Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tuesday Tutorial: Dress Up Crowns
By Candie Cooper of Candie Cooper's Journal
School plays, summer make-believe,
party hats; I LOVE IT ALL!! Here are some dollar store foam crowns I dressed up
with Plaid paints and Mod Podge!
I started with neon tags that also came
from the dollar store. You can sponge or brush on neon Apple Barrel paints to
add more color and texture. For a little sparkle, brush a coat of Sparkle Mod
Podge over the painted tags.
Glue the pieces together in layers with
Mod Podge. It's fun to cut new shapes or slits in the paper tags with scissors
Decorate the foam crowns with gems and
attach them with Mod Podge. You can leave the crown like this or....
Sponge paint it with gold FolkArt
I added the flower pieces, feather and
ribbon trim to the crowns with cool temp hot glue. These crowns are ready to
rule the back yard and maybe even the world!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Teaching Thursday: Sweet Sixteen Cupcake Stand
I don’t know about you, but decorative trays
always make pastries look so much more tempting. Take this sweet sixteen-cupcake
stand. This stand is so adorable, and makes the sweets on display look so delicious.
Create this stand for your next birthday party, or event. This project was
created using FolkArt and Mod Podge. It is a beginner level craft, that should
take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Display Sweet Sixteen treats with
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - Azure Blue, 2 oz.
Mod Podge ® Matte, 16
Printed cotton fabric
cookie/cupcake stand. Prime all the parts individually and allow to dry.
Paint the stem with
two coats of Azure Blue.
Cut the fabric
slightly larger than the plates. Working on wax paper, coat each piece of
fabric with Mod Podge (both sides). Place the fabric over the top of the plate
and smooth with fingers. Allow to dry. Once dry, trim the edges so they match
with the plate. Repeat for the other plate.
Pierce the fabric
over the plate holes and reassemble the cookie/cupcake stand. Add a bow to the
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Web Wednesday: Painted Art Canvas & Paper Flower Bouquet
During the spring there are several holidays and events to craft for. There is Easter, Mother's Day, and plenty of birthdays. If you're Mom or a teacher to little kids, the spring the one of the best seasons to teach your little ones how to create not just crafts, but handmade gifts as well. Here are two great options that you can create with your kids. Use these projects as Mother Day gifts, or possible birthday presents. This painted art canvas and paper flower bouquet were found on a great parenting site, called Mom It Forward. These projects were made with a mixture of Apple Barrel paint, and FolkArt Extreme glitter paint. Both craft projects are fun, and allow for your kids to get creative. Click here to see how these were made, and to see all the supplies you will need.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Tuesday Tutorial: Party Flashlight
By: Candie Cooper - To see more projects from Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper's Journal.
In case you and your kids are still looking for another craft to celebrate the New
Year, we you are in luck. Turn up the tunes and get ready for an extra fun
project because we are making party flashlights!! This is also a great
project to have your kids make for parties, and sleepovers.
You'll need some Plaid Folk Art Enamels in your favorite colors, a flashlight, painters’
tape, soft bristle brushes, a flashlight and cotton swabs.
Tape off the flashlight with painter's tape to create a striped effect.
Or--you can cut pieces of tape however you like and stick them to the
flashlight to create your own design.
Use a soft haired brush to apply the Folk Art Enamels to get a nice and smooth
coat of paint. It's worth mentioning that the Enamels are ok for kids to use,
as they are non-toxic. Yay! Also, the paint will fully cure after
21 days, but you can still handle it before then.
Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time in between coats of paint.
You can see I peeled away the first round of paint on the big flashlight
and filled in the stripes with orange paint.
Doodle some dots using the end of a paintbrush or cotton swab end. Polka
dots are always a good choice in my book!
You could leave the flashlight alone or add some bells and whistles with some
left over bows or whimsies from the dollar store. This blue streamer
piece came from a table centerpiece I disassembled. Wrap it around the
end of the flashlight and tack with a dot of glue or rubber band even.
Add some batteries and you've got a party light! I love the crazy shadows
it makes on the wall.
Don't stop here though! Add some flat back crystals with Mod Podge and
more ribbons if you like!
Here's to a happy, safe and fun New Year!!!
P.S. Dear Mom's, While I'm thinking about it, I believe a painted
flashlight would be an excellent Valentine's Day gift for dad from the kiddos.
Just pick out Dad's favorite colors and let the kids doodle away.
Make a paper Valentine with a "light" sentiment and you've got
a sweet little gift.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Teaching Thursdays: Great Painted Monster Glasses
I am sure there are going to be several of you preparing to throw kid Halloween parties. Of course you are going to need some festive decorations. If you are still looking for some decorating ideas, these monster glasses are a great addition. We here at Plaid have named these monster glasses, Frankie and the Mrs. These Halloween glasses are easy to make, and the great thing is that you can get as creative as you want. Change the colors up, or instead of a monster, create a vampire or other ghoulish creature. To find out how to make these fun Halloween glasses click, here.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Tuesday Kids Talk: Throwing A Kids Craft Party
If you are tired of the plain old traditional kids parties, then get creative and be unique. Throw a craft party for the kiddies. Seriously, how many times have you done, or gone to other kids parties with the same themes? A superhero, a princess, and cartoon themes have all been done before. Step outside the box and try something new for a change. A craft themed party is a great way to keep the kids busy, it's fun, and easier then you think to arrange. A craft party theme is also a lot more affordable than other party themes will cost you.
The first thing you will need to do is decide what types of crafts you will create during the party. You can find lots of suggestions online, and even right here on our kids craft blog. Be sure when selecting projects for your party, to keep the ages of the kids attending in mind. You want to make sure that the crafts will be age appropriate. Another important thing to remember is safety. Make sure that all the crafts are kid friendly. And also be mindful of the crafts you decide to create in terms of gender. If you are going to have boys and girls at your party, make sure to have crafts that can appeal to both.
Now on to deciding what crafts to make. I'm sure you will not have all the supplies you will need on hand, so you will have to make a trip to your local craft store. A good idea would be to plan on making several craft projects that can use the same supplies. This can help minimize how much left overs you will have, and cut down on cost on supplies you buy.
They day of the party, before everyone arrives, lay out all your craft supplies and set up designated stations for each project. At each station place some written instructions for each project. The instructions should be easy to read. As the kids begin to arrive, allow them to at first hang out with one another, and then let them begin crafting. Explain to them all the project options, and let them choose what they want to create. While the kids are crafting make sure there is plenty of adult supervision, and be ready to help out if needed.
As the kids finish their projects set up a designated area in the house or outside in the backyard. If time permits, allow the kids to do a show and tell, so they can talk about what they made. Congrats! Your craft party was a hit, and the best part is that everyone gets to leave with a party favor, that they made. No one goes home empty handed, and everyone is happy. Have you ever thrown a kids craft party? If you have done your own craft party we would love to hear from you about it.
Friday, July 01, 2011
Quick & Easy Paper Vases
It’s amazing that all around us are everyday objects… some
beautiful, some utilitarian and some quietly hiding behind their humble
functions. It is there that out of nothing, something beautiful becomes. TOILET
PAPER ROLLS! Yes, toilet paper rolls can be beautiful, and Plaid Designer, Julie
Lewis found one surprisingly beautiful way to utilize something we throw away
on a daily basis. The color combinations for this project are endless. So hang
on to those rolls and here is all you need to create these clever vases:
Folkart Acrylic Paint – 516 Light Lavender, 524 Calypso Sky,
741 Glazed Carrots, 654 Metallic Amethyst, 651 Metallic Blue Topaz, 663
Crackle Medium – 696, 3 toilet paper tubes, 3 small clay pots – 1 ½” x 2”, Glue, Flat brush – ¾”, Artificial flowers
Paint one each of your tubes a metallic color. No prep
Once they dry the fun can really start!
Liberally apply Crackle Medium to your tubes. Rotate them a
bit after applying so you don’t get huge drips. Some drips are fine as they
crackle beautifully! Love the crackle!
Let the crackle medium dry and then apply another coat of FolkArt acrylic paint. Liberally apply
strokes lengthwise on the tubes being careful not to overlap. If you do, gently
smooth ridge with paintbrush. You can see it start to crackle right before your
eyes! Yes! It truly is cool and amazing! Apply the corresponding
acrylic color over the metallic base.
Now paint one each of the clay pots in a metallic color and
let dry. Keep the pots turned upside down.
Run a bead of glue around one opening of each tube.
Place over pot until it rests on the rim and that is all!
yet so fun and a cool way to recycle. The color
possibilities are endless! Make some for yourself and for super great gifts.
Monday, June 27, 2011
By Candie Cooper
So it's the day of the big birthday luau celebration. The tiki torches
are set, grass skirts
await and the next thing you know the weatherman is calling for an 89% chance of rain. Luau canceled. Now what?!? Rainy day
paint party, that's what!
is a hit for kids of all ages and there are many ways to go about it.
For my birthday, everyone took turns painting on a large 5'x5' canvas
which I have in my studio (makes me smile every time I walk by it). The
other option is to buy mini canvases in which everyone paints there own
picture to keep (party favors---check!).
I chose a Folk Art
pallet of paint ahead of time (this still doesn't mean party guests
won't get in your delicious stash of paint though---also makes me
smile). For a large painting, it's good to have 1" to 3" brushes
available. Paper towels
, paper plates, water buckets, and smocks were also on hand.
It was so neat seeing the painting evolve. People painted on and off throughout the evening, adding their special touch.
When it was finished, I sealed it with Folk Art gloss varnish. Check out these detail shots!
ended up being the best birthday in a really long time. I got to hang
out with my friends, create and laugh. I really can't think of a better
way to turn 32. Thanks to all my friends for playing.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Stiffy Ghost Ornament
There is nothing more fun or easier than using Stiffy-Plaid's fabric stiffening product. Looking to make ghosts or mummies for Halloween?
This is the product for you! Check out this ghost ornament and modify the instructions to fit your project!
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Make Halloween season more laughable this with this friendly and affable mummy.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
My Pet Rock
For whatever reason, my boys love collecting rocks. It isn't unusual for me to remove several of them from their pants when I'm about to do laundry, and if I'm not careful they occasionally will make it into the wash. I don't really no why they love rocks so much, but I do think this project is a great activity and a way to transform a picked-up rock into a true 'pet-rock'. This is a great activity for camp crafting, and fun to do with themes as well like animals, aliens and people. Enjoy!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Spot the Dog made with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
You are sure to love this cute little pup- and if you look closely, you'll see he is made with a few egg-shaped Styrofoam pieces and other cut outs. This is just one example of the many animals you can create with foam and Apple Barrel Paint.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Summer Crafts for Kids - Fun Games!
Summer's here and so is our favorite time for crafting! Up first, fun games with Apple Barrel paint and foam. These are so easy to make. With a few Apple Barrel Colors and foam, you can create all kinds of games like tic tac toe, chess and checkers! Get Started!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Planes Trains and Automobiles-It's a Party! Part 1
Plane theme makes great birthday for toddlers. Our first airplane-themed birthday party is from Nounces.com. In celebration of her two-year-old’s birthday, she took the plane theme to new heights: equipped with custom goodie bags, tickets and a marvelous cake, I can only imagine the excitement her little boy felt.
The invitations are little plane tickets.
I adore the little luggage goodie bags!
Find more pictures here.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Easy Crafts for Kids- Santa!
December is counting down and it is getting closer to Christmas! As the big day approaches and the kids go on Christmas break, keep them busy with easy crafts that don't take a lot of time, but are fun to do and easy to clean up after. Check out this adorable Santa Claus project from About Kids Crafts, made with Acrylic paint and popsicle sticks! See it here!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Fun for Family Crafts- Mod Podge Ornament
I love this ornament that was created on the Posh Designs
blog. What better way to use your favorite scrapbook papers for the holidays. This project uses Mod Podge. It's really easy and great for making several ornaments with variations. Check it out here
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
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Monday, November 02, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Food and crafts go hand and hand, and Halloween is a great time for both. Having said that,
Here's a photo from Amy Atlas' blog that features her Halloween spread from Celebrate Magazine.
More photos at her blog.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Easy Halloween Project #3 Scary Potion Bottles
Fantastically easy and the perfect Halloween table centerpiece. Cathie and Steve made these deligtful Potion Bottles. This version is great for older kids, but could easily be adapted for smaller children-just use plastic juice bottles or other used containers.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
What a turkey!
Can you believe it's made of a paper bag! This centerpiece is made with paint, crepe paper, play dough and a few other household items.It looks delish! See Jennwa's blog for step-out instructions and details.
Friday, November 14, 2008
These beautiful snow globes make a great group craft project as well as splendid Christmas gifts. Get details how to make 'em on littleelephants.typepad.com. The author also includes links and lessons she learned from experimenting with different materials.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Fall Craft Roundup Part I
Our first fall craft roundup includes fun, simple projects for younger kids. These project are great for classroom settings or at-home crafting. Enjoy!
The photo above shows easy-to-make recipe holders from Apples4teacher.com.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Planning a party for your little one?
Birthday parties are a great opportunity to express your creativity and to provide
a one-of-a-kind party around your child's favorite theme. Plus, you can save money by
crafting banners, goodie bags, invitations, party activities, gifts and more.
One of our favorite magazines, Family Fun has a great listing of party themes on their website
as well as spectacular cake ideas. Also, check out Plaid's gallery of party craft ideas.
Here are some of our favorite themes:
- Safari Party -Use animal stencils and stamps to create your own jungle, safari or rainforest party.
Let kids create animal masks from paper plates for a fun party activity.
- Blast Off!- Create a space-themed party using boxes to make life-sized space ships
and smaller discarded household containers for rocket ship table settings.
- Runway- Great for your favorite girly-girl. Use fun motifs like spotlights, sunglasses, cell phones
and handbags for invitations; Create your own runway and let the girls play dress up!
- Summer Fun- Cute stamps featuring shells and sea themes make great designs for table decorations.
Use small pails for treats instead of goody bags.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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