Thriftshop Makeover: DIY Harvest Basket with Paints and Mod Podge

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We are sure that you have seen the sad abandoned baskets at the thrift shops and yard sales. We are always keeping our eyes out for ones that are prime for Mod Podge makeovers. This one with the flat side slats was perfect for painting and applying strips of decorative paper with Mod Podge. So next time you see and old basket imagine what a little paint and podge can do!

What we used:
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Red Velvet, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Violet Pansy, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Olive Green, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Buttercup, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves, 2 oz.
Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Foam paintbrush
Slatted basket
1.5 wood disk
Wood letter
6 1/2” wood beads
Scrapbook papers
Hot glue and glue gun
Velvet ribbon
Raffia ribbon
Silk leaves
Decorative ribbon
Basket filler

Paint every-other slat on the basket a different color of Folkart paint. Paint the wood disk, wood letter and the wood beads with the color of your choice using the selected colors.

Cut strips of paper to fit on the slats and a circle to fit the wood disk. Working with each strip of paper, coat both sides with Mod Podge, position on the slat and topcoat with more Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles. Smooth your brush strokes. Continue until the entire basket is covered. Apply the circle paper to the painted wood disk in the same fashion using Mod Podge.

Hot glue a band of velvet ribbon around the top edge of the slats on the basket.

Thread the beads onto the raffia ribbon. Tie the raffia round the handles. Hot glue the leaves to the end of the handle. Hot glue the letter onto the wood disk and then glue the disk to the top center of the leaves. Tie a decorative bow around the handles.
Fill the basket with fresh fruit, faux or real mini pumpkins or breads.

DIY Owl Necklace and Earrings made with Mod Podge and Podgeables

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Call me silly but I adore seasonal jewelry and clothes.  I hoard X-mas sox and Halloween tees and make jewelry that fits with the holiday.  Behind the scenes, we are already working on a St. Pats Party Necklace.  Since it is November…. I’ll get on with the Owl necklace and earrings.  I promise this is a super easy project!  We used  Podgeable shapes and Mod Podge because they are perfect for whipping up seasonal themed jewelry!

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What We Used:

Mod Podge ® Acrylic Shapes – Basics, Flat & Charm
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Mod Podge ® Dimensional Magic, 2 oz.
Fall scrapbook paper
Flat Owl charm
Leather cord
Earring findings

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Begin with a large rectangle Podgeable shape for the necklace and 2 smalls for the earrings. Trim fall scrapbook paper to fit the top of the Podgeable shape. (You can use paper punches too)

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top of the Podgeable shape and to the back of the paper.

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Position the paper on the Podgeable. Smooth with your fingers.

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Apply a top-coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry 2 hours.

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Clip the loop off a flat backed Owl charm.

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Using Mod Podge as a glue, glue the Owl charm to the pendant. Allow to dry for two hours.

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Working around the owl charm, cover the Podgeable with Dimensional Magic.

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Begin around the outer edge and fill until the entire pendant is covered.

Dry for 24 hours in an undisturbed and non-drafty place.

how to make mod podge jewelry

Attach a jumpring to the pendant. Thread onto a leather cord.  For the earring, attach earring findings with jump-rings to the small square podgeable shapes.

Tip: While the Dimensional Magic is drying don’t move the pendant around or you might get air bubbles. If you do get an air bubble, use a sewing pin to pop it.


Cathie and Steve

Craft This: Thankful Art Canvas and Rustic Paper Flowers

 I’m thankful for so many things this year….one of them being creativity!

This project was designed for Plaid.  For more crafty ideas… check out all of our Plaid projects here and visit our “All About Cathie and Steve” board at Pinterest.

Colors Used:
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Pumpkin, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Orange, 5 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – French Vanilla, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Tangerine, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Coffee Bean, 2 oz.

Paintbrushes Used:
Stipple Paintbrush
Small Detail Spouncer
Foam Paintbrush

Other Supplies:
Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Square Canvas
Low Tac painters tape
Scrapbook Papers
Book Pages
Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
Green and Brown Ribbons
Stocker – Rhinestone Thankful Word


Paint the canvas with Pumpkin paint. Dip the stipple brush into the Tangerine paint, tap the bush over the canvas to make a mottled look. Dip the same brush into Orange Extreme Glitter, tap onto the canvas in a random fashion. Allow to dry.

Tape off the lower section of the canvas with low tac tape. Paint the lower section French Vanilla. Allow to dry and remove the tape.

Dip the spouncer into Coffee Bean paint, tap off the excess and paint dots were the two colors meet.

Make a flower by tearing scrapbook paper into random sized circles. Crinkle the circles. Hot glue the circles together beginning with the large one on the bottom. Glue a gem to the center. Cut the book pages into leaf shapes. Glue ribbon tabs and paper leaves around the flower.

Glue ribbon to form a stem to the canvas, add ribbon tab leaves. Glue the flower to the top of the stem.

Hot glue ribbon around the outer edge of the canvas. Stick the rhinestone word “thankful” to the lower portion of the canvas.

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Craft: Doily Nested Pumpkins

Have you tried Mod Podge Stiffy?  It’s one of our new favs….works just like the old Stiffy but now it is with the Mod Podge label so you can easily find it in the glue aisle.  We stiffened the doily into a nest shape and added a glittered pumpkin.

This project was designed for Plaid.  For more crafty ideas… check out all of our Plaid projects here and visit our “All About Cathie and Steve” board at Pinterest.

What you need:
Soup can
Tin foil
Stiffy ® Fabric Stiffener, 8 oz.
Medium sized doily
Small foam pumpkin
Foam paintbrush
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Autumn Leaves, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Gold, 5 oz.
Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
2 Felt leaves
Hot glue


1. Cover the outside of the soup can with tin foil and place on a protected work surface. Cover your surface with a plastic drop cloth if needed.

2. Soak the doily in Stiffy. Gently wring additional Stiffy from the doily. Place the doily over the tin can. Center so the edges are even. Allow to dry over night. Once dry, pull off the dried doily and remove any tin foil that may have stuck to the doily.

3. Paint the pumpkin with Autumn Leaves. Use two coats if necessary. Once dry, top coat with randomly applied Gold Extreme Glitter. Allow to dry.

4. Hot glue the pumpkin into the doily. Hot glue two felt leaves to the stem of the pumpkin.

PROJECT TIP: If glitter is not your thing, try other finish techniques like crackle finish or an antique wash.

Kids Thanksgiving Day Craft – Turkeys Made From Gloves!

Kids Craft: Stuffed Plushie Turkeys

You must check out the cutest stuffed turkeys my sister made with her students today. They are so adorable and made with inexpensive stretchy gloves ($1.40 for 4 @ Target). They are the perfect “turkey”craft and kids can make them on Thanksgiving day.

1 stretch glove
Felt squares
Stuffing material (pillow, tissues, etc.)
Glue (hot w/parents help or tacky)
Blank or used CD
Buttons/etc. for eyes


Form a base: Trace around a CD and cut a circle from cardboard and a circle from felt. Glue the felt circle to the cardboard.

Stuff the glove. Cut from felt: feathers, wattles or eyes. Glue the felt cutouts and/or buttons to the thumb piece of the glove.

Add a bead of glue around the opening of the glove and glue to the center of the base.