4 Summer Fun Projects from Our Blog Friends

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4 Summer Fun Projects from Our Blog Friends

Welcome to our new feature here at Handmade Happy Hour!  Each week we will have posts from our blog friends.  We never know what each other is creating so each week it is something new and different!

This week it is all about Summer FUN!

1. Ring Around the Rosie Bracelet by Jade from the Jaderbomb blog. We are loving the ocean blue beads and simplicity.  Makes me wanna run to the beach…

2. Pinch and Twist Technique by Margot Potter for I Love to Create.  This technique is so quick and easy!  I can see endless projects.

3. Zebra Yard Flamingos! from Dollar Store Crafts.  We are at the dollar store at least twice a week – getting the supplies for this on our next trip!

4. Outdoor Party Lanterns by Mark Montano.  Where is our umbrella drink to go with this party lantern?  Don’t you just want to sit and lounge under these pretty lanterns?  Have a peek at his new video!

Tye dying stripes and freezer paper stencils!

Dying stripes with washout glue and fabric dye is so easy.  To get good stripes use painters tape!  This simple technique of creating dyed stripes is so fun and addicting! The best part is that you will only need Elmers washable school glue, blue painters tape and Rit dye to create the stripes. Embellish with Folkart fabric paints, freezer paper stencils, rhinestones, ribbons or anything that strikes your fancy.

This was designed for Rit Dye.

Prewash and dry tote bag to remove any sizing or finishes that may interfere with the absorption of the dyes.

Lay dry bag on a flat surface. Place strips of masking tape diagonally across the bag, leaving ½” space between the strips.

Brush a medium layer of Elmer’s Clear School on the bag between the strips of tape.  When dyeing, this creates a resist that will result in a striped pattern. Let the glue dry for 5 hours.  Remove masking tape.

Wearing rubber gloves, mix one-half box of Fuchsia Rit Dye with 1 gallon very hot water.  Immerse wrapped bag in dye bath for about 10 minutes or until desired color is reached.

Remove bag from dye and rinse in cold water until water runs clear. Then wash bag in warm water with a mild detergent. Rinse and hang dry.

Draw or trace a horse carousel design on non-waxed side of freezer paper. Cut out inside of shape to make a stencil. Using a warm iron, iron waxed side of paper stencil to bag, as shown.
Brush black fabric paint inside the stencil. Let paint dry. Remove the freezer paper. Heat set the paint with a warm iron.

Glue rhinestone accents to carousel. Add ribbon to the handle and tie a black bow to handle of bag.

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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101 Tees: Irish You Were Beer

Irish Eyes are Smiling!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner!  You still have time paint up tee and show off your Irish Pride!   For this design I made stencils using freezer paper, you could also use self-stick shelf liner.

Custom cut stencils are a snap to make!  For ease of cutting, always use a sharp craft knife and a self-healing mat.

Materials:
Paper Printed with an Irish saying
Green T-Shirt
Marker
Freezer Paper or self-stick shelf liner
Craft Knife
Self Healing Mat
Ruler
Iron
Stencil Brush
FolkArt White Fabric Paint

Steps:
1.  Begin by printing an Irish saying onto a piece of paper.  Chunky letters work best.  Re-size the letters as needed.

2. Make a stencil of the saying by laying freezer paper (wax side down) or shelf liner over the words.  Tape both pieces to the self-healing mat. Use the sharp craft knife to cut out the design leaving a border around the design.

3. Position the freezer paper stencil in the center of the tee. Use a warm iron to attach the wax side of the paper to the tee. For shelf liner, stick the cutout design to the tee. Stick the insides of the letters to the tee.  (this is for letters like o, a b)

4. Dab a stencil brush in white fabric paint. You want to work with a semi-dry brush, so tap off enough excess paint. Working up and down, tap the brush over the stencil.  Allow the paint to dry. Peel off the stencil and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to heat set the paint.

Paint a Modern Table Runner with Blue Painter’s Tape

table runner Rustic Pumpkin Centerpiece & Modern Table Runner

On the table runner the simple and modern shapes were created with low tack painter’s tape and FolkArt fabric paint. By combining the metallic bronze and chocolate brown this project is perfect for fall holidays.

Table Runner Materials
FolkArt Fabric Paint – 4429 Metallic Solid Bronze
Store bought cotton or linen table runner
Scotch painter’s tape corners – 2 rolls
Ruler
Foam paintbrush
Wax paper
Iron and board

Steps:
1. Iron the table runner to remove any wrinkles. Choose a work surface where the runner can sit for the duration of the project. Place the runner with a sheet of wax paper under it on the work surface.

2. Adhere the corner tape pieces to the runner in your desired position. (We made this design in blocks of 4 corners.) Press down on each piece of tape to ensure the edges are firmly against the fabric. If needed, use a ruler to help you center the pieces.

3. Pour a small amount of paint onto a plastic plate or palette, dab the brush into the paint and tap off the excess. You will want a semi-dry brush for this project. For best results, paint in an “up and down” fashion rather then side to side. Paint the entire runner.

4. All the paint to dry and allow to air dry for 24 hours. Heat set with a dry iron and a pressing cloth. Handwash only after 72 hours.

DIY Halloween T-Shirt – Caution I Bite!

DIY Halloween t-shirt vampire
I Bite Tee

Paring a painted design and Halloween themed iron-letters is a quick way to make a Halloween tee. Make your own stencils using freezer paper or clear self-stick shelf liner. For ease of cutting, always use a sharp craft knife and a self-healing mat. For other design ideas, look at clip art or in design books.

Materials:
Scrap Paper
Marker
Freezer Paper or self-stick shelf liner
Craft Knife
Self Healing Mat
Ruler
Iron
Stencil Brush
FolkArt Red Fabric Paint
Iron-on Letters

Steps:
1. Using scrap paper draw a simple Halloween image or sketch the mouth from above. Make a stencil of the sketch by laying freezer paper or shelf liner over the sketch, tape them together. Tape both pieces to the self-healing mat. Use the sharp craft knife to cut out the design leaving a border around the design.

2. Using a ruler as a guide, align the cutout on the tee. For freezer paper stencils, use a warm iron to attach the wax side of the paper to the tee. For shelf liner, stick the cutout design to the tee. Stick the insides of the letters.

3. Dab a stencil brush in red fabric paint. You want to work with a semi-dry brush, so tap off enough excess paint. Working up and down, tap the brush over the stencil.

4. Allow the paint to dry. Peel off the stencil and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to heat set the paint.

5. Attach iron-on letters that spell – “I Bite” under the painted design.

My latest book, 101 Tees (Lark Books) will hit the shelves August 2011!

DIY Halloween Costumes Punk Mummy and Witch

handmade costumes witch mummy
Glam Witch and Punk Mummy Costumes

A simple work blouse and ordinary skirt are transformed into a spine-tingling witch costume full of flair. Get wrapped up in this scary mummy costume for grown ups and you’ll be the hit of the party.

Mummy Supplies:
10-15 yards muslin
1 pair black thermal underwear
Black cotton gloves
Black ski cap
Black craft paint
Spray bottle
300+ safety pins
Scissors
8” Piece of String
Plastic drop cloth (optional)

Steps:
1. Wash muslin to remove any sizing and dry. Cut muslin into 2-yard lengths to make it easier to work with.

2. Mix 2 tablespoons of black craft paint for every 1.5 cups of water and fill spray bottle with mixture.

3. Prepare to “age” the muslin bandages by laying the 2-yard lengths outside on the grass or on top of a plastic drop cloth inside. Randomly spray all the muslin pieces with the solution, refilling the spray bottle as needed. Be careful not to cover the muslin with too much paint solution or it will turn a solid muddy grey, instead of the speckled aged look. Allow muslin to dry.

4. To create the mummy’s “bandages” start by making notches with scissors every 2-3” on one short side of the muslin, then tear the strips all the way down lengthwise. This will give the bandages an old frayed look.

5. Once torn, lay the strips together and twist the bundle until it folds up on itself and tie with a string. Leave bandages in pleating bundle overnight. Repeat # 4 & 5 for each muslin piece.

6. Pin bandages on thermal underwear, gloves & hat. It’s handy to have a friend wear the outfit while pinning. When one strip ends, simply pin another to the end and continue wrapping. This can be a long process, so try using just enough pins to get a general fit while it’s on your friend, then later lay the pieces on a table and add more pins to really “punk out” your mummy. The more pins, the better!

7. While pinning, it’s ok to leave some small areas blank, without bandages. You can also try leaving the last 3-5” of a few strategically placed bandages unpinned; like at an elbow or knee, and then fray them with the scissors. These spaces and tattered ends create character making your punk mummy all the more ghoulish. Happy Haunting!

Glam Witch Supplies:
Broom skirt, black
Poet blouse, cotton preferably
Wide black belt
Craft paint (black, silver, white)
Fabric dye (Pearl grey)
Spray bottle
Assorted black & silver trim
Witch’s hat
1/2 yard black tulle
Assorted feathers
Fabric-Tac
Hot glue
Seam ripper
Black craft foam
Silver glitter glue
1/4 yard red tulle
Scissors
Plastic drop cloth (optional)

*Note: The key is to utilize old clothes you already have or easy-to-find store bought pieces. Use what we did as an inspiration to make your own personalized witch outfit. Crank up your imagination and get glam!

Steps:
1. Follow instructions on store bought fabric dye and dye the white poet blouse grey. Allow to dry.

2. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of black craft paint for every 1.5 cups of water and fill a spray bottle with mixture.

3. Prepare to age & witchify your blouse by laying it outside on the grass or on top of a large plastic drop cloth. Lightly spritz entire blouse with the solution to get a speckled aged look. Then layer on more paint solution at the bottom edges of the bodice and sleeve cuffs until the edges are almost black, thinning out into the light grey going up the blouse. Refill spray bottle as needed. Allow to dry.

4. Use scissors to cut & tear ragged strips along the bottom of the broom skirt. Repeat step 2 & 3 with white and silver craft paints and spray layers of color onto the skirt. Remember to keep heavier layers towards the bottom and thin it out going up the skirt. Allow to dry.

5. Glam up the blouse by trimming the cuffs and neckline with sparkly ribbon or black braid trim. Then distress cuffs and bottom edge of bodice by ripping the seams open with a seam ripper.

6. Stuff hat with 1/4 yd black tulle to make the peak stand up. Glam up the brim using Fabric-Tac and some glitzy trim. Add 1/4 yard twisted black tulle around crown base & secure with spot of hot glue. Add some feathers or glittered plastic spiders to tulle with more hot glue.

7. Turn your favorite Mary Janes or black heels into witchy shoes. Use our buckle template to cut 2 buckle shapes from sticky backed, black craft foam. Cover both with silver glitter paint and allow to dry. Weave folded piece of red tulle through & over center section. Peel off sticky backing and secure buckles to shoes with bobby pins. Can hot glue to shoes for more permanent use.

Make it: 4th of July Napkins and Cookie Cutter Napkin Rings