December 8, 2011
Want to add a snowman to your holiday decorations? Well we have the perfect craft for you to make. This snowman glass block is so cute, and if you want to you can add lights. This would look great in a large window in your home, or place on a table as a centerpiece. This craft project was created by one of our very talented designers, Sherrie Ragsdale. See below for step by step instructions on how to make this great holiday craft.
Plaid FA Enamel Paints:
4008 Pure Orange, 4032 Licorice, 4001 Wicker White
Large glass block, Small glass block, Old sweater, 1 3/4″ Spouncer, 1 1/4″ Spouncer, 3/4″ Spouncer, Small round brush, Paper towel, Scissors
Hot glue, Hot glue gun, Rubber band
1. Dip the 1 3/4″ spouncer into the wicker white and remove most of it onto the paper towel.
2. Lightly dab with the spouncer on both of the blocks.
3. On the smaller block add the two eye using the 1 1/4″ spouncer in licorice.
4. Add the mouth with the 3/4″ spouncer.
5. Add the buttons on the larger block with the 1 3/4″ spouncer.
6. Using the pattern provided, paint the carrot nose with pure orange.
7. For the hat cut off a the sleeve of the sweater.
8. Cut small slits for fringe.
9. Wrap the rubber band around the top of the hat.
10. Cut three stripes of the sweater.
11. Glue one end with hot glue gun.
12. Braid the three pieces together.
13. Wrap the braid around the rubber band and glue into place.
14. Cut the other sleeve off.
15. Cut the sleeve down the inside of the under arm.
16 Open up sleeve.
17. Cut the sleeve at its longest point.
18. Glue the edges to the center of the long strip.
19. Wrap around the snowman’s head at the bottom and glue into place.
20. Make fringe at the ends of scarf.
21. Glue large orange button in place.
January 3, 2011
It’s finally cold here in Georgia, which probably has many of you laughing because you’ve already been experiencing winter for awhile. Are you looking for a craft project to brighten up those winter blues? How about a snowman spindle painted with Apple Barrel! I love him because he’s colorful and cheery, and he adds the perfect touch to a side table or centerpiece. He’s also a true budget craft, because Plaid designer Kirsten Jones reclaimed a wood spindle and already had paints on hand – so she didn’t spend $1 to make him. If you are looking for pieces of scrap wood to use as painted surfaces, try a brand new subdivision with houses under construction. Always ask first though! Here’s how our friendly snowman is made.
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December 24, 2010
Merry Christmas Eve! Aren’t snowmen great? I love them because they are perfect for holiday decor but they don’t have to come down when the big day is over. If you find yourself with some time this weekend, I suggest making this happy snowman using Stiffy and Apple Barrel paint. The technique with the paint is a little different; it’s used for stamping on the felt. The results are great and the project is so fun and cheery! It’s also fab for using up my felt stash – I have a ton of extra felt. Do you? Visit the complete project instructions here.
December 23, 2010
What a cute lil’ project from Amanda at Crafts by Amanda - because you know what, it’s those finishing touches that really make a great gift! Amanda suggests using some acrylic paint to make these bread tag snowmen (and who doesn’t use a million bread tags, so save them). They are easy and you can knock out several at one time. Perfect for decorating those Christmas thank you bags you’ll be making, right (uh-oh, I’d better get on that)? For the complete tutorial, visit Amanda here.