We love metallic anything! Shades of silver and gold give sophistication and an instant sense of celebration to holiday decor, don’t you think? We’ve got eight shimmering ideas to share, all using the Martha Stewart Crafts® line:
Using burlap is one of the hottest craft trends, and we think it’s perfect for fall! The texture and feel of burlap lend itself to the season and these DIY projects done by our friend Candie Cooper showcase some ways to work in a hint of burlap into your own decor!
I was walking by a tall apartment building in NYC and there it was, a discarded avocado colored wood lamp. Solid wood! I carried it home on the train and got busy on this make-over!
First, I sanded down the surface to make it more receptive to paint. I dusted it off too.
We rounded up eight of our favorite projects for kids to share with you, including a twirly dress and perfect photo shoot signs for your little ones. We’ve also included DIY projects perfect for kids rooms, with a big focus on corralling toys and clothes! All these projects use Handmade Charlotte’s versatile stencils with our FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint, and the products are available on our website or in-store at Michaels. We’ve also included links to the full tutorials below.
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Play Stage: This creative setup designed by So Much Better With Age makes the kid in us want to steal the spotlight! The ‘stage’ setup, complete with a chalkboard for stage announcements to call out the cast.
Storage Bins: We love the look of storage bins, and the boldly stenciled ones by The Misadventures of Kayla Aimee help to keep things looking tidy. A great way to teach that there’s a place for everything!
Photo Signs: Make a photo sign like these easy pieces by Scattered Thoughts of a Craft Mom with our chalkboard paint and do an inspired shoot every season of the year.
Bear Blanket: The repeating pattern See Kate Sew used to create this adorable blanket gives a modern feel to these woodland creatures. She also shows you how to make a simple piece of matching wall art, too!
Door Sign: The kids will love writing on this wood slice chalkboard sign by This Girls Life. She used our Chalk Anything, which is a clear paint that lets you transform anything into a chalkboard surface.
Wall Art: Pick their favorite colors to make this easy wall art from My Favorite Finds.
Ruffled Dress: Even if you’re a novice behind the sewing machine, this adorable dress is totally doable! This fun frock is also from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
Dreamy Stenciled Mirror: She’ll adore this girly piece of art for her room designed by Happy Clippings.
Want simple, versatile DIY decor for fall? These perfect rustic-chic pumpkins created by Su Soutter transform a simple 2×4 block of wood into mantel decor, centerpieces, front porch decor or even place card holders! We love that these can be displayed for Halloween and transition easily to fall decor with a switch of the ribbon. They use Handmade Charlotte’s Woodland stencil pack available at Michaels and FolkArt Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint. Get the full tutorial over at Su’s blog.
Amy Anderson, Mod Podge Rocks! extraordinaire, crafted up this adorable mirror and side table with things purchased exclusively at Target. The fabric she used? Cutouts from a body pillow! A great way to tie together decor, these fun pieces are the perfect accent. Get the full tutorial for both projects, and happy mod podging!
Quiet sunrises, falling leaves and the smell of pine in the air… these cabin inspired home decor projects bring a little bit of what we love about the outdoors in! Handmade Charlotte’s Woodland stencil package, now available at Michaels, has a whopping 80+ stencils included, so you can pick your favorite combo. The fall color palette in these projects make these ideas fun for the little camper in your life or to bring a touch of woodlands to your home. See the full how-to for all six of these projects. And check out Handmade Charlotte’s Family Craft Challenge to win big!
This month, our Plaid HQ Lunch and Learn for our staff used a ton of surfaces – terra cotta, wood and fabric – to get a feel for working on multiple surfaces using our new FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint that works on just about any surface. We’re excited to share the project instructions with you to have a chance to craft with us! Chris Williams designed and led our workshop to make a cute decorative pot and personalized plant poke. This would be so perfect for a baby shower centerpiece personalized with the baby’s initial, a fun housewarming gift, or to spread a little cheer in your own home. Check out more photos from our event to see what else we made.
Oh, and if you make this project too, we’d love to see – please show it off and upload it to our community craft gallery!
- 2894 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Wicker White
- 2896 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Bright Pink
- 2915 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Citrus Green
- 2921 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Aqua
- 2934 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Licorice
- 34034 Stencil Brush – 3/8”
- 30623 FolkArt Painting Stencil – Ditsy Floral
- 50147 Dauber Set
- 4” Terra cotta pot
- Scrap of muslin fabric
- Wood cut-out letter for personalization
- Small wood dowel
- Brush basin or container for water
- Foam plate
- Paper towels
- Sponge applicator
- No. 6 Flat brush
- Hot glue gun – glue sticks
- Leaf Template Download: leaf-pattern
- Basecoat the terra cotta pot base with Aqua and the rim with Wicker White. Allow to dry. Reapply if needed.
- Using dauber, paint Bright Pink flower circles randomly around base of terra cotta pot.
- Load small flat brush with Wicker White and paint straight lined flower petal strokes around the Bright Pink center.
- Load handle end of flat brush with Licorice and paint dots around the flower center.
- Load small flat brush with Citrus Green and paint small leaves around the simple daisy flowers
- Paint Licorice checkerboard stripes around the rim of the terra cotta pot against the Wicker White basecoat.
- Using template provided, cut leaf strip from a scrap piece of muslin or cotton blend woven fabric.
- Lay leaf strip of fabric onto work surface and place stencil over it. Load the stencil brush with Citrus Green and stencil the overall floral pattern. You will need to lift and relocate the stencil to continue stenciling the overall pattern.
- Paint the oval wood letter as desired. I basecoated my letter “C” Wicker White, the scalloped oval Bright Pink. When dry, add polka dots of Aqua and Citrus Green on the oval shape and Licorice tiny polka dots on the letter “C”.
- Paint the small wood dowel Citrus Green. Allow to dry.
- Assemble the personalized plant poke using hot glue. Also hot glue the leaf fabric strip to the dowel and tie a double knot with the leaf ends.
- If desired add a real plant to your terra cotta pot or add a piece of foam, some moss and a few silk daisies as I did on this project.
Project Tip: Beginner painters love painting polka dots as they can be created so easily. Try using a circular stencil, a dauber, a spouncer, the handle end of a paint brush, the eraser end of a pencil, a toothpick, and the point of a dead ballpoint pen, a stylus or even a cotton swab. There are so many common household tools that can be used to paint polka dots.