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Celebrate Nature - Colorful Tissue Paper Suncatchers . Hang a colorful suncatcher in your window all year round! Get creative with different shapes and colors. Materials: Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue® Freezer paper Pencil Scissors Fishing line 18” square Cardboard, Assorted colors of...
This mosaic feathered friend will make a perfect trivet or tray for your breakfast. Remember, the early bird gets the worm! Materials: • 1 package each 3/4” Jennifer’s Mosaic™ Tile Mixes: Desert, Fire • 1 package each 3/4” Jennifer’s Mosaic™ Tiles: Green, White • package Mosaic Glass Nippers or Tile Nippers • Sponge • Mosaic Adhesive • Newspaper • 12” x 12” acrylic or chipboard surface • Optional: grout, colorant, bowl, spoon, latex gloves, spatula, soft cloth Steps: 1. Prepare surface to be mosaiced by cleaning it and removing any oil. Wood surfaces can be slightly sanded. To create the mosaic panel use 12” square chipboard available at hardware and home suppliers. 2. Lay newspaper over the working area. If grouting, also have a disposable bowl, rubber gloves, spatula and sponge. 3. Modify design to fit the surface. Pattern can be reduced or enlarged to fit any flat surface. 4. Transfer design to work surface using carbon paper. 5. Work in sections, begin with the main subject, nip tile to fit pattern guidlines. Use the photo of the finished project for color and tile shape reference. Featured project was not grouted. If you wish to grout your project, leave 1/8” spacing between tiles. Cut tiles over a wide, empty, shallow box or bowl to collect tile shards. 6. Once you have nipped the tile to fit a particular section, apply adhesive to the textured side of the tile and apply, adhesive side down, onto the surface. If making a project for outdoors be sure to use waterproof adhesive. Repeat nipping and gluing application until design is complete. Let project dry for 24 hours. 7. No grouting is needed to achieve the look of the featured panel. However, if you evenly space tile 1/8” apart when gluing, this should leave enough room for grout. 8. To apply grout, mix according to package directions, consistency should be equal to oatmeal. 9. Grout can not be saved so mix as needed. Be creative ‐ experiment with colored grouts or color your own grout with Jennifer’s Mosaics™ Colorants. Spread grout over project with a spatula or by hand wearing latex gloves. Make sure that every space is filled. Remove excess grout with a moist sponge. 10. Wipe off the grout haze with a cloth, buff and shine tiles. Allow grout to dry. A sealer may be used to keep grout clean and protected. If the piece is to be used outdoors a transparent sealer is recommended to protect it from humidity. 11. If making a panel, finish piece with your favorite frame, hang and enjoy the compliments. By: Diamond Tech
Help Mom stay organized with a personalized recycled mail station ‐ showcase her favorite flowers and reuse an old CD. This project makes for a great mother's day gift or birthday present for a mom or another busy lady in your life. Materials: • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: o Heart, 6" x 1" • Three or four recycled compact discs • Floral fabric "fat quarter" (from quilting department) • Coordinating silk flowers, two small bunches • Serrated knife • Paraffin or candle stub • Scissors • Wide flat paintbrush • Ruler • Paper towels • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks • White, thick craft glue Steps: 1. Cut three or four 5 1/2" squares from fabric. For each CD, spread thin layer of white glue over label side and smooth a fabric square over glue; let dry and trim excess. 2. Cut two 1 1/2" x 12" strips from fabric. Glue fabric strips around edge of foam heart, overlapping as needed. Clip corners and fold excess fabric to bottom; glue to secure. Note: If desired, trace heart onto wrong side of fabric and cut out; glue to bottom of heart. 3. To make inserting discs easier, first cut 3/8"‐deep, equally‐spaced parallel grooves into top of foam heart. Cut straight down, not at an angle. Apply thin line of white glue along each CD slit and press discs 1/2" to 3/4" deep into slit. 4. Glue silk flower bunch to each side of discs as shown.
Cookie/Snack Tins - Pearly Treasure Tins . Recycle old metal tins with spray paint, trims, and decoupage images to create pretty containers for giving holiday treats. Materials: • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer ‐ Gray (#51318) • Krylon Make It Pearl!® Pearlescent Paint ‐ Sheer Pearl (#1207) • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Paint ‐ Choice of 3 colors • Krylon Leafing Pens ‐ Color of choice • Cut paper images (Artifacts Decoupage Scrap Art rabbits and flowers used in photo) • Assorted trimmings: Silk flowers, lace trims, Easter grass, decorative wooden eggs, small straw hat, ribbons • Metal Tins • Medium grit sandpaper • Scissors • Glue gun and glue sticks • White craft glue • Drop cloth or newspaper Steps: 1. Clean tins and remove any excess tape around the seal areas at the top of the tin and on the lid. Gently sand any area with excess printing or advertising with medium grit sandpaper to help eliminate any show‐through. 2. Cover work area with newspaper or drop cloth. 3. Prime tins with two coats of Krylon® Primer. Allow to dry. This creates a soft matte surface and better adhesion for the top coat color. 4. Spray tins with three coats of Indoor/Outdoor paint in your choice of color. Allow to dry slightly between coats. A thin application in multiple layers works best. Allow final coat to thoroughly dry. 5. Spray tins with one coat of Make it Pearl! paint. Allow to thoroughly dry. 6. Apply seasonal cut paper images with white glue. Secure lace trims with white craft glue as well. 7. Add silk flowers, Easter grass and decorative wooden eggs using hot melt glue and glue gun. The small straw hat and flowers were also secured with hot glue. 8. Decorative patterns and swirls, as seen on the green tin, can be added with any color Leafing Pen.
Do it yourself Halloween crafts in only five easy steps. Hang a ribbon wreath on your door to add some color and holiday spirit. Bring it out every year for some great Halloween cheer. Materials: • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: o Wreath, Round Face, 12" x 2‐1/2" x 1" • Black ultra‐fine glitter • Black; orange pony beads, one package each • Foam‐safe black spray paint • Ribbon, 1‐1/4" wide: black grosgrain, 1 yd.; sheer orange, gold, black wire‐edged, 5 yds. each • Wire or thin black ribbon, 6" length • Scissors • Wooden skewer • Ruler • Low‐temp glue gun and glue sticks • Thick, white craft glue • Optional: Large cardboard box Instructions: 1. If desired, place foam wreath inside large cardboard box outdoors or in well‐ventilated area. Spray paint wreath black; sprinkle with glitter while wet. Let dry completely. 2. Tie grosgrain ribbon into a bow with tails; set aside. Cut approximately twenty 4" lengths from each sheer ribbon color; cut more as needed to fill out wreath shape. 3. Apply dot of glue to opening of a black pony bead; immediately insert one end of a sheer black ribbon length through hole until tight. Let dry; trim excess ribbon above bead. Repeat to bead all black and gold ribbons black; bead all orange ribbons orange. Let dry. 4. Refer to photo to join beaded ribbon lengths to wreath. Beginning just inside wreath opening, dot wreath with glue and use wooden skewer to push free end of one ribbon length into foam. Continue adding ribbons in concentric circles around wreath, cutting and beading more ribbons as needed. Offset ribbons slightly from circle to circle. 5.Use fingers to bend ribbon lengths toward outside edge of wreath as shown. Twist wire ends, or knot thin ribbon ends, together to create hanging loop. Glue ends into center top back of wreath. By: Kathleen George
Use a clay pot to create this adorable bat wind chime for Halloween. Welcome trick‐or‐treaters to your home with this fun Halloween accent. Materials: • Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™ • Drill with 1/8” drill bit • 2” diameter wooden ball • 4‐1/4” diameter clay pot • Acrylic paint: black, orange, lime • Paintbrush • Pop‐up craft sponge • Waxed paper • Dimensional paint: white, black, pink, green, orange • Small wind chimes • Black craft foam • 9” (5/8” wide) orange ribbon • Pattern Instructions: Drill hole through wooden ball. Paint ball and clay pot black. Let dry. Transfer triangle pattern to pop up sponge and cut 2. Dip each into water to expand and wring out excess water. Pour separate puddles of orange and lime paints onto waxed paper. Dip each sponge into 1 color of paint and blot excess paint on side of waxed paper. Continue to blot until color is evenly distributed on sponge. Do not oversaturate the sponge. Press sponge on rim of pot and lift. Alternate colors. Let design dry. Wash sponge thoroughly and store for future use. Paint face on wooden ball. Let dry. Apply glue to top of windchimes. Working from inside pot, thread wind chimes hanger through hole in bottom of pot. Pull wind chimes up to pot and glue in place. Let dry. Thread wind chimes hanger through hole in wooden ball head, working from bottom to top and pushing head down onto pot bottom. Glue head in place on pot. Let dry. Transfer patterns to foam and cut 1 wings and 2 ears. Trim bottom edge of each ears to fit curve of head. Glue ears in place on head. Let dry. Referring to photo, paint inner ears and details on wings with orange dimensional paint. Let dry. Glue wings to back of pot. Tie ribbon into bow. Glue bow to front of pot, just below head. Let dry. Heidi’s tip: Practice stamping design on side of waxed paper several times before stamping onto pot. If your design doesn’t stamp in its entirety on bag, simply load sponge with paint again, re‐align stamp and re‐stamp design. Also, remember when using dimensional paint that you continue to shake the bottle contents down to avoid air bubbles while applying.