of each stripe Night Sky. Basecoat red stripes Red Light, darken with True Burgundy, and lighten center Yellow Light. Use Asphaltum for shadows underneath.

Horn

Basecoat Yellow Ochre. Use Asphaltum for dark shading inside the bell end, under rim, lower part of curve, and where horn overlaps itself. Blend Yellow Light into curve. Use Titanium White for highlights. Use Asphaltum for shadows underneath.

Finishing

When completely dry, spray with sealer.

by Carolyn Bacon

Denim Star Placemat and Napkin

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a splash of patriotic color to picnic tables with these easy-to-make placemats and napkins.

Materials

  • Red placemat, 12”x18”
  • Red dinner napkin, 18” square
  • Denim fabric, 1⁄6 yard
  • Red Felt, 6” square
  • Thread: navy rayon embroidery; all-purpose navy, white
  • White embroidery floss
  • White star buttons, 1⁄2” across, four

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Pellon: Wonder-Under Iron-on Adhesive Regular, Heavy-duty; Sof-Shape Tear-away Interfacing; Stitch-N-Tear Stabilizer
  • Pressing cloth (optional)

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions

(Note: Materials listed are for one placemat and napkin.)

Step 1

Wash placemat, napkin, and denim without fabric softener. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply interfacing, then regular iron-on adhesive, to back of denim. Apply heavy-duty iron-on adhesive to one side of felt.

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 stars and hearts as indicated. Position three stars and hearts on left side of placemat, and one star and heart in one corner of napkin. Remove paper backing; fuse shapes in place.

Step 3

Using two floss strands, blanket-stitch around hearts. Use white thread to sew button to center of each heart.

Step 4

Cut squares from stabilizer to fit over design areas; pin in place on back. Using navy rayon for top thread and navy all-purpose in bobbin, satin stitch around stars.

by Angie Wilhite

Water Front Celebration

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Fireworks bursting over sailboats in a bay create a spectacular water front display to celebrate America’s birthday! Inserted into a bulletin board, this patriotic cross-stitch design can be beautifully displayed all year long as part of your family’s message center.

Materials

  • Denim blue 14-count Aida, 17” x 12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik #4 Braid
  • Bulletin board, 18” x 24”
  • Cardboard
  • Narrow wooden lattice strips, four

Tools

  • Embroidery needle
  • Handsaw
  • Hammer and small brad nails

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 2 strands floss or 1 strand #4 braid
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate Finished Design Size: 11-3⁄8”x6-3⁄8”; Stitch Count: 160 w x 90 h

Water Front Celebration

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Cross-stitch design centered on fabric. Backstitch using two strands floss or one strand #4 braid as indicated.

3. Cut cardboard to fit into top portion of bulletin board. Center finished design over cardboard; turn over. Using needle and thread, zig-zag stitch edges together at back to secure. Place design in top portion of bulletin board.

4. To frame, measure and cut lattice strips to fit around design. (Note: If desired, apply wood finish to lattice strips prior to framing.) Align strips so they are flush with sides of bulletin board and nail into place with small brad nails, making sure design is securely held in place.

by Mike Vickery