Faux Wicker Clay Technique Polymer Clay

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Faux Wicker

Faux Wicker Clay Technique is one of my favorite ways to use polymer clay.  You can give it as many looks as real wicker.  I also happen to love the look of sunflowers.  They lend themselves fall decorating.  Personally I like flowers any time of the year and you will find a lot of my projects are flowers or have flowers in or on them.  So get our your clay and have fun making flowers to decorate your faux wicker project.

Materials for Faux Wicker technique:

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow Hue
  • cornstarch
  • aluminum foil
  • paintbrush
  • recycled paper towel tube
  • scissors
  • paper towels

Tools for Faux Wicker Technique:

  • Polyform Sculpey Basic Shapes Mini Metal Cutters
  • Polyform Sculpey Tools: Clay Extruder, 5 in 1 Tool Kit, Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Polyform Sculpey Bake & Bond
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Honey Brown, Spicy Mustard, Bright Orange, Cadmium Red, Light Cinnamon
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven

Directions for Faux Wicker Technique:

1. Condition Burnt Umber clay and run through clay conditioning machine several times. Roll clay into tube and load into clay extruder. Extrude entire load of clay. Fold strand in half; twist clay around itself to 1/8″ width. Continue twisting until clay looks like rope.

2. Wrap aluminum foil around recycled paper tube; dust lightly with cornstarch. Wrap rope strand around foil tube four times, pressing pieces together lightly. Apply tiny dots of Bake & Bond; press together. Use chisel tip on tool to blend ends into rope. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.faux-wicker-4

3. While faux wicker pieces are baking and cooling, condition Cadmium Yellow Hue clay. On last pass through clay conditioning machine, set thickness to third thickest on machine. Place clay flat on work surface. Use leaf shape cutter to cut eight petals for each napkin ring. See Photo 1. Cut out center circle for each napkin ring. faux-wicker-clay-technique-niki-meiners-2

4. Pinch petal ends into points to shape. Squeeze ring of Bake & Bond on circle; press eight petals evenly faux-wicker-4spaced around circle. See Photo 2 and Photo 3. faux-wicker-clay-technique-niki-meiners-3

5. Cut Burnt Umber circle for flower center. Use detail tool to add random seed dots and create texture. Press flower center on center of each flower; spot glue with Bake & Bond if needed.faux-wicker-4

6. Apply Bake & Bond on top of cooled faux wicker napkin ring. Press flower on to napkin ring; return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool. faux-wicker-clay-technique-niki-meiners-4

7. On covered work surface, lightly paint wicker Honey Brown; wipe off excess paint. See Photo 5 and Photo 6. Lightly paint petals Spicy Mustard; wipe off excess paint.  Dry brush Bright Orange on center of petals and Cadmium Red on area close to flower center. Use tip of chisel tool dipped in Light Cinnamon to add tiny dots on petals. Paint flower center Light Cinnamon; wipe off excess with paper towel. Let dry. Remove napkin ring from paper tube.

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Tip

1. The softer the clay, the easier it is to extrude, so run clay several times through clay conditioning machine before beginning.

 

DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations

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My husbands family is German and we love to celebrate with an Oktoberfest Party.  We invited a few friends over to enjoy the good food, great drinks and have some wonderful conversations.  The party was a hit with decorations provided by Oriental Trading Company.   The food and the recipes were all mine.  Well almost mine,  I managed to get the Raspberry Beer Punch out of my husbands Great-Aunt Catherine a few years into our marriage.  You can find beer punch recipe here.  I also served his dad’s potato salad and you can get that recipe here.  The Beer Cheese Recipe is really all mine.

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We had a hot dog and sausage toppings bar with almost anything you could think to put on a bun with meat. I made curry wurst too.  Gary picked out a bunch of seasonal Oktoberfest beers.

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Our German Beer Girl was a hit.  Especially since she served shots of Apple Schnapps.  We decided to name her Hilde.

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Supplies for DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:

To make the DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:

  1. Trim off the edges of the pretzels as shown
  2. Cut a piece of ribbon to go around the throat of the bottle.
  3. Glue got the ribbon into place.
  4. Add a Glue Dot to the top and the bottom of the pretzel on the back side.
  5. Adhere to the front of the bottle covering the spot where the ribbon connects.

I chose to use Glue Dots because the hold firmly in place yet are easy to remove when you need it to come off.  The glue dots are easily removed from the glass bottle.  The bottles were used during the party for the lemonade served to the kids.  I wanted them to feel like the party was for them too. There were also fun little Duckies in Lederhosen hanging around the table.  I can almost guarantee that the duckies were in a bathtub floating around when they went home.

If you would like to see more of the party you can visit the Oriental Trading Company blog. If you are looking for another authentic dish to serve try the German Style Potato Salad or Beer Cheese Dip and for party decoration ideas try the Oktoberfest Party and for fun Party Favors

Make a Frankenstein Flag

Frankenstein Flag –  Let your Frank Flag Fly!  Make a Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein Flag or wall hanging.  You can make both in about 20 Minutes.   I chose to use Olyfun for its weather friendliness and it comes in precut 12×12 sheets.  The 12 inch square is a great size for crafting and I don’t have to worry about getting a straight edge.  It is water resistant so it is fine to use outside on a temporary basis.  This really is a fun, fast and easy craft to make with the kids or you can make them yourself and have fun being creative.  Then use them as a surprise and decorate your home.
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Supplies to make a Mr and Mrs. Frankenstein:

  • Olyfun Craft Sheets – Kiwi, Snow, Midnight, Cherry Red
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Glue Sticks or Cool Tool Glue
  • Ribbon and staples are optional

Instructions to Make Mr. Frankenstein and Mrs. Frankenstein:

  1. Select a base for their faces. I went with Kiwi Green
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  2. Cut a zig zag shape for their hair.  The shorter hair is for Mr. F and the longer Hair is for Mrs. F.  I also added a white streak through her hair. IMG_5739
  3. Cut eyes and eyebrows for each of the characters.  Glue them in a manor similar to the images shown. IMG_57374.  Mr. Frankenstein also got bolts to add to his details.  Attach a ribbon to hold the flags up.  I used staples because tI thought they would look more authentic on a Frankenstein.Mrs. Frankenstein Flag DIY-2

Make sure you click on the image above and find some really awesome Halloween craft ideas for your home, from the kitchen, for decorating anywhere.  There are fun crafts, spooky crafts and even a creepy craft.  Make your home a Happy Halloween palace.  My son is convinced November 1st should be a Federal Holiday so that kids can recover from the candy.

Make a Decorative Weighted Door Stop

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Make a weighted door stop that is weather friendly using  a washable fabric and Poly-Pellets and Polyfil fiberfill on the inside.  We live in a older home and the doors do not have springs and need to be held open when carrying items inside.   The weather does not always cooperate so I needed the door stop to be washable and also not too heavy and something that would not scratch the floor.  We used a rock for a little while but it was starting to leave marks.

The decorative door stop also doubles as a table cloth holder when we eat outside on the back patio.  I wanted a fabric that was pretty and durable so I chose a printed canvas.  The pattern I made on my own and will share a printable version with you too.

 

Materials use for Door Stop:

  1. Scissors
  2. Canvas fabric
  3. twill tape or ribbon
  4. Crafter’s Choice fiberfill stuffing 
  5. Poly-Pellets
  6. Sewing machine or needle and thread.
  7. Straight pins optional

Instructions for Door Stop:

  1. Cut 4 panels of fabric to the same shape.  I used a gothic arch that was hand drawn.
  2. Place two panels wrong sides together and sew on side from top to bottom. Repeat for next two panels. Pin if needed
  3. Place the newly sewn panels wrong side together and pin the twill tape at the top.
  4. Sew the two panels together along both sides.
  5. Measure the bottom opening and cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than needed.
  6. Turn piece wrong side out and pin the bottom piece of fabric to 3 of the 4 sides.
  7. Stuff the top two thirds or more with Polyfil.  Sew opening almost closed.  Leave an opening large enough for a funnel tip.
  8. Pour in PolyPellets and sew opening closed.

Now you have a weather friendly door stop that can be use all year long and looks pretty while you are using it.

 

 

giant porch spider for Halloween

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Spiders a spooky and creepy and you can greet trick-or-treaters with an oversized creepy arachnid! Plastic-foam and repurposed supplies make this budget-friendly, too. Plus the giant google eyes make it a whole lot less scary. Create a whole army of Spiders to decorate your yard.

Materials for Giant porch Spider

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Balls: 5”, 2-1/2”; scrap
  • Wire coat hangers, eight
  • Black fleece, 1 yd.
  • Wooden skewers, two
  • Wiggle eyes, 1”, two

Tools and supplies for Giant porch Spider

  • Heavy-duty wire cutters, pliers
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp Black, Primary Red
  • Beacon Adhesives: Premium Tacky Glue, Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • Scissors, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface), ruler or measuring tape

Directions to make a for Giant porch Spider

  1. Cut one skewer in half and insert end into smaller foam ball. Remove and place opposite end into larger foam ball. Spot glue ends of skewer and insert back into holes. Place remaining skewer into bottom of larger foam ball to use as handle when painting. On covered work surface, paint both balls Lamp Black. Insert skewer handle into scrap foam to hold in place while drying.
  2. Measure and cut eight 2”-wide strips of fleece. Unbend each wire hanger by twisting wire with pliers and lengthening into one long wire length. Form spider legs using photo and diagram as guides. Use wire cutters to trim legs if needed. Beginning at top of bended leg, wrap fleece strip around wire leg, leaving 4” of wire unwrapped on one end. Use fabric glue to adhere fleece every few inches, overlapping fleece on edges. Repeat process to bend and wrap all eight legs.
  3. Insert unwrapped ends of wire legs into large foam ball (body), with four on each side. Remove wire legs and generously apply tacky glue on ends; replace into holes. Let dry thoroughly.
  4. Paint hourglass shape on top of body Primary Red. Let dry.
  5. Adhere wiggle eyes to smaller foam ball (head) using tacky glue. Let dry.

Unicorn Rainbow birthday Party

20160717-IMG_3602_picmonkeyed copyMy baby girl turned 6 last week.  She asked for a Unicorn party.  I found the perfect paper supplies at Oriental Trading Company  and not only were the unicorns adorable there was a rainbow too.  My inner 80’s child was so happy to combine two of my favorites and my daughters too – Rainbows and Unicorns.  We went with a rainbow food theme and that was very easy to do with fresh fruits and vegetables plus a few colorful sweet treats like rainbow marshmallow pops and rainbow cupcakes. (OTC is also a client of mine and provided supplies for the party.)
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The birthday girl was very pleased with her party.   We decked the main table out in everything rainbow that we could think of.  We listed off ideas together and she came up with a few more but we had to set some limits.  Plus there was no way I was making 8 cups of Jello in 7 colors.  It was NOT happening and I have not had luck with layering colored Jello. (You might have seen layered rainbow cups on Pinterest.)  Last time I tried that my was about 10 and my grandmother and I made the ugliest layered Jello fruit dessert ever.  
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I made  unicorn horns in rainbow colors for her friends.  The tutorial can be found on the OTC Blog.

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The party favors were very quick easy and in expensive.  I fill paper gift bags with candy and added unicorn stickers to seal them closed.
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We munched on rainbow foods. Some of the foods were healthy and some were not but they sure were delicious.

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And best of all the kids were able to run around with rainbow colored tails and burn off some of their energy.  We tossed hula hoops around traffic cones and did crafts.

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With leftover colored sand from last years party we made sand art in little star shaped keychains.

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We made bracelets with pony beads.pony bead bracelets

We even colored in rainbows on a rainbow printable.

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Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts

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Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts tutorial is a part of a Harry Potter series where over 50 awesome bloggers bring the best Harry Potter crafts, tutorials, recipes, book lists, giveaways to you and more.  The series is organized by Rae Gun Ramblings who has done the series for a few years. I hope you enjoy all of the fun ideas and there is even a giveaway that has some amazing Harry Potter gifts.  I really wish I could enter because there are some seriously awesome things.

Materials to make the Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts:

Instructions for Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts:

  1. Print the ticket  and follow the manufactures directions on setting the image.
  2. Trim the excess fabric off of ticket.
  3. Sew the two striped strips of fabric to the ticket.
  4. Cut the back fabric to match the size of the front.
  5. Place fabric right sides together and sew around 3 of 4 sides.  On the 4th side leave a small opening to stuff in the PolyFil.
  6. Turn pillow right side out and iron.  Stuff pillow with stuffing.
  7. Sew opening closed using a whip stitch.whipstitchThe content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

I am a heavy user of Polyfil and I purchase it in bulk.  If you are interested in the big size you can order it here.

This year’s series will run until August 1st and every day from now until them we’ll have a bunch of bloggers sharing awesome Harry Potter inspired creations.   You’ll have more chances to enter the fabulous giveaways! Scroll all the way down to enter the giveaways.

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Sit Upon – girl scout craft

A sit upon is a girl scout tradition.  I am not sure when it started but I know it has been around for over 40 years because I remember my older cousin making one at camp and teaching me how to make one too.  What is a sit-upon? They are homemade, usually waterproof pads used to protect the user’s backside from the cold and damp while “sitting upon” the ground! They are also great for sitting any where the sitting surface is hard… a Girl Scout tradition for camping.

Sit Upon Girl Scout craft

The material being used on the sit upon is called Oly*Fun.  It is weather friendly and water resistant. It is not meant for long term use outside. But it is perfect for using and washing off when you are finished.  It comes in 18 colors and it acts like a paper because you can cut it with scissors and does not fray.  It is similar to a fabric because it can be sewn and washed.  Like the best of both worlds.

If you would like to see more Girl Scout Crafts click on the link at the bottom and it will take you to another site loaded with ideas.

Girl Scout Craft Sit Upon

Materials for a Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  • Olyfun (your favorite colors)
  • Cushion
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or embroidery floss (optional)
  • Sewing Machine and coordinating thread

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Instructions for Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  1. Draw a shape for the top of the sit upon on the Olyfun fabric.  We free handed the shapes.  Cut the shape out and set a side.
  2. Cut enough Olyfun to cover the cushion on all sides with an extra two inches all around. The cushions use were 15×17 so I cut 17×19.
  3. If you are going to add embellishments sew them on by hand now or with sewing machine.
  4. Fold the material in half and sew up two sides.  You can leave the seams on the outside or you can flip it inside out and the seams will be on the inside.
  5. Cut strips of Olyfun for straps.  I cut them 4 inches wide and folded them in half for extra strength Insert the cushion into the opening.
  6. Insert the strapping and pin in place if needed. Sew the opening closed. Trim off any excess

Enjoy your sit upon and be part of the girl scout tradition.

teammate gifts using Cricut

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Make personalized water bottles as end of the season teammate gifts.   As the proud new owner of a Cricut cutting machine, I decided my first project would be something simple.  I tried my hand at Cricut permanent vinyl. (Needs to be cured 24 hours.) The gifts were for 5-7 year olds so I used a sans serif font that is easy to read.  You can pick from all sorts of fonts to use.  I cleaned the outside of the water-bottles with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.  Not sure why but I wanted to make sure the vinyl had a very clean surface for adherence.
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This video will help you learn how to use the Cricut. How to Cricut with Cricut Explore Air Video

Materials to make the teammate gifts:

Instructions to make teammate gifts:

  1. Follow the manufacturers directions on cutting vinyl.  I would tell you how but I think they do a much better job.  Once I have a few more projects under my belt I will write my own.
  2. Weed the design by peeling off all of the pieces of the design that we are not being used.
  3. I used transfer tape to pick up the design and move it to the surface of the water bottles.circut transfer tape with vinyl
  4. Smooth the letters down with a Cricut tool, an old credit card, back of a spoon or even your fingernail.how to remove transfer paper from vinyl
  5. Lift of the transfer tape.  If you missed a spot smooth it over again.  Repeat for each bottle you need.

You can find all sorts of other ideas on their website too. See all the Free Projects in Cricut Design Space  I purchased the water bottles at the dollar store.  If they are not in stock you can order them online too.  There you have it – teammate gifts using the Cricut.

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Make a Tuffet MCM style

Tuffet MCM

Make a Tuffet MCM style with basic sewing skills and materials from the hardware store.  The footstool is cleaned lined with a classic geometric fabric reminiscent of patterns made popular during the Mid Century Modern period.  The MCM style is very trendy today with young couples purchasing homes that were built in the late 50’s and 60’s.  I live in a 60’s rambler so it will be perfect in my house.

Materials for a Tuffet MCM style:

Instructions for Tuffet MCM style:

  1. Cut 4 eleven inch squares of fabric and sew them together to form a 2o inch square.
  2. Place the tuffet cushion in the centre of the fabric, and trace the circle 2 inches bigger than needed.  I surged the edge but you do not have to.
  3. Cut your rope trim to size and add an extra two inches.
    Better to have more than enough than to cut it too close. Line up its raw edge along the raw edge of the top panel. You will be attaching it to the right side of the fabric. Start sewing about 2” down from the start of the piping.
  4. Pin the two together and set your machine to baste stitch. At this point, you are just basting, so there is no need to get too close to the cord.
  5. Cut fabric for side panel and surge one edge.  Again, you do not have to surge the edge but I do.
  6. Line up the side panel with the edge of the top panel. Start sewing with a basting stitch about 2” down from the top. You will be sewing a 5/8” seam.  This will hide the basting stitches from earlier.
  7. When you’ve sewn around the perimeter, remove the pieces from the machine and line up the edges for a custom fit. Do this by marking a straight line on both ends of the panel where they should be sewn together and pin them in place. (Make a test fit as shown in the image below.)
  8. The zipper foot allows you to get close to the piping-use a regular stitch to sew the pieces together.
  9. Trim off the excess seam allowance, iron open, and sew along the piped edge to ensure that it’s completely closed.
  10. Place the fabric over the cushion. Pull taught but do not distort the shape. Place the wood base on top of the cushion. Pull fabric up over edge firmly but not so much you pull the pattern out of shape. Place three staples approximately two inches from outside edge.
  11. Place three more staples on the opposite side of the first three then do the same on the left side and the right side
  12. Pull firmly on the unstapled sections, smoothing as you go and staple in place after one section is stapled and smooth.
  13. Repeat step 11 until all the fabric is smooth and stapled into place. If you make any errors remove the stapled area and rework.
  14. Cut off excess fabric up to about 1/2′ from staples
  15. Add the brackets for the feet and then add the feet.   You can add the brackets before or after you staple the fabric.  Your choice.
  16. I painted my feet with polyurethane to protect it from spills.  How you finish the feet is your choice.

Now that you have read the Tuffet MCM style instructions I hope you are ready to make your own. If you would like to see another stool with a similar style and great fabric check out this tutorial.