The creative crafts people make, never cease to amaze me. This ice cream cone wreath is so cute, and unique. I have never seen anything like it. I also like that this holiday project uses non traditional Christmas colors. Using non-traditional colors on holiday crafts is a very hot trend this season. I found this wreath on a fellow craft blog, Yesterday on Tuesday. This is a simple project to create, and the supplies needed to make this include Mod Podge, Styrofoam, and FolkArt. Below are the first 4 steps of how to re-create this wreath. Click here to see the full supply list, and instructions.
At Plaid we use Pantone chips all the time for color matching and trend presentations – it’s pretty common for any company that is involved in design. Several of us squealed when we spotted these Pantone chip cookies on Kim Creative Star. She’s so good that she even made metallic chips. These will definitely appeal to the artist in you. Visit the full blog entry with more pictures here.
I’ve painted furniture for the sake of decoupage, but never finished an entire piece with JUST paint. It’s always helpful to have somewhere to begin so that you know you are doing it “right” – so I got excited when I found this basic furniture painting article on Design*Sponge. It helps take the fear out of refinishing; who wants to mess up and have to start over? These tips are great for small pieces to large. Read the complete article here.
I spotted these paint by number hex coasters on Design*Sponge and thought the story behind them was pretty cool. According to Design*Sponge, “Hex signs are a form of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. They have been painted on the sides of barns to ward off evil spirits, offer good fortune or wish happiness for hundreds of years.” What a perfect sentiment for the holiday season and the upcoming new year. You can get the templates and tutorial for painting these at Design*Sponge here; might even be fun to paint these in Christmas colors and use them for years to come.
I was poking around on Design*Sponge this week and found something painted that drew my attention – The Native Trees of Canada. It’s actually a new book by Leanne Shapton; a book with paintings based off of a 1956 Canadian government reference book of the same name. According to the description, Leanne “takes the otherwise complex objects of trees, pinecones, and seeds and strips them down into bold, almost abstract shapes and colors.” I think interpretations like these would make gorgeous wall hangings. Learn more about the book and see additional images here.
Tam from Sew Dang Cute is hosting a fabulous contest called “Crafting with the Stars” and I’m a part of it. CWS has been a blast so far, and my partner Amanda is AMAZING (get to know us here). She’s very talented with all types of crafts as I’m finding out, and painting is one of her strongest skills. The theme for week 2 was painting, and Amanda chose to fancy up a wood board by turning it into a distressed “EAT” sign. She used some of my favorite FolkArt colors, and the results are not-surprisingly-fantastic. View her full tutorial here – don’t forget to come by Sew Dang Cute next week and vote for us (Amanda does all the work, I’m emotional support). Thank you!
It took me a second to realize that the heads from these skeleton place card holders are gourds! Given that these were the brain child of Sister Diane from CraftyPod, I’m not at all surprised. Diane is very skilled at taking natural items and making them into something cute. Since these use acrylic paint, it was a PMP feature waiting to happen. There’s also a witch version, so visit Diane’s tutorial here at CRAFT. These could be whipped up quickly for an upcoming party.
I have to confess that I frequently forget it’s possible to use paint in scrapbooking layouts. Not only is it possible, but the results are wonderful! Check out this layout by designer Beth Moore at the Better Living Through Scrapbooking blog. She incorporates some Apple Barrel colors by sponge painting her tag and then painting her chipboard frame. Beth didn’t stop there – she got really fancy with a painted shadow on the word “laugh.” This scrapbook page is so cute; it makes me smile! See the complete supply list for this layout here.
Visit Better Living Through Scrapbooking to see many layouts like this one. The October challenge currently posted is “Recycled, Reuse, Renew,” and I’m definitely inspired by what I’m seeing. You will be too.
Are you in need of a super cute fall project? Good news, I found one for you - these witch shoes from Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous! I just about died when I saw that she cut the whole thing out of wood and then even died the socks. What’s the best part of this project? The whole thing is painted! You can use acrylic craft paint, and once you get the wood pieces cut out these darling boots are way easier than they look. Linda has even provided a pattern for you. Get the instructions to make your boots here.