Recycled Book Page and Yarn Wrapped Wreath

yarn wrapped wreath mod podge flowers

 

We love crafting with recycled book pages…. especially if they are from an old romance novel. :).  We tinted the pages with Mod Podge sheer color.  The complete instructions for this wreath can be found on our project page at plaid.

Kids Craft: Saucy Monster

kids craft bottle jar monsters Kids Craft: Saucy Monster

I have a great new project for kids – they are kind of like Japanese characters meets Cousin It. I am calling them saucy monsters. Boys and girls really love this project. They also double as banks, secret spots etc. – because you can lift the hair out and place coins (etc) into the bottle.

Plus if you have any “eyelash” yarn it is great way to use it up. I really love the glow in the dark Mod Podge and kids really love it!

They are made with a plastic salad dressing bottle or a Gatorade style bottle.

 

Here are the instructions:

1 plastic bottle (large opening at the top)
1 yard cheese cloth
Mod Podge – Glow in the dark
Crazy yarn
Googley eyes
Craft glue
Foam paint brush

1. Clean the bottle and peal the label off as best you can.
(you could spray paint them black if you want to)

2. Unfold the cheese cloth and begin attaching it to the bottle with the Mod Podge. Wrap like a mummy and keep adding the Mod Podge. Use your fingers to press down. Set aside to dry.

3. Make the hair by wrapping crazy yarn around a 10″ piece of cardboard (or you could use a yellow note pad) until you have a full amount if hair. Cut a small piece of yarn and place it towards the top, bring it through all the loops and tie a secure knot. At the other end, use scissors to cut the hair loose.

4. Glue googley eyes to the front.

5. Add the hair by placing the knot side into the opening on the bottle. You might need to trim the hair of your monster.


Milk Mummy

another variation using milk cartons

Christmas Craft: Easy Tree Craft for Kids

tissue paper trees Tissue Paper & Yarn Christmas Trees
Designed for Plaid!

This project is perfect for kids of all ages and a great way to use up scraps of yarn and tissue paper. I used a combination of Mod Podge Gloss and Mod Podge Hologram Glitter to get the ultra shiny and glittery look.

For teachers or anyone wanting to make this in bulk, check out places like create for less for larger quantities of cones. If you have a local floral supply shop – try them too. I have also seen a few goodies at the dollar store that could be altered to do this technique. Use the instructions as a spring board for your imagination.

Materials Used:
Mod Podge Gloss
Mod Podge Glitter – Hologram Gold
3 Styrofoam cones – different sizes
Scissors
Tissue paper – pink; pale green and turquoise
Yarn – raspberry, olive, dark turquoise
Wax paper

Steps:
1. Cut the tissue paper into small random shaped squares. Apply the squares to the Styrofoam tree with Mod Podge. Topcoat with a layer of Mod Podge. Add additional layers of tissue. Allow for dry time between layers.

2. Cut the yarn into 3 to 5 feet long pieces. (Use more yarn for a fuller wrap and less yarn for an open look.) Pool some Mod Podge Glitter onto a piece of wax paper. Saturate the yarn in the Mod Podge Glitter. Wrap the wet yarn around the cones. Allow to dry.

Make it: Snowflake and Yarn Wreath

Snowflake and Yarn Wreath
Decorate your front door with this crafty yarn and snowflake wreath. This is a great project for using up scraps of yarn. the snowflakes are glittered with ultra fine glitter and sealed with mod podge glitter for a mess free sparkle.

Mod Podge Glitter
Mod Podge Matte

21 Wood snowflakes
Ultra fine glitter – 4 shades of blue and green
Foam paintbrush
Wax paper
File folder
Wire wreath base
5-10 different yarns (blues and greens)
Scissors
8 Yards tulle trim
Hot glue
Mini ornaments


1. Using a foam paintbrush, liberally coat the wood snowflakes with matte Mod Podge. Working over a file folder, sprinkle the snowflakes with glitter, tap off excess glitter and set aside on wax paper to dry. Use the file folder to pour the glitter back into the storage jar. Repeat for maximum coverage. 2. Coat the items with glitter Mod Podge to seal the glitter. This prevents glitter from shedding.
3. Working in 6 feet increments, gather the yarn strands together. Tie the ends to the wire wreath and begin wrapping around the wreath. When you reach the end, tie off the ends. Repeat until the entire wreath is wrapped with yarn.
4. Use 3 strands of yarn to tie the snowflakes to the wreath.
5. Working on the backside of the wreath, hot glue the tulle trim around the wreath in a gathered fashion. On the front of the wreath add mini ball ornaments.