How to dry brush a terra cotta pot

how to dry brush a terra cotta flower pot for a fast DIY mothers day gift idea

Dry brush a terra-cotta flower-pot for a fast and easy personalized gift.  You can hand stamp words with an alphabet stamp too.  For this fast craft project, that is a part of the Craft Lightning series, I had an idea in my head and lets just say that my execution started out great.  But did not end with perfection.  I love using the dry brush technique and making distressed finishes.  Personally, I think I am really good at it.  But sometimes I need to learn when to stop.  This would be one of those times.  The picture above is the pot with dry brushing turned around and hiding my not so perfect execution.

The flower-pot below is what I ended up with and quite frankly do not like.  Scroll on down to see what my vision for the dry brush pot was.

felix culpa - happy accident

This is what my vision looked liked in the picture below.  Nope not quite the same, I added that wording in Photoshop.   I am not sure why I thought the large and colorful font would work.  But the cool thing is, my mom will love it no matter what, because moms love anything their kids make, even if their “kid” is over 40.  Now, my mom is religious and I wanted to pick a phrase that would represent something from the bible.   I picked the latin phrase felix culpa.

 

This is what wiki has to say about Felix Culpa if you are interested.
Felix culpa is a Latin phrase that comes from the words felix (meaning “happy,” “lucky,” or “blessed”) and culpa (meaning “fault” or “fall”), and in the Catholic tradition is most often translated “happy fault,” as in the Paschal Vigil Mass Exsultet O felix culpa quae talem et tantum meruit habere redemptorem, “O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer.”  While my mom is not Catholic and I am, I still think it is fitting.

Now that you have the back ground of why the inspiration for the craft was, lets talk about how you can make your own dry brush flower-pot for a gift or your own home decor.  This is the tutorial to make the easy sew pot holder trivet thingy the flower-pot is sitting upon.  I am fast at sewing and it took me 15 minutes, maybe 20 to make it from scraps.

Supplies needed for a dry brush pot:

How to dry brush a terra-cotta pot:

  1. Clean and dry the dry before you paint it.  Place a very small dollop of paint on your pallet.  Lightly run the paint brush through the paint.  Brush off the excess paint.
  2. The key to dry brushing is small light layers.  Build up the paint in small layers and don’t be afraid to wipe off any excess.
  3. Paint the base of the pot white and the rim on the pot silver or any color combination you like.

Allow the paint to dry and stamp on a phase or word of your choice.  Take my advice and pick smaller stamps and ink in a dark grey or black. 

Click on the graphic below to find other great ideas you can make in a flash for a Mother’s day gift idea.

Easy sew pot holder trivet

An easy sew pot holder trivet is a fast and fun gift to make using your fabric scraps. Add a little color to your home decor that is budget friendly.

An easy sew pot holder trivet is a fast and fun gift to make using your fabric scraps.  Add a little color to your home decor that is budget friendly.  The theme for this months #mycreativechallenge is Spring and I chose floral scraps from another project.  Click the link for the decorative flower-pot sitting on the pot holder trivet.  It is a 15 minute craft and could also be perfect for Spring.

If you would like to play a long with the challenge use the hashtag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.  We would love to see what you create and it does not have to be anything complex it can be simple like this pot holder or flower-pot.

Out of curiosity would you call the project a pot holder, trivet or something else?

The 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.Supplies for the Easy sew pot holder trivet:

How to make the easy sew pot holder trivet:

  1. Cut fabric scraps into strips 2″x8″  and sew the strips together right sides facing each other.
  2. Press the seams open or to the darker fabric. Pressings important for a clean look.
  3. Square up the fabric by using a sewing ruler.
  4. Cut the batting and the fabric backing to the same size as the top and pin or clip together for sewing.
  5. If you want to be fancy sew along the edges of each strip.  If you want to be quick sew a simple X.  You do this by sewing a straight line from one corner to the next corner and repeat for the other side.
  6. Once the layers are sewn together you can square up again.  Somehow I always need to.
  7. Sew the bias tape around the edges.  You will want to pin in place or sew very slowly to make sure you are sewing on both sides.  

Sometimes I use a sewing cheat when working with bias tape.  I use a washable glue stick to hold the bias in place before I sew it on. Voila! you now have yourself a pot holder trivet.   Make sure you visit  Jen and Carla for their projects.

Jen Goode – 100 Directions – printable Spring floral image

Carla Schauer Designs – printable family chore chart magnets.

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Mini Charms – Make a bench pillow

1 mini charm pillow Valori Wells fabric bench pillowMini Charms are collections of 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares of fabric.  You can make your own from your stash or purchase them.  These are great for small projects, easy reference or just for collecting!  Nah, kidding, who would collect them? LOL You must use them!  This particular mini charms pack was given away as a sample from Quilt Market so you cannot purchase it but you can buy the fabric and make your own.  The line is called Jasmine from Valori Wells by Robert Kaufmann. I snagged this image from Missouri Star Quilt Company who carries the fabric collection.

jasmine by valori wells

You can use many of the same patterns with mini charms as you can charm pack.  Charm packs are 5×5 squares.  Originally, I made this pillow for an oversized antique chair I have in my studio.  Once it was finished it was all wrong and I did not like it there.   I tried it on my sofa and it is not quite right there either.  I thought about turning it into a tote bag with a stripe running up the center but my friend came over and decided it was perfect for her front room.

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Above is the sofa that it did not work on and below is the vintage chair that it did not look right on either. rainbow pillow on chair

Supplies for the mini charms pillow:

  • your favorite mini charms
  • fabric for pillow cover
  • basic sewing supplies
  • Bench Pillow

To make the mini charms pillow:

  1. Choose your fabric and pillow size and determine the measurements to cut your fabric. The front of the pillow will be 1/2″ bigger on all sides than the pillow measurement, for example my pillow is 16″x38″ so my front piece is 17″ x 39″.  Sew the mini charms together to form a long strip.  Mine needed to be about 39″ long. Sew the fabric to both sides to make the size of fabric you are going to need. mini charms pillow
  2. The back is divided in half, the two pieces for the back of the pillow will overlap to create the “envelope” closure.  The vertical measurement will be the same as the front so and the horizontal measurement is determined by dividing the pillow in half and then adding 2.5″ for the overlap.
  3. It does not matter the size of your pillow a 2.5″ overlap will work for even larger pillows. To cut your fabric you can use a clear ruler and fabric marker and draw on the back side of your fabric.
  4. Next, fold and iron the edges of the back pieces that will be overlapping to create the envelope closure. Fold the edge of both pieces over 1/4″ and then 1/4″ again. Pin and sew both pieces at 1/8″.envelope pillow back mini charms
  5. Pin the front and 2 back pieces together with the right sides facing each other.  The two back pieces will overlap.  Pin all the way around the entire cover and ew the front & back together with 1/2″ seam allowance.
  6. It is a good idea to finish the raw edges on the inside of the pillow cover. You can serge the edges or  use pinking shears as I did to prevent fraying.
  7. Turn the pillow cover right side out and use your finger to press the corners out and insert your pillow form through the envelope opening and your finished!mini charm rainbow stripe bench pillow easy sew idea

Great Craft ideas for National Craft

national craft month - get crafty Craft ideas for National Craft

IT’s NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!

Not only is March 1st my birthday but it is the start of a great month – National Craft Month two really awesome things if I do say so myself.  LOL  As a professional in the craft industry I am lucky to attend conferences where I get to see the latest and greatest and things that are not even on the market.  Yes I love the new stuff but my passion is using everyday things that would normally get tossed in the rubbish bin. I have a book coming out in 2018 on recycling.  More to come on that later. Today I am kicking off the month with a giveaway on Instagram.   https://www.instagram.com/nikimeiners/

IT’s NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH!

To celebrate I’ve teamed up with 9 creative friends to host a loop GIVEAWAY. Click through the loop to enter to win. You and a friend could both win a $50 Amazon gift card to buy all kinds of fun crafty supplies!

TO ENTER on Instagram

1. Follow me and like the photo on instagram

2. Tap the photo to see who is next in the loop.

3. Follow her and “like” the giveaway photo on her account.

4. Continue through the loop until you return here.

5. Leave a comment saying you’re “finished” and tag a friend.

You must follow all 10 hosts and like each loop photo in order to qualify for the prize. Your tagged friend does not need to enter, but the increase both your chances if they do.

BONUS: tag up to 3 friends (per host photo) for additional entries.

Giveaway runs from 11 am EST, March 1, 2017- 11 am EST March 7, 2017. 2 winners will be selected. Winners will be notified by Direct Message on Instagram. Winners will have 24 hours to respond and accept the prize or winners may be selected. By entering you confirm you are 18+ years of age and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. This giveaway is in no way associated with Instagram or Amazon. Void where prohibited by law.

Make Craft Kits – the gift of creativity in a jar

DIY craft kits in a jar you can make. Great stash buster
Create craft kits in a jar.  Use this stash busting idea to give the gift of creativity in a jar.  Plus you are recycling and clearing the way for new things.   That is what I am doing this Easter and consider it a triple win.  We used to give gifts of books and a chocolate bunny to the nieces and nephews when they were little. Now they like picking their own books and I really don’t like to give gift cards unless I am out of time or ideas.  This year I decided to give the kids creativity kits in a jar.  You can really give these craft kits any time of the year.  They are great for a rainy day or a snowy weekend.

This project is also a part of my year-long posts on the 20th of each month with Jen at 100 Directions and Carla at Carla Schauer Designs.  Join me and post your projects on Instgram and/or Facebook.  Use the hashtag #mycreativechallenge.  Click for our Facebook page and our Instagram account.

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Supplies for craft kits in a jar:color combinations

  • mason jars or random glass jars
  • paint
  • paint bush
  • random rub-ons
  • embellishments  pearls, buttons, brads, rivets, stick on pearls, beads, paper flowers, fabric strips and anything else you can think to add.

Instructions for craft kits in a jar:

  1. Wash and clean the jars and their lids then hand dry them or air dry. Once the lids are dry give them a base coat of white or cream paint.  Allow the paint to dry. paint jar lids recycled craft ideas
  2.  Paint the lids a similar color to the contents.  I plan on giving each child 2-3 jars. I also dry brushed on a light layer of white paint to give it a distressed finish.creativity in a jar a recycled craft idea
  3. Apply rub-ons of your choice to the jars and if you don’t have any rub-ons add stickers or paint.  This is about using things you already have and encouraging creativity at the same time.
  4. Stuff the jars with color coordinated bits and pieces. To the jars I added, pearls, buttons, brads, rivets, stick on pearls, beads, paper flowers, fabric strips and anything else I could find in a color that matched. DIY craft kits in a jar idea
  5. Once the lids were dry I added embellishments to them and the fronts of the jars in coordinating colors.  soft colors craft kit creativity in a jarcraft kits creativity in a jarmason jar craft ideas you can make and use up your stashThis is the schedule for the whole year and you can join us when you can. creative-challenge-for-the-year

Visit Jen for Doodle Art Easter Eggs.

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Visit Carla  for her Free Easter Printable.

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DIY beaded wine stoppers to make

Make DIY beaded wine stoppers for our 2017 Creative Challenge for Crafters

We here at 365 Days of Crafts have decided to provide crafting prompts for you to follow along with.  Each month we will offer a them and inspiration to you.  We want you to join in the fun and play along.  If you make something or many things and want to share, use the hashtag #mycreativeChallenge . The hashtag will allow is to see what you are doing and to share your creativity too.  Our first them is LOVE.  This does not have to be Valentine related but it can be.  As you can see with my project below mine is a beaded wine stopper.  I love to bead and I love shimmer and shine and I love wine too.  The trifecta of crafting projects for me.  I also like to make them and keep them on hand as they make the perfect hostess gift.  You can give it alone or pair it with your favorite bottle of wine.  This is a SUPER SIMPLE project.  It is reasonably priced and looks fantastic with little effort.

DIY BCA Pink Hope Beaded Wine Stoppers - great handmade gift idea by Niki MeinersThe first image shows a pink and white Hope themed stopper.  You can mix random color beads or give the stopper a theme.

Supplies for Beaded Wine Stopper:

  1. Wine stopper Blanks
  2. Large core beads
  3. Pearl Dangles or charmsThe 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.

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea by Niki MeinersThis picture of the wine stoppers show how versatile they really are.  There is an everyday color scheme, a BCA (Breast Cancer Awareness them and a Christmas piece.  The dangles really add an extra touch of fun and whimsy.

Instructions for beaded wine stoppers:

  1. Remove cap on wine stopper.
  2. load beads onto stem
  3. Screw top back on
  4. Add dangles or charms

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea by Niki Meiners

I told you the project was super simple and I was not kidding.  I “love” how easy they are to make and how great they look for so little effort.

DIY Beaded Wine Stoppers for any holiday - great handmade gift idea 365 days of crafts

For my personal use I made the aqua, blue and white theme to go along with the color scheme in my living room.  Make sure you play along with the creative challenge.  We really do mean it when we say we want you to share what you make.  Nothing makes us happier than to know that we have inspired someone to make themselves happy and created something beautiful creative-challenge-lovehandmade diy beaded wine stoppers craft gift idea

make a crafty key chain

keychain-key-fob-crafty-idea_365-days-of-crafts key chainMake a key chain – a quick crafty gift that you can make with ease.  These crafty key chains make a perfect Valentine gift for your girlfriends. I made 5 in about an hour.  The ribbon and the belting came from Hobby Lobby and were onside for 50% off.  Since the ribbon was on sale I had to purchase multiple designs.  They know how to get me with a coupon.   The metal hardware came from Dritz and are packaged as Key Fob Hardware Sets.  I would never have thought to call them a key fob.  They can be purchased at most big box stores and online. The hardware was the most expensive part of the project and I think a single set was maybe $2 and the 5 set package was around $5.  Naturally I purchased the 5 pack and had to make 5. That was how I justified buying all the different ribbon.

Supplies to make the key chains:

  • belting
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • sewing machine and thread
  • key fob hardware
  • pliers
  • ruler or tape measure (optional)

To make the crafty key chain:

  1. Cut the belting and the ribbon to desired length. I used about 10 inches of each.  You can make them larger or small to fit your needs.
  2. Adhere the ribbon to the center of the belting with a quick slide of the glue stick. This way you don’t have to pin the ribbon.
  3. Sew along the edges of the ribbon on both sides.
  4. Trim of any loose fibers
  5. Fold in half and  follow the packaging directions to affix the key fob hardware to the belting.
  6. Attach the ring to the rectangular piece.
  7. Place in a pretty package.

Voila, it really is that simple.  Create your own crafty key chain using your favorite ribbons.  You can make 5 key fobs in under an hour and you can keep them on hand for when you need a last-minute gift. This quick craft is a part of the Craft Lightning Series.  Click the image below to see may other projects.

 

Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white

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Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white can be made with ease if you follow these directions.  It was so much easier than I thought it would be to make this.  I did not use a pattern and made it up as a went along.  The faux fur makes it really easy to hide any mistakes you might make.  I thought sewing the fur would be really difficult and it was not.  Just go slow and take your time and you should not run into any issues.

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Materials for a fuzzy pouf:

  • Faux fur used  Faux fur assortment
  • Tuffet 
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Seam Ripper (optional)
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • scissors
  • flat head screwdriver or  staple lifter (optional)
  • Power Drill with Phillips Head bit
  • Wood disk and wood feet ( Home Depot)
  • Paint brush and DecoArt Paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions for a fuzzy pouf:

  1. Place the tuffet cushion or the wood base in the centre of the fabric, and trace the circle 2 inches bigger than needed. Repeat for the cushion wrap.trace-wood-onto-fabric
  2. Secure the two tuffets together by adding a layer of hot glue between the two cushions.stacked-tuffets
  3. Measure the two stacked cushions plus the wood disk and 2-3 inches to the length and cut the side panel accordingly. Pin the two together.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.how-to-sew-a-cylinder
  6. Use a regular stitch to sew the pieces together.
  7. Trim off the excess seam allowance.
  8. 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.fuzzy pouf -tuffet-black-and-white-furniture
  9. Place three more staples on the opposite side of the first three then do the same on the left side and the right side
  10. Pull firmly on the unstapled sections, smoothing as you go and staple in place after one section is stapled and smooth.
  11. Repeat step 11 until all the fabric is smooth and stapled into place. If you make any errors remove the stapled area and rework.
  12. Cut off excess fabric up to about 1/2′ from staples
  13. 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.
  14. 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 Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white tutorial you can make your own or try your hand at another style stool.  The Tuffet MCM Style or  check out this Modern Stool tutorial.
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DIY faux Flokati bench idea

faux flokati benchA DIY faux Flokati bench made from a rescued $3 stool from St. Vinny’s .  As soon as I walked into the small furniture section of the store I knew I was getting the little bench.  It was perfect for this project that had been stuck in my head for a while and if not for this one then it was certainly going to get used for something else.  Plus $3 made it a steal.  It did take a little repair work shoring up the legs.  Nothing a little Gorilla Glue could not handle.  The bench was perfect and I ended up giving to a friend as a gift.  She loved it and it looks great in her house.  It made the perfect foot stool for her living room.
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wood bench with cushion wrap thrift store scoreMaterials for the DIY faux Flokati bench:

  • Faux Fur
  • Cushion Wrap
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper, nails, hammer and glue for repairs

Instruction for the DIY faux Flokati bench:

  1. Make any repairs to the stool as needed.  I had to do some minor work.  If you are using Gorilla Glue follow the manufacturers directions.
  2. Clean the stool too. I used a little sandpaper to clean up the rough edges and added a coat of  wood renew stuff to it also.  The lable was not on the bottle so I cannot tell you what it was.
  3. Wrap at the cushion wrap around the top of the stool.  Staple in place.  You can add more layers if you would like it padded a bit more. Trim of any excess.
  4. Wrap the faux fur around the top of the stool and staple in place.  Trim off any excess faux fur.

Enjoy your foot stool with the faux flokati. If you like the look of flokati you can get the faux fur in lots of colors from Shannon Fabric.  The Cushion Wrap can be purchased through the link above or at many big box stores.

Ranch bacon chive dip or dressing mix

Ranch Bacon and Chive Dip

Around here we like dressing and dips, especially ranch bacon and chive.  Salads become special meals when a great dressing is used.  We also like to use the powdered dressing mix dry as a rub on chicken and pork.  Nothing says homemade like well seasoned food.

Another reason I make my own is it is always fresh and there is no MSG in it. It can trigger my migraines and I will do most anything to avoid them.

This is a popular dish and when friends come over they ask for the recipe.  I make it in bulk and started making decorative jars to give it in.  I recycle glass jars and paint the lids and add embellishments.  When they are al decorated up they make great gifts.

Ingredients for ranch bacon chive mix:

  • 1 cup Dry Buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Dill, divided
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon chives
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Dried Onion Flakes
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Bacon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coarse Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne

For ranch bacon chive buttermilk dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 tablespoons Homemade Dressing Mix
  • 2/3 to 1 cup of Buttermilk

For ranch bacon chive dip:

  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Bulk Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
  • Buttermilk to thin out as desired

Directions for ranch bacon chive mix:

In a small food processor or blender; measure and add in the dried buttermilk, 2 tablespoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried dill. Place the remaining 1/2 tablespoon parsley and 1 teaspoon dried dill and set off to the side. Measure and add in the onion powder, chives,dried onion flakes, bacon salt, kosher salt, sugar, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Turn on the processor and let it run until all the spices are blended into the buttermilk powder.

Transfer the ranch mix into a jar or container {that has a tight-fitting lid} and add in the reserved parsley and dill. Whisk to combine.

**3 tablespoons of the ranch mix is equivalent to one packet.