The magic of celebrating a birthday as a child is such a special time, and we think children’s birthday parties are one of the most fun occasions to craft! Being a child means exploring interests, when anything is possible, and your birthday is one of the best days of the year. No matter if your little one’s interest is a race car birthday party or a polka dot extravaganza, we love this project for its versatility to craft whatever theme your little one can dream up! Today’s Fan Fave, Anne over at An Elegant Artist, made custom plates and party goods using scrapbook papers and Mod Podge to create a memorable atmosphere for her little one’s birthday. Visit her blog to get the full tutorial on these adorable plates!
Staying organized just got a lot more fun with this cute DIY stenciled pouch we crafted – we’re using ours as a make-up bag, but the humble pouch can be used in countless ways. If the bottom of your handbag looks anything like some of ours around here (read: floating bobby pins, receipts and gum), corral all those goods in a pouch for stress-free organizing. If you’re a mom, this is a cute way to get all your little one’s supplies together – pick a color that contrasts with your baby bag to make it easy to find!
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Gray Wolf
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ 6oz Tintable Fabric Medium
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ 6oz Brush And Stencil Cleaner
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Arabesque Laser-Cut Stencils
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Stencil Tape
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Stencil Brush Set – 3pc
- Fabric zippered-pouch
- Small piece of cardboard
- Foam plates
- Water basin
- Put cardboard inside pouch to keep paint from bleeding through.
- Place stencil on your surface and secure using tape. If using spray adhesive, spray stencil first, then place on surface.
- Mix fabric medium with your paint before painting pillows, curtains, or other fabric accessories.
- Pour a small amount of paint onto your palette. Load paint sparingly on a stencil brush or sponge and dab off excess. Lightly dab on a thin layer of paint; apply a second coat if necessary. Paint all areas of one color on the stencil before moving on to the next.
- While paint is still wet, carefully peel off stencil.
- Continue painting areas of the stencil according to your design. Let the paint dry completely before placing another stencil (or color) over it.
- Wash all stencils, brushes, and tools immediately after use before the paint dries. Use Martha Stewart Crafts Brush & Stencil Cleaner to remove dried paint.
Oh, my monarch! Nature is such a special inspiration for creativity – let our beautiful Butterfly Trio land atop and adorn you with style. Using the Martha Stewart Crafts™ line of jewelry, our team created this gorgeous little family of butterflies to add a bit of pizzazz to your jewelry collection. The pieces look great paired with your favorite little black dress, or what about jazzing up your basic jeans and tee? The line is available exclusively at Michael’s.
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Tools – Chain Nose Pliers
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Tools – Flat Nose Pliers
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Tools – Silicone Tip Brush
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Tools – Jewelry Glue
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Tools – Silicone Work Mat
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Silicone Molds – Butterfly
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Epoxy Clay – Beetle Black
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Enamel Paint – Yellow Jacket
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Enamel Paint – Habanero Red
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Enamel Paint – Meringue White
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Beads – Brown 8mm Faceted Round
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Chains – Fat Oval Gold
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Findings – Jump Rings Twist Gold
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Findings – Lobster Butterfly
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Findings – Charms Woodland
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Cabochon Settings – Ring Blanks
- Martha Stewart Crafts™ Jewelry Enamel Blanks – Butterflies
- Gold ear wires
- Gold eye pins
- Mix equal amounts of beetle black epoxy clay and epoxy clay activator according to instructions in package. TIP: Use a very light coat of olive oil on your fingertips to prevent the clay from sticking to your skin.
- Press the mixed clay firmly into the silicone molds of the two black butterflies pictured. The silicone tip brush can help push clay into small, tight areas. After a few hours, use the silicone tip brush or a toothpick to make two holes in the tips of the large butterfly’s wings. The holes need to be large enough to loosely fit two gold jump rings.
- Allow the epoxy clay to dry thoroughly, about 24 hours.
- Once the clay is dry, remove the butterflies from the mold. Mix white enamel paint and the enamel activator on the silicone work mat according to instructions in package.
- While the enamel is curing, if there is any olive oil residue on your clay butterflies, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. Dry thoroughly. Using the silicone tip brush or a toothpick, apply the white enamel to each indent in the butterflies’ wings. The enamel will have a liquid consistency and this will help it flow nicely into the crevices. Fill each indent enough so the black clay beneath does not show through. The white enamel will make a clean, bright base coat so the next layer of enamel colors show up vividly.
- Wait until the white enamel is mostly dry (about 24 hours). Apply yellow and red enamel paints to the silicone work mat and mix an orange and a yellow-orange color. Mix the appropriate amount of enamel activator separately with each shade of orange and some yellow enamel paint according to instructions in package. Allow the three colors to cure for about two hours.
- While waiting for the enamel to cure, you can make the earrings. Using an eye pin, slide one of the yellow or brown beads onto the pin and make a loop at the end so that there is a loop on either side of the bead. Attach one end of this bead connector to a gold ear wire and the other end to one of the gold enamel butterfly blanks. Repeat for other earring.
- While waiting for the enamel to cure, you can also make the chain for the necklace. Determine desired length of necklace and cut the gold chain to that length. Cut the chain in half.
- Attach the butterfly lobster clasp to one end of each chain with jump rings (not pictured).
- Attach the woodland charms to the other ends of the chain with jumprings as pictured.
- Once the yellow, light orange, and dark orange enamel paints have cured for about two hours, use the silicone tip brush or a toothpick to fill in the white spaces on both butterflies as pictured. Allow the enamel to dry completely (about 24-72 hours).
- When the enamel is fully dry, attach the large butterfly to the woodland charms on the chain with jump rings.
- For the ring, lay the small butterfly facedown, apply glue to the back of the butterfly, and press the ring blank into the glue. Allow glue to dry fully for 24 hours before wearing.
Tip: For additional color, try carefully adding enamel to the metal butterfly enamel blanks on the earrings (before you attach them to the ear wires and beads).
To make other types of butterflies, try using different colors of the Martha Stewart Crafts Jewelry Enamel. There are ten colors to choose from and they mix just like regular paint so you can achieve a wide variety of beautiful colors.
One of the best things about summer is the evenings. You can stay outside longer and not have to worry about the temperature getting too cold. Relax in a hammock, or gaze up at the stars from your porch while sitting in a rocking chair. All are great ways to experience blissful summer nights. Another way to add even more to the ambiance is to add some lights. You can place some flameless candles outside, use string lights, or create this outdoor summer lantern.
Need some last minute 4th of July decorations? Well today you’re in luck. We’re going to share with you an easy project that will add some patriotic flair to you summertime party. Cathie and Steve have designed this project by transforming a clear plastic bowl into a designer chip bowl. Not only is this bowl great for the 4th, you can use it at any of your summertime cookouts or parties.
This summer make something that you can display outside. Spruce up your backyard, garden area, or porch. There are several creative possibilities and today we would like to share with you this outdoor bird art.
During the spring season people begin spring-cleaning around their homes, and during the summer it is the perfect time to do some in house decorating. This summer in case you are looking for a way to brighten up your home, we’ve got a great project to show you today. This flowers and polka dot lampshade designed by Kindra Boroff makes the perfect addition to any room in your home.
Looking for a cool way to upcycle a basic glass bottle? Why not decorate it with a timeless silkscreen design? Well now thanks to Martha Stewart craft products, you can select from several beautiful silkscreen designs. Using these silkscreens you will then use etching cream to apply onto the glass piece of your choice. In the post below take a look at how designer and Plaid Enterprises craft expert, Ed Roth uses a Martha Stewart silkscreen to embellish a basic glass bottle. Enjoy.
June is not only the start of summer, but for many people they will celebrate their graduation. Graduations are a huge milestone in anyone’s life, and it is a celebration that should be cherished. If you are preparing for an upcoming graduation party, make sure you have some festive decorations. In case you are stumped a little on exactly what to use as décor, let us help you with some decoration ideas.
Welcome back from a wonderful three-day weekend. We hope you had a wonderful time, hanging out with family and friends, or lounging by the beach or a pool. Now that summer is officially underway, several events are getting ready to occur. One of these events includes graduations.