Are you or someone you know preparing for an upcoming wedding? If so, then I am sure you are feverishly getting all your decorations together. If you are in need of some lovely tabletop decorations, check out these vintage bottles wedding centerpieces. Martha Stewart veteran Kristin St. Clair creates a custom centerpiece with vintage bottles and a fun coat of paint. In order to achieve this look on bottles, you will need to use the Martha Stewart spray paint kit. The Martha Stewart Crafts™ High Gloss Finish Spray Paint Kit converts all Martha Stewart Crafts™ paint, except glitter paint, into aerosol paint. The High Gloss Spray Medium is recommended for use with High Gloss, Metallic or Pearl Paints. However, you can mix with other craft paints to alter the finish. You can find this spray kit at your local Michaels craft store. Click here to learn more about the spray kit.
I’m thrilled to announce that this week the Handmade Charlotte Stencil sets will be in select Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores and on their website!
We are smiling ear-to-ear of course, and thought a celebration was in order–so we made cake! The little slices are actually gift boxes filled with candy and other sweet treats. We used a Handmade Charlotte stencil set to decorate the cake with awesome stars. What’s a party without party favors? We are giving you a free template so you can go cake crazy with us. The best part of this craft is that you can make the fun gifts for every occasion.
Thanks for joining in on our excitement and hope your next bash will include a slice of cake! Find your free template here.
Happy Friday! Summer is officially here and that means it is time to get outside. This time of year is all about outdoor activities. Are you planning a cookout or picnic? If so, you will need some outdoor equipment to help store different items. Check out what Jen from Tatertots and Jello created. This tailgate picnic party is so festive and fun. Looking at this project makes me want to go on a picnic this weekend. Jen was able to get all the supplies for this project from Walmart. This project uses chalkboard paint, FolkArt paints, and Plaid’s paint toppers. Click here to see Jen’s shopping trip to Walmart, and learn how she made this great summer project. Have an awesome weekend.
Since Cinco de Mayo is quickly approaching, we here at Plaid wanted to share with you another project you can create for this occasion. Shake up some fun using these Floral ZigZag Maracas. One of our fabulous designers, Kindra Boroff created these maracas. These were made using FolkArt paint, FolkArt Extreme Glitter, and Mod Podge. This is an intermediate level craft that will take 2 hours to complete. Be the life of the party with these bright and festive maracas. Enjoy!
FolkArt Acrylic Paint: 2553 Lime Green, 2578 New Leaf Green, 412 Magenta, 660 Pure Gold
FolkArt Extreme Glitter: 2836 Champagne
Mod Podge: CS11305 4oz Matte
Plaid tools: 1534 1 ¼” Spouncer, 1” Flat
6” Paper mache eggs, Large dowel rods, Dried beans, Brown craft paper, Hot glue, Sandpaper, Scissors, Gloss Sealer
1. Cut the dowel rods into 2- 11” pieces. Sand the edge of one side to create a smooth handle.
2. Cut a hole into the bottom of the paper mache eggs and fill with dried beans. Add hot glue to the un-sanded end of the dowel rod, insert into the egg, attaching to the inside top of the egg. Hot glue around the hole of the egg and the dowel rod.
3. Cut pieces of craft paper and Mod Podge to the egg and the handle to create a finished look.
4. Base-coat the maracas with New Leaf Green. With the masking tape create a zigzag pattern as shown. Tape off thin stripes on the handles. Paint with Lime Green.
5. Remove tape and paint the flowers onto the maracas with Magenta. Add Pure Gold centers to the flowers. Add Champagne glitter to the centers.
6. Seal with gloss sealer.
When people think of May they generally think of Mother’s Day, however there is another reason to celebrate this month and that’s Cinco de Mayo. This festive holiday is approaching quickly, and will be here this weekend. In case you are planning to throw a little fiesta gathering here is a must have item you will need. A sombrero can be used not just to wear, but also as a festive centerpiece for your party. Another creative way to use this item is to line the hat rim with napkins and fill with chips. Kindra Boroff designed this sombrero. It was created primarily using FolkArt Acrylic Paint. This is a beginner level project that will take just about an hour to complete. Below is a full list of supplies you will need, and the instructions to create this project. Do you have any plans for Cinco de Mayo?
FolkArt Acrylic Paint: 901 Wicker White, 2553 Lime Green, 643 Azure Blue, 2546 Bright Pink, 437 Lipstick Red
Plaid Tools: 1534 1 ¼” Spouncer, 1” Flat Brush
Straw sombrero, Blue and white striped 1 ½” ribbon, Hot glue, Turquoise felt, Lime felt, Red felt, Hot pink felt, Tulle, Scissors, Large clear rhinestone.
1. Base-coat approximately 4” on the top and bottom rim of the hat with Azure blue.
2. Add some 1” to 2” inch stripes using Bright Pink, Lime Green, and Lipstick Red in that order on the remaining rim of the hat.
3. Base-coat the top of the hat with Azure Blue.
4. Using Bright Pink, Lipstick Red, and Lime Green, spouncer polka dots as shown.
5. Cut a large flower shape from the turquoise felt and a piece of white tulle. Repeat with the other colors of felt, making each flower a little smaller. Hot glue the flowers together and add a rhinestone in the center. Hot glue to the hat.
When it comes to decorating a birthday party, there are so many different themes you can choose from. One of our blogger friends Kristyn from, Lil Luna, recently threw a monster themed birthday party for her son. She made some fantastic decorations, including this monster bean bag throw. When I saw this project, I was so amazed with how creative she was with only a few supplies. Click here to learn how Kristyn made this awesome Monster bean bag throw, and to see more pictures from this adorable birthday party.
Plaid designer Chris Williams adds fun and whimsy to your Easter table with her cute chick placecard holders. You can whip up several of these at once, use them for placecards and then give everyone their own unique gift to take home! Here’s the complete tutorial from Chris herself.
No Easter Sunday dinner table would be complete without “chickie” place card holders, right? Why not dress up your Easter dinner table with this idea? It is fun and easy to do. First gather your basic crafting supplies and add a few FolkArt Acrylic colors too.
Welcome to another installment of ASK PLAIDIE LADDIE!
Plaidie Laddie, loyal Plaid pooch and one of our blog contributors, wants to answer your most burning painting questions. Every week he’ll pick a question out of his virtual mailbag and answer it (with a little help from me, since he only has paws). This week’s question:
“Dear Plaidie Laddie, I have a glass plate that I want to paint for serving food at a party. I don’t think it would be good to put food directly on the paint though – is that correct? How can I paint a plate that is food safe?” -Karen H. from Washington
Dear Karen, Great question! Painted partyware is so pretty, but we here at Plaid don’t recommend placing food directly on painted items. There IS a solution though – reverse painting on glass! I found a tutorial for you by Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made for Living Locurto. The tutorial is for reverse sign painting on glass, but the same method could be used for glass plates as well. If you paint on the BACK of the plate, you can place food on the top of the plate without fear! This tutorial uses Apple Barrel Gloss (which works well), and we also have a special paint formula made just for glass: FolkArt Enamels. Whichever paint you use, you’re really going to enjoy painting on glass, and this tutorial makes it so simple. Have fun at the party! Save a biscuit for me!
Sincerely, Plaidie Laddie