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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Chalkboard napkin rings

 diy Chalkboard napkin rings craft ideaDIY Chalkboard napkin rings are fun and easy to make. Chalkboard adorns everything from wine glasses to fabric pillows these days. So many varieties of chalkboard paint are available on the market that it is impossible to escape this super fun trend. Take a quick look at Pinterest and you will discover all kinds of recipes for creating your own chalkboard paint in any color imaginable plus a multitude of fun projects to use this paint on.  If you don’t want to paint chalkboard you van buy premade.

Chalkboard signs
I ran into these fun 2″ x 3″ mini chalkboard pieces in the unfinished wood craft supply section of my local JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts. They are made by Darice. I immediately knew I wanted to do something with them but wasn’t sure exactly what right away. I remembered I had purchased some wood beveled napkin rings in bulk so of course! Napkin Rings.


With the addition of some polymer clay and paint in bright colors, I knew they would be unique as a table accessory/place marker.

Supplies for Chalkboard napkin rings:

  • wood rings
  • chalkboards
  • paint and brush
  • polymer clay
  • stamp
  • ink
  • mold


I chose DecoArt’s Americana Acrylics in bright, fun colors.

Instructions for Chalkboard napkin rings:

I painted the wood pieces in alternating colors.

napkin ring craft ideas

To add a little embellishment to them, I used a plastic mould made for polymer clay and Sculpey III by Polyform in Silver. When using plastic moulds, it helps to dust the surface with corn starch. This allows the clay to peel away from the mold more easily.

A little conditioned clay was pressed into the mould, shaped and peeled away.


I also opted to decorate the center of the wood ring with clay strips. I rolled out the clay into thin strips using an acrylic roller. I used a clay knife to cut thin strips to fit into the center of the beveled wood napkin ring.

Solvent ink and a script font stamp add some texture to the strips.

I wrapped the strips around the center of the wood ring and baked them along with the fancy moulded shapes according to the directions on the package.


When the clay was cured and cooled. I dry brushed the fancy shape, glued it to the center top of the chalkboard frame and added a little flat backed gem stone.

I used a super stong glue to attach the chalkboard frames to the wood rings. These napkin rings can be used over and over again. I love napkin ring projects. Almost any material can be used to make them including recycled materials. They can instantly bring an entirely new personality to table decor. Thanks for letting me share my idea with you!

make a bird nest shadow box – creative gift packaging

 

bird nest shadow box gift packaging idea for jewelry

Make a bird nest shadow box for creative gift packaging.  The gift recipient will be as delighted with the gift as the packaging.  The box is the perfect size for giving jewelry or to tuck in a gift card.

There is an interesting story behind my inspiration for this project.  It’s hard not to be inspired by birds in Spring. The cheerful singing and constant presence of birds this time of year cannot be ignored. I create almost daily next to a large window. Almost every five minutes or so I am startled by a cardinal who thumps the window almost violently. This occurrence has gone on for a few weeks now. After searching the web, I found out that cardinals are notorious for fighting their own reflections in an effort for territorial rights. With the constant thumping and sweet site of my cardinal, I once again became inspired to create a bird themed project.

It was by pure chance that I ran into these really cute wood boxes at my local craft store recently. I thought they were really different. I also snagged these super cute laser cut wood bird shapes. Super tiny and perfect for jewelry projects.

The boxes are different. They have a glass top and a wood slat that is removable so that you can display components of your choice, shadow box style.

Supplies for bird nest shadow box:

  • wood shadow boxes
  • liquid dye
  • glue
  • polymer clay
  • wire
  • wire cutter
  • embellishments

Here is a look at most of the supplies I used for this project, give or take a few.

Instructions for bird nest shadow box:

Instead of painting the boxes, I decided to use Rit Dyes to stain them. I love this process because its fun, fast and easy. I simply used a teaspoon of dye to about 1/4 cup hot water to mix a dye bath. (Remember to wear rubber or latex gloves when using dyes) A paintbrush was used to “paint” the dye to the top of the box.
For a two toned stained effect, I added some water to the dye and painted the bottom of the box a lighter shade of Rit Dye’s Aquamarine. I also dropped the shapes into the cup that I used for the dye bath and let them sit for five minutes or so.

For the second box, I used Cocoa Brown. Here is a shot of all the pieces dyed drying on paper towels.
So, with my bird theme, what to display under the top glass but a sweet little wired bird nest? I used Artistic Wire to create a simple spiraled nest.

These are super easy to create, just keep wrapping the wire in a circular motion until you have a nice full “nest.” Use wire nippers to cut off a few small piece of wire and use them to wire the spirals together. Twist them tight with round nose jewelry pliers.
Don’t worry too much about what your nest look like at this point. After you feel them with eggs in the center, any little “imperfections” will be invisible.
I used Premo by Sculpey to shape little tiny eggs. A pea sized piece will make perfectly sized eggs for these nests.
The eggs were baked right in the nest, in the oven at about 225 degrees for about 25 minutes on a clay dedicated baking sheet. Then I brushed the eggs with Silver PearlEx by Jacquard Products.
To embellish the box, I added a stamped oval, some fabric washi tape from Stampington and some self adhesive gem stone rows.
To make the pendant, I glued the bird to the center of the dyed circle and added some rhinestone chain to the edges with Beacon’s Glass Metal and More. I also attached a super sparkly brooch to the piece. To create a brooch, I added a pin back.

Add brooch to pendantThis little brooch turned out to be the perfect addition for the boxes. My cardinal is still outside the window, thumping away and reminding me that birds are so artfully inspirational.

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.

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.1 bench pillow with mini charm 365 days of crafts easy sew project

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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Shabby Chic Gift Packaging

shabby gift paagift packages

Shabby Chic Gift Packaging is a perfect companion to the Shabby Chic Door Hangers.  A plain brown paper bag can be the perfect packaging for smaller gifts. When giving a handmade gift, consider dressing one up with paints and embellishments to coordinate with your gift.  I grabbed some supplies and brown paper bags to create these shabby chic gift packages.

shabby chic gift packaging ideas and supplies

Supplies for Shabby Chic Gift Packages

shabby chic door hangers

Not long ago, I created these shabby chic door hangers as gifts for an upcoming baby shower, a wedding gift and a housewarming gift. I loved the results and knew that the packaging had to be as special as the gift inside. So I decided to create some coordinating gift packaging from brown paper bags.

I love the simple look of brown paper bags. So I dry brushed them with paint, allowing some of the bag to show through.
DIY gift packaging
Then I created some hemp embellishments using a low temperature glue gun. Believe me, you will want to use a low temperature glue gun for creating these spiraled embellishments as your fingers will be touching the hemp a lot and you want to minimize finger burns!

twine embellishment shabby chic

hot glued the embellishments to the front of the bag and added washi tape, gems and a painted wood tag.

shabby packaging

Now I have gift packages that coordinate perfectly with the gift inside!

Shabby Chic gift tags and gift bags

shabby chic door hangers ideas you can make

shabby chic door hangers

Shabby chic door hangers are a great way to use up left over supplies and to make custom gifts at the same time.  These are my go to colors for the shabby chic style.  Some go with lighter creamier colors I like the bold mixed with black and white.  Although my taste has evolved a bit, I am still a fan of the shabby chic look and I always will be probably. I have a couple of co-worker/friends with upcoming wedding and baby showers so I decided to create them a custom shabby door hanger.

Materials for shabby chic door hangers:

shabby door hangers

Instructions for shabby chic door hangers:

Lightly sand and paint the wood slats. I used two coats each for the front and back. I dry brushed each slat with white paint.

how to paint shabby chic

Create the hemp flowers using the glue gun and glue sticks. Create coils and apply a small amount off glue to hold the hemp in place. I highly recommend using a low temp glue gun as you will be touching the hemp in places where the glue has been applied!

how to make twine embellishments a spiral center for flower

I used sparkly embellishments as the flower centers.

twine embellishment shabby chic

To create the leaves, freehand cut the wool felt into leaf shapes. Use the sewing machine and thread to freeform sew leaf details.  Some people call the sewing freestyle.  You can use what ever term you want.  Just make it happen.

hand made leaves

Assemble the door hanger pieces and hot glue in place.

handmade embellishements

Use stamps and ink to stamp sentiments on the door hanger. I decided on “do not disturb” (wedding), “guest room” and “baby dreaming.”

hand stamped embellishemnts

Finally, drill some holes in the top corners, insert some hemp and you have a sweet shabby door hanger.
Shabby Chic gift tags and gift bags

Make clay dove napkin rings

clay dove napking rings

Clay dove napkin rings for your home.  Adorn your dinner table with these simple clay dove napkin rings.  Embellish and decorate as desired using clay tools and wax or paint.  The decorative napkin rings can be used any time of the year because birds are always in fashion.  You don’t have to save them for holidays.

When working with clay make sure you work on a covered surface and never leave the oven unattended.

MATERIALS for clay dove napkin rings:

  • Polyform Sculpey III White Oven-Bake Clay

TOOLS

  • Polyform Sculpey: Clay Tool Starter Set, Copper Ceiling Texture Sheet, Work ‘n Bake Clay Mat
  • Round cookie cutter, 1”
  • Acrylic roller
  • DecoArt Silver Spark Metallic Lustre Wax
  • Oven and oven mitt

If you do not have a clay mat for the oven you can use foil.  Do not use a cookie sheet unless it is dedicated to polymer clay.

BASIC SUPPLIES for clay dove napkin rings:

  • cornstarch, paintbrush, pencil, cardstock

DIRECTIONS for clay dove napkin rings:

  1. Condition three segments of White clay in hands until soft and pliable. Roll out on mat into 6” square with 1/2” thickness.
  2. Dust Copper Ceiling texture sheet with cornstarch using paintbrush. Press texture sheet onto clay to create deep texture.
  3. Down load your favorite bird image or draw your own. Download and print pattern onto cardstock; cut out. Using knife from starter set, cut dove shape from textured clay. Cut out center using cookie cutter.
  4. Bake the polymer clay doves on clay mat in oven following manufacturer’s instructions. Let the doves cool before handling.
  5. Lightly rub surface of dove with Silver Spark wax. Let set. You can add additional colors or layers if desired.
  6. Follow Steps 1-5 to create additional napkin rings.

    You can change-up this project by changing clay colors or wax colors.  If you wanted you could even make each place setting a different color.