September 7, 2013
Download the Yellow Daisy Necklace Project Instructions With Free Printable Designs Here
We had a blast at the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park this year! Alongside Michaels, we took part in the Michaels Craft Tour. Thousands of crafters came through to participate to do a Make and Take project with us, and for all of you who weren’t able to come, we want to share this cute project with you! These easy, podgeable necklaces are a fun kids craft idea or would add a little sunshine to any outfit. Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks and Glossy made a special appearance, too! We’ve got the free printable designs and project instructions and wish you happy crafting! If you’d like to check out what the Craft Tour Truck looks like, here are some of our fave photos from the event.
September 6, 2013
Bwahahahha! If you’re like us, as a crafter, Halloween is big news. There are so many opportunities to showcase your creativity and in such a fun way! To get into the spook-tacular spirit, we so love the look of this Spooky Ghost Ring and Bracelet. These ghoulish pieces are available in select Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
Plaid® Inspired Classics™
- 24750 Simple Band Rings
- 24702 Bat/Ghost Charms
- 24698 Oct 31 Charms
- Jewelry Glue
- Flush Cutter
- Sand paper or small metal file
- Plaid® Inspired Classics™
- 24710 Halloween Bracelet
- 24709 Halloween Glitzy Beads
- 24700 RIP Owl Charms
- 24706 Cat Hat Witch Charms
- 24695 Jeweled Spider / Gem Web
- 24703 Spider’s Breath Charms
- 24699 Book of Spells Charms
- 24701 Flower / Gem Charms
- 24702 Bat/Ghost Charms
- 24705 Skull Key Charms
- 24749 Earrings & Jump Rings
DIRECTIONS – Ring:
- Cut metal loop off of top of Oct 31 Charm.
- Cut metal loop off of top of Ghost Charm.
- Using sand paper or a metal file, sand off any rough patches left behind from the metal loops.
- Glue ghost to front of Oct 31 charm. Let glue dry, approximately 10 minutes.
- Lay combined ghost and Oct 31 charm face down and apply glue to underside of Oct 31 charm. Position preferred ring above charm at desired angle and press ring into glue.
- Let glue dry thoroughly before wearing.
DIRECTIONS – Bracelet:
- String faceted and round beads through head pins and make a loop at the top of each one as pictured.
- Attach beads and charms to bracelet as pictured.
Want to take the spooky factor up a notch? Check out the Spider and Skull set below, also made with findings available in select Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
September 5, 2013
This month, our Plaid HQ Lunch and Learn for our staff used a ton of surfaces – terra cotta, wood and fabric – to get a feel for working on multiple surfaces using our new FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint that works on just about any surface. We’re excited to share the project instructions with you to have a chance to craft with us! Chris Williams designed and led our workshop to make a cute decorative pot and personalized plant poke. This would be so perfect for a baby shower centerpiece personalized with the baby’s initial, a fun housewarming gift, or to spread a little cheer in your own home. Check out more photos from our event to see what else we made.
Oh, and if you make this project too, we’d love to see – please show it off and upload it to our community craft gallery!
- 2894 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Wicker White
- 2896 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Bright Pink
- 2915 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Citrus Green
- 2921 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Aqua
- 2934 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Licorice
- 34034 Stencil Brush – 3/8”
- 30623 FolkArt Painting Stencil – Ditsy Floral
- 50147 Dauber Set
- 4” Terra cotta pot
- Scrap of muslin fabric
- Wood cut-out letter for personalization
- Small wood dowel
- Brush basin or container for water
- Foam plate
- Paper towels
- Sponge applicator
- No. 6 Flat brush
- Hot glue gun – glue sticks
- Leaf Template Download: leaf-pattern
- Basecoat the terra cotta pot base with Aqua and the rim with Wicker White. Allow to dry. Reapply if needed.
- Using dauber, paint Bright Pink flower circles randomly around base of terra cotta pot.
- Load small flat brush with Wicker White and paint straight lined flower petal strokes around the Bright Pink center.
- Load handle end of flat brush with Licorice and paint dots around the flower center.
- Load small flat brush with Citrus Green and paint small leaves around the simple daisy flowers
- Paint Licorice checkerboard stripes around the rim of the terra cotta pot against the Wicker White basecoat.
- Using template provided, cut leaf strip from a scrap piece of muslin or cotton blend woven fabric.
- Lay leaf strip of fabric onto work surface and place stencil over it. Load the stencil brush with Citrus Green and stencil the overall floral pattern. You will need to lift and relocate the stencil to continue stenciling the overall pattern.
- Paint the oval wood letter as desired. I basecoated my letter “C” Wicker White, the scalloped oval Bright Pink. When dry, add polka dots of Aqua and Citrus Green on the oval shape and Licorice tiny polka dots on the letter “C”.
- Paint the small wood dowel Citrus Green. Allow to dry.
- Assemble the personalized plant poke using hot glue. Also hot glue the leaf fabric strip to the dowel and tie a double knot with the leaf ends.
- If desired add a real plant to your terra cotta pot or add a piece of foam, some moss and a few silk daisies as I did on this project.
Project Tip: Beginner painters love painting polka dots as they can be created so easily. Try using a circular stencil, a dauber, a spouncer, the handle end of a paint brush, the eraser end of a pencil, a toothpick, and the point of a dead ballpoint pen, a stylus or even a cotton swab. There are so many common household tools that can be used to paint polka dots.
September 3, 2013
Form certainly meets function in this roundup of six of our favorite home decor how-to’s using Martha Stewart Crafts® Decoupage. The line is available at Michaels Stores, and there’s still time to take advantage of a 40% off coupon to jump start your crafting!
Clockwise, from left:
Refinishing Furniture with Decoupage: Danielle over at Silver Pennies gives this beautiful vintage sewing table a magazine-worthy revamp.
Lace Memo Board: Perfect for tucking bits of inspiration and notes to create beautiful, organized chaos from Carolyn’s Homework.
Supply Storage Bin: Organizing gets prettier in this versatile piece of “superstorage” designed by Natalme.
Burlap Magnet Board: Burlap’s earthy texture contributes to this magnet board that does double duty as a work of art in itself. Crafted by Daisy Mae Belle.
Dressed Up Organizing Binder: my three monsters channels “vintage 40s meets the Trapper Keeper” for the prettiest storage solution on the block. Perfect for holding inspiration and ideas.
Decorative Storage Boxes: Simple shoeboxes get a serious makeover with colorful maps and label holders from In My Own Style.
August 30, 2013
Crisp fall air, cheering fans and of course, the big game! We’re excited to kick off football season this year with a collection of must-make projects for your next tailgate party. Showcase your team spirit and your creativity, too. From learning how to make a painted cooler, to personalized mason jar glasses, we show you how to make everything you’ll need for the ultimate tailgate. We used FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint since it works on just about anything, and you can use it on all of these projects. Get the full instructions and supply list to craft your own winning season!
August 29, 2013
Fabric decoupage is a fun way to add some personality to basics or refresh those things that have been hanging around in the back of your closet! If you’re new to fabric decoupaging, check out the video below to learn how with Martha Stewart Crafts® Decoupage. Visit our website for the full tutorial and supply list.
August 26, 2013
Ahh, the kitchen. The place where the party gets started, many a conversations are held over a simmering pot of soup and the spot that’s often “command central” of the house. Give your own kitchen some flair with these retro wall canvases in this DIY art project using Handmade Charlotte stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface paint, both available at Michaels. Use our perky palette to get the retro vibe or choose your own favorite colors. The fun phrases are sure to inspire conversation in the kitchen! Get the how-to for this easy wall art project.
August 24, 2013
Hoot, hoot! We’re loving the colors in this adorable statement pendant and earrings set in colors perfect for the fall season. Plus, you don’t need to be a jewelry craft pro to complete this project, and it takes just under an hour of craft time. Pick up the supplies in select Jo-ann Stores now.
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
• Plaid® Inspired Classics™ 3mm rhinestones of choice – 2 colors recommended
(35870 olive rhinestones and 35876 topaz rhinestones used in example)
• Plaid® Inspired Classics™ 5mm rhinestones of choice
(35879 olive rhinestones used in example)
• Plaid® Inspired Classics™ 10mm Rhinestones – 2 colors recommended
(35888 olive rhinestones and 35894 topaz rhinestones used in example)
• Plaid® Inspired Classics™ 35927 Stacked Earrings
• Plaid® Inspired Classics™ 35941 Enamel Owl Pendant
• Plaid® Inspired Classics™ 35948 Blue Flowers Charms (gold charm is used)
• Plaid® Inspired Classics™ 35955 Green Crystal Pendant
• Plaid® Inspired Classics™ 35962 Tweezers
• Pliers: Round-nose, chain-nose
• Gold chain of choice
• Gold lobster clasp, gold jump rings
• Jewelry glue
• Toothpick & scrap paper
1. Set out Enamel Owl Pendant and gold charm.
2. Squeeze a bead of jewelry glue onto scrap paper.
3. Dip toothpick into glue so there’s a small amount of glue on the tip. Use toothpick to carefully apply glue to a rhinestone indentation on the Enamel Owl Pendant.
4. Using tweezers with pointed ends facing downward, select a rhinestone and place into the indentation filled with glue. Gently press rhinestone with tweezers to ensure it’s set in the glue. Note: The 10mm rhinestones can be placed with fingers.
5. Repeat steps 3 – 4 until all rhinestone indentations are filled on the pendant and gold charm. Let glue cure for 24 hours.
6. Cut a 16” length of gold chain (or cut lengths to make finished necklace desired length).
7. Cut a 2” length of chain and attach to Enamel Owl Pendant.
8. Cut a 1” length of chain and attach to the gold charm.
9. Cut a ¼” length of chain and attach to Green Crystal Pendant using a jump ring.
10. Attach items in steps 7 – 9 to a large gold jump ring.
11. Attach large jump ring from step 10 to center of 16” chain.
12. Attach lobster clasp to one end of 16” chain and small jump ring to other end of chain.
1. Squeeze a bead of jewelry glue onto scrap paper.
2. Dip toothpick into glue so there’s a small amount of glue on the tip. Use toothpick to carefully apply glue to a rhinestone indentation on one of the Stacked Earrings.
3. Using tweezers with pointed ends facing downward, select a rhinestone and place into the indentation filled with glue. Gently press rhinestone with tweezers to ensure it’s set in the glue. Note: The 10mm rhinestones can be placed with fingers.
4. Repeat steps 2 – 3 for both earrings until all indentations are filled with rhinestones. Let glue cure for 24 hours.
August 23, 2013
Metallics add a modern, gorgeous accent to any decor. Ceramic and wooden dishes get a glam makeover with the Martha Stewart Crafts® Decoupage line’s Gilding Sheets. These pretty pieces work well as a home decor accent or for a hostess gift. Get the full how-to on our website, as well as what you’ll need for the project. The line is available exclusively at Michaels, and there’s a 40% off coupon too!
August 16, 2013
We’re thrilled about the introduction our NEW line of FolkArt paint in a Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic formula. It’s new in-store at Michaels next week, and it’s available at A.C. Moore.
To celebrate, we made our first Vine video – see in six seconds of awesome how we make this amazing paint that works on just about any surface.
Look out for more details next week, including fun project ideas made with Handmade Charlotte Stencils!
If you have trouble viewing the video above, you can also check out the video about how paint is made at: https://vine.co/v/hM3dKlT7FId