8 Spring DIY Fashion and Home Design Projects

8 spring diy craft projects

Here is a healthy round-up of 8 bold and bright DIY projects that are perfect for sprucing you your wardrobe and home.


Faux Mexi-Embroidered Shirt via Crafty Chica.


Stamped Bottle Cap Necklaces via I Can Make Metal Stamped Jewelry.


Hobo T-shirt Bag via Trinkets in Bloom.


Vintage Tags via Jader Bomb


Mod Podge Kitchen Canisters via Cathie and Steve for Plaid.


Buoy Lights via Debi’s Design Diary


No Sew T-shirt Pillows via Dollar Store Crafts


Cardboard Bracelets via Mark Montano

DIY Thrift Shop Hutch Chalk Finish Makeover + tons of decorating projects.

folkart chalk paint distress paint jo-ann fabrics

We love making over furniture with paint and mod podge!  This thrift shop hutch was perfect for creating that old distressed look FolkArt Chalk.  Head over to your local Jo-Ann Fabrics or visit them online for more scoop.

Video HOW TO!!

Have a peek at some our our featured projects….

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IMG_1592Love how the paint worked on ceramics.


Really great on glass!


Faux Patina!


Works good with stencils too!


FolkArt Chalk works great on paper mache too!


Here is the Chalk finish on clay pots.


I love layering the colors!!!

Thanks! xo

Cathie and Steve

Thriftshop Makeover: DIY Harvest Basket with Paints and Mod Podge

bountful basket mod podge thanksgiving rustic

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.

Painted Spooky Tree Pumpkin

tree painted mod podge pumpkin

Painting on pumpkins is a snap with FolkArt paints.  The paper leaves and pumpkins were cut from scrap paper and applied with Mod Podge!  Super easy and spooky!

What we used:
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Orange, 5 oz.
FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Pure Black, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Metallics – Gunmetal Gray, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Coffee Bean, 2 oz.
Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Large foam pumpkin
Medium round paintbrush
Book pages
Pumpkin-themed scrapbook paper


Using black paint and a round paintbrush paint a spooky tree on the surface of the pumpkin. Use the image as a guide.

Paint over the black paint with coffee bean brown. Add small highlights with gunmetal gray. With a dry brush add wispy brushstrokes from the branches and base of the tree. Allow to dry.

Cut small paper leaves from the book pages. Using Mod Podge as a glue, attach the leaves to the branches of the trees. Top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge.

Cut pumpkins from scrapbook paper, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the pumpkins, position onto the pumpkin at the base of the tree, press with your fingers and top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge.

Add glitter highlights with Extreme glitter to the pumpkins and base of the tree.

Paint the stem of the pumpkin black.

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.

Craft This: Custom Painted Coffee Mugs

Winter Wonderland Mugs

Time to cozy up with a custom painted mug.  Perfect for serving tea, coco or coffee.  The painting is super easy with reusable sticky stencils and FolkArt Enamel Paint.  These we made these for the  Michaels Cyber Monday event.  Have a peek at the video below.

DIY Handpainted Apple Bobbing Tub for Halloween

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DIY Apple Bobbing Tub
Doctor up a metal tub with paints to create an Apply Bobbing Tub.

Bobbing for apples on the set of Witch Crafts.

Large galvanized tub
Painters tape
Metal paints
Paint pens
Permanent marker
Large & small paintbrushes

1. Starting at the top of the tub, use low tack painters’ tape to make a border. Tape another line about 1” below the first.

2. Paint a checkerboard in between the taped lines. If needed, use a paint pen to trace around each square to clean up each line. Pull the tape off while the paint is still wet to prevent the paint from lifting. Allow the paint to dry for about one hour.

3. For the bottom stripe repeat the taping technique in step 1 and paint in one solid color. Peel off the tape before the paint is dry and allow the paint to dry for about one hour.

9. Using a permanent marker, draw bats onto the tub. Fill in with black paint. Allow the painted tub to dry for a full 24 hours before exposing it to moisture. Fill with water and apples, and dive in!

Easy Craft! Paint a Pumpkin Candy Bowl

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Paint a Halloween Candy Bowl!
This project is as easy as pumpkin pie! All you need is an orange bowl, yellow and black FolkArt Craft paint and a paintbrush. If you can’t find an orange bowl – just paint one orange.On one side of the bowl, paint the face of a jack-o-lantern with yellow paint and allow the paint to dry. Using black craft, highlight a few edges of the yellow to create depth. Allow the black paint to dry. Add small vertical lines of black paint to simulate the ridges in a pumpkin.

Fill with your favorite Halloween candy, and enjoy. Because all the paint is on the outside you can use unwrapped candy!

make it: 4th of July Party Banner

4th of july pary banner

4th of July Party Banner

This banner is perfect to string across your front porch, patio or picnic table. The soft sparkles from the extreme glitter are sure to please and shine in the summer sun.


Folkart paint – 436 Fire Engine Red
Extreme Glitter – Red
Folkart paint – 643 Azure Blue
Extreme Glitter – Turquoise
Extreme Glitter – Silver
9 large wood circles
Foam paintbrush
Felt Stars – red,white and blue
Hot glue
Chipboard letters – BOOM BANG
Wood Star
Tulle – red, white and blue 1/3 yard each
Red, white and blue ribbon – 6 yards
9 small wood disks
Scrap ribbons


1. Paint 8 of the wood circles with the red paint and 1 of the circles with the blue paint. Allow to dry. Paint each circle with 2 or 3 coats of Extreme Glitter. Use the red over the red circles and the turquoise over the blue circle. Allow for dry time in between coats. Paint the wood star with the same technique using either red or turquoise.

2. Topcoat the chipboard letters with silver Extreme Glitter.

3. Hot glue a felt star to the center of each wood circle. Next, hot glue a chipboard letter to the center of the star. (For this project I spelled Boom and Bang, but you could spell anything related to the 4th of July.)For the blue circle, hot glue the wood star in the center.

4. Cut the tulle into 5 X 5 squares and layer the tulle by color. Got glue a stack of 6 layers of tulle behind each wood circle. Trim the tulle to a semi round shape and slice around the circle to create a fringed effect.

5. Line up the tulled wood circles across the red, white and blue ribbon. Place the “star” circle in the center to separate the words “BOOM” and “BANG”. Hot glue the circles to the ribbon (it is best to glue towards the top of the circle). Hot glue a small wood disk over the glued section for extra security.