Celebrate the New Year with festive home decorating ideas. Holli Nutter designed these wonderful New Year’s projects, and so can you. There is still plenty of time left to craft something before the end of 2012. This year is coming to a close, but before it’s over create one more craft project. Holli created several New Year’s projects using FolkArt paints. With more than 12 hours left till 2013 what are you waiting for? End the year the same way you started it, by crafting! To find the complete instructions for these project click here.
Double double toil and trouble! Get ready for some Halloween fun with this Witches Candle Cauldron project. Designed by Kindra Boroff these cauldrons would look great on your front porch, or as the centerpiece of a scary table. This project was created using FolkArt Enamels, Martha Stewart Stencils, and FolkArt Extreme Glitter. All the supplies you will need for this project can be found below, along with their instructions.
FolkArt Enamel Paint-4032 Licorice, 4119 Yellow Citron
FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2797 Black
Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils-32307 Typewriter, 32304 Holiday Icons II
Spouncer value pack-28872
Spray primer, Foam paintbrush, 4 wood oval disks, Hot glue, Craft knife 7/8” dowel rod, 4” round wood plaque, 5×7 oval wood plaque, 4-wood screws, drill, Philips screwdriver, ¾” masking tape, Black felt, 5/8” Purple satin ribbon, 3/16” rhinestone chain, Hot glue, Glass vase, ½ yd. black tulle, scissors, 1” flat brush.
- Cut two dowel rods for each candle holder. For the larger cut 12” and for the smaller cut 9” dowel rods.
- Drill two holes in the round plaque and the oval plaque where you would screw the dowel rods to the plaques. Attach the dowel rods to the plaques with screws.
- Base-coat the oval and round plaque with Licorice. Paint the dowel rods with Yellow Citron.
- When dry tape off ¾” stripes on the dowel rod and paint with Licorice. When dry spounce a few coats of Black Extreme Glitter.
- Cut the shoes from the black felt using the pattern. Hot glue the fronts and toes of the felt shoes and attach. Apply a strip of hot glue to the bottom of the heel and attach around the dowel rod. Glue the back of the heels together. Hot glue a purple bow to the shoes as shown.
- Cut the tulle in half. Fold the cut piece in half and glue around the round plaque creating a ruffle look. Hot glue purple ribbon over the black tulle. Add the rhinestone chain.
- Stencil the spiders or the bats and words on the glass vase as shown with Licorice.
- Hot glue the rhinestone chain to the top of the vase.
- Hot glue the vase to candlesticks.
Happy Monday! Hope you had a good weekend. If you visited your local craft store I am sure you couldn’t help but notice all the Halloween decorations. Has it gotten you in the mood to craft? Seeing all these holiday decorations could be a little overwhelming, and you maybe stumped at what to make. Well no worries, we want to share a great project idea from Laura Bray. These romantic blocks allow you to rearrange your Halloween décor to mix and match your mood. Laura created these blocks using FolkArt and Mod Podge. They are very unique, and very simple to create. All the supplies you need are listed below, along with their instructions. To see more craft project from Laura visit her blog, Katydiddys.
FolkArt Acrylic Paint-2576 Vivid Orange, FolkArt Acrylic Paint-4032 Licorice, Mod Podge, FokArt Peel & Stick Stencil-Architectural Fleur-30457
Unfinished wood blocks, Polka dot scrapbook paper
- Paint the wood blocks in orange and black. Allow to dry completely.
- Using Mod Podge, apply a piece of scrapbook paper to the block and then add the scrapbook paper and/or decorative papers. For easy sizing when cutting out your decorative papers, I recommend that you measure the size of your block surface and subtract a ¼”. Set aside to dry.
- On some of the sides that you did not apply decorative paper to, stencil designs.
- Mod Podge ® 7 Piece Tool Kit
- Mod Podge ® Podgeable Paper Flip Books – Travel
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Ocean Cruise, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Light Blue, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Metallics – Pure Gold, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Metallics – Copper, 2 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Dimensional Magic, 2 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Dimensional Magic – Glitter Gold, 2 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Matte, 16 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Craft Glue, 2 oz.
- Paint large canvas Ocean Cruise and small one Light Blue.
- Use liner brush to paint corner designs on large canvas. Use opposite end of paintbrush to create Pure Gold dots.
- Cut out images and letters from flip book.
- Apply images to canvases referring to bottle instructions. Place wax paper over placed paper and squeegee to remove excess glue. Repeat with letters and car. (Place book or hard object under canvas to provide structure when using squeegee.)
- Use clear Dimensional Magic over letters and gold glitter to accent travel posters on small canvas.
- Glue small canvas to larger one and then glue charm as shown.
Your kids will have fun with this lace board activity book. They will love to help you paint the peg board and when it’s finished drying they can start lacing it up. We made our weekly trip to the hardware store and bought 1 sheet of peg board. They will cut the boards into the size you’ll need. You could make 4 or five books with one sheet and the project will cost you under $15 dollars, including paint. I let Charlotte pick her favorite FolkArt paint colors and we got down to business. We painted each page a different color and sealed it with the FolkArt clearcote acrylic sealer. Once the paint dried we added the loose-leaf rings.
I found that taping the ends of your string or yarn help kids get it through the holes easier. The younger children will enjoy the basic threading of the holes, while the older child will make their patterns more elaborate. I love these books for travel, quiet time, or as a great rainy day activity. Please let us know how your project turned out. We would love to see what you’re painting this summer.
Loose-leaf rings, 2” size
1. Cut peg board to desire shape
2. Sand board edges
3. Paint each board magenta, green, blue & orange
4. Apply gloss sealer on painted side
5. Cut string and add tape to ends
6. Line peg board holes up and attach the loose-leaf rings
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, why not make something cute and useful for Mom? This jewelry box by Cathie and Steve is a great craft to make and gift to give. Mom can keep all her trinkets, and jewelry organized in this classic looking box. Here’s how to make it.
First, gather these supplies:
- Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
- Mod Podge ® Professional Tool Set
- FolkArt ® Metallics – Royal Gold, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Parchment, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves, 2 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Wood jewelry box, Small screwdriver, Foam paintbrush, Loose bristle paintbrush for dry brushing, Ruler, Scissors, Scrapbook papers, Hot glue, Ribbons, and Silk Flowers
1. Using a small screwdriver, remove the hinges from the jewelry box. Paint the lid of the box with Autumn Leaves (You will only need to paint the base of the lid and the edges). Paint two coats if needed. Paint the base of the box with Parchment paint.
2. Dip the end of the loose bristle brush into Royal Gold paint. Tap of the excess paint so the brush is almost dry. Lightly and quickly brush over the entire lid and base of the box. Use a real light hand so the colors still show through.
3. Trim the scrapbook papers to fit the top and side of the box. To create a tattered edge, tear the tops of the papers so the core shows.
4. Working on top of the lid, apply a thick coat of Mod Podge. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the trimmed paper. Position the paper on top of the lid. Use the brayer to smooth the paper and to prevent air bubbles. Wait 15 min. and top coat with a layer of Mod Podge. Repeat this step on the sides of the box.
5. Once all the Mod Podge is dry. Hot glue ribbon around the base of the box. Glue ribbons and silk flowers to the top of the box.
In the quest to get more organized, you are going to need the appropriate storage boxes and containers. Unfortunately most stores do not carry stylish storage boxes, but that’s ok. Your crafty, and we here at Plaid are here to help you jazz up your boring old boxes. Organize in style by making this chic wood file box. This box was created by, Kirsten Jones. It is absolutely adorable, and fashionable. See below all the supplies you will need, and instructions on how to make your own stylish storage box.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Pink, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Licorice, 2 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Gloss, 4 oz.
Wood file box, 2 pieces of scrapbook paper- same pattern of desired colors, 1 sheet- black and white dot paper, 4″ wood letter, ¾” paintbrush, Pencil, Scissors, Hot glue and hot glue gun
- Basecoat box with Wicker White, let dry. Paint edges that will show with Pink, let dry.
- Using box as a pattern, cut paper to fit on all four sides.
- Following general directions on Mod Podge bottle, apply paper to box. Let dry.
- Paint letter Licorice. Let dry.
- Using letter as pattern cut dot paper out shape of letter and Mod Podge to surface. Let dry.
- Glue letter to front of box.
Are you familiar with FolkArt? If not here is a refresher. FolkArt was developed for both strokework painting and a variety of decorative craft activities, the FolkArt line of paints features amazing colors in a variety of formulas and finishes to inspire your creativity. Perfect for decorative painting, artist-quality FolkArt Acrylic Colors offer superior hide and a creamy consistency for exceptional blending and brushability. In addition to the acrylic colors, FolkArt also has enamels, extreme giltter, chalkboard, and outdoor paint. These finishes are a great way to make your craft project stand out. From beautiful hand painting to stylish stenciling and design techniques, FolkArt delivers outstanding results. Explore more about FolkArt here.You can find FolkArt paints at most major craft stores, and we carry it online at Plaid Online. Also click here to view several projects made using FolkArt paints.
Designed by Holli Long. To see more crafts from Holli check out her blog, Every Day’s a Holli-Day.
After preparing my Jack O’Lanterns for Halloween this year, I decided that I wanted to try to craft with the seeds . I decided on a fall canvas with leaves. I had so much fun with this project, I wanted to share!
I found some beautiful fall leaves garland at the craft store, and let them be my inspiration for this project.
I used Pure Orange and Turner’s Yellow, double loaded on my brush, to basecoat the canvas. This was a simple way to cover the entire surface of the 12″ x 12″ canvas. I suggest making a few strokes with the brush and picking up more paint, don’t over-brush, as this will muddy the colors.
I used a leaf from the inspirational garland and made a pattern of one large leaf. I used the pattern to “test” my pumpkin seed placement. After deciding it would work, I made several leaf patterns and arranged them on the canvas to find the right design.
Then I used a piece of transfer paper and transferred the patterns of leaves to the canvas.
I side loaded a wet brush into Orange Poppy to shade outside the lines of the pattern, just to add some color and interest to the project.
I started making the leaves by gluing the pumpkin seeds to the outside line of the pattern. I didn’t do anything special to the seeds after removing them from the pumpkins, really, just washed them very well and left them to dry on paper towels and then brown craft paper, for about 5 days.
After the outlines were done, I started filling in the pattern with the seeds. I just put a dab of craft glue on the fat end of the seed, and placed it in the pattern. It was very easy, and didn’t take too long!
I added a bit of sheer ribbon to the top left corner of the canvas, and also added a couple of those inspirational leaves from the garland.
Fall Canvas Supplies
Folk Art Acrylic Colors: 508 Orange Poppy. 623 Pure Orange, 679 Turners Yellow, and 940 Coffee Bean
Plaid Wood Letter Pack Cursive 78047
12″ X 12″ canvas
Ashland™ Fall Garland
#16 flat brush, liner brush
transfer paper, pencil, tracing paper, craft glue, hot glue
1 1/2″ Orange Sheer Ribbon