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.

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Faux Mexi-Embroidered Shirt via Crafty Chica.

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

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Hobo T-shirt Bag via Trinkets in Bloom.

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Vintage Tags via Jader Bomb

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Mod Podge Kitchen Canisters via Cathie and Steve for Plaid.

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Buoy Lights via Debi’s Design Diary

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No Sew T-shirt Pillows via Dollar Store Crafts

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Cardboard Bracelets via Mark Montano

DIY Recycled Valentine Vase with Mod Podge Sheer Colors

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Craft this DIY Recycled Valentine Vase with Mod Podge Sheer Colors.  We promise it is easy!  The sheer colors are just swirled around the inside or you can brush them on the outside to tint any glass.

 Learn More about Sheer Colors in this Video!

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What you need:
Mason jar
Mod Podge ® Sheer Color – Pink, 4 oz.
Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Valentine paper
Scissors
Foam Paintbrush
Mod Podge ® Mod Melts – White Milk Glass
Mod Podge ® Mod Molds – Flowers
FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Hologram, 2 oz.
Hot glue
Rhinestones
Diamond trim
Silk flowers

Instructions

Always begin by cleaning and drying your mason jar.

Swirl Method: Pour Sheer Color Mod Podge into the jar. Swirl the Sheer Color around the inside until it covers all the sides. Turn the jar upside down into a paper cup and let the excess drizzle out of the jar. Allow it to sit for 10 hours. Turn the jar over and allow it to dry until the color is clear. Use a craft knife to trim off any excess around the rim.

Cut a design from Valentine scrapbook paper. Apply Mod Podge Matte to the back of the paper, position onto the front of the mason jar. Press with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. Top coat the image and the entire mason jar with Mod Podge Matte. Allow to dry.

Create the Mod Melt Flowers by heating a Mod Melt stick in a high-temp hot glue gun. Squeeze the melt into the small rose mold. Allow the melt to cool for 7 min. Remove the melt from the mold.

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To finish the rose Mod Melt, paint the melt with a coat of Extreme Glitter Hologram.

Hot glue diamond mesh ribbon around the neck of the jar, a Mod Melt rose to the front of the jar and rhinestones around the rose. Fill the vase with silk flowers.

TIP: Add clip art, monograms or computer printed words to make it personalized.

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DIY Skull Sweater with Fabric Mod Podge – Tutorial + Video

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We love the recycling and re-making clothes and fabrics into new projects!  This skull sweater is made with a thrift shop little girls dress, a sweater from Target and Fabric Mod Podge.  Fabric Mod Podge is washable….. so even though I added stitches for extra embellishment, you really don’t need them.

How to VIDEO!

 

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Gather Supplies: Fabric Mod Podge, Sweater, Fabric for Applique, Scissors, Paintbrush, Plastic Bag, Embroidery Floss and Needles.

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Our fabric was recycled from a little girls dress that we got at the thrift shop.  We used it to make the sweater and the notebook below.

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Begin by sliding a plastic bag in between the layers of the sweater.

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Cut a skull shape from the fabric.

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Cut scraps to serve as the white parts of the eyes, nose and teeth.

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Glue the eyes, nose and teeth scraps to the back of the skull and trim around the edges.

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Coat the back with Fabric Mod Podge and position onto the back of the sweater.

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Smooth with your fingers and allow to dry.

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Sew random embroidery and whip stitches around the design.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Cathie and Steve

How to Make Fairy Wings with Hangers and Tights

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If you have a few wire hangers, some tights and a little imagination you can whip-up fairy wings in an afternoon.  The sky is the limit when it comes to the decorating!  Use glitter, dye, rhinestones, ribbons and silk flowers.

Materials:
3 wire coat hangers
2 pairs 3x pantyhose in colors
duct tape
2 yd. elastic
needle and thread
scissors
2 large silk flowers
optional decorations: fabric dye, ribbon, glitter, fabric paint, and feathers

1. Bend one of the coat hangers into a loose oval shape to form one of the upper sections of the wings. Work with the curves already in the hanger, reshaping the wire so it does not look like a hanger (think graceful butterfly wings). Secure the hook by bending it back. When you are satisfied with the shape of the hanger, shape a second hanger to match the first one, making a matching set of frames for the top wings.

2. Shape the third hanger into the bottom of the wings by bending the hanger in the center and bringing it towards the hook to create two little wing shapes. Secure the hook by bending it back.

3. Lay the hangers together with all hooks in the center. You should have two larger oval wings on the sides, and the small bottom piece should slightly overlap both wings. At this stage, the wire frame should resemble a butterfly. Using duct tape, secure the hooks of the hangers together. Be careful to cover the hooks completely, and use as much tape as needed to secure the frame.

4. Using colored pantyhose (or you can use fabric dye to tint white pantyhose), lay out one pair se and cut 20″ from each toe end of the pantyhose. Starting at the bottom section of the wings, stretch one leg of the hose over the lower wire section of the frame. Pull the fabric tight and gather in the center. Loop, pull and twist the excess pantyhose around the taped center section and secure with a whipstitch.

5. Lay out the second pair of pantyhose and cut 30″ from each toe end. Working on the two upper sections of the wings, stretch each leg over each of the two wire sections. Pull the fabric tight and gather in the center. Loop, pull and twist the excess pantyhose around the center-taped section and secure with a whipstitch.

6. To attach straps, cut the elastic in half to make two 1-yard pieces. Fold each piece in half and wrap it underneath one upper-side panel of the wings; tie a knot to secure in place (figure F). Repeat for the second wing. Place the wings on your back and bring one elastic piece over your shoulder and the other piece up under your arm. Tie a knot to secure. Repeat for the other side.

7. Glue large flowers in the center of the wings to cover the duct tape and stitching. Embellish the wings with glitter, marabou trim, ribbons, pearls, fabric paint, sequins or rhinestones.

 

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Video: Create Neon Halloween Potion Bottles

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Make it: Recycled Card Ornament

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Re-craft the stacks of holiday cards from years past…. and make…..ORNAMENTS! They are simple to make and after you make just one ornament you will have the hang of it!

Materials:
several used greeting or note cards
2-1/2″ punch, or a glass with a 2-1/2″ base for tracing
pencil
small scrap of cardboard
ruler
glue stick
binder clips
hole punch
decorative ribbon
optional — bone folder

1. Use the 2-1/2″ punch (or trace a 2-1/2″ glass base) to punch 20 circles from assorted cards. 2. Using a ruler and pencil, draw a triangle measuring 2-1/8″ on all sides on a scrap of cardboard; cut out the triangle to use as a template.


3. Trace the triangle onto the back of each greeting card circle and score each circle along the triangle lines using a bone folder or ruler. The circle should fold so the printed sides of each circle are on the interior of a small triangle-bowl shape.

4. Using five of the scored circles, glue stick the flap of one circle to the flap of another, continuing with all five circles to form a star shape. Clamp together with binder clips and let dry for 15 minutes.

5. Working with 10 more greeting card circles for the middle layer, glue the flaps to the bottom layer flaps, clamp and let dry.


6. Use the last five greeting card circles to form a top layer. Glue, clamp and dry.
7. Punch one extended flap with the hole punch, thread a length of decorative ribbon and hang.

SEW EASY: Faux Christmas Stockings Made From a Vintage Bedspread and Place-mats.

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Can you believe this was once a bedspread and a place-mat?

Faux Stockings?  Yes faux!  I decided to make these sox as decorations.  No need to line them – just a super quick and easy decorating idea.  We each have our own personal stockings that Santa fills and those sox are tucked under the big tree and opened on Christmas morning. These stockings are just for looks!

This is our third Christmas in our new house and this year I decided to up-size and down-size at the same time.  Sounds funny!  I gotta get my holiday decorating under control – so I am planning on boxing the ornaments and accouterments by room or tree.  I am setting a look for each space and I am gonna try to stick to it for a few years.  I am positive that this will make holiday decorating easier and faster next year….(haha) I currently have 5 trees decorated and a gazillion little mini trees.

I decided that for the front living-room, I wanted an off-beat color palette.   So I went with gold, deep teal, olive green and silver.  I had lots of items in this color family and needed to make some new.  I am making faux stockings (quick and easy) for decorations, a small tree skirt, cone trees and a few toss pillows.  For the fabric I am using a vintage gold bedspread that was given to me by my MIL and teal place-mats from Target (a few years old).  I have matching runners for the place-mats so I can use them as decorations too.

First I made a stocking pattern.  For this I traced a stocking that I made for my hubby 11 years ago.  I have no idea if I used a pattern or just free-handed it.

Working with the fabric in a double layer and right sides together I pinned the pattern in place.

Next, I cut out the stocking pattern.  I am making 3 faux sox for across my mantel…so I cut 3 sets.

 Pin the pieces together along the edge.
 Stitch the seams.  I only allowed for a small seam allowance.
Clip the seams every 1/2 inch.  This allows for soft curves.
Turn the stocking right side out.

I had to trim down the place-mat to a small size.  I decided to loose a section in the middle and seam up.  To do this I trimmed away a few inches.  BTW – I like to use matte scotch tape for quick markings.  Super simple.  Works great on cotton etc.  Not good on silks.

Trim away the center.  I’ll saving the scraps to incorporate into the pillows.

Pin the edges.
Sew the seam.

Open the place-mat with the seaming running vertical in the center and position the top of the sock in the far left corner.  Make sure the toe of the sock is pointing to the right.  Pin and sew into place.

Flip the place-mat in half.  Pull the fabric so it has an inch over hang.  See the edge in the picture.

Fold the place-mat in half.
Hand sew the side seam closed.
Love this gold ribbon.  Leftovers from Creative Juice.
Grab some buttons.

Hand sew a loop hanger to the corner.  A silk flower with a rhinestone button to the left corner.  BTW the silk flower is from my shop….. Silk Flower Section at Cathie Filian Supply Shop.

Hand sew buttons to the top of the stocking.

Hang across the mantel.  You can see from the picture that I still need to sew the buttons to the center stocking.  Time to get stitching!

Happy Holidays…XO!
Cathie

Halloween Witch Crafts: Kids Milk Jug Pinata

Kids will go batty for this milk jug pinata! Made with Mod Podge and tissue paper! This Mod Podge project was designed for Plaid. Pop by my page at Plaid to see this project and tons more ideas!!!

Materials Needed:
FolkArt One Stroke Brushes – Script Liner, #1
FolkArt Artists Pigments – Pure Black
FolkArt Artists Pigments – Titanium White
FolkArt Metallics – Gunmetal Gray
Mod Podge Gloss
Filbert brush
Plastic milk/water jug (1 gallon)
Craft knife
Candy
Masking tape
Scissors
Tissue paper – Lime Green
Foam paintbrush
Tacky Glue
Black felt square
One 2″ Styrofoam ball
Two Googly eyes
Egg carton
Yarn
Skewer
Tape

Steps:

1. Make sure the milk container is clean and dry before starting. Cut a U-shaped flap in the back of the milk jug with a craft knife (parents help with the knife).

2. Fill the jug with candy and tape the flap closed with a small piece of masking tape. This is just to hold the flap down as you add tissue paper, so you only need to use a little bit of tape.

3. Cut your tissue paper into small (roughly 2″) squares and paste them to the jug with Mod Podge. Put as many or as few layers of tissue paper for your desired look, but be sure to cover the opening with two to three layers this will hold the flap down just enough so that the pinata will be able to burst open when hit. Allow the Mod Podge to dry thoroughly.

4. For hair cut jagged bangs into the felt and glue to the pinata (use the photo for placement reference).

5. Using the craft knife, slice the Styrofoam ball in half. Press your finger into the dome portion of the ball for the Googly eyes. Glue the eyes into the wells on the balls. Glue the eyes to the pinata.

6. Just above the eyes paint a scar across the forehead and a squiggle on the chin with Pure Black paint and a detail brush. Paint a squared mouth with the Pure Black paint using the larger brush. Paint teeth using the Titanium White paint.

7. Cut 2 egg sections from the egg carton. Paint them with the Gunmetal Grey paint. Glue to the sides of the head with tacky glue.

8. Using the tip of the craft knife. Poke a small hole in the top back of the pinata. Poke a second hole in the back of the pinata about 1″ down from the top. Tape a long piece of yarn to a skewer and thread through the two holes. Tie a knot in the yarn to secure and hang.

Plaid Craft TV: Kids Play Kitchen and Toy Cake

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A dream-come-true for budding chefs: a pint-size kitchen made with love and FolkArt acrylic paint! Games, make-believe and simply sweet décor have been specially created for the younger set. Stay tuned for all three Kids’ Activities segments and bonus projects, too!

Small bedside dresser with 2 drawers
Wood filler
Primer paint
3” foam paintbrush
Saw
Lipped plastic tub (sink)
Sink fixtures
Low tack painters tape
1” foam paintbrush
Oven knob
Heavy duty glue
2 simple handle drawer pulls
4” craft wood (cut to the width of the dresser)
Decorative wood trim (cut to the width of the dresser)
Glue
Stove top burner clip art
2 handles or drawer pulls
Pink fabric
2 eye hooks
2 cup hooks
Pom pom trim
Dowel rod (cut to the width of the dresser)
1” flat brush
Painted flower shape

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Parisian Pink, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Tickled Pink, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Licorice
FolkArt ® Fabric™ Paint – Brush On – Metallic Rose Shimmer
FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ – Pure Black, 2 oz.
FolkArt ® Metallics – Silver Sterling, 2 oz.
Plaid ® Wood Surfaces – Hearts
FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 8 oz.
Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Instructions

1. Clean the dresser thoroughly. Remove the hardware and drawers. Discard one drawer. Fill any holes with wood filler. Prime the entire dresser and the front of the remaining drawer. Apply 2 coats of Whicker White paint over the entire dresser and drawer.

2. To make the sink: Measure the inside lip of the plastic tub. Make a paper template of the measurement. Using the template as a guide, cut a hole in the left side of the dresser. Drop in the tub. Screw a sink fixture above the sink.

3. To make the oven drawer: Paint the inside area of the drawer with Sterling Silver paint. Use low tack tape to mark off a silver box in the center. Paint the edges with Pure Black paint. Attach a handle to the top of the drawer. Glue an oven knob to the center of the drawer. Place into the lower drawer section.

4. Add a back splash by painting a piece of 4” craft wood Tickled Pink. Paint the decorative trim and 3 wood hearts Parisian Pink. Glue the trim across the top of the craft wood and the hearts to the craft wood. Attach the backsplash to the back of the dresser with nails or wood glue.

5. To make the oven: Use Mod Podge to attach paper clip art of a stove burner to the top of the dresser on the right side. Glue two knobs or drawer pulls near the burner.

6. To make the drape: Screw two cup hooks into each upper corner of the dresser near the removed drawer. Screw two eye hooks into the ends of a cut to size dowel rod. Sew a small drape to fit across the dresser. Paint large cherries across the front of the drape. Thread the drape onto the dowel rod and hang by the cup hooks.

7. Add embellishments: Glue pom pom trim around the top edge of the dresser. Add painted hearts and daisies to the fronts and sides of the dresser.

8. To make a towel bar screw a drawer pull in the side of the dresser and hand a small towel from it.

 

This bonus idea is perfect making toy cakes, pies or cupcakes.

For this we used recycled elements, paint and styrofoam disks.

For the instructions for the designs pictured visit this link.

Make it: Altered Domino Pendant for St. Patrick’s Day

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If you wanna create a quick and fun necklace to show off your Irish pride on St. Patrick’s day all you need to do alter a domino with a little Mod Podge, Dimensional Magic and an Irish image. To add a little glitz attach a few rhinestones or add a little glitter glue.

Materials:
2051 – Royal Coat Dimensional Magic – Clear
CS11239 – Mod Podge Paper – Gloss, 16 oz.
Domino
Irish image (shrunk to fit)
Scrap paper
Scissors
Foam paintbrush
Gem glue
Rhinestones
Bail
E6000 glue
Ball chain

Steps:
1. Trace the domino onto the Irish image, cut out circle. Apply Mod Podge to the backside of the paper. Position onto the domino. Topcoat with a layer of Mod Podge. Allow to dry. Cut small strips of scrap paper and attach them around the domino in the same fashion as the top.

2. Attach rhinestones to the top and bottom of the domino using gem glue. Once dry, apply a think coat of dimensional magic to create a high gloss finish.

3. Using heavy-duty glue, attach a bail to the back side. Once dry, attach to a ball chain.