Monday, October 20, 2014

How To Make Doodle Cards

Have a bunch of scrap paper left over from a larger project? Hand them over to the kids and ask them to doodle away!



When they're done, turn them into quick and easy greeting cards…

Supplies:
  • Scrap papers
  • Blank 5x7 cards with envelopes
  • DecorArt® Acrylic Paint Marker
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Hand Quilter's Needle
  • Glue Dots® Pop Up Dots
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Instructions:
  1. Cut scrap papers into 2x3 and 4x7 rectangles.
  2. Use the paint marker to create various shapes and designs on top of the paper.
  3. Thread the needle.
  4. Coming up from the backside of the card, use a basic back-and-forth stitch to outline some of the doodles.
  5. When done hand stitching, tie a knot on the backside of the card.
  6. Place Glue Dots® on the back of the doodled paper.
  7. Adhere the doodled paper to the front of your blank card.
  8. Sign and date the back of the card.

Personally, I like to create blank cards because then they can be used for ANY occasion. When the occasion arises, just add words to the card using rubber stamps, rub-ons, or your children's very own handwriting.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

How To Create A Decorative Pencil Holder

How many times have you found your children tearing pictures of their favorite characters out of books and magazines, then taping them to their bedroom walls—while secretly wishing they wouldn't do that? Show them a more decorative alternative.



In just one afternoon, you can help your children create decorative pencil holders, bookends, and keepsake boxes, just like this one!

Supplies:
  • Tin can
  • Old book or magazine
  • Acrylic spray paint
  • Acrylic paints
  • Decoupage glue
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic Sealer
  • Mask

Instructions:
  1. Remove the label from a can of vegetables, then wash and dry the empty can.
  2. Put on a mask, then spray the inside and outside of the can with acrylic spray paint. Let dry for at least 3 hours.
  3. Paint the outside of the can with acrylic paints. To create the look in the picture, dry-brush various colors onto the can, allowing the base color to show through.
  4. While the paint is drying, rip your favorite picture or text out of an old book or magazine.
  5. With a paintbrush, paint a thin layer of decoupage glue on the backside of your image and adhere it to the can. Once positioned, apply the glue over the torn paper and let dry.
  6. Put on a mask, then spray the inside and outside of the can with acrylic sealer and let dry overnight.



Repeat the above steps to cover bookends, staplers, vases, catch alls, and other various desktop organizers.

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