Thursday, May 23, 2013
Teaching Thursdays: Doll House Furniture
By Candie Cooper of Candie Cooper's Journal
Growing up, my sister Carrie had a ton
of miniatures and Barbies lying around. I just wrote her to see if she
still has the giant Victorian (unfinished) doll house. I'm suggesting we finish
it, so this furniture has a home. I can see it now: Candie and Carrie's version
of DIY Home Makeover---Miniature style!
It all started when I saw this sweet furniture
at the dollar store. Cute pieces, not so cute color.
I base coated everything with FolkArt
paints and detailed the knobs with Gold FolkArt. You'll need some tiny
brushes to go with these tiny pieces.
I asked my friend Lena to knit a
blanket and we wove yarn in to add some color. Then I made mini pillows
with cotton balls, fabric, and a little Mod Podge Fabric to seal them up. Paper
sheets were added to the bed with Mod Podge Matte.
Spools were transformed to stools with
more FolkArt Paint. Paper seat cushions and place mats were added with Mod
Podge Matte too! You can find accessories like plates and forks at the craft
My friend Katie gave me the lamp from
her parent’s miniature store--complete with toothpaste lid shade. Adding
details to projects is definitely my favorite part. I had a blast making
this project for Plaid. I hope you love it too!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Tuesday Tutorial: Kiss Me Blocks
St. Patrick’s Day is a great reason to get your kids
crafting. It is a fun and colorful holiday where several different projects can
be created. One simple and fun project to make is these Kiss Me Blocks. Kindra
Boroff designed these blocks, and boy aren’t they cute. To make these blocks
Kindra used Mod Podge and Dimensional Magic. This would make a great classroom
project, or afterschool craft. Feel free to change the copy on these blocks.
You can include names or initials, or leave them plain with just colorful
paper. This is a project perfect for beginners and it will only take at most
and hour and a half to complete. Below you will find a full list of supplies
and instructions for these blocks. Happy crafting!
CS11215 Mod Podge
3 ½” wood blocks,
Green glitter, 5/8” Green satin ribbon, Green and white damask paper, Green
pinstripe paper, Green argyle paper, Scissors, Hot glue
For each block
cut a 3 ½” x 10 ¾” piece of paper. Cut three more 3 ½”x 3 ½” pieces of paper.
Apply a layer of
Mod Podge to the wooden block; wrap the long piece of paper around three sides.
remaining sides with Mod Podge and adhere the 3 ½” squares to the rest of the
block. Allow to dry completely. Trim any edges.
Apply a final
coat of Mod Podge and let it dry completely. Repeat the same steps for the
With the Mod
Podge dimensional write the words on the blocks as shown. Immediately sprinkle
the glitter onto the words. Gently tap off excess and allow to dry.
Draw three hearts
to create a clover and a stem with Mod Podge Dimensional and sprinkle with
Hot glue the
ribbon bow to the block as shown.
Hot glue the thin
green ribbon to the edges of the clover block.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Tuesday Tutorial: Kid’s Alphabet Sampler
Education does not start and begin in
school. A child can be educated in and out of school, and even at home. This
colorful alphabet sampler is the perfect way to add educational décor to your
child’s room. If your little one is beginning to learn their A-B-Cs, this
project it a must have item to add to their room. Feel free to change the
colors choices based on your child’s preference, and don’t just stop at the
alphabet create a number sampler to accompany this project. Debbie Saenz
designed this project using several FolkArt acrylic paints. While this project
may a tad too advanced for your little one to make by themselves, they can
definitely help you. Encourage your child to enjoy education, and show them how
fun learning can be. All the supplies
you will need can be found below, and click here to see their instructions.
® Acrylic Colors - Bright Green, 2 oz.
® Acrylic Colors - Apple Red, 2 oz.
® Stencils - Value Packs - Letter Stencils - Old School, 1-1/2"
Decor ® Brushes - Stencil Brush, 3/8"
® Acrylic Colors - True Blue, 2 oz.
® Artists Pigments™ - Medium Yellow, 2 oz.
11” x 14” Artist canvas
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Tuesday Tutorial: Layered Bird Frame
Have you noticed that your
tween or teen has a talent for painting? If so, here is a great project to
harness their creativity and let them explore their painting talents. Kindra
Boroff designed this Layered Bird Frame using FolkArt acrylic craft paints.
This project may look a little advanced, but actually is a beginner level
project that will only take 30 minutes to 1 hour to create. Leave a comment below, and tell us what your
tween or teen has recently painted; we’d love to hear about it.
Paint- 901 Wicker White, 320 Jamaican Sea, 2547 Brilliant Pink, 938 Licorice,
and 2576 Vivid Orange
Foam Applicator Set
wood panel with Wicker White. Base-coat the frame with Brilliant Pink.
off stripes on the wood canvas and paint alternating with Vivid Orange and
a piece of canvas with Jamaican Sea and cut to fit into the frame. Hot glue to
the inside of the frame. Hot glue the
frame to the center of the wood canvas.
the bird with Wicker White. Rub petroleum jelly to the edges of the bird.
Base-coat with Licorice. When dry lightly sand to create a distressed look.
glue the bird to the center of the frame as shown.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tuesday Tutorial: Handmade With Love Jars
Give the gift of love with these
precious little gift jars. Here is a great painting project for your older kids
to create. To make these jars all you will need are some FolkArt enamel paints.
With this project you can had a special touch of personalization. These jars
are perfect to give as a birthday gift, or to use around your home as
decoration. See all the supplies needed,
and their instructions.
FolkArt ® Peel &
Stick Painting Stencils - Gift Tags
FolkArt ® Enamels™ -
Wicker White, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Enamels™ -
Pure Orange, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Enamels™ -
Evergreen, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Enamels™ -
Magenta, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Enamels™ -
Yellow Citron, 2 oz.
½” stencil brushes
#1 liner brush
4 small round glass jars with lids
Clean glass surfaces.
elements as shown on glass jars.
Mix equal parts of
Calypso Sky and Wicker White for blue jar background.
around elements using Magenta, Pure Orange, Calypso Sky/Wicker White mixture
and Yellow Citron. Stencil colors of elements as shown. Remove stencils before
Apply polka dots of
same background color to jars using opposite end of brush. 5. Paint star burst
on blue jar with liner brush.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Freelance Friday: Shine Sign
Home decor is typically one of those areas you do not have your kids help you with. While they always mean well their taste may not be the same as yours. The idea of having polka dotted walls is not exactly the look you are going for in your dinning room. However if your kids are insistent on helping decorate the home, here is a great project you can help them create. Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar created this Shine Sign. This is such a simple project to make, even though it looks intricate Cheri made this sign with all supplies she found at her local Walmart. Cheri used Apple Barrel paint, Mod Podge, and strips of fabric. This is a great project to make this weekend with your kids. Let their inner decorator come out, and get creative. Click here to see how Cheri made this sign.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Teaching Thursday: Kid’s Alphabet Sampler
Are your kid's at that age where they
are just beginning to learn the alphabet? If so, you should consider creating
this project to help them learn it. This colorful alphabet sampler is the
perfect way to add educational décor to your child’s room. Debbie Saenz
designed this craft project, using a mixture of FolkArt paints and stencils.
Not only does this project look adorable, it is also educational. This is a
project that is perfect for an intermediate level crafter. It will take up to
an hour and half to complete. Below is a list of the supplies and instructions
you will need to recreate this project on your own. To see more educational craft projects from Plaid click here.
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - Bright Green, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - Apple Red, 2 oz.
Plaid ® Stencils -
Value Packs - Letter Stencils - Old School, 1-1/2"
Stencil Decor ®
Brushes - Stencil Brush, 3/8"
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - True Blue, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Artists
Pigments™ - Medium Yellow, 2 oz.
11” x 14” Artist canvas
Use pencil to mark
off a 1-inch border around frame.
Paint inside of
border with Medium Yellow.
Paint border with
Stencil the alphabet
with a repeated pattern of True Blue, Apple Red, and Bright Green. Evenly space
the letters of the alphabet across 6 rows leaving an empty space on each corner
Stencil a star on
each corner with True Blue.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Freelance Friday: A Table Makeover with Apple Barrel
Tables are an item that we all have. Many are very basic in color and style. If you are looking for away to make your ordinary table more unique, then use this table makeover as inspiration for how a simple design, can still make your table really standout. How cute is this table? I love to see how people re-purpose their furniture, using craft products. I love how cute and simple this table is. The creator used spray paint, and apple barrel paint to makeover this table. I found this project on, Me and My First Grade Gang. To learn more on how this table was made click, here.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Web Wednesday: Mod Podge Flameless Candles
When you have little ones, there are often several precautions you have to take around your home. Many adults love candles, but they are not the most child friendly item around, for obvious reasons. Many kids love candles, because they become entranced by the flames. Well here is a project that may be a good compromise for both kids and their parents, mod podge flameless candles. I stumbled upon this craft project from a blog called, Love Bug Living. I saw these candles, and immediately fell in love with them. I love these! This project is great to do with your kids, and is very budget friendly. To learn how to re-create this project click, here.
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.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Monday Funday: Make This Cute Pet Frame
By: Ariel C. Brodnax
Have your kids show some appreciation for the family cat, by having them make this creative pet frame. This is a beginner project that can take up to 2 hours to
Plaid Supplies Used:
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint - 20216 Fuchsia
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint - 20513 Bright Yellow
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint - 20740 Parakeet
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint - 20504 Black
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint - 20503 White
Frame 4" x 6" - 96286
Other Supplies Used:
Chenille pom-poms 1/4" - hot pink, Chenille pom-poms
1/4" - lime green, Chenille stems 6mm x 12" - black, White felt,
Ribbon - your choice, Black paint marker, Hot glue gun, Foam paintbrush, Thin
permanent black marker, White cardstock, and Glue
1. Sand the entire picture frame lightly using the foam nail
2. Apply two coats of Fuchsia to picture frame, allowing
frame to dry twenty minutes between coats. Apply two coats of Black to picture frame easel back,
allowing to dry twenty minutes between coats.
3. Cut out templates (either cat or dog). Lay out ear
templates on white felt and trace around each template using the black marker.
(Note: Ear templates are mirror images, so trace one ear, flip over, and trace
the second ear.). Apply Fuchsia to back of ears (side without the trace
marks) and allow to dry. (Note: Paint will bleed through to front of felt
templates. This is okay.) (Step 3 photo.)
4. Apply one coat of White to front of each ear template to
cover the Fuchsia paint bleed through. Allow to dry.
5. Apply one coat of Parakeet over White paint to front of
each ear template and allow to dry. Cut out each ear.
6. Cut white cardstock in half and glue together. Transfer
corresponding cat or dog collar tag to white cardstock. Allow to dry.
7. Cut out collar tag and paint Parakeet. Allow to dry.
Write pet's name on tag using thin black marker.
8. Tape off bottom of picture frame as shown and paint
Black. Remove tape. Mark whiskers on either side of the frame using the black
marker for cat picture frame. Randomly paint polka dots using a 1/4"
spouncer in Bright Yellow and Parakeet as shown.
9. Outline polka dots using the black paint marker. Adhere chenille pom-poms using the hot glue gun.
10. For cat ears, fold slightly in the middle of the ear and
fold across the bottom as shown in the photo. Adhere the ears to the top of the
picture frame using the hot glue gun. Add chenille pom-poms to the outside
edges of the ears.
11. Adhere ribbon around the edge of the picture frame using
the hot glue gun. Adhere ribbon across the bottom, lining up with the edge of
the Black paint, to create the ribbon collar. Adhere small piece of ribbon to
the collar tag to hang from the collar using the hot glue gun. Adhere to collar
and cover with a small bow. Lastly, twist chenille stems as desired and adhere to picture
frame at whisker marks. Adhere one pom-pom to the end of each whisker using the
hot glue gun.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Family crafting fun! Egg plaque
This adorable plaque is eggsactly what you need for Easter, but also a great all-occasion touch to a kitchen or family room. Our Seven Dwarfs
has posted a step by step tutorial so you can make one with ease. The plaque features Apple Barrel paint and Mod Podge!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Super Simple Giant Spin Art!
Little kids and big "kids" alike will WOW over this giant spin art rig. Learn how to super-size this old classic at Craftzine
and break out the Apple Barrel paint!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Yellow Daisy Crafts Festival
We toured the Yellow Daisy Festival
at Stone Mountain Park last week and saw some fun crafts designed for children.
Six year old Olivia Mikrut gets herself decorated with face painting and hair accessories at Yellow Daisy. She even has blue lips from the frozen treats!
Bronwyn Hanahan of Paper Dolls
makes "cute stuff for cute people" including this adorable painting of two sisters.
This Western themed name plaque was designed by Happy Scraps Whimsical Wall Art
from Thonotosassa, Florida.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Fall Window Clings
Acorns and fall leaves for a warm, sunny window. Window clings can be changed with the seasons.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Make Halloween season more laughable this with this friendly and affable mummy.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Apple Barrel on Foam- For a Girl's Room
Here at Plaid, we're totally into all of the crafting projects you can create with Apple Barrel paint and foam. Apple Barrel covers great on Foam. Make home decorating projects, kids crafts and more, like this cute butterfly door sign.
Wednesday, March 10, 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.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Extreme Glitter is Here!!!!
Make sure to check out the newest addition to the FolkArt® Family! New FolkArt Extreme Glitter™ gives you the shimmer of fine "sugar" glitter without the mess, allowing you to add glitz to any project! Available in an array of vibrant colors. Check out more information here or visit plaidonline.com!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Rocks In My Drawer
Shannon, editor of Rocks in My Dryer blog challenged some of her readers to create kid's wall canvases, similar to the ones that are available at some high-end retailers. Below is the finished project created by the author. She used Mod Podge to decoupage her designs and states she loves some Mod Podge! To see the other projects that were submitted by her readers, visit her blog.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
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