Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Web Wednesday: Chalkboard Composition Notebook
Our crafty Mod Podge friend Amy Anderson, shared with us this project she recently found on, Much Ado About Nothing. Cristal created this adorable and very useful back to school project. A chalkboard composition notebook. Normally when I hear the word, composition notebook, I think of an old school looking notebook. This is definitely not old school! It is so resourceful. Cristal made this back to school project for her kids. It includes very easy to find materials, including Chalkboard Paint from Plaid. It is a great back to school craft. I hope this inspires you. Click here to learn how to make this creative notebook.
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.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Make It Monday: Gone Fishing
By: Candie Cooper - To see more crafts by Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper's Journal
One fish, two fish, three fish blue fish! Do you know that story book by Dr. Seuss? Or how about "Rainbow Fish," by Marcus Pfister? Dr. Seuss's book focuses on rhyming and all the fun creatures the boy and girl in the story have as friends. "Rainbow Fish" is a great story about sharing and making friends. The reason I mention these two titles is because sometimes it's fun to read a story and create a project based on it. This gives you and your child a chance to reflect on what you read together. You may want to take it a step further and have theme week in your home with fishy activities each day. Gold fish crackers, anyone? Here's a craft to get your fins warmed up.Base coat your canvas in a watery blue with a sandy bottom edge. I like Folk Art paints for this project because they are thicker.You can see I've already started sponge painting--to get this awesome texture, dip your sponge in paint, and blot most of it off on a spare surface (see side of foam bowl). For this, you can use a lighter shade of aqua or blue. I switched to Apple Barrel paint for this step because it's a little lighter and more transparent (but it doesn't matter that much).Sponge paint the background and stop when you are happy with the effect.Cut and shred tissue paper shapes of sea life and lay them out on top of your canvas. Tissue paper is really great for this part.Hold your tissue shape with one finger while you Mod Podge over the top. Tissue paper is so thin, the MP saturates it and makes it stick right where you want it. Seal the entire surface with MP.Add lines to the fin and scales to your fish with a Sharpie marker.Adhere the wiggly eye with Mod Podge. You can even add some sparkle with crystals and Mod Podge! The fun really doesn't stop. ;)Glue the fish onto the canvas wherever it looks "swimmingly" (sorry, couldn't resist). Believe it or not, I used a glop of MP for this step too. You can also use a thick craft glue.Optionally, you can use real sand for a 3D effect. Applying it is just like glitter, paint a layer of Mod Podge over the sandy area and sprinkle sand. Set aside to dry. Use a dry paint brush to brush sand away from areas that you don't want it. My mom had the great idea of adding those cute little starfish. We love our embellishments!
Gone fishing! I hope you will too!
P.S Like this fish? Here's a link to get your own 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.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Web Wednesday: Notes Bulletin Board
There are often so many things to remember on a day to day basis that it can be hard to keep track. Why not allow a bulletin board to help you remember that grocery shopping list, or to return an important phone call. Here is a great and useful project that can help you keep track of all the things you don't want to forget. This project was made by one of our talented designers, Kindra Boroff. Click here to learn how to make this handy craft project.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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, August 19, 2011
Freelance Friday: Back to School Teacher's Gift
So it's back to school time, and many kids want to start the school year off on the right track. What better way to impress your teacher, then by giving her a small token of appreciation. Check out this very cute teacher's gift craft we found on Giggles Galore. This type of teacher's gift can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used to welcome a new teacher at the beginning of the school year, or it could be given to a teacher as a thank you gift at the end of the year.
To learn how to make this great project click here. I would suggest using some of Plaid's Chalkboard paint in Black #2517, and some Apple Barrel paint in Bright Yellow #20513.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Teaching Thursdays: Dorm Decor
By: Candie Cooper (See more by Candie on her blog, Candie Cooper's Journal)
This morning I was listening to a story about the movie, "American Grafitti" on NPR. American Graffiti is about kids living in a small town one more summer before shipping out to college. My story is pretty much the same, except I didn't race cars at the end. It seemed like it took forever for orientation day to come. I also remember picking out things like a twin size comforter, crates, a futon and shower caddy for my dorm at Purdue. If you have someone heading to college this year, this is a great send-off gifty for the recent grad. They are stackable nesting boxes that can be tucked anywhere and hold everything from chewing gum and shots of espresso to flashcards (at least that's what mine would've held).
These are the boxes---see how they fit together so cute?
Pick out the die cuts and lay them out in the boxes. It helps to take a picture before painting so you can see how you arranged them when it comes time to Mod Podge.
Base coat the boxes in whatever colors you like---school colors would be fun too! If you look at the brushes above, you'll see a flat, angled and then another flat paint brush. The angled brush is key for getting into corners. I used Apple Barrel paints for this project because they are a little thinner than Folk Art. The boxes soaked up the paints and dried really fast.
Dry brushing is my favorite surface painting technique. It's easy and looks cool when done. Try some Silver Anniversary Folk Art paint for this step. My mom actually painted while I took pictures. Insert me saying, "now, hold still"....."ok, hold still"...."i REALLY need you to hold still." We have fun. She's the queen painter in the family.
The key to dry brushing is using a really coarse haired brush, dipping it in paint and removing most of the paint off to the side. Soft bristle brushes don't work. Run the brush along your wood surface in whichever direction you like. You can always practice on a scrap surface first.
Use Mod Podge gloss to adhere all the die cuts---this is where the photo that you took earlier comes in handy to figure out placement. Photos or school mascot bumper stickers would also be great embellishments.
Now you'll need the small and large flat brushes (see photo above) to make some stripes around the top of the boxes. The inner and very outer boxes get tiny stripes and the middle large stripes. This looks really cool when they're all together.
A tip for making stripes is to have your brush fully loaded with paint to create really solid stripes. Less paint makes for brushier stripes.
Seal all of the boxes with Folk Art Gloss acrylic varnish. This makes everything look nice and finished. Let's take a look at all the boxes....
As usual, I want a set of these for holding instant coffee and teas, tubes of seed beads and lip gloss. Looking at that list, I still feel a bit young at heart.
Wishing you a great back to school season, I am...Candie
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.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Tuesday Kids' Talk: Budget Crafting for Families
Many people don't realize it, but crafting can at times be costly. All the supplies you use begin to add up. The glue, trim, paint, and tools, can all begin not only to clutter up your home, but also clean out your bank account. Don't worry there are ways to be more budget conscious when it comes to crafting. Below are some helpful tips that will lessen the strain on your spending.
Use found objects from your backyard
There are several resources to use as craft supplies, just in your backyard. Are you in need of pine cones, stones, sea shells, or sand? Well your in luck many of these natural resources are simply just a few steps away from you. Before you head out to craft store, just look outside first to see what supplies maybe right at your fingertips. Recruit your kids to help you look for craft supplies outside.
Reuse and Recycle
With the recent economy being in such turmoil the past few years, many people have begun to reuse and recycle many items. Why not do the same for crafting? Like most people, you probably clean out your closets, and gather up old clothes, nick-nacks, jewelry, and other things to donate. Well that's great, but before you get rid of anything take a second look, and check to see if you can use any of these items in craft projects you plan on making. What else can be recycled for your
crafts? Old magazines are perfect for scrapbooking. Old Christmas and
birthday cards can be cut up to create new greeting cards, gift tags, or
even special wrapping paper. Take a look at these old items with a new
eye, and you’ll be surprised at what you can save.
Make A Shopping List
I am sure you have heard this one before, mainly mentioned when people go to the grocery store. Well the same can be said when going to craft store. If you plan before you go shopping, it will help you stick to your plan and be less tempted to get off your initial shopping list. Thus you will not make any impulse purchases, that could make you over spend on necessary items.
One of the best ways to save money on almost anything is to never pay retail. Always look for coupons, or shop when discounts are going on at your local craft store. Also don't be afraid to shop online. There are huge savings you can get in on, online. There are several online discount codes and coupons. We here at Plaid offer several online promo codes and discounts. Click here to see what's on sale now.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Monday Funday: Pencil Box
By: Candie Cooper - See more of Candie's crafts on her blog Candie Cooper's Journal
When I was in about sixth grade, my grandma let me set up a little table outside her store to sell my crafted wares during a local festival. I had a little bit of this and that, but one of the things I remember were decorated pencil boxes. The recessed rectangle in the top makes them perfect for embedding whatever you like. So, gather up your buttons, trims, papers, and what not!
Cut a piece of funky paper to fit inside the rectangle and Mod Podge in place.
Collage stickers and more papers and use the Mod Podge to put those in place also. Who doesn't smile when they see a sock monkey? Shape hole punches and sequins would also be fun here too.
Once your Mod Podge is dry, you can fill the recessed area with Dimensional Magic! This is my first time using Dimensional Magic over here, so I'll tell you my favorite things about it. It gives you a resin like finish, it's non-toxic, and it dries really quickly. For this project, give it about 6 hours (for smaller projects 3). You can use it on jewelry pieces too.
*If you have a dog that sheds like a maniac, you may want to put a hood over your project so it stays dust and fur free while it dries.*
Once the Dimensional Magic is dry, you can add ribbon trim around your border. Maybe even a couple of buttons? You can never go wrong with buttons, honestly.
Now you've got a sweet box to hide all your treasures in! Mine is going to house my favorite colored pencils.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Freelance Friday: Styrofoam Dog
Happy Friday :) Here is a great craft we found on Factory Direct Craft.
It is a great project to do over the weekend. This is great project for
kids who are longing for a pet, but may not have one yet. This is made
from easy to find materials, including Apple Barrel paint, Styrofoam,
and Felt. Also feel free to make another pet, such as a cat, and use
different Apple Barrel paint colors. To learn how to make this adorable cute pup click, here.
2nd Annual Trick Your Pumpkin Contest
Plaid is having a contest celebrating Halloween! This year, we are
celebrating the many faces of Halloween! Here’s your chance to show us
your favorite pumpkin face and win great prizes.
We want YOU to create a three-dimensional pumpkin using your favorite
Plaid products – and there are no limits to what you can create! All
we ask is that the pumpkin be three-dimensional – this means that no
flat pumpkins are allowed – the actual pumpkin body itself must be at
least 1/8” thick. Possibilities include real pumpkins, craft pumpkins,
paper mache, clay pots, wood, fabric and more. Use your imagination and
Trick Your Pumpkin!
I’m sure you are wondering what are the prizes for this contest?
Prizes include: Grand Prize: $100 cash and a Plaid gift
basket of merchandise worth $50 retail value. Runners-Up: 5 recipients
will receive a Plaid gift basket of merchandise worth $50 retail value.
To find out the rules of this contest, and how to enter click here.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Teaching Thursdays: Back to School Locker Pencil Holder
It's that time of year again. It's back to school time! A great way to get your kids excited to return to school, are crafts! I found this adorable locker pencil holder over on, Makes and Takes. Have your kids make their own school supplies. It allows them to be creative, and allows you to save a few bucks. This project is very easy and simple to make. It is the perfect organizing tool for your kids locker. This is a great project to make in order to not only keep your pens and pencils organized, but it also allows for easy access. This is also a project that can be reused over again for the following school year, or even around the house.
Supplies you will need:
Click here to see the step by step instructions on how to create this great back to school project.
- clean, empty tin can, label removed
- decorated or color cellophane
- hot glue gun
- alphabet beads
- embellishments, such as buttons, beads, thread, etc
- 5 button magnets
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.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Monday Funday: Splatter Paint Canvas
This post finds me expressing my "child of the 80's" self. How ironic that U2 comes on the radio at this very second! When I was a kid, my mom let me splatter paint my dresser drawers in primary colors. From that, I splatter painted a little bit of everything; storage crates, shelves, I even slung some bleach on jeans that I wore to a dance (back when black lights were cool). Oh yeah! Kids love splatter painting because it's fun to see all the random effects that happen when the paint hits (or maybe I should say splats) on the surface. I've had a stack of canvases in my studio and finally this weekend I got to play. You'll need your paint clothes to make this project!Lay a paint tarp out on the lawn, base coat your canvas (picture frames or skateboards work too) with desired colors. I picked blue for my background. Select three Apple barrel paints and a few brushes. Apple Barrel paints are great for slinging because the paint is a little thinner and drizzles easy.
Dip the non bristle end of your brush in the paint. Ready......Set......Sling!And sling some more! A bucket of water and paper towel is good to have on hand so you can rinse the end of the brush and wipe it clean so you're ready for the next color. Keep flinging and whipping color onto the canvas until you are happy with the desired effect.
My canvas dried under the hot summer sun after about an hour and a half. You could eat popsicles and chat with your kids about Jackson Pollock, the famous abstract expressionist painter, while waiting for the paint to dry.The splatter painting was only the start to our crazy canvases! Now you can pick out some paper embellishments. Check out these cute monster stickers I found for a dollar. I made some circles with my Sizzix machine and scrapbook paper for the stickers to go on top of and added some die cuts and chipboard pieces too. Anything goes here! Lay out all your pieces and get them just so.Use trusty Mod Podge to adhere them to the canvas. Paint a layer of Mod Podge, stick a piece in place, and seal with the Mod Podge. Repeat. Give the entire piece a coat of Mod Podge to make it shiny.You can give your pieces a bit of glow with Hologram Extreme Glitter. Why not title your crazy canvas? This is always a fun conversation to have with your kids!I'm titling mine, "Monster Family in Space!"
The red background piece is a board that I painted with red Folk Art paint and added a layer of red Extreme Glitter on top. I glued the canvas down with a thick glue (put plastic water bottles on the corners to weigh it down while it dries).
Hey! Do you have a good splatter paint story? We'd love to hear it in the comments section!
Friday, August 05, 2011
Freelance Friday: Dolphin Painting
It's FRIDAY!!!! Oh happy day! Check out this amazing dolphin painting. It was created by a talented artist named, Amanda. She used Plaid
Apple Barrel Paints Colors: #20404 Black, #20411 Cobalt Blue, #20584
Lemon Chiffon, #20405 Antique White, #2613 Caribbean and #20403 White. We found Amanda on Facebook, and her painting was so beautiful we just had to post it. Let this be a tip for those of you who would like to be featured in the future. Post pics of your projects on Facebook for us to see. Thank you to Amanda for letting us show your painting. To see more from Amanda please check out her blog, Who Are You Calling Craft?
Thursday, August 04, 2011