Monday, May 13, 2013
Monday Funday: Easy Folded Paper Butterflies
Happy Monday! Oh wipe that sourpuss off
your face; the weekend will be here again before you know it. In the meantime
let us help you through this new workweek by sharing with you a fun summer
themed kids' craft.
Often times it is not uncommon to have
a brain freeze when it comes to thinking of new crafts to create. Thankfully we
here at Plaid are constantly churning out new projects to inspire you. Check
out these folded paper butterflies.
Watch finger painting and paper turn
into beautiful butterflies in minutes. For a list of all the supplies needed
please find below, along with their instructions.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Pink Parfait, 2 oz.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Orange, 2 oz.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Laguna, 2 oz.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Apricot, 2 oz.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Aquamarine, 2 oz.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Caterpillar, 2 oz.
Brown craft paper
Brown and tan chenille stems
1. Measure and cut
four squares of craft paper. One each 7”, 6”, 5” and 4”
2. Finger paint Laguna on 7” square, Caterpillar and
Aquamarine on 6” square.
3. Finger paint Orange on 5” square, Apricot and Pink Parfait
on 4” square.
4. When dry, accordion fold diagonally into approximately
5. Fold accordion pieces in half and join 7” and 6” sections
at the fold. Pinch together.
6. Fold end of tan chenille stem over about 3” and wrap end
around itself a few times to form head. Cut loop at top of head for antennae.
7. Wrap rest of stem around where two folds meet and fashion
8. Repeat with smaller squares and brown chenille stem.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Teaching Thursdays: Fair Isle Necklace and Earrings
Celebrate Mom with a gift of pretty jewelry. Moms generally
will love anything you give to them for Mother’s Day, but with jewelry it’s a
guarantee they will love it! Here is a project that is simple to make using
some Mod Podge and Martha Stewart craft stencils. Amy Anderson designed this
project. The instructions for this Fair Isle
Necklace and Earrings can be found below. This craft will not take longer than
an hour to create, and it is perfect for beginners to make.
· Martha Stewart Crafts™ Fair Isle Dots Adhesive Stencils
Podge ® Dimensional Magic, 2 oz.
craft film (like Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic in Almond), Paint markers
(like Sakura Permapaque), 2 earring backs, 1 large jump ring, 1 silver chain,
Circle cutter or other circular items to make a template, 3/4” hole punch,
Jewel glue, Scissors, Pencil
1. You will first need to cut your shrinkable plastic into
three circles – one larger for the necklace and two smaller for the earrings.
To do this, either use a circle cutter or find household items to trace. I used
a funnel for the necklace and a jar lid for the earrings. Put the items on the
surface of the shrinkable plastic and trace. Keep in mind that your plastic
will shrink to 1/3 of its current size.
2. Carefully cut the plastic using your scissors. Cut slowly.
3. Choose your adhesive stencils and place onto the plastic.
Use your paint markers to color in the stencil designs. Pull up the stencil and
allow the paint marker to dry. Don’t touch the paint for several minutes or you
will smear it. Tip: Your stencils may have a little residual marker ink on
them, but they are perfectly fine use again for painting!
4. Repeat on both the large circle and the two smaller circles
until you have the design that you like.
5. Punch a hole in the necklace with the hole punch.
6. Bake the shrinkable plastic according to the manufacturer’s
instructions. Let cool.
7. Apply Dimensional Magic over the top of the necklace and
earring circles. Let dry overnight.
8. Apply a second coat of Dimensional Magic (if desired) and
let dry overnight.
9. Attach the jump ring and the chain to the necklace. Attach
the earring backs to the earring circles using jewel glue.
10. Let dry for 24 hours before gifting!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Web Wednesday: Gold Dot Coffee Mugs
Happy hump day crafters. We
are at the mid point of the workweek, and it the first day of May. Can you
believe it? May is here and that means Mother’s Day is right around the corner.
Many gifts and crafts you can make for this special occasion include the word,
Mom. Today we wanted to share with you a project that is not your traditional Mother’s
Day gift, but still one that is sure to make her smile. Check out these gold
dot coffee mugs. Andrea from Worley House created these easy to make mugs. This
project makes a chic gift for your Mom. Andrea used some ceramic mugs she found
at the Dollar Store, and some gold metallic paint from Martha Stewart. This
would be a great project for tweens and teens to make for their mothers. It is
a simple yet creative way to jazz up some basic mugs. To see step by step how
Andrea made these mugs click here.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Monday Funday: Paper Wrapped Easter Eggs
Can you believe that Easter is only a
few weeks away? It comes early this year, but there is still plenty of time to
get crafty. One of the most popular Easter projects for kids to create are
Easter eggs. Kids will love making paper wrapped Easter eggs with strips of
paper and Mod Podge. Cathie and Steve created this paper wrapped egg using our
special Mod Podge Wash Out formula. This formula is special because it is kid
friendly. If they accidentally spill some on their clothes, it washes right
out. Below are all the supplies you will need below, along with their instructions.
Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun
Mod Podge ® Wash Out
For Kids, 8 oz.
Easter egg shape (plastic/wood or real)
1. Cut the sheet of scrapbook paper
into 1/4” strips. Apply Mod Podge to the back and front of the strip,
position one end on the egg and begin wrapping the egg with the strip in a
random pattern. Repeat the process until the entire egg is covered.
Allow to dry.
2. Hot glue a palm-full of moss to the center of the nest. Hot glue the
egg into the nest.
PROJECT TIP: Add a touch of glitter by top coating the egg with Sparkle
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Web Wednesday: St. Patrick’s Yarn Decoupage Vase
Have you ever crafted a
project that combines Mod Podge and yarn? At first glance these items may seem incompatible,
but in fact these supplies can create some amazing crafts. Take this fun St.
Patrick’s Day yarn decoupage vase. Shannon from Madigan Made created this
project. It is so cute and right on time for this very green holiday. This is
such an easy project to make and you will only need a few supplies. It will
look great in your home, or feel free to use as a gift to give. To see step by
step how Shannon made this vase click here, and enjoy!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Web Wednesday: DIY Vintage Photo Stacking Blocks
Congrats you have made it to
the half way mark of your work/school week. We hope you have been able to spend
sometime crafting this week, but if not no worries we have just the project
guaranteed to inspire you. Feast your eyes on these DIY vintage photo stacking
blocks. How awesome are they? Mackenzie from Cheerios and Lattes created this
for her two little boys. To make this fun project Mackenzie used a few supplies
including our new Mod Podge Photo transfer medium. This product is a hot craft
item right now, and all over Pinterest you can see many people photo
transferring on crafty projects. If you are in love with these blocks as much
as we are, then head on over to her blog to see step by step how she created
Photo Transferring Medium
3 (2 inch) wooden blocks from your local
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Teaching Thursday: #1 Trophy
Everyone wants to feel like a
winner, and what better way to make someone feel that way, then by giving them
a trophy. Trophies are great to use for several occasions, game nights,
sporting event, birthday parties, and more. Kids more so than adults really get
a kick out of winning a trophy. With this trophy project, our Plaid creative
team has made it very easy to create your own using FolkArt Extreme Glitter.
Create this trophy to have handy the next time to want to make your little one
feel special. All the supplies needed can be found below, and to see the
instructions click here.
FolkArt ® Extreme
Glitter™ - Gold, 5 oz.
FolkArt ® Extreme
Glitter™ - Silver, 5 oz.
FolkArt ® Extreme
Glitter™ - Red, 5 oz.
FolkArt ® Extreme
Glitter™ - Black, 5 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - Engine Red, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Artists
Pigments™ - Pure Black, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Metallics -
Silver Anniversary, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Metallics -
Pure Gold, 2 oz.
6” Flower pot
4” flower pot saucer
6” Flower Pot Saucer
2 dancing “G” wood letters
Red fun foam
2 Silver chenille stems
1 gold chenille stem
Black permanent ink marker Glue Craft Knife and Blades Large Flat Brushes
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Web Wednesday: Glittered Buttons Using Mod Podge
Did you know glitter could be
used in almost every crafty project? It’s true, and many crafters love
embellishing every project they make with glitter. You’re never too young to
start using glitter. Now you may not want your little ones using glitter, because
they may make a mess but we found a project that may not be too messy. Over on
Punk Projects we found these awesome glitter buttons. They were made using Mod
Podge. This is such a simple and fun project, perfect to do at home or in a
classroom. You won’t need many supplies, and you can use several different
glitter colors. To see how this project was made visit Punk Projects.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Web Wednesday: Jar Lid Picture Magnets
Have you finished your holiday gift shopping? For many people they
haven’t even started yet. No worries we have several handmade gifts you
can create that your family and friends will love. We recently
discovered a great gift idea from the blog, The 36th Avenue. Check out these Jar Lid Picture Magnets
made with Mod Podge and Dimensional Magic. This is a great gift to give
family members. To see all the materials you will need, along with
their instructions click here.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Freelace Friday: Kapow! Comic Book Chair Makeover with Mod Podge
TGIF! Do your kids like comic book? If so, then here is a project they will love to help create. You can have them cut pictures out of their favorite comic books, and makeover a chair for their room. This is one of the cheapest ways to makeover a chair. You won't need many materials, just a old chair, pictures, and of course Mod Podge. This project was discovered on the blog, Just A Little Creativity. To see step-by-step how it was made click here. This chair is a great project to make this weekend. Your little ones will love to help out.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Web Wednesday: DIY Neon Polka Dot Pots
Does your little one have a green thumb? If so, here is a very simple and fun project they can create. These DIY Neon Polka Dot Pots are so creative and easy; I'm surprised I haven't seen these before. This project was discovered on the blog, For The Love Of. Andrea created these pots using neon office supply stickers, and Mod Podge Gloss. This project is perfect for crafters of all ages. It is a great way to spruce up some basic pots. To learn how to create this fun project click here.
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Web Wednesday: Personalized Jewelry Pendants
When kids are young this is
the perfect time to introduce them to crafting. Many parents often have a hard
time finding kid friendly crafts to show their children. Well thanks to all the
Mommy bloggers out there, there are now many great resources to lend a helping
hand. Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots recently created a great kid
friendly craft. These personalized jewelry pendants not only are cute, but also
are made with one of the coolest craft products ever, Mod Podge Wash Out for
Kids. This new formula is perfect for kids to create with. What makes it so
special is that this formula washes off very easily if they get it on their
hands or clothing. To learn how Maggie made these pendants, click here to see the
Mod Podge: Wash Out for Kids
Mod Podge Podgeable Shapes
Mod Podge Tracing Templates
Podgeable Papers or Scrapbook Paper
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Web Wednesday: Marbled Pottery Painting – Preschool Craft
With the school year winding down, many parents are going to be busy looking for activities to keep their kids occupied. Crafts are a great way to keep their little fingers busy, and allow them to be creative at the same time. Have your kids craft more this summer, and stock up on some supplies at Walmart. Earlier this month Walmart debuted their revamped craft department. They have added so many new crafting supplies, to make them a one-stop shop for all your crafting needs. I recently came across a craft blog called, It's Gravy Baby. Whitney created this marbled pottery project. It is a great craft for little kids. Whitney shows you how to create this project here. A simple project, that is sure to entertain your kids during the summer months.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Web Wednesday: DIY Father’s Day Photo Pencil Holder Gift
Your tweens and teens maybe looking for a gift to give their Dad, and luckily we have found one. Have them create this DIY Father's Day Photo Pencil Holder. Isn't it so creative and fun? When I first came across this item I was amazed. This is so simple to make, and doesn't take many supplies. I wondered why I hadn't thought of this idea sooner? Oh well I am glad I found it. Vanessa from Chiquita Moms blog designed this pencil holder using a handful of supplies including Mod Podge and a soup can. This is a great upcylced frugal project that can be recreated over and over again using different pictures. To see how this project was made click here.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Monday Funday: Rad Dad T-Shirt
Here's a gift idea for the dad who's young at heart! Have
you seen Plaid's iron-on transfers? They are super easy to use. Here's
Trim away excess paper around the iron-on to make centering
the design on the T easier. Heat your iron to the setting recommended
in the instructions.
Place the design face down (check instructions for your
particular design just in case) and three fingers down from the collar
in the center of the shirt.
Iron according to instructions. The key to successful
iron-ons: WAIT until the transfer is completely cool to the touch
before peeling the backing away. Peeling when it is still warm could
cause it to tear and pull away from the shirt. If there are spots
that didn't adhere, lay the backing back down and iron for required time.
Cool and peel.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Freelance Friday: Mod Podge Plates
TGIF! The weekend is here, and I bet you can't wait to craft. Today I wanted to share an inspirational project that is kid friendly. Check out these Mod Podge plates. I love how simple these are to make, and the message they display. It is never too early to teach your little ones about the power of positive messages and sayings. I discovered these plates on a blog, called The Cards We Drew. Click here to see step-by-step how to create them for yourself. All supplies used in this project are very affordable, and can be easily found at your local craft store.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Monday Funday: Chalkboard Paint Clay Pots
It’s Monday! Hope
you had a wonderful weekend and were able to create a craft project. If you
were not able to craft this weekend, no worries here is an easy craft you can
create with your kids during the week. These chalkboard painted clay pots are
very easy to create, and make for a great springtime project. For this project
you will not need many supplies. Aside from the clay pots, you will only need
some Apple Barrel and chalkboard paint. So simple and so fun.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Bright Yellow, 8 oz.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Leaf Green, 8 oz.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Barn Red, 2 oz.
Apple Barrel ® Colors
- Bright Blue, 8 oz.
FolkArt ® Chalkboard
Paint - Black, 8 oz.
2 medium size clay pots
#12 flat brush
Paint first pot body
Bright Blue – rim with Leaf Green.
Paint oval with Black
Dot around oval area
with red dots using end of brush to apply.
Use #12 flat brush to
make color circles with red and Yellow. Use Liner brush to paint black leaves,
stems and spiral on flowers.
Paint second pot body
Barn Red – rim with Leaf Green. Paint circle with Black Chalkboard Paint. Paint
yellow petals around black center. Use liner brush to outline all petals with
black. Using handle of brush, dot around black center with Leaf Green. Add
Curly-Q’s and leaves with Black. Fill in leaf shapes with Leaf Green. Note: Let
cure for 24 hours. Rub lightly with chalk to condition.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Freelance Friday: A Simply Screen DIY Baby Shirt
Oh happy day, its Friday! Today I would like to share with you a very cost effective way to save money on baby clothes. Check out this DIY baby shirt. Isn't so cute? It is simple yet adorable. Best of all this is something you can make for your own baby, with the help of some Simply Screen stencils, iron ons, and paint. I discovered this project over on a blog, called Lalala Patricia. She created this shirt, and then showed us what it looked like on. This definitely makes a great weekend project to undertake. Click here to see step by step how this DIY baby shirt was created. Have you ever made clothes for your baby?
Friday, April 20, 2012
Freelance Friday: Custom Color Chalkboard Alphabet Blocks
Want to give the traditional alphabet blocks an updated look? I recently stumbled across this adorable project, and immediately fell in love with it. This is such a simple yet creative kids project. You can use these blocks as a decor item on a bookshelf, or mantle in your child's room. This project came from the blog Camp Clem. These blocks were painted with Apple Barrel, and FolkArt paints. To see how they were created click here.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Freelance Friday: Glittered Sunglass Case
Happy Friday :). One obsession I have are, sunglasses. I love them! I have so many pairs, that I have picked up over the years. There are just so many cute and affordable ones out there. My one issue with sunglasses, are sun glass cases. I never really can find cute cases, and when I do often times they are over-priced. Luckily I came across this wonderful idea from, The Crafted Blog. They created this glittered sunglass case. It is very simple to make. All you need is a case, some glitter, and Mod Podge. Click here to learn how to make this chic DIY craft.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Web Wednesday: DIY Salt Jar Votives with Mod Podge
I love mason jars, don't you? These jars can be used in several different ways. They can be used for storage, cups to drink out of, and even as candle votives. These DIY salt jar votives are one of the simplest projects I have come across in awhile. This is a craft that kids, and beginners to crafting can make with no problem. All you need to create these votives, are some Epsom salt, mason jars, and mod podge. While this is a simple craft that kids can make, please remember to be mindful of them around anything that contains fire. Have them make the votives, but you (the adult) be the one to light the candle :). This craft project was found on, Factory Direct Craft Blog. Click here to learn how to make this.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Teaching Thursdays: Tissue Paper Valentine Vase
Day is a great holiday for kids to craft. There are so many simple craft
projects for them to make to celebrate this day. Take this Tissue Paper
Valentine project. This is so cute and simple. All you need is some glitter Mod
Podge, and tissue paper. See below for a full supply list, and instructions.
Mod Podge ® Glitter -
Hologram Silver, 8 oz.
-Glass vase any shape – clean and dry
-1 sheet each of tissue paper in colors of choice (used on this project: pink;
red; purple; silver)
-#12 flat brush
Cut or tear tissue
paper in small random shapes.
Paint thin coat of
Mod Podge onto outside of vase in a 6” square area.
Place small pieces of
random colors of tissue paper into wet Mod Podge letting them overlap slightly.
Brush on Mod Podge over top of applied tissue. Brush more Mod Podge adjacent to
the area just completed and continue to place tissue until vase is covered with
Cut heart shapes from
silver paper. Use Mod Podge to attach to project where desired.
Use liner brush to
apply Mod Podge around hearts and write “LOVE.”
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Plaid's 12 Days of Christmas: 5 Days to go
There are so many things you can use stiffy on. I often times forget just how great and useful stiffy can be all year round. This time of year though try using stiffy to create these Christmas Gift Boxes. Sculpt some very festive gift boxes with stiffy fabric stiffner. These pictured above were created by one of our very talented designers, Julie Lewis. Click here to learn how to create these.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Tuesday Kids' Talk: 25 Pinecone Craft Projects
Pine cones are a great tool to craft with, especially during the holidays. Pine cones are very easy to find during this time of year, so you should have no problem finding them to craft with. In case you need some ideas of how to use pine cones, your in luck. Babble blogger and Mod Podge Rocks creator Amy Anderson, has come up with 25 ways to use pine cones for craft projects. Click here to see all 25 crafts, and be prepared to gather as many pine cones as you can find. Out of the 25 projects, which one is your favorite?
Friday, October 28, 2011
Freelance Friday: Glitter Pumpkins
Looking for a last minute and quick Halloween craft to create? Well you should try making these awesome glitter pumpkins. These pumpkins were found over on Think Crafts. A Think Craft blog contributor created these, using only a few supplies including Mod Podge. I love these glitter pumpkins. Well then again I love almost any craft with glitter on it :) Click here to learn how to make these quick and easy glitter pumpkins. Use them as decor in your home, or they even make great decorations to put on the porch.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday Funday: Mummy Pumpkin
Happy Monday! The clock is winding down on the time left before Halloween is here. Check out this super cute and easy mummy pumpkin to make. This simple project only requires a few supplies including, Stiffy, Apple Barrel, and Plaid Glo Away. Click here to learn how to make this fun and quick Halloween project.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Freelance Friday: Metallic Stenciled Bracelet
Crafting jewelry is one of my favorite types of crafts to create. Jewelry making is fun, and often time very simple. It doesn't take much to create a trendy and fashionable piece. I recently came across this craft project made by one of favorite craft blogs, Brassy Apple. Check out this awesome Metallic Stenciled Bracelet. This is a great craft for kids, and tweens to make. It is simple, and can be done in a variety of colors. The stencil used in this project were from the new Martha Stewart craft line, which is available at Michaels now. Click here to see how this bracelet was made.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Web Wednesday: Baby Food Jars & Chalkboard Paint
Did you know that baby food jars can re-purposed? Well in case you didn't know check out this unique way Hani from Craftionary recycles baby food jars. I was amazed to discover this absolutely genius craft project. Hani took baby food jars, and with some chalkboard paint and a few supplies transformed them into coin banks. Love it! This is a practical craft that can definitely be used around anyone's home. This project is also great for kids who are just learning to count. These jars could be used as another way to teach them about money, and counting. Click here to see how Hani made this fantastic project.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Tuesday Kid's Talk: Personalization for Kids
A very hot trend in the craft industry is, personalization. The reason this trend does very well with most people, is because personalized items allow for a person to feel unique. We live in a world of mass produced items, so being able to make a personalized craft is a great way to stand out and show off your individuality. While this is a hot crafting trend for adults, it can also be used for kids. Kids love their name, and personalized crafts using their names can be a great way for your kids to get in on this trend. Take this personalized cubby coat hanger. We found this craft over on Fave Crafts, and are in love with it. How cute, right? This is a perfect example of a way to have your kids make a personalized craft. This is simple, and affordable to make. Change up the colors by selecting from a wide variety of Apple Barrel paints. Click here to learn how to make this personalized kids' craft.
Friday, September 02, 2011
Freelance Friday: Mod Podge Kid Clipborads
Clipboards are a great organizational tool for an adult, but how can they be kid friendly? Well here's how, use miniature clipboards and some mod podge to create this fun kids' craft. I came across this project on The Mud Pie Makers. It is so simple, and creative. These mini-clipboards are so cute for kids. In case you have not seen mini clipboards around, check out Walmart or Staples to find them. To learn how to make this project click, here.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tuesday Kid's Talk: Race Car Building Blocks from Martha Stewart
Often times it can be a little bit more difficult to find crafts that are targeted towards boys. Our friends over at Brown Paper Packages, made these adorable race car building blocks for her two little ones. This is such a great project to make, and very easy to do. All the materials used were products from the new Martha Stewart craft line, available now at Michaels nationwide. This multi-surface paint line works great on wood, as seen in this project. Want to make this project for your little racers? Click here to learn how.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Freelance Friday: Painted Dinosaur Planter
This is so cute! I bet you didn't know that one of your kid's toy dinosaurs could be turned into a decorative household item. Well to be honest, I did know one could either :) I came across this pleasant surprise on a craft blog called, C.R.A.F.T. Click to learn how she transformed this regular dinosaur toy, into a chic decor item.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Web Wednesday: The Pumpkin Stud
Halloween believe it or not is right around the corner. Here is a great new fun project from Cathie and Steve. Pumpkins are probably one of the most popular items to decorate during the Halloween season. They are so versatile, can be decorates with several things. Cathie and Steve created this studded pumpkin that is sure to be a hit with kids and adults. By simply using some FolkArt paint and Mod Podge you too can recreate this fun studded pumpkin. To learn how to make this pumpkin stud, click here.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Web Wednesday: Pet Rock Paper Weight
Pet rocks are a craft favorite. You can decorate and design them in so many ways, and use them for various purposes. For kids this is one of the easiest crafts to make. If your kids are new to crafting this is a great project to have them do. In need of a fun looking paper weight? Well you are in luck. The pet rock featured is a great paper weight, sure to put a smile on your face whenever you look at it. To learn how to make this adorable pet rock click, here.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Tuesday Kid's Talk: Edible Crafts for Kids
I hate to admit it, but I'm sure you would agree, sometimes you have to bribe kids to do things. Usually candy or something sweet is used as bait, to accomplish this. Here is a suggestion if you are having a hard time getting your kids to participate in arts and crafts, let them make a craft they can eat! Kids love anything sweet, and the crafts in this post are all yummy treats for them to enjoy. These edible crafts are very simple to make, and taste delicious. To find out how to make these click, here.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Teaching Thursdays: Make This Adorable Gumball Machine
Do you have a sweet tooth? I know I do! My sweet tooth was really bad when I was a kid. I was a magnet to anything sweet. Now a lot older and a little wiser, I have calmed my sugar cravings, and indulge just once in awhile. My sugar craving started to rise again when I caught a glimpse of this adorable gumball machine. This incredible craft was created by Sherrie Ragsdale. It is so cute. This is an easy to make project that all skill levels will be able to create. Make this adorable gum ball machine in only a few simple steps. You can add
anything to the inside, and if your not a candy lover this can also be a fish tank. To do this just add a plastic
fish. What are some of your favorite candies?
2 hours or more
Supplies: Apple Barrel Paints - 20504 Black, 20503 White, 20251 Pink Parfait, Red Apple 20784, 20762 Pure Silver, 20513 Bright Yellow, 20587 Spring Green,
1528 Plaid Stencil Spouncer, 3/4" flat brush, 1/4" flat brush, 3 - 1/2" wooden block, 5 - 1/2" square frame, Wooden bracelet, 1" flower pot, 1 - 1/2" rectangle/sign, Sixteen 1" wooden balls, Large plastic ball, Glue, Fine black permanent marker
1. Glue the block and the frame together and then base coat with the Red Apple. Allow to dry and then glue the bracelet to the top of block. Allow to dry and the paint apple red.
2. Paint the wooden balls with Pink Parfait, Red Apple, White, Spring Green and Bright Yellow.
3. Paint the rectangle Pure Silver. Allow to dry and the add a large Black circle using the 1 - 1/4" spouncer.
4. Glue the rectangle to the front of block.
5. Using the permanent marker, outline the gum ball machine's block, base, pot and Pure Silver rectangle. Write 25 cents and draw a place to insert the coins.
6. Add the balls to the plastic ball and then glue to the base. Glue on the pots to cover up the balls hanger.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Freelance Friday: Colorful Yarn Stick Creations
One of the easiest and most colorful kids crafts I remember making, were
these colorful yarn and stick creations. Don't you just love them! I
mainly remember making these when I was in summer camp, and I'm sure
there are several camps around the world making this craft. I stumbled
across this revamped old school craft, on My Own Labels, and had to do a
post on it. These colorful yarn creations can be revised, and designed
to be incorporated into more personalized crafts. If you want to learn
how to make this great kids' craft be sure to visit My Own Labels. Enjoy this fun summer craft!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Web Wednesday : Learn To Make A Pocket Pouch & Paper Butterflies
Often times it is not uncommon to have a brain freeze when it comes to thinking of new crafts to create. Thankfully the world wide web provides us with so many different outlets, to find new craft projects. I usually make the web the first place I go to for craft inspiration. I love to search other craft sites, and see what catches my eye. There are so many creative and unique crafters out there. The only problem is I tend to find so many new craft projects I want to try out. So many crafts, so little time. In one of my recent web searches I came across these two fun summer themed kids' crafts, that caught my attention. Both I like a lot, because they are colorful and very easy to make.
The first is a pocket pouch. This craft comes from Family Fun. It is a great recycled theme craft that shows you how to turn a pair of empty juice pouches into a simple coin purse. To find out how to make this craft click here.The second project are these easy to make folded butterflies from Plaid. Paper crafts are so versatile, and this one is colorful and fun to make. To find out how to make this craft click here.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Together Tuesday -- Breezy Summer Pendant
by Candie Cooper
With the hot days of summer on our heels, my mind takes me back to swimming at Grandma's pool, Popsicles on the porch swing, hose fights with my sister (when we were really supposed to be washing the car), flip flops, lightning bugs, and trips to the lake. My mom always had little craft projects for us to make with our friends on the front porch. With that in mind, here is a quick and easy jewelry project that you can make together this summer.
Clear acrylic pendants
Large jump ring
Extra bead embellishments, head pins, jump rings (optional)
Ribbon or leather (20" for each necklace)
Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than your pendant. I used 100% cotton because it's super flexible which formed around the pendant easily.
Paint a coat of Mod Podge on the back of the crystal and place fabric on top. Roll the crystal on it's side to burnish the fabric in place. Set aside to dry.
Trim excess fabric around the edge of the pendant.
Seal the fabric with 2 more coats of Mod Podge and leave to dry. (tip: you can use a hair dryer to speed the drying process a bit)
Use a tapestry needle to poke a hole through the fabric where it hangs from. Beaded embellishments can be added as well with extra jump rings, bits of chain, etc... (Another tip: Mis-matched earrings make great added dangles, too, because they are essentially pre-made.) If you want more tips on how to make your own jewelry, check out my jewelry making video
String the pendant onto a piece of leather, ribbon or cord of your choice.
Tie around your neck with a bow for summer fun style!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Great Last Minute Father's Day Gifts
When I picked up my son from school today he proudly showed off the project he made for his dad. I thought it was so cute and easy that I had to share it. All the kids did was Mod Podge tissue paper to tin cans. That's it! They each got creative with the colors they used and the way they placed the paper on the cans, and each one was a little masterpiece. Best of all, this project can be done in about an hour, not including drying time.
The teachers printed out "I love, you, Dad! Happy Father's Day 2011" and the kids glued it to the top of the can. They also printed out a little saying for the side:
"When I am at school, or when we are far apart, you are always in my heart. So here are some hugs and kisses for when I am away to remind you that I love you every day."
You know what is in the tin? You guessed it! Hershey's hugs and kisses candy. So sweet and simple, and Dad is sure to love it.
If you're looking for other last minute projects to do with the kiddos, check out our sister blog, Paint Me Plaid
, and PlaidOnline.com
Have a Happy Father's Day!
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Father's Day Craft -- A Twist on the Standard Tie Gift
Our newest contributor to our blog, Candie Cooper, had this great idea for a quick and easy gift for Father's Day. Check it out!
The tie has been a tried and true Father's Day present for dads across the world for years! Polka dots, stripes, navy or brown, paisley, and rubber ducks-there is one to suit every dad on the planet! This year when I was scouting out something to craft for Dad, I found this tie rack. When I saw it, I thought a plain little tie rack with wooden center piece that was begging for some embellishment!?!? I was set!
I started by lightly sanding the wooden surface on both sides. Wipe the dust away and paint with your favorite Folk Art color.
And just like that, we find ourselves ready to embellish! I love how fast the Folk Art paint dries. Select some fun papers, pencil, pattern, and letters to spell out "dad" (and don't forget grandpa!")
Trace your tie pattern onto the back side of your favorite paper that works with the pattern.
Add a layer of Mod Podge to the surface of the tie rack and position the paper tie. Seal with a coat of Mod Podge and add other embellishments. The Mod Podge will add a glossy surface to your painted pieces.
You can add your scrabble tiles with the Mod Podge as well. And why not decorate the back?!?
I smiled when I laid out the D-A-D letter tiles with the point system. That would be a five point word score for DAD! Go Dads!
Friday, May 06, 2011
Fun Family Crafts -Bean Bag Toss
Our friends Chica and Jo
always have fun and different ideas for using Plaid products. Take for instance this bean bag toss game that they created using old jeans and a little Apple Barrel Paint. What a great idea for spring break, field day, family reunions and just general summer fun. Get instructions and more photos here
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Eco Friendly Crafts - Pirate Ships
If you have a stash of old milk cartons hanging out in the recycling bin, you'll love this seaworthy (or at least bathtub-worthy boat) craft project idea. These fun pirate ships are made completely with objects from around the house (use straws and scrap paper for the sails). The even cooler thing is that the boats float, so you can take an armada of ships to your favorite tub or kiddie pool. Find instructions here: Craftprojects.com
Monday, May 02, 2011
Easy Crafts for Kids - Star Wars Magnets
I grew up when the Star Wars movies were originally in theaters and were becoming a phenomena everywhere. In fact, I wanted to be Princess Leia when I grew up. I thought she was so cool. Remember Leia and this hairstyle?
Yeah, I begged my mom to let me wear my hair like this. Thank goodness she didn't let me. But I digress.
Star Wars is such a classic, and it is so fun to see Star Wars mania passed on to another generation. Case in point - these cute crafty Star Wars magnets by Craptastic Crafts
Isn't that cute? Mom and son made these and he loves playing with them. The magnets feature Mod Podge and are fun for little (and big) kids to make.
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Friday, April 29, 2011
Cute for Spring Birdhouse
This is a cute little birdhouse for spring that will definitely will add some color to any room. I just love the cute little worm and lady bug, and the delightfully fun color palette! Crafty Dream used her Cricuit to create the bird shapes, scrapbook paper and Apple Barrel paint, as well as Mod Podge for Glue.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Happy Earth Day - Kids' Crafts Roundup
Just in time for Earth Day! Here is a roundup of our favorite earth-friendly craft projects for kids. The easiest and most wonderful way to make earth day everyday is by simply reusing and re-purposing household items and crafting is a great way to do that. Check out our favorites earth day crafts below!Grass Head Guys
Friday, April 08, 2011
Easy "Stained Glass" Votives
Jenny Ryan wanted an easy and inexpensive way to display votive candles, and came up with this "stained glass" look using items she had on hand. You and your kids can cut custom shapes if you don't have any paper punches. See how to make this project on Craftzine
Friday, February 11, 2011
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Make Halloween season more laughable this with this friendly and affable mummy.
Friday, August 27, 2010
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Fun Garden Snake Sign
We used one of our wooden plaques to make this 'garden snake' sign, but this idea could be adapted a million ways!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Gallery Glass Whimsical Butterfly Cling
We're celebrating summer with some really fun Gallery Glass projects. Up first is this cute, whimsical butterfly cling. Clings are easy to make and fun to display in windows around the house. And Gallery Glass in non-toxic and a great craft for camp, school, VBS or family crafting.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
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Friday, January 08, 2010
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Getting Organized for the New Year
If you are anything like me, you'll be spending the next few weeks organizing, cleaning and making room in your home for new toys and gifts. The end of the year is a great time to get organized- everone likes to start the begining of the year with a clean slate. And I, like many, love to free up mental and physical space for new creative projects that I have on the horizon.
I like to apply this concept to my children's play area as well. I'm trashing, donating, and otherise clearing out oldies, as well as doing a little winter cleeaning at home. And on Plaid Kids Crafts, I'll be featuring projects over the next few days that combine creativity and organization. The first is this chalkboard toy box. Whether you have an old chalkboard that needs a fresh coat or paint, or you've found one at your local thrift store, you can give your box new life with FolkArt Chalkboard paint. This toy box is simple and easy to do and provides a new surface for customizing with the children. Happy crafting.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Easy Thanksgiving Crafts - Pilgrim Hat
Those tiny little pots that you can find in the craft store for way less than a dollar can become the perfect surface for minature pilgrim hats. These litte hats can be hung like ornaments or used as place settings on a Thanksgiving day table. However you use them, they are super fun and easy to make!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Halloween Decoupage from Craft Jr!
Quickly becoming one of my favorite craft Resources, Craft Jr has featured a very easy, very cute Halloween Decoupage project. Here's a picture and preview, but for step by step instructions, check out the site here.
Friday, October 16, 2009
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Craft a Mermaid
Kids Craft Weekly has a fun craft activity posted this month on mermaids! Click here to see the pics and make the projects!
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
CAMP CRAFT- Summer Craft Supply Box
This week marks the end of the school year for many students. Between camp, summer vacations and weekends, the summer offers many opportunities for planned and spontaneous crafting. Get your craft chest stocked up with crafting supplies. Here's is our list of essentials:
Recycled Household containers
Hot glue gun with glue sticks
Extreme Glitter Paint
Craft foam sheets and shapes
Newspaper and magazine for collages
Paper lunch bags
Remember to buy your supplies from http://plaidcraftexpress.com/!
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Hate bugs? Check out the newest addition of
Kids Crafts Weekly for a whole lot of bugs projects you are
sure to love!
Monday, March 02, 2009
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Monday, November 17, 2008
Thanksgiving Turkey with Grateful Feathers
Help your children show how thankful they are with this great little turkey with grateful feathers. This projected was posted by Parents.com. The Turkey is made with yarn, scrabook paper and a few other supplies. See this project and other great project ideas here.
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.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Make sure you look for new surfaces from Plaid at your favorite local retailers. We'll be posting some very cute Halloween projects in the next few days.
Friday, July 25, 2008
They Love Us
Are you ready to be inspired? Check out Creative Juice hosts Steve and Cathie's comments here on Plaid's new Chalkboard paint, and don't miss their gallery of ideas featuring this new paint. Plaid's Chalkboard paint is the perfect product for making a chalkboard writing surfac and oh so great for kid-friendly crafts. And you know you how much your kids would love a chalkboard wall in their room...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Simply Elegant Plates
Who says crafting with kids can't be elegant, too? We love these beautiful plates using your child's silouhette from WonderTime. Take a profile picture of your child, grab your Mod-Podge and create these plates in minutes. Get full instructions here.
p.s. These make great gifts!
Monday, June 09, 2008
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Monday, May 12, 2008
Save that Art!
Next week is the end of the school year for my first grader. If this year is like past years he'll come home with a folder full of papers, projects and art that he's accumulated. Then, I have the hard job of sorting through, discarding (ugh!) and organizing the keepers. So I am planning on preserving some of the best work and using it for gifts and such. Here's a cute idea for saving kid's art that started as just a plain unfinshed tray.
Cute alien bank is out of this world!
At my house we've been looking for ways to reuse household packaging whenever possible. So I love this cute alien bank because it not only encourages recycling but saving money, too. Use an empty plastic coffee jug or laundry detergent container a little Mod Podge and paint for this project.
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