Friday, September 30, 2011
Freelance Friday: Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids
Want to make a bunch of Halloween crafts for next to nothing? Well then you should try making these. We found these wonderfully creative crafts over at, One Charming Party. They created these toilet paper pumpkins, and ghost pops. Both of these crafts took less than 4 supplies to make. Click here to learn how to make these. Let us know if you have made any low cost Halloween crafts.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Teaching Thursdays: Silly Face Tissue Box
Have fun transforming a tissue box into a silly face! This
is a great craft project for kids of any age to make. One of our talented
designers, Debbie Saenz made
this funny craft project. A perfect craft to make for Halloween. Use your
favorite Apple Barrel paint colors to create your own silly face tissue box.
This is a beginner craft that will only take between 30 minutes to an hour to
Plaid Supplies Needed:
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint –
20246 Plum Kiss, Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint – 20740 Parakeet, Apple Barrel
Acrylic Paint – 20504 Black, Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint – 20764 Apricot, Apple
Barrel Acrylic Paint – 20503 White, Mod Podge - CS11302 Matte
Additional Supplies Needed:
Tissue Box, Corrugated Cardboard,
15 Foam Packaging “pop-corn”, 2 Green Chenille, 1 silver Chenille, 2 Plastic
Water Bottle Tops, Scissors, Paint Brush, Hold Puncher, Craft Knife, Top of
Spray can (or other 2.5 inch circle template), 3 popsicle sticks
1. Remove plastic from inside opening of empty Tissue Box.
2. Paint box with Plum Kiss. Allow to dry.
3. Paint a “wavy” mouth around opening with Parakeet. Allow
4. Use Spray can top to draw 2.5” circle eyes onto
cardboard, draw ears; cut out.
5. Paint eyes with Black and ears with Apricot. Allow to
6. Paint water bottle tops with White, Allow to dry.
7. Paint one packaging “popcorn” with Apricot for nose. Allow
8. Cut Green Chenille stems into 2 inch pieces. Insert into
the “holes” of the corrugated cardboard on top of each eye as eyelashes.
9. Punch a hole into each earlobe with hole punch. Cut
silver chenille stem into two 3 inch pieces for earrings.
10. Insert a popsicle stick between the corrugated cardboard
up through the bottom of each eye.
11. Cut remaining popsicle stick in half and, in the same
way, insert a half into the straight side of each ear.
12. Use Mod Podge to glue “teeth” and nose in place; and
water bottle tops on cardboard eyes.
supervision, use craft knife to cut slits into tissue box for eyes and ears,
insert popsicle sticks and use a dap of Mod Podge around each popsicle stick.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Web Wednesday: Halloween Friends
I don't know about you, but here at Plaid Halloween crafts are all over the office. This is a fun time of year. So many of our talented designers have been busy creating some fun Halloween crafts. We have made many kids Halloween crafts like this one. Check out these cute creatures that were made with Apple Barrel paint and flower pots. To learn how to make these Halloween friends, click here.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
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.
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.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Web Wednesday: Martha Stewart Halloween Goodie Bags
Halloween is right around the corner there are tons of great kids' crafts out there to make. Check out these cute Halloween treat bags. These bags are made using products from the new Martha Stewart craft line. These would make great goodie bags for a kid's class, or a great way to hand out trick or treat candy. We found this great craft project over on The Twinery. Click here to learn how to make this Halloween craft. What would you use these goodie bags for?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tuesday Kid's Talk: Make Hats for Kids
Have you heard of a site called, Craftsy? If you haven't you should check them out for great online craft how to videos, and to view great craft projects. Recently I found out that they are helping a wonderful cause, and wanted to spread the word. There is an organization called, Kaps for Kendall. They raise money to fight Fanconi Anemia, and to provide special hats for kids who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy and radiation. They currently have a goal to have 1,000 hats created and donated to them by December 15. The hats can be in all sizes. They should be fun, and they are especially looking for hats for little boys. All hats should be sent to the address below. Make as many hats as you would like to donate, and send them to the address below. Craftsy will deliver all of your donations and present them in your name. If you have additional questions contact, Hannah@craftsy.com.
Keep a Kid Warm
c/o Sympoz Inc.
1553 Platte #202
Denver, CO 80202
Monday, September 19, 2011
Monday Funday: Kids Letter Locker Magnet
Going back to school always brings up different memories for
students…some good and some, like not finding your locker in the never ending
halls of metal doors can be a nightmare. Banish those bad memories by creating
a fun and distinctive initial that will forever make your locker stand out.
Plaid Designer, Julie Lewis shows you how in these simple steps.
Gather your supplies.
Paint your initial black.
Now paint your discs black as well.
It’s now time to apply my favorite thing…glitter!
Apply black glitter to your letter…
and your discs…apply multiple coats as desired.
Trace your letter on top of your paper.
Cut out your letter.
Apply Mod Podge liberally to your letter front.
Place paper on top of letter and gently squeegee excess
glue. Let dry 20 minutes.
Apply several coats of Mod Podge over letter to seal.
Paint your letters white and let dry.
Apply Hologram glitter to letters.
Trace bottom of paper cup onto foam.
Here is what you will have…and now…
Cut circle out with scalloped pinking shears just outside
Cut between scallops towards center about 1/3 of the way in
to create petals.
Here they are…
Glue wood discs to foam flowers and…
letters to wood discs.
Now we are ready to finish!
Run a bead of glue down one side of letter…or along the
desired edge for your particular letter.
Place letters over glue and here is a tip…
Use your paint bottles to hold in place while drying.
Cut lengths of magnetic tape to fit your letter. Peel off
backing and stick to the back.
Finished…fun and all you!
Here is what
you will need to get started:
FolkArt® Acrylic Paint – 938 Licorice, 901 Wicker White
FolkArt® Extreme Glitter™ - 2796 Hologram, 2797 Black
Mod Podge® Gloss – CS11205
Black and white scrapbook paper
Wood/paper Mache letter (mine was 6 ½” tall, but use a
bigger one to fit your name)
2mm foam sheets – lime green, turquoise, hot pink, orange
½” flat brush
Scalloped pinking shears
1 ¼” wood discs
1 1/8” wood letters
Small paper cup
Adhesive backed magnetic tape
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Teaching Thursdays: Upcycled Initial Necklaces
By: Candie Cooper - To see more of Candie's crafts check out her blog, Candie Cooper's Journal.I'm always asked for ideas on making jewelry with kids. It's not always easy, with the small parts. However, this is a quick and easy jewelry project you can make with kids in about an hour. My favorite thing is that they are made with recycled poker chips as the base and letters that come in a large pack. That means you can make one for you, your friend, your friend's friend and grandma. Initial necklaces for everyone!You will need: Folk Art Paint, wood letters (see below for source), colorful wood beads with large holes, cord, Mod Podge, washers, scissors, multi-purpose adhesive, funky paper and poker chips. The second hand stores are filled with poker chips for next to nothing by the way.Paint your initial letter in whatever color you fancy. While that's drying...You can cut a circle from scrapbook or magazine print to go on top of your poker chip. Mod Podge the paper to the poker chip followed by the letter.Glue the washer to the back of the poker chip--take care that your initial is upright. If I were making these with a group of kids, I would do this step ahead of time so the glue was already dried. Fold a length of cord in half and thread the looped end through the washer. Poke the tails through the loop and pull, securing the cord to the pendant.String the beads however you like along the cords. Above are two different ideas for stringing. Knot the ends and slip over your head. No clasp needed. If you want it shorter, bows will suffice!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Web Wednesday: Boo Onesie
Kids of all ages should be able to get in on the Halloween fun. Don't leave your littlest one out. Here is a great Halloween project that they can wear. This cute onesie is so festive, and simple. You only need a few craft supplies, mainly FolkArt fabric paint, and a onesie. This project can be completed in no time flat. So what are you waiting for? Get your infant in the Halloween spirit, and put this on him or her. Happy 1st Halloween! Click here to learn how to make this craft project.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Kids Summer Wind chime
There is still a little bit of an Indian Summer going on in certain parts of the country, so I wanted to share this summer themed wind chime with you. This is a great craft to make for the kids. It can be a great keepsake to remember the family vacation to the beach this summer. See below for step-by-step instructions on how to create this fun kids summer wind chime.
Apple Barrel Paints:
20226 Petunia Purple
21185 Parrot Blue
20588 Pumpkin Orange
20513 Bright Yellow
Plaid 1 ¼” Spouncer 1534
Plaid ¾” Spouncer 1536
Small round brush
1/2” flat brush
2 – 3 ½” clay pots
1 – 4” clay pot
4 – ½” wooden beads
1 -1” wooden bead
5 – Seashells
Extra fine Permanent Black Marker
waves and sun on one of the 3 ½” clay pots using Laguna and Bright Yellow.
Paint the second 3 ½” pot with Laguna
the bottom of the 4” clay pot with Ecru and then add the Laguna at the top.
make the fish, use the a large and small spouncer dipped in Parrot Blue, Pumpkin Orange and Petunia Purple.
4. Paint the lips, fins and tail with small round
eyes to the fish with the end of the ½” brush dipped in white.
the bubbles with the end of the brushes. Make the eye with the black permanent
seaweed with round brush in Parakeet.
8. Paint one
½” ball Pumpkin Orange and the larger one Laguna. 9. Assemble by folding the twine in half. Tie a knot around the center of folded
twine. Feed the folded end through one
½” ball and then the 4” pot. Repeat the
same steps for the other two pots. Add the
ball at the top and tie a knot.
a knot for the larger ball to hang. Add
ball and then tie another knot. Cut
pieces of the twine so that the length
is the same length between the bottom of the last pot hanging and the large
shells to one end of the twine and the other end to the underside of pot. Glue
the largest shell to the end of the
twine that goes though all of the pots.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Monday Funday: Halloween Treat Boxes
Kids always need a place to store their candy, and I know some of you adults do too. With Halloween right around the corner you are going to need something your kids can put their candy in. Why not create these cute Halloween treat boxes? These were created by one of our talented designers, Connie Lanham. These adorable boxes are very easy to make. Just break out the Mod Podge and some FolkArt paint colors to get started. For more Halloween project ideas check out Plaid online. See below to find out the supplies, and instructions on how to make these spooktacular boxes. Click here to find all the supplies needed to create this project in one place.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Apple Orchard, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Perfect Purple, 2 oz.
- All Night Media ® Embellishments - Pop Dots™ Micro
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Licorice, 2 oz.
- Plaid ® Wood Surfaces - Letter Packs - Cursive
- Mod Podge ® Sparkle, 8 oz.
- Mod Podge ® Hard Coat, 8 oz.
Small wood boxes with lids
Halloween scrapbook sheets
1. Paint each box inside and out a different color: Apple Orchard, Licorice and Perfect Purple, let dry.
2. Use pencil to trace shape of lid on to scrapbook paper. Cut out shapes.
3. Cut a strip of paper to fit around each box.
4. Using Gloss Mod Podge adhere the papers to the lids and boxes, let dry. Apply second coat, let dry.
5. Paint Wood Letters, let dry.
6. Attach letters to top of boxes with Pop Dots.
7. Apply 1 to 2 coats of Sparkle Mod Podge to lid and box, let dry.
8. Glue Wiggly eyes to boxes.
Friday, September 09, 2011
Freelance Friday: Halloween Pennant Banner
Can you believe that we are already approaching the second weekend in September? Wow time is flying, and before you know it, Halloween will be here. In case you are still looking for some kid friendly Halloween crafts to create, here is a suggestion we found online recently. Try creating this Halloween pennant banner. This project was created by Fat Cat Creations. It is very unique, and a great Halloween project to make. Click here to see how this was made.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Teaching Thursdays: Sweet Treat Jars
By: Candie Cooper - To see more crafts from Candie please visit her blog, Candie Cooper's Journal.I have a stash of jars all washed and waiting for just the right project. It's not a crazy big pile, but maybe a dozen ranging from salsa to spaghetti, olives and baby food. I use them to hold water for swishing paint brushes, holding beads and trims. I like the way things look in clear jars. Today's project is a treat of sorts so let's take a look!Painting on glass, you'll need a few colors of Folk Art Enamels. Even though they are made for glass and ceramic surfaces, they are still waterbase and non-toxic and that means safe for kids. They also come in tons of colors, even metallics. I'm also using a tiny liner paint brush and a spouncer that is normally used for stenciling.Clean the glass surface with alcohol before painting. Also, only paint where food will not touch (in other words, don't paint inside the jar). Dip the spouncer in paint, blot some of it off to the side and make a polka dot on the glass.Use the end of the paint brush to make tiny polka dots in the centers of the large polka dots.Trace the lid around some fun paper and cut out. You can use Mod Podge to secure the paper to the top of the lid. Follow it up by hot gluing a ribbon around the edge of the jar.
You can also add a stack of buttons to the top.
Fill the jar with sweet treats (I may have eaten a jelly bean or two on this step) and it's finished!
These are great for party favors, gifts for teachers, or just to make for yourself!
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.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Monday Funday: Popsicle Stick Jewelry Tree
Girl Popsicle stick jewelry tree by: Sherri Ragsdale
This is a beginner skill level craft, and good for kids to
make. This project should take between 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.Supplies Needed:
Large green Styrofoam cone, Bag of Popsicle sticks, Glue, Buttons,
Felt, Flat large brush, Small flat brushInstructions:
Apple Barrel Paints: 20251 Pink Parfait, 20595 Concord
Grape, 20561 Orange,
20513 Bright Yellow, 20504 Black, 20774 Aquamarine
1. Base-coat the cone
with aquamarine. While drying make the limbs of tree by snapping the stick in
two and gluing together.
2. Once the glue has
dried, paint the limbs aquamarine. Glue into the tree.
3. To make the
flowers snap off 1" pieces from the ends of the stick and glue together by
4. Paint each flower Orange, Bright Yellow,
Concord Grape and Pink Parfait. Allow to
5. Cut out circles
from felt and glue behind the flower.
Cut out two leaves from green felt and glue to the back of the
felt. Glue each flower to the tree.
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.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Teaching Thursdays: Traveling Memories Frame
By: Candie Cooper - To learn more about Candie visit her blog, Candie's JournalIt was my grandparents who hooked me on travel at an early age. Each summer we took a big trip for a week. We went to president's homes, museums, orchestra concerts, the zoo, Washington DC, Philly. I am so lucky to have experienced such adventures with them. I can still remember making a pit stop at a rest area and the cooler packed in the back of the trunk with Diet Coke, Dixie Cups, ice in baggies and donuts. Wonderful. Maybe you took a trip this summer? If so, I've got a special "Travel Memories" frame for you. This frame focuses around my trip to California in January. Yours can be about one trip, or special memories throughout the year. You can add as you go...This is an awesome frame because the border is actually cork, so you can tack up tickets and whimsies around the focal picture.Round up (or start saving) tickets, maps, menus, etc....Paint the frame however you like! If you've seen my posts before, you know I love a striped border! Add a touch of sparkle (in this case Hollywood glam) over your cork with Extreme Glitter. There are tons of Extreme Glitter colors. I used Hologram because, well, it's my favorite.Nothing says travel like a map! Cut wavy strips of your favorite streets around the area you were in and Mod Podge them along the sides of the frame.Put a picture or collage on the inside of the frame, then tack your souvenirs and ephemera around the edge. Voila', the rest is history! I think it's always a good idea to surround yourself with happy memories in your home.
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