Friday, August 31, 2012
Freelance Friday: DIY Pearlized Summer Serving Tray
Happy Friday! With the Labor Day holiday approaching do you have any cookout or entertaining plans? If you do, then you might want to consider creating a serving tray. Trays are great when hosting an event. Not only can they be used to carry things around, they can also serve as extra decor. Take this pearlized summer serving tray created with Mod Podge. Sarah from Sarah's Cucina Bella made this tray using one of the newest Mod Podge formulas, Kid's Washout. This tray project is perfect for kids of any age to make. It is very easy and can be completed in just under an hour. To see how Sarah made this click here.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Teaching Thursday: Out of this World Solar System
Experience real science with a hands-on project
you can do at home! It may be a little early to begin thinking about science
projects, but it never hurts to brainstorm a few ideas. With the kids back in school
before you know it, it will be time to learn about the solar system. Here is a
project you can help your kids create. It is educational and fun at the same
time. This project was created using FolkArt texture paint. Bring the planets
to life with this back to school project. If your kids do use this as a
homework assignment, it is sure to receive an A+.
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - Sea Mist, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Texture
Paint - Glow-in-the-Dark, 4 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors
- Lavender, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - Calypso Sky, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - Tangerine, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Artists
Pigments™ - Red Light, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - Grass Green, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Artists
Pigments™ - Cobalt Blue, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic
Colors - Lemon Custard, 2 oz.
Two 1½” wood disks
One 4” STYROFOAM™ Ball-cut in half
Two 3” STYROFOAM™ Balls-cut in half
Two 2½” STYROFOAM™ Balls-cut in half
14”x20” piece of black foam board
¾” flat brush
White craft glue
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Web Wednesday: How to Paint an Old Fashioned Cupcake Sign
I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to a change of the season. With fall coming sooner than later, I am looking forward to baking. For me baking is a seasonal activity. I don't do it much in the spring and summer months, but fall and winter months my kitchen smells of sugar and spice. Get your little ones in the mood by creating this adorable cupcake sign. After you make the sign, have your kids help you make some actual cupcakes. Molly from Just a Little Creativity created this sign using Apple Barrel and FolkArt paints. To see how this sign was created click here for the tutorial.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Tuesday Tutorial: Doodled Laptop Bag
By Candie Cooper - To see more from Candie visit her blog, Candie Cooper's Journal
Put your notebook, laptop or craft supplies in this awesome
case! Here's what you need to make it:
Canvas pouch, Apple Barrel acrylic paint in desired colors
or Folk Art fabric paint, Glo Away (glow in the dark paint), zebra Duck
Tape sheets, scissors and a paint brush.
Add dashes with neon orange Apple Barrel paint around
the pouch. This is so easy! What I love most is how the brush
marks look on the textured canvas.
Cut strips of Duck Tape using the grid on the back to
fit on the outer green pouch. You could also cut out a shape with
scissors or even a die cut machine.
Since this surface isn't too paintable, the tape was a
good solution. I love the patterns, but you could use solid tape
Add ribbon ties to the loops on the zipper for pull tabs. To keep the ribbon from fraying, apply a little Mod Podge to the
For a little zing, outline some of the dashes in Glo Away
to make you bag glow in the dark!
Ready for school, work, or even better---play!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Monday Funday: Fun Personalized Clipboard
It's the start of a new week, and with the kids
continuing to head back to school for a new year we wanted to help you create
some fun back to school supplies. Homework will be more fun with this
personalized clipboard. Debbie Saenz designed this clipboard using Mod
Podge and FolkArt hi-shine glaze. A clipboard is something that can always come
in handy, your kids can use it, and as a parent you can use it too. Add an
additional touch of personalization to this project by using a wood letter.
This way everyone will know whose creative board this is. Enjoy!
Mod Podge –
CS11302, FolkArt Hi-Shine Glaze - 784, FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 2587 Look At Me
letter, 2 pieces of coordinating scrapbook papers, Ribbon, Orange spray paint,
Hot glue, Pencil, Paintbrush, Sandpaper
1. Spray clip with orange spray paint (If
possible remove clip from clipboard). Allow to dry.
2. Use clipboard as a template to cut
scrapbook paper. Cut one paper to cover top two thirds of board and one to
cover bottom third.
3. Adhere paper with Mod Podge. Smooth out
any bubbles. Allow to dry.
4. Sand away any paper extending the edges of
the clipboard with sandpaper.
5. Seal clipboard with a coat of Mod Podge.
Allow to dry.
6. Paint wood letter with Look At Me Blue.
Set aside to dry.
7. Spray clipboard with a coat of Hi-Shine
Glaze. Allow to dry.
8. Attach clip to clipboard.
9. Adhere letter to
clip with hot glue and tie on ribbons.
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.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Teaching Thursday: Jean Pocket Notebook
Notebooks are a must have back to
school supply for any student, but instead of having a traditional looking
notebook here is a unique one to try. Recycle a pair of old jeans and make a
really cool notebook any girl would love. Debbie Saenz designed this adorable
and creative project. Your little girl will be the envy of her friends at
school when they see it. It is simple to make, and a perfect project for a
beginner. See a full list of supplies needed and the project instructions
Mod Podge Matte – CS11302,
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 652
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 901 Wicker
Composition notebook, Jean pocket
and strip of jean from an old pair of jeans, Floral scrapbook paper,
Coordinating scrapbook paper, Flower embellishment, Button, Rhinestones, Velvet
ribbon, Hot glue, Sandpaper, Pencil, and Paintbrush
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Web Wednesday: DIY Magnetic Mouse Trap Clips
Back to school time can quickly become a crucial time of year to get organized. Between the papers and school supplies there can many things to take into consideration, on how to organize. Well we found one way to get a better handle on organizing smaller papers, these DIY Magnetic Mouse Trap Clips. Over on the blog, Hoosier Homemade, Liz created these cute and practical trap clips. To create this project Liz used many new Mod Podge products, including the antique matte formula, 3D adhesive mounts, and papers. To see how you can create your own clips click here. Happy organizing!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Tuesday Tutorial: Butterfly Bookmarker Clip
Is your young scholar in need
of a bookmark? If so, try creating this one designed by Kindra Boroff.
Bookmarks are usually always on the back to school shopping list, but I bet you
can’t find one in the stores as cute as this one. What really makes this bookmark
so unique is that its base is a made using a clothespin. The clothespin allows
the reader to clip the page they would like to hold in place. It is very simple
to make, and uses tons of fun and vibrant FolkArt paint colors. This is a craft
perfect for all ages that will only take up to an hour to finish. Happy
Paint-2574 Brilliant Pink
437 Lipstick Red
12 small wood
circles, 1-1 ¼” wood circle, 1-2” wood oval, 4- 2” wood teardrops, 1- 1 ½” wood
oval, 4-1” wood teardrops, Turquoise felt, 3/8” orange and white polka dot
grosgrain ribbon, 3/8” aqua satin ribbon, Metal alligator clip, Clean spray
bottle, Hot glue, Script liner, 1” flat brush, Aluminum foil, Baking sheet,
Oven, Dowel rods, Clothespins, Scissors.
oven to 275. Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil. Wrap the ribbon around
the dowel rods and hold in place with the clothespins. Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove the ribbon from the dowel rod when it is completely cooled.
the large circle, small teardrops and oval with Brilliant Pink. Apply several
coats of Fuchsia Extreme Glitter, allowing to dry between coats.
the small oval with Pure Orange. Apply several coats of Orange Extreme Glitter.
the large teardrops with Wicker White.
Individually mix Brilliant Pink, Pure Orange and Aqua with water. Add to
the teardrops and lightly spray with water. Mix the paint to create a tie dye
all but two of the small circles with Aqua. When dry, paint Aqua Extreme
Glitter on the circles. Paint the remaining two with Lipstick Red.
glue the pieces together as shown, creating a butterfly.
drop of hot glue to the top of the alligator clip and wrap the aqua ribbon
around the front of the clip. You may need to add a few drops of glue as you go
to keep the ribbon from slipping. Glue ribbon swirls to the top of the back
section of the clip and repeat the steps to wrap the back section of the clip
two shorter pieces of the curled ribbon and glue to the back of the head for
antennas. Glue the butterfly to a piece of felt and trim the edges.
two eyes and a smile with Licorice. Hot glue the butterfly to the clip as
Monday, August 20, 2012
Monday Funday: Bottle Cap Flower Backpack Tag
Happy Monday! To
help you start the week off on a good note, here is a creative way to identify
your kid’s backpack. Backpack tags are nothing new, but with this project
created by Kindra Boroff you and your kids can now create your own tags. This
project is so simple and fun. You will need some FolkArt paints, and Mod Podge
to make this project. Let your backpack standout by creating this tag. Below
are the supplies you will need, and the instructions to make this bottle cap
flower tag. Enjoy!
Paint-1614 Engine Red
1610 Wicker White
1661 Lemon Custard
13 metal bottle
caps, Red felt, Brown Felt,1” lanyard clip, Silver metal chain, 2 wood circles,
Silver jump ring, Pliers, Scissors, 1” flat, Drill with a small drill bit, Hot
hammer one bottle cap so that the crimped edges fan out. Using pliers, bend the
edges of the remaining bottle cap under leaving one side out to create a petal.
a small hole into the top of one of the petals
the petals and the center bottle cap with Wicker White. Paint the petals Engine
the center bottle cap and one wood circle with Lemon Custard.
the end of a brush handle and Wicker White, add polka dots to the petals.
glue red felt to the back of the petals and trim.
glue six petals to the unpainted wood circle. Repeat with the remaining six,
layering on the top first petals. Hot glue the yellow cap into the center. Cut
a circle out of brown felt and hot glue to the unfinished circle on the back.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Freelance Friday: DIY Botanical Print Bracelet
Happy Friday! The workweek is over and
the weekend is here, hooray. Any crafting plans this weekend? If not, this
floral DIY botanical bracelet is something you should have your tween or teen
create. Girls of all ages love bracelets. This project was discovered on the
craft blog, Bromeliad. Create this bracelet using the new Mod Podge podgeable
shapes, and dimensional magic. If your tween or teen is new to jewelry
crafting, this is a great project for them to try. It is a beginner level craft
that is not only cute but also stylish.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Teaching Thursday: Pinto Pony School Supply
With school back in session
many art and craft classes maybe looking for some in class projects to create.
This Pinto Pony is a great choice, and utilizes several school supplies. Julie
Lewis, a designer here at Plaid, created this adorable project. Below are all
the supplies you will need for this craft. Click here to view the instructions,
and have your students create this project soon.
® Extreme Glitter™ - Red, 2 oz.
® Artists Pigments™ - Pure Black, 2 oz.
® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz.
½” flat brush
5 – Toilet paper tubes (or 1 wrapping paper tube cut into 4 ½” lengths)
1 – Salt container
1 – Child’s shoebox
7/8” wide grosgrain ribbon – red and black
Black construction paper
2 – 25mm wiggly eyes
2 – 1 ¼” turquoise buttons
4 – ½” turquoise buttons
Red foam sheet – 8 ½” x 3’
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.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Tuesday Tutorial: Piggy Pen Holder
Create this unique Piggy Pen Holder with Mod
Podge. Your desk will be so whimsical; you just might look forward to doing
homework! Laura Bray created this great back to school project. This is a
beginner level craft that will take up to 2 hours to create. This project is
simple, however kids should not do this without some parental supervision. In
order to fit the pencils in the pig, holes will need to be drilled and this is
definitely not something a child should do. Below are all the supplies you will
need, along with their instructions. To see more creative project by Laura
visit her blog here.
Paper mache pig,
Foam paintbrush, Fabric scraps, Power drill and bit
your fabric scraps into small pieces.
a brush, apply Mod Podge to pig and then smooth the fabric scraps onto the
the entire surface of the pig is covered with fabric, apply a light coat of Mod
Podge over the entire covered surface.
Allow to dry and then apply a second coat.
on the size of the pig, figure out how many holes you can place for pen
holders. When the pig is completely dry,
carefully drill holes into the center of the back of the pig. Use a drill bit that is the same size as the
pens or pencils you want to place in the pen holder. Make sure the whole go all the way
any rough edges down, and put pens and pencils into holder.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Monday Funday: Mason Bug Jar
A few days ago, at a family picnic, two cicadas decided
to join the conversation around the picnic table. This amused my
nephew because just days earlier, he asked his mom what cicadas looked
like (because he only finds the shells). If only we had this bug
jar so we could've taken a closer look!
You will need some Mod Podge (have you seen the new "wash
out" formula?!), netting/tule, a jar with canning ring/lid, green
tissue paper or cupcake liner, bug stickers, raffia, and a paint brush.
Cut around the cupcake liners to make an edge of grass. Cut zig zags at the top to make it look extra grassy!
Use Mod Podge to adhere the grass and bug embellishments.
Set aside to dry.
Lay the tule over the top of the jar and trim leaving
a 1 to 2" border. Twist the ring onto the jar and tie a piece
of raffia around the ring.
You can add a stone and leaf to create a more natural
setting for your bug to perch. Remember to let the bugs go once you've
gotten a good look!
Friday, August 10, 2012
Freelance Friday: Handprint shopping bag
Happy Friday :) The week is over, and for many kids they have just completed their first week back to school. If you are looking for something to occupy their time and hands over the weekend, then check out this handprint shopping bag. Isn't this bag adorable? Not only is it cute, it is green. Use this bag when grocery shopping, or to carry snacks to football games. This project uses Mod Podge and Apple Barrel paints. We discovered this project on the blog, 100 Directions. Jen Goode created this fun craft that your kids are sure to love. Handprints by the way are one of the hottest kid's crafting trends. Several projects are being created utilizing kids hands and feet. For a full list of supplies needed, and to see step-by-step instructions click here.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Teaching Thursday: Back to School Bulletin Boards
By Candie Cooper - To see more projects by Candie visit her blog Candie Cooper's Journal
The notebooks are being bought and the pencils sharpened.
It's back to school time! Here's a fun bulletin board project
to make with your kids or as a treat for your favorite teacher.
You will need Folk Art Paints in your favorite colors,
stencil spouncers, paint brushes, ribbon and button embellishments and
cork boards (owl and dog are from Target).
Base coat the board in desired color(s).
Spouncers make the perfect polka-dots. Especially
on this owl's belly!
Use a tiny paint brush to paint the beak and stripes around
the eyes. Use thick tacky glue to adhere the buttons.
Ta-da! Use Extreme Glitter to add a touch of sparkle
like I did for the dog bulletin board. Before I forget, it's a good
idea to spray a coat of varnish to protect the paint before using.
For the dog, I painted the glitter directly onto the cork
(no base coating!) and added a ribbon collar and button dog tag. The
boards are light enough, you could add a few magnets and stick them in
This little fella is ready for my mom's office at school.
She's going to love his orange and black school spirit!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Web Wednesday: Kids-Can-Make Mod Podge Magnets
One of the easiest projects kids can create is a magnet. Luckily with Mod Podge, making magnets can be quick and easy. We recently debuted tons of new Mod Podge products this summer, all of which make crafting with Mod Podge more exciting. Have your kids try out some of these new items, but creating these mod podge magnets. Jill from Made it on Monday had her kids make the magnets above. This is a great school project for teachers to have their students create, or have your kids make these after school. Have your kids create a personalized magnet with their names on it. To see how Jill made this project click here, and leave a comment below if you have made any magnet projects lately.
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.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Monday Funday: Wise Owl Assignment Notebook
and for many kids it is the first day of school. High
school kids are busy keeping track of the latest new fashions, rock bands,
homework and friends and this personalized notebook is perfect place for
jotting down notes. Have your kids go back to school in style with a project
they have created.
Mod Podge ® Glitter -
Hologram Gold, 8 oz.
Hardcover spiral notebook
1 sheet owl themed scrapbook paper
Velvet ribbon scrap
White craft glue
Trim the scrapbook
paper to fit on the cover of the notebook.
Attach the paper to
the notebook cover using a thin coat of Mod Podge. Apply Mod Podge to the
cover. Allow to dry in between coats.
Use craft glue to attach
a strip of velvet ribbon down the side of the notebook and to attach a
chipboard letter to the lower front side. Clip a paper clamp to the top to
attach notes to the inside of the notebook.
Friday, August 03, 2012
Freelance Friday: Mod Podge Vintage Map Balls
With the kids about to go back to school, or those that have already started school, here is a great fun project your kids can create using maps. Maps are wonderful learning tools. In a world where we have access to GPS tools, many kids don't really spend the time examining maps. This project is not only easy to make, but it is educational. All your will need to create this project is some Mod Podge, and local or world maps. Mary Lynn Maloney designed this project. We found this project on the craft blog, Crafts n Coffee. Use these map balls as home decor items, or even turn them into ornaments. To see step by step instructions on how to create this fun project click here.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Teaching Thursdays: Good morning, Sunshine!
By Candie Cooper - Visit Candie's blog Candie Cooper's Journal to see more cool projects
I'm a sucker for anything with
corrugated metal including this flower hanger. I usually steer clear of
blank surfaces like this because I'm scared to death to write letters with a paintbrush.
You too? I have a trick for you then.
You will need a flower sign, Folk Art
acrylic paint, Folk Art Enamel paint, felt flower embellishment, multi-purpose
adhesive, buttons, paint brushes and trim. You might also need some Folk
Art outdoor sealer.
FA enamel paints are good for ceramic
and metal surfaces. You can paint just the center or the entire flower.
Now for the lettering... Find
some large rubber stamp letters in the scrapbook section of the craft store and
a clear acrylic block to hold the letters. Paint the blank wood surface
however you like--I suggest a lighter color underneath the letters. Spell
out WELCOME with the letters. Spread some paint over a paper plate and
dip the stamp block in. Stamp letters onto sign (you may have to do this
in two parts). Optionally you can seal the sign with a clear varnish to
Finish by gluing some embellishments to
the center of the flower and maybe some pom-pom trim to the bottom of the sign.
With the first day of school right around the corner, this would make a
good teacher gift also.
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
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