During the spring I love having a picnic. It is one of my favorite things to do this time of year. There’s nothing like packing up some sandwiches, chips, sodas, and some fruit to lounge and dine at a park on nice warm day. Typically picnics are very casual, and paper plates or Tupperware are used to eat off of. Well here is a way you can add some flair to your picnic, create these stenciled and stitched napkin and charger. Cathie and Steve designed this adorable project. It is an easy project that will take an hour to create. Have you been on a picnic this year?
- Apple Barrel ® Colors – Melted Chocolate, 2 oz.
- FolkArt ® Shiny™ Acrylic Paint – Sugar Plum, 2 oz.
- Plaid ® Craft Stencils – Value Packs – Foliage/Leaf
- FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Parchment, 2 oz.
1. Position the bird stencil in the corner (1.5” from the edge) of the light colored fabric. Tape the stencil to the fabric to secure. Load the stencil paintbrush with sugar plum paint, tap off the excess paint. Working directly above the stencil, tap the brush over the bird design. Lift the stencil to reveal the design. Next stencil the branch with melted chocolate paint and the leaves with parchment paint. Wash stencil and reuse. Heat set the paint with an iron.
2. Place the painted fabric right-side down on the right-side of the printed fabric. Pin around the edges. Stitch around the edges (leave a space open for turning and stuffing). Trim the edges and corners, turn the napkin right-side out, press. Sew a boarder around the edge.
3. Embellish the napkin with free-form stitching. (This will also serve as a quilt effect, holding the two pieces together) Hand sew buttons to the bird design. Tie up the napkin with a scrap of fabric.
4. To paint the charger, tape the bird stencil to the edge of the charger. Load the stencil paintbrush with sugar plum paint, tap off the excess paint. Working directly above the stencil, tap the brush over the bird design. Lift the stencil to reveal the design. If needed, fill in the design with paint and a small brush.
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Since Cinco de Mayo is quickly approaching, we here at Plaid wanted to share with you another project you can create for this occasion. Shake up some fun using these Floral ZigZag Maracas. One of our fabulous designers, Kindra Boroff created these maracas. These were made using FolkArt paint, FolkArt Extreme Glitter, and Mod Podge. This is an intermediate level craft that will take 2 hours to complete. Be the life of the party with these bright and festive maracas. Enjoy!
FolkArt Acrylic Paint: 2553 Lime Green, 2578 New Leaf Green, 412 Magenta, 660 Pure Gold
FolkArt Extreme Glitter: 2836 Champagne
Mod Podge: CS11305 4oz Matte
Plaid tools: 1534 1 ¼” Spouncer, 1” Flat
6” Paper mache eggs, Large dowel rods, Dried beans, Brown craft paper, Hot glue, Sandpaper, Scissors, Gloss Sealer
1. Cut the dowel rods into 2- 11” pieces. Sand the edge of one side to create a smooth handle.
2. Cut a hole into the bottom of the paper mache eggs and fill with dried beans. Add hot glue to the un-sanded end of the dowel rod, insert into the egg, attaching to the inside top of the egg. Hot glue around the hole of the egg and the dowel rod.
3. Cut pieces of craft paper and Mod Podge to the egg and the handle to create a finished look.
4. Base-coat the maracas with New Leaf Green. With the masking tape create a zigzag pattern as shown. Tape off thin stripes on the handles. Paint with Lime Green.
5. Remove tape and paint the flowers onto the maracas with Magenta. Add Pure Gold centers to the flowers. Add Champagne glitter to the centers.
6. Seal with gloss sealer.
When people think of May they generally think of Mother’s Day, however there is another reason to celebrate this month and that’s Cinco de Mayo. This festive holiday is approaching quickly, and will be here this weekend. In case you are planning to throw a little fiesta gathering here is a must have item you will need. A sombrero can be used not just to wear, but also as a festive centerpiece for your party. Another creative way to use this item is to line the hat rim with napkins and fill with chips. Kindra Boroff designed this sombrero. It was created primarily using FolkArt Acrylic Paint. This is a beginner level project that will take just about an hour to complete. Below is a full list of supplies you will need, and the instructions to create this project. Do you have any plans for Cinco de Mayo?
FolkArt Acrylic Paint: 901 Wicker White, 2553 Lime Green, 643 Azure Blue, 2546 Bright Pink, 437 Lipstick Red
Plaid Tools: 1534 1 ¼” Spouncer, 1” Flat Brush
Straw sombrero, Blue and white striped 1 ½” ribbon, Hot glue, Turquoise felt, Lime felt, Red felt, Hot pink felt, Tulle, Scissors, Large clear rhinestone.
1. Base-coat approximately 4” on the top and bottom rim of the hat with Azure blue.
2. Add some 1” to 2” inch stripes using Bright Pink, Lime Green, and Lipstick Red in that order on the remaining rim of the hat.
3. Base-coat the top of the hat with Azure Blue.
4. Using Bright Pink, Lipstick Red, and Lime Green, spouncer polka dots as shown.
5. Cut a large flower shape from the turquoise felt and a piece of white tulle. Repeat with the other colors of felt, making each flower a little smaller. Hot glue the flowers together and add a rhinestone in the center. Hot glue to the hat.