April 5, 2012
Hello PLAID readers!! I am so excited to be here today sharing a fun little project. My name is Amanda and I am the creator and author of Every Creative Endeavor – a fun little blog about all things DIY for you and your home! I love to make items for my house; there is just something so great about completing a project that beautifies your home. I also love making things for my kids – again, there is something so gratifying in seeing your kids love something you have made them. Today I am going to share a fun little Monogrammed Step Stool I made for my son. We just finished potty training but I realized he would need something to help reach the toilet and the sink to wash his hands and a fun little step stool was the perfect solution!
First, I headed out to Michaels – a great store to pick up PLAID products – and found this fun little stool.
I brought it home and used #459 Hauser Green Light by FolkArt by PLAID and gave it a few good coats. This green is one of my very favorite colors! It is bright and fun and perfect for a little boy.
Next I cut out a “Q” with some scrapbook paper I had in my supplies. I used a cutting machine to cut it out so you could use one of those if you have one or just print one out on your computer and trace it onto your paper – I used to that all the time. It works great!! Using Gloss Mod Podge, I glued the letter onto the stool. I first applied a coat to the stool and then applied my “Q” and then added a few more coats over the top. TIP: If you are finding little bubbles in your letter while the Mod Podge is drying, simply take your hair dryer and apply it to the bubble and it will flatten.
I also used the Mod Podge to coat the entire stool and give it a nice little glossy shine. It turned out perfect and my son loves it!
It is the perfect little step stool to reach those high places. And yes, even I have used it a couple times to reach a few things up high in my pantry. My daughter loves it too so I may be making a fun little pink one in the near future!
Thank you so much for having me today and I would love for you to stop by Every Creative Endeavor to see what other projects I have been working on!
April 3, 2012
National Craft Month is over, and during the month of March we held our first ever Plaid Pinterest Pinboard Contest. This was the first contest we ever held on Pinterest. We received tons of great entries, and we here had a tough decision to make. The winner will receive a huge Plaid prize pack. It will include products from our Martha Stewart craft line, several Mod Podge formulas, FolkArt paints, and a Simply Screen DIY Kit. The prize pack has a $200 retail value. The winner is…
(winner has been notified)
Thanks to everyone that entered our contest, and make sure you subscribe to Paint Me Plaid so you can be the first to know about our next Pinterest contest. Also don’t forget to follow Plaid on Pinterest here.
April 2, 2012
It’s a new week, and that means it’s time to try a new craft project. I love craft projects that you can use. The other day I happened to notice how bland my makeup brushes were. I wondered what I could to do to jazz them up? Luckily I did not have to look to far for a unique idea. Kindra Boroff created these Vintage Glamour Makeup Brushes, that I absolutely adore. This is a perfect craft for all skill levels, that will take about an hour to create. You are sure to be the envy of your girlfriends, once they see these incredible makeup brushes.
Mod Podge-CS11305 4oz Matte
FolkArt Acrylic Paint-938 Licorice
FolkArt Extreme Glitter- 2792 Back
Red satin ribbon
Small clear rhinestones
Permanent fabric glue
- Measure 1” from the tip of the brush handle and tape off. Paint the tip of the handle with Licorice. When dry paint a few coats of Black glitter as shown.
- Cut the fabric to fit the remaining section of the handle. Mod Podge the fabric to the brush handle. Allow to dry.
- Cut the red ribbon the wrap around the handle where the painted section and the fabric meet. Glue with fabric glue. Attach a small rhinestone to the ribbon as shown with fabric glue.
March 29, 2012
Often times when people begin crafting they usually learn through a process of trial and error. Those that have been doing this for a long time became better over time, and never actually received much instruction in the very beginning. We here at Plaid like to try and help those new to crafting, by offering simple guides to crafting techniques. Today we want to show you how to load a flat brush.
Dampen the bristles of brush with water and blot on with a paper towel. Stroke bristles through the edge of the paint puddle, applying slight pressure and pulling color away from the puddle.
Flip the brush over and continue to into the paint puddle filling both sides 3/4 full. Work paint into both sides. The paint should fill the brush.
The paint should be smooth and even in the brush, with no blobs on the edges or the sides.
Brush loaded with too little paint.
Brush loaded with too much paint.
Brush loaded correctly.
March 29, 2012
Have you done any spring-cleaning yet? How about some spring decorating? Spring is a great time to clean up, and start fresh. Perhaps there is a room in your home you need to organize. Or you have been looking forward to adding new decorations to your room. Here is a project that can bring new life to any room in your home. A repurposed lampshade is a great spring project. Kindra Boroff, a designer here at Plaid, created this one. This is an intermediate project that will take 2 or more hours to complete. If you are like me, I often have a hard time finding the exact type of lampshade I picture in my mind, well here is a solution. Create your own lampshade. Use this exact design, or use it as inspiration to create whatever you envision.
FolkArt Acrylic Paint- 938 Licorice, 424 Light Gray, 2551 Moon Yellow
FolkArt Painting Stencils-30599 Debbie Floral
Simply Stencil Value Packs-30502 7×10 Stencil blank
Plaid Brush Set- 250534 Learn To Paint Set
Plaid Spouncer-1528 Medium Spouncer Set
Medium white lampshade, Masking tape, Xacto knife
- Cut the zebra print stencil using the provided pattern or create your own.
- Stencil the zebra print to the lampshade with Light Gray.
- Stencil the large flower onto the lampshade with Moon Yellow.
- Using Licorice and the liner brush outline the flowers. With Licorice add polka dots and paint the top and bottom trim.
March 28, 2012
Do you know what the most popular surface is to craft on this time of year? Easter eggs. Have you noticed all the amazingly decorated eggs that people are creating? There are tons of boards on Pinterest dedicated to just Easter eggs. I have been addicted looking through all of them. Here is another Easter egg project to add to the mix. This egg tabletop trio was created using FolkArt paint. I love how unique this project is. The colors used within are perfect for spring. To learn how to create this project, click here.
March 27, 2012
Spring has sprung! This sweet headband is the perfect way to celebrate. It looks so pretty with a dress for a special spring occasion, or slip it on to dress-up a pair of jeans or a t-shirt. Laura Bray designed the adorable headband. To see more creations Laura has made, check out her blog, Katy Diddy. It’s a beginner level craft that can take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2766 Neon Pink, FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2768 Neon Yellow, FolkArt Paint-521 Lemon Yellow
Plastic headband, Straw flower, Vintage faux pearls, Craft glue, Small square of white felt
- Paint headband in FolkArt paint in Lemon Yellow. Once paint is dry, apply a coat of Extreme Glitter in Neon Yellow.
- Paint center of flower in FolkArt paint in Lemon Yellow. Once paint is dry, apply a coat of Extreme Glitter in Neon Yellow.
- Apply two coats of Extreme Glitter in Neon Pink to the flower petals. Make sure you allow the Extreme Glitter to dry between coats.
- Glue vintage or faux pearl beads around the center of the flower.
- Glue flower onto side of headband. To secure, apply glue to one side of felt square and glue to the back of the flower. Make sure headband is securely glued between the felt and the flower.