What better way to kick off spring with the family than a great DIY project? Here are a five fun crafts to try with the kids. Happy crafting!
Are you or your kids a messy crafter? Come on be honest. If you are know that it’s perfectly normal to be a little messy, while you are being crafty. It kind of goes with the territory, but lucky for you we here at Plaid create products with our consumer in mind.
By: Jackie Wynia
After raising two boys who love monsters, dragons, dinosaurs, and alien creatures I was thrilled beyond words to welcome my first grandchild – a girl, Penelope Rose. Finally! Now, it is time for dolls, crowns, fairy dust and tutus! To my surprise those glittery, fluffy, girly things take a back seat for sweet Penny Rose. At 18mos. old, she is full of energy, comical, obsessed with books (especially those about Dinosaurs) just like her daddy! She learned to roar like a dinosaur before she learned to say “Mama and Dada.”
In hunting for a fitting Easter gift, I found a wonderful Dinosaur basket at my local craft store, which inspired me to fill it with something fun, instead of candy… such as a game. I made dino egg shaped beanbags with numbers to aid in learning to count! I simply sewed fabric beanbags, cut numbers from fabric using Plaid stencils, and adhered the numbers to the bags with Fabric Mod Podge. I filled my eggs with rice and dried beans. I know she will enjoy this basket all year long. Happy Easter Penny Rose and thanks for this opportunity to reminisce about raising boys who still love dinosaurs! Below you will find all the supplies needed, along with their step by step instructions. Click here to find the egg pattern you will need to complete this project.
Plaid Materials & Supplies:
Plaid Fabric Mod Podge – CS11218, Plaid 2 Letter Stencils – 29375
Other Additional Supplies:
¼ yards each of fabric – 3 different patterns, Rice and or Dried Beans, Scissors, Pen, Brush, Sewing needle, Pins, Sewing machine
The spookiest day of the year has arrived! The weather is perfect and the little magical creatures of the night are getting ready to collect sweet treats. Most of us will be leaving up our pumpkins and fall decor all the way through Thanksgiving. I found some of the cutest Thanksgiving crafts ever! Your kids will flip over these fun easy to do projects and you can take them out year after year. Enjoy tonight but tomorrow I’ve got my mind on one thing – TURKEY!
DIY Cutie Turkey Cookies via Bee In Our Bonnet
Cutie Crayon Thanksgiving Favors via Lisa Storms
Are you looking for a cool craft project to amaze your little ones? If so I have the solution for you. Your kids will go bananas over these fun and super easy painting projects. The projects are fail proof and the results always hit a home run. Get your Pinterest button ready, because these projects are keepers! FolkArt paint always does the trick! New techniques that work = Awesome results!
Fun Marbled Project by Housing A Forest
Abstract Paintings by Tinker Lab
Rainbows With Q – Tips by Makes and Takes
Paint Pouring By Housing A Forest
Learn more about Handmade Charlotte here.
Want to get your little girls involved and in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit? Well create this St. Patrick’s Day Ruffled Shirt. This shirt was created by Brook from, Being Brook. We first found this adorable project over on one of craft friend’s blog, Infarrantly Creative. Some of the supplies Brook used to make this included, t-shirt fabric, freezer paper, and Martha Stewart craft paints. This is a great shirt for your little one to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Pair this long top with some jazzy leggings, and you will have one cute outfit.
Hooray! It’s giveaway time again on Paint Me Plaid. This week we are giving away some product from Plaid’s Apple Barrel brand. 1 lucky Paint Me Plaid reader will win a 16 color Apple Barrel paint set. Take care of all your painting projects with this acrylic paint set that comes with a free brush! Includes an assortment of 16 popular colors, each in 1/6 oz. resealable pots. This set is great for your kids to use. Perhaps use these colors to create some Valentine’s Day crafts. We will announce the winner on Paint Me Plaid on Friday (Jan. 20th), in the afternoon.
To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us what you would use these products to create? For extra entries (leave a separate comment for each):
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Check out our sister blog, Plaid Kid’s Crafts, and let us know a project you find there that you think is cool
The contest will end Friday January 20th, 2012 at 12 noon EST.
So we are extending our all about Plaid week, and will be continuing this blog series for about a month. Every week we will highlight for you a brand that is under the Plaid umbrella. This week meet, Apple Barrel. Apple Barrel make family crafting fun. Apple Barrel® Colors are crafters’ choice for projects large and small. Made from the purest ingredients, Apple Barrel Colors provide premium performance on wood, Styrofoam, paper mache, tin, terra cotta, plaster and any porous surface. It comes in a rainbow of clean colors in traditional matte finish and gloss that’s great for outdoor projects, too. Moms love it for kids’ projects, thanks to its non-toxic, waterbase formula–soap and water clean-up is a breeze. To see projects, and view the entire Apple Barrel inventory click here. Also to see more kid friendly project using Apple Barrel paints, check out our sister blog Plaid Kid’s Crafts.
Here is another great craft project to make for Halloween. This spooky tree was designed by one of our designers, Kindra Boroff. This is a great craft for beginners, that can take between 1 hour and 1.5 hours to complete. Use this tree as a table centerpiece, porch display, or paper weight. The possibilities are endless! For more Halloween craft project ideas check out our Halloween super center.
Fabric Stiffy: # 1550 – 8oz.
Apple Barrel paints: #20504 Black, #20503 White, #20508 Pewter Grey
#1 Script Liner
#12 Flat brush
3” foam ball,
2” foam balls
5 ½”x 2 ½”x 5 ¾” wood block
18 gauge brown paper wire
- Using the brown paper wire, twist pieces together till you create your spooky tree.
- Drill a hole in the center of the wood large enough for the tree to fit into. Basecoat the tree and the wood Black.
- Mix 1 part Stiffy and 1 part Black in a small bowl. Dip the cheesecloth, sized to fit over the block, into the mixture. Squeeze out excess.
- Drape the cheesecloth over the piece of wood. As it dries, form the cheesecloth as desired.
- Using a serrated knife cut a small piece of foam off the bottom of the foam balls so they can sit flat. Paint the foam balls with Black.
- With a script liner and Pewter Grey paint some stripes on the balls to make it look like pumpkin lines.
- Write “boo” on the pumpkins as shown with White and a script liner. Insert brown paper wire into the top of the pumpkins for stems.
- Hot glue the tree and pumpkins on the block as shown.
Cut small squares of cheesecloth. Mix 1 part stiffy and 1 part Pewter Grey in a small bowl and dip the cheesecloth squares into the mixture. Drape the small squares over the branches as shown.