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.


  • 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


  • 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)





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

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.


  • 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


  • 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)



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.


  • 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

“If the Shoe Fits” Plaque

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Simple clay embellishments and paint turn a wooden plaque into a fun décor piece for your home!


  • Wooden plaque, 9”x7″
  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Black, Green, Orange, Purple
  • Black ribbon, 1/4” wide, 8” length
  • Felt, scraps


  • Scrub sponge or scruffy pad
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Olive Green, Canyon Orange, Saffron Yellow, Lamp Black; StarLite Varnish
  • Jacquard Products Powdered Pigments: Orange, Green, Purple
  • Dimensional paints: black, yellow
  • Gesso
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, toothpick, paint palette, soft cloth, wax paper and newspaper (to cover work surface), fine sandpaper, transfer paper, pencil, cardstock, copy paper, paintbrush, craft knife, stylus





1. Print shoe patterns onto cardstock and saying pattern onto copy paper. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.)

2. Condition clay separately in hands until soft and pliable. On wax paper-covered work surface, roll Black clay to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge or scruffy pad onto surface to make texture. Trace and cut out shoe patterns from textured clay using craft knife. Position shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet.

3. Roll Green, Orange, and Purple clays separately on work surface to 1/8” thickness. Press scrub sponge on surface of each clay to make texture. Use craft knife to cut out 1/4”-1/2”-thick strips of clay for each shoe. Follow color combinations as shown in photo.

4. Roll and flatten four 3/8”-diameter Orange balls (pumpkins) for left shoe. Use toothpick to make eye holes and smile on each flattened pumpkin. Press pumpkins, evenly spaced, along Green strip. Press strip onto left shoe.

5. Cut Purple clay strip and scallop one edge using craft knife. Gently curve and press Purple scalloped edge onto Green strip; blend edges. Press onto center shoe. Add tiny Green clay balls onto Purple scalloped edge; use toothpick to dot centers. Repeat process to add Purple/Green scalloped trim onto top of shoe.

6. Cut two Orange clay strips; press onto right shoe. Cut small diamond shape from Purple clay and smaller diamond shape from Orange clay. Press Orange diamond onto Purple diamond; press onto front of shoe. Roll skinny snake of Purple clay; form into bow and press onto back of shoe.

7. Use paintbrush to apply coordinating-color pigment powders onto each clay embellishment. Bake shoes on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven at 275º for 10 minutes. Let cool.

8. On newspaper-covered work surface, apply gesso onto front of plaque. Let dry. Lightly sand and remove dust with soft cloth. Paint edges of plaque Canyon Orange; apply second coat if needed. Let dry. Measure 1” in from orange edge; paint front 6” rectangle on plaque Olive Green. Let dry. Measure and mark off center 6-1/2”x4-1/4” rectangle on front of plaque. Paint center rectangle Saffron Yellow. Apply two or three coats for opaque coverage if needed; let dry.

9. Use transfer paper and pencil to transfer saying on top of center rectangle. Trace over saying using Lamp Black paint and paintbrush. Let dry.

10. Add alternating black and yellow dots around center rectangle and edges of plaque using handle end of paintbrush or stylus (if available). Let dry.

11. Apply varnish over entire plaque using paintbrush. Let dry.

12. Adhere shoes on plaque as shown. Let dry. Spot glue clay embellishments if needed. Let dry.

13. Turn plaque over on work surface. Adhere black ribbon ends to corners of plaque to hang. Adhere felt scraps over ribbon ends to reinforce. Let dry overnight before hanging.

by Sandy Rollinger

Secret Garden Signs

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Make your glorious garden a well-known, best-kept secret with this charming sign and coordinating plant pokes. Paint extras for a gardening friend.


  • MDF, pine, or birch veneer, 1⁄4” thick, 12”x21”
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Barn Red, Copen Blue, Quaker Grey, Terra Cotta, Black, Ivory, Rain Grey, Toffee Brown, Burnt Umber, Gamal Green, Straw, Village Green
  • Fabric scrap


  • Scroll saw
  • Drill
  • Royal & Langnickel Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Angular Shader, Series 160, 1⁄2”; Shader, Series 150, #4-12; Liner, Series 595, #2
  • Delta Ceramcoat: Brown Antiquing Medium, Satin Interior/Exterior Varnish
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • API Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

sandpaper, damp cloth, transfer paper, pencil



Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Use scroll saw to cut shapes from wood. Drill holes where indicated. Sand and wipe edges with damp cloth. Transfer outlines only to items.


Thin antiquing medium with water; apply to sides and back of all items. Paint the following: beehive Custard; watering can Quaker Grey; pot Terra Cotta; snail’s head Burnt Umber; snail’s body Toffee Brown; sign border Gamal Green; stakes, sign center, flower center, snail’s eyes, and bee’s wings Ivory; bee’s body and flower Straw; leaves Village Green; watering can checks Copen Blue; ladybug’s body Barn Red; ladybug’s and bee’s head Black. Paint beehive hole Toffee Brown.


Transfer remaining details. Use liner and Black to paint bee’s stripes and dot snail’s eyes and ladybug’s body. Use liner and Black or marker for lettering. Use liner and Ivory to dot ladybug’s and bee’s eyes, and paint sign stripes. Use liner to paint Toffee Brown stripes on flower centers. Use marker to trace remaining details.


Shade the following: beehive Straw; watering can Rain Grey; pot Burnt Umber; sign center edges, flower center, snail’s eyes, and bee’s wings Toffee Brown; leaves Gamal Green; ladybug’s body Black. Add Ivory highlights to watering can checks.


Thread wire through sign holes and curl ends. Tie fabric bow onto hanger. Adhere stakes to plant pokes.

by Cheryl Seslar

Cross-stitched Frog Sign

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Stitch this whimsical frog as an attractive addition to your flower bed or garden.


  • Darice 14-count brown plastic canvas, 1/2 sheet
  • Brown paper
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • Copper wire, 18-gauge, 36” length
  • Assorted beads, six


  • Tapestry needle, #26
  • Therm O Web PeelnStick Double-Sided Adhesive, 3-3/4”x5”

Stitch Types

  • Backstitch: 2 strands
  • Cross-stitch: 3 strands
  • French Knot: 2 or 3 strands (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, wire cutter


Size / Stitch Count

Sign size: 4”x8-1⁄2”; stitch count: 50 w x 62 h


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.) Use three strands floss to cross-stitch design centered on canvas. For French knots, use three strands DMC White for frog’s eyes, and two strands DMC 307 Lemon for fly’s eyes.

2. For backstitch, use two strands for the following: DMC 310 Black for dashed lines, fly’s body and antennae, frog’s mouth and tongue; DMC 318 Steel Gray, Lt. for flower; DMC 414 Steel Gray, Dk. for bow tie, fly’s wings; DMC 890 Pistachio Green, Ultra Dk. for frog, flower stem, and leaf.

3. Cut design to two squares beyond stitching on right/left sides, six squares beyond stitching on bottom, and five squares beyond stitching on top. For indents, cut out four squares from top and bottom edges, three squares in.

4. Remove backing from adhesive sheet; apply to back of design. Press brown paper onto adhesive; trim paper and smooth edges.

5. Cut wire length in half. Wrap one length around bottom indents; twist ends together and curl into spirals. Add beads to spirals. Wrap remaining wire length around top indents; twist ends together at center for hanger. Add beads and cut ends.

by Kathy Wirth