Make It: Freezer Paper Stenciled Easter Napkins

Make It: Stenciled Easter Napkins

Jazz up some plain fabric napkins with a little bit of Plaid’s Folkart fabric paint. Using freezer paper to make the stencils is so easy and the results are a smooth crisp line each time.  Freezer paper is wax on one side and paper on the other side For best results, use a small amount of paint to begin and work in an up-and-down fashion.

Materials:
FolkArt Fabric Paint – Brush On – Light Red Oxide
FolkArt Fabric Paint – Brush On – Metallic Rose Shimmer
FolkArt Fabric Paint – Dimensional – Pearl White
Pink or pastel napkins
Bunny template
Freezer paper
Craft knife
Iron
Foam paintbrush
Toothpick
Fabric glue
Silk flower petal
Crochet flower trim scrap
Blue rhinestone
Click to save the bunny template jpeg!
Steps:

1. Working on a protected surface, create a stencil of the bunny by tracing and cutting it out with a craft knife from freezer paper. (freezer paper is waxed on one side)

2. With a medium heated iron, attach the freezer paper stencil in the corner of the napkin.

3. Using a foam brush, paint the inside of the bunny with the pink paint. Allow to dry and remove the freezer paper stencil.

4. Add highlights to the bunny ears and a cottontail with pearl dimensional paint. Use a toothpick to flatten the paint on the ears. Add a small dot of paint for the bunny eye. Allow to dry.

5. Use fabric glue to attach a layered flower, trim and rhinestone embellishment.

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Cathie and Steve

Make This: Springtime Door Decor

Springtime is here and I love it!!! The garden is starting to bloom and I even see buds on my roses.  Here is a little project to get you in the spirit of SPRING!!

Materials
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 480 Titanium White
FolkArt Crackle Medium
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 518 Peony
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 2490 Sawgrass
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 480 317 Morning Sun
FolkArt Extreme Glitter – Hologram 2782
Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Wood Plaque
Foam Paintbrush
Wood Letters
Hot Glue
Moss
Silk Flowers
Gems or Beaded Sprays
Ribbon

Steps:

1. Paint top interior of the wood plaque with white paint. Allow to dry. Add a coat of Crackle Medium. Allow to dry 4 hours in order for the crackle to properly work. Once dry, apply a coat of peony paint to the top of the plaque. Work quickly and in one direction for proper crackling. Allow to dry.

2. Paint the wood letters with sawgrass green and morning sun. Allow to dry. Add a topcoat of extreme glitter.

3. Hot glue moss, flowers, the letters and gems to the top of the plaque. Hot glue a ribbon hanger to the back of the plaque.

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Cathie and Steve

Make It: Easter Gift Box with Scrapbook Paper and Paint

Make It: Easter Gift Box

I heart papier-mâché boxes!  They are inexpensive and can be altered in so many different ways.  This box was painted, glittered, mod podge and hot glued all for an Easter style box perfect for tucking little chocolates, soaps or gifts inside.

Materials:
FolkArt ® Metallics – Rose, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Buttercrunch, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Fresh Foliage, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Glitter Hologram
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Hologram Peridot
Spray primer
Plastic Easter egg
Papier-mâché oval box
Foam paintbrushes
Brown ribbon
Easter grass – natural
Silk flower petals pink
Silk flower petals yellow
Crocheted flower trim
Rhinestones
Hot Glue

Steps:
1. Spray prime the egg and allow to dry. Paint the egg with 2 coats of buttercrunch paint. Paint the egg with 2 coats of extreme glitter hologram. Allow for dry time in between coats.

2. Paint the lid of the box with 2 coats of fresh foliage paint. Paint the lid with 2 coats of extreme glitter peridot. Allow for dry time in between coats. Paint the base of the box with metallic rose paint.

3. Using hot glue, attach a ribbon around the base of the box and Easter grass to the top of the box. Glue the egg to the center of the grass and glue layered petals, flower trim and rhinestones around the egg.

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Cascaron: DIY Mexican Confetti Eggs for Easter

A traditional Mexican craft, cascarones are easy to make and fun to decorate. They’re great for Easter, special occasions or anytime you’re looking for a lucky project. To bring luck, crack the egg on top of a friend’s head.

Supplies:

Food Coloring or Egg Dye
Plastic Cups
Water
Raw Eggs (one each)
Large Needle
Bamboo Skewer
Wire cooling Rack
Confetti
Tape
Mod Podge
Craft Paint
Gems
Ribbon scraps
Hot glue
Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Square Piece of Paper (one each)

Steps:

1. Create a dye bath: add a few drops of food/ egg coloring into the plastic cups. Add 1 cup of warm water to each cup. Add the eggs to the dye bath for about 2-3 minutes, or until the desired color is reached. Allow to dry.

2. Use the large needle to make a hole in one end of the egg. Gently pierce the egg until the opening is about the size of a penny. Insert the skewer into the egg and stir. This will break up the egg and make it easier to empty the contents. Rinse out the egg and invert onto the rack for drying.

3. Stuff the egg with confetti. Seal the hole on the egg with a piece of tape.

4. Add embellishments to the eggs: Mod Podge confetti, hot glue ribbons, paint designs or glue gems. * Use Hot Glue Gun Helpers so you don’t burn your fingers *

5. Roll the square paper into a funnel/party horn shape. Secure the edges with Hot Glue. Hot glue fun trim or ribbons around the paper funnel. Glue the egg to the horn by applying a bead of hot glue around the inside rim of the horns and placing the egg (tape side goes in the paper funnel) on the end of the paper funnel.

6. Crack the egg on top of a friend’s head for good luck.

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make your own silver storage bags

pacific cloth & anti-tarnish silver storage bags

Every year about 3 weeks before Thanksgiving, I do a check of my serving pieces and silver. What needs to be polished? What has chips? And, do I need any additional serving pieces?

I am actually such a big dork that I place small note cards in the dishes and and on the platters so I know what I am serving in what. I also do a trial table setting. This drives my hubby crazy – but for me, it is peace of mind.

If I need new pieces, I always head to my favorite shops for table-top…Target always has great seasonal serving dishes and accessories. TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls and Home Goods are also great places to “hunt and peck” for finds. It is not always 100% that you will find the perfect piece – but when you get get lucky, you can get really lucky!

When it comes to silver, I try the “preventative medicine approach”. I have been lucky to inherit my great aunts silver flatware and a few pieces from my grandmother. I have also collected platters, compotes, small dishes and serving pieces though extensive Christmas wish lists (Thank You Parents) and antique shopping.

Silver tarnishes when it is exposed to air over a period of time. Eventually, severe tarnishing can lead to a weakening of the piece and way more work before big family meals. I have few simple tips and tricks for “preventive silver medicine”.1. After each use, wash pieces in warm soapy water. Make sure the pieces are completely dry.

2. For platters and serving dishes, use silver storage bags made from silver cloth. You can purchase these from department stores, home shops or the container store. If you want to make your own – just follow the simple instructions below. (p.s. They also make nice wedding gifts) For flatware, invest in a good storage box. They are generally wood and lined with silver cloth. They will hold a full set of flatware and serving pieces.

3. Don’t wrap pieces in newspaper, cling wrap or wrapping paper. This can cause damage over time.

Make Your Own Bags!

Supplies
Pacific Cloth/Silver Cloth (here is some from amazon)
Tape measure
Tailors chalk
Embroidery hoop
Embroidery floss in light colors
Embroidery needle
Sewing machine

Notes: Pacific cloth or silver cloth is treated to prevent tarnish in silver and other precious metals. Look for this fabric online or at your local fabric shop. Sometimes it has to be ordered.

If you have leftover scraps – use them for making small jewelry storage bags.

Steps:

1. Sew a simple pillow case style bag out of silver cloth by cutting two squares of fabric the same size. (measure your silver trays to obtain the proper size needed – just add an 2″ extra for the seam allowances and an extra 3″ to the top) Sew around three sides of the bag and hem the opening.

2. To add an embroidered embellishment, Slip on side of the bag into a hoop, use tailors chalk to mark a monogram and embroider. A back stitch works well for this project.