Posted on May 19, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello friends! The project I am sharing with you tonight will make a great party decoration and craft to make with your kids! And it is affordable using supplies from Papermart. Watch the video to see how it is done:
To make the butterfly I first sprayed the doilies with my homemade spray inks (you can see my homemade ink spray tutorial here :) then shaped the doilies into wings. I also used the spray inks to color white raffia ribbon and wrapped it around a marker so it would be curly when dry. Then I glued glitter on wooden clothespins and let them dry. The antenna was made from star garland. I clipped the wings, raffia ribbon and star garland antenna together and added googlie eyes and rhinestones and it was done! These can be made in bulk assembly-line style for a party decoration too. Have fun with this project and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, party ideas | Tagged: art class ideas, classroom craft, crafts for children, doilies, glimmer mist, glitter, kids craft, papermart, party decor, party decoration, preschool craft, raffia, raffia ribbon, rhinestones, ribbon, spray ink | 8 Comments »
Posted on May 11, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello Friends! Firstly I want to wish all the moms out there a very happy mother’s day. I spent the afternoon with my mom and sister and it was wonderful. Our kids played outside all afternoon and my brother-in-law grilled a yummy dinner! It was in the 70’s and sunny and I think I might have gotten a bit of a tan! I hope your day was great as well. Since mothers day was this week I had the children in my library craft class make these for their moms:
We painted with Folk Art Enamels on 4″ glazed white tiles from the home improvement store. There are other nice oven bake paints on the market such as Pebeo and Lefranc & Bougouis but Folk art Enamels are half the price and easier to find, I think you can even get them at Wal*Mart. This is a beginner acrylic tutorial. You can paint any of these designs with regular acrylic paints on any surface you want and it will be lovely. I recommend using an enamel for glass or ceramic though and only paint areas of your ceramic that will not come in contact with food. For instance you can paint the outside of a coffee mug below the rim where you sip but not the inside of the mug. Get my drift? Now, grab a brush and let’s paint!
That was pretty easy eh? If you are wondering what my dog was barking at during the video there was a neighbors cat in the woods behind my house, he visits often and is very interested in the chickens. I do not think he can harm them since the chickens are as big as he is but he drives my dog nuts! In case you were wondering below are a list of the colors I used in the tutorial. They came in a kit. I would prefer more vivid basic colors so I would mix a variety of shades (I think I will pick up some primaries the next time I am at the store) but these colors do coordinate well together.
The colors I am using are:
#4001 Wicker white
#4029 Violet Pansy
#4019 Fresh Foliage
#4007 Berry Wine
#4015 Yellow Ocher
#4016 School Bus
#4013 Coffee Bean
#4014 Burnt Sienna
After the coasters were dry I put felt pads on the bottom so they would not scratch the furniture. Remember to let your ceramics dry for 21 days or dry 24 hours and bake at 350F or 177C (in your home oven) for 30 minutes to fully cure the enamel. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, Painting | Tagged: acrylic painting tutorial, acrylics, coasters, folk art enamels, how to paint on glass or ceramics, mothers day gift idea, tiles | 4 Comments »
Posted on April 21, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! First off I have to say “thank you!” to my online stamping friend Emilie who, a few months ago, sent me a box of crafty goodies to share with my kids and students. She sent a wonderful assortment of beads, findings, stickers, crochet hooks and doll supplies. Well they sure came in handy when my twin’s girl scout troop adopted a miniature historic house to clean up and decorate. I do not have a photo of the house they worked on but here is the furniture they made:
They made 2 lamps, a chandelier, 2 plants and a bathtub!
This reminded me of when I was little and my mother would crochet ball gowns for my barbies and I would turn cracker boxes and salt containers into doll house furnishings.
My girls did a great job, i am so proud of them. Thanks again Emilie for sharing that box of treasure. Just think, that box of unused craft supply in your corner might be a creative treasure trove to some child! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: dollhouse ideas, dollhouse miniatures, how to make a doll house lamp, how to make dollhouse plants, miniatures | 22 Comments »
Posted on April 17, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Hello folks! I love to get white crafting products because the options for using them are endless! Look as what I made with white doilies from Papermart:
All you need is a little ink and some 6″ paper doilies and you are ready to make this craft. In today’s video I will demonstrate the card but the basket is made in the same way, have a look:
Supplies for the card and tag: 6″ paper doilies, cardstock, dry adhesive, unstrung merchandise tags, baker’s twine, hot glue and homemade spray mists for dying the doilies, a Happy Mother’s Day stamp and purple inkpad. Tip! You can get Easter egg dye pellets right now from the dollar store, they make great spray ink or dip dye (just don’t add the vinegar like you would if dying eggs!) I also used a Darice honeycomb embossing folder and a white ink pad on the tag.
Supplies for the basket: paper cup (for the base), paper doilies, twisted paper cord (handle) ric-rac, fabric flowers, hot glue (I adhered all of the ruffles with hot glue, the project took 15 minutes not counting dying the doilies (I had a bunch left over from the card project.)
I planned on the basket being a “May Basket” but it is so darn cute, quick and easy you could whip up a bunch of these as Easter favors too! Or change the colors for any occasion! I hope you try these fun projects or adapt the ideas for your own unique creations! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, party ideas, quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: bulk doilies, doily ideas, easter basket, Easter craft, how to dye paper doilies, may basket, mother's day card, paper doilies, papermart, pastel | 11 Comments »
Posted on April 8, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy friends! Yesterday I showed you how to make an Easter Basket out of a cardboard box and today I’ll show you have to make carrot inspired treat box sliders using supplies from Papermart:
I used Macaroon Boxes, Tulle, Satin Ribbon, RicRac, Baker’s Twine, Unstrung Merchandise Tags, Corrugated Paper, and a Glue Gun and Glue Sticks. This was a fun project! You can really adapt it to any theme but I thought carrot colored Easter treats would be handy this time of year.
They will stand up on their own or you can place them in your snazzy handmade Easter basket!
Best of all the boxes come neatly stacked in a pack of 25 so you can have them always on hand for upcoming projects and packaging. I love versatile products, don’t you? Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids, party ideas, quick projects, Stamping | Tagged: bunny, corrugated paper, craft supplies, easter basket, Easter craft, Easter craft project, Easter Favors, favor boxes, macaroon boxes, papermart, party favors, Stamping, treat box | 10 Comments »
Posted on April 7, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter
Every time I shop at a Sam’s Club I look at the large boxes that stuff comes in. Sometimes the boxes end up in the recycling bin but other times they become a project:
This Easter basket started out as a Chex Mix box but with a little help from Papermart it became a useful project that was fun to make. Today I’ll show you how.
Supplies: A cardboard box, hot glue gun and glue sticks, twisted paper cord, corrugated paper, foam flowers, and raffia ribbon. Tomorrow I’ll show you how to make the sweet favor boxes that are in the basket, they are easy too!
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Filed under: Crafts 4 Kids | Tagged: cardboard box, DIY Easter basket, easter basket, easter crafts, favor boxes, how to make an Easter Basket, papermart, Recycling | 4 Comments »