Archive for ‘Make It Monday’

February 27, 2012

Make it Monday: Lucky Plaque

Happy Monday everyone. How was your weekend? Hopefully you had a good one. It’s a new week, and can you believe that the month of February is almost over? March will arrive this week, which means St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Are you still looking for some craft projects to make to celebrate this holiday? Well we can help. Here is a great project to try, this Lucky Plaque. This project was designed by, Laura Bray. It is a beginner level craft project, that will take up to an hour to complete. See below the supplies you will need, and instructions on how to create this plaque. Enjoy!

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2796 Hologram, FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2857 Royal Blue, FolkArt Paint-429 Winter White, FolkArt Paint-526 Soft Apple, FolkArt Paint-484 Brilliant Ultramarine

Other Supplies

Wood plaque (5” X 20”), Wood shamrock (4” x 4”), Wood letters spelling out “LUCKY” (4” tall), Craft glue, Green and white polka dot ribbon


  1. Paint wood letters in FolkArt-Brilliant Ultramarine.  Allow paint to dry.
  2. Once paint is dry, apply two coats of Extreme Glitter-Royal Blue to the letters.  Allow to dry between coats.
  3. Using FolkArt paint in Winter White and Soft Apple,  paint the wood plaque.
  4. Once paint is dry, apply two coats of Extreme Glitter-Hologram to the plaque.
  5. Paint the shamrock shape.  Paint stripes on the shamrock using FolkArt Brilliant Ultramarine, Soft Apple, and Winter White.  Allow to dry, then apply two coats of Extreme Glitter-Hologram over the shamrock.
  6. Glue letters onto plaque, spelling out the word, “Lucky”.  Make sure you leave room to attach the shamrock later.
  7. Glue shamrock to the top right corner of the plaque.
  8. Attach green & white ribbon to the plaque.  Tie bows where attached.  Hang and enjoy your unique St. Patrick’s Day décor!
February 20, 2012

Make it Monday: Happy Apple Kitchen Canister

Happy President’s Day. Are you off today? If you are off, and are looking for a craft to create try this, Happy Apple Kitchen Canister. Make your kitchen an even happier place with this retro inspired canister. I never feel that you can ever have too many containers. Extra storage is often times always needed and appreciated in any kitchen. Use this canister as another place to store some flour, and as a way to add some joy to your kitchen. This happy apple kitchen canister was designed by, Julie Lewis.

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Warm White, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Baby Pink, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Engine Red, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Yellow Ochre, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Licorice, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ – Yellow Citron, 2 oz.

Other Supplies
Transfer paper, Tape, Liner brush #1, Flat brush ½” and ¼”, Hobby Lobby metal canister #470617-L, Black ultra fine marker, and Ruler


1.      Measure 2” from top and bottom of canister. Tape off and paint Baby Pink.

2.      Transfer pattern to front of canister. Paint apples Yellow Ochre, Engine Red and Yellow Citron.

3.      Paint arms, legs leaves and stems with liner brush in Licorice.

4.      Create flowers randomly on canister with liner brush.

5.      All dots are applied using opposite end of different size brushes.

6.      Using flat brush, paint stripes to edge of lid.

7.      Draw mouths using black marker.

8.      Let paint cure thoroughly.

February 13, 2012

Make it Monday: Valentine Purse

By: Candie Cooper (To see more crafts from Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper’s Journal)

I was thinking back to my own school days. About this time twenty-five years ago my mom and I would be working on my Valentine Box. You know the ones–they house all the little notes classmates give to one another. One year it was wrapped in red paper with conversation hearts glued on, another it looked like a mini mailbox. So fun! I was trying to think of a quick-to-make-Valentine box and this is what I came up with. It’s a retro clutch disguised as a Valentine holder!  

Pick up clutches at the second hand store, then grab some embellishments, ribbons, Mod Podge, Extreme Glitter, Martha Stewart Glitter paints and paint brushes. You may need some Folk Art paint too.

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February 6, 2012

Make it Monday: Dancing Hearts Valentine Mobile

Create a lovely and wonderful mobile with Gallery Glass, this Valentine’s Day. Hearts are all a flutter this time of year, and the song of love is playing almost everywhere you go. Even though there are only a few days left til Valentine’s Day, there is still plenty of time to get creative and make some festive decorations for this occasion. Below are the supplies you will need, along with the instructions. This project was designed by, Holli Long. Click here to see another Valentine’s Day craft made with Gallery Glass.
PLAID Supplies

  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Snow White, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Amethyst, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Ruby Red, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Surfaces – Leading Blanks
  • Gallery Glass ® Redi-Lead™ Strips – Thin
  • Gallery Glass ® Accessories – Tool Set
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ Sets – Primary Paint Set

Other Supplies
28 Gauge wire
Wire cutters
Red glass hearts
Optional: Red seed beads


  1. Tape pattern under Cuttable Plastic and trace lines with Thin Redi-Lead, trimming to fit as you go.
  2. Colorize heart shapes with combinations of Window Color colors of your choice. (Samples use Ruby Red, Wicker White, and Amethyst.)
  3. Create various dots, stripes and swirls as desired. Create marbled effects by stirring colors together slightly while wet. Experiment! It’s FUN!!
  4. When Window Color is completely dry, cut around all heart shapes with scissors, leaving a little “tab” of clear plastic between the ‘humps of the top of heart (to hang it by). Cut 8 pieces of wire approximately 12” long.
  5. Punch holes in the top and bottom of each heart using a T-Pin. Enlarge holes with the metal tool.
  6. Thread two wires through the top hole. Center wires and bend up. Holding wire near the plastic, twist several times. Thread two of the wires together and through a red glass bead. Twist all wires together to hold in place. Add another red glass heart to two of the wires. Twist all wires together and make a loop at top for hanging. Twist wires together to secure loop. Trim wires close.
  7. Attach another two wires at the bottom of the heart, bring ends together to align the hole at the center of the wires. Hold the wires close to the plastic and twist a couple of times. Add a red glass bead to two of the wires, then bring all four together and twist to hold glass bead in place.
  8. Connect to next heart shape by threading two of the wires through the hole at the top, then wrap all four wires around under the heart a couple of times. Cut wire close.
  9. Repeat for each space between hearts. (Note: you can assemble mobile with ribbon or cord instead of wire, if desired.)
  10. Optional step: Cut 5” lengths of extra wire. Thread wires through red seed beads: curl and bend wire to create a “wild” look. Wrap randomly around wire between hearts.
  11. Hint #1: You can add more or fewer hearts to your mobile as desired.
  12. Hint #2: You can write alphabet letters on top of the dry Window Color using the tip of Liquid Lead (spell out the name of your Sweetheart, spell out “Love”, etc.).
  13. Hint #3: You can write whole words on each heart such as ‘love”, “kisses”, “hugs”, etc.
January 30, 2012

Make it Monday: Martha Stewart Valentine Containers

Don’t Martha Stewart’s crafts always amaze you? Transform some ordinary containers into holiday favors and gifts, with our celebratory collection! In case you have hit a Valentine’s Day project roadblock, try making these Valentine Containers. You can use these container to store candies, small cards, and other little nick nacks. Also these containers would make great gifts to give to your friend, teacher, or loved one. See below for all the supplies you will need, along with instructions.

PLAID Supplies

  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Pink Viburnum
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Habanero
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Foam Pouncers Set – 6pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Utility Brush Set – 3pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Holiday Icons Laser-Cut Stencils

Other Supplies

Assorted trinket boxes


  1. Use a large brush to paint boxes a basecoat of Pink Viburnum.
  2. Use a foam pouncer and follow general stenciling instructions using the image as reference.

How to Paint the Stencil

TIP Practice your technique or check your color by first making a sample print on paper or scrap fabric.

  1. Place stencil on your surface and secure using tape. If using spray adhesive, spray stencil first, then place on surface.
  2. Pour a small amount of paint onto your palette. Load paint sparingly on a stencil brush or sponge and dab off excess. Lightly dab on a thin layer of paint; apply a second coat if necessary. Paint all areas of one color on the stencil before moving on to the next.
  3. While paint is still wet, carefully peel stencil off.
  4. Continue painting areas of the stencil according to your design. Let the paint dry completely before placing another stencil or color over it.

Clean Up

  1. Wash all stencils, brushes, and tools immediately after use before the paint dries. Use Martha Stewart Crafts Brush & Stencil Cleaner to remove dried paint.
  2. Repair torn stencils with transparent tape. Place tape on both sides of the tear and cut away the excess with a craft knife.


January 23, 2012

Make it Monday: Heart Party

Are you planning a Valentine’s Day party? Well if you are then, you need some love themed decorations. Instead of buying decorations from a local  party store, create your own heart shaped decor this year. These heart party table toppers are a great way to decorate. Say what you wish at your Valentine party with these over-sized conversation heart table toppers. These toppers were created by one of our talented designers, Julie Lewis. So cute and so simple. See below for all the supplies and instructions on how to make these. Enjoy!

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Peach Fuzz, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ – Hologram, 2 oz.
  • Plaid ® Stencils – Value Packs – Letter Stencils – Old School, 1-1/2″
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Tickled Pink, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Lipstick Red, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Light Lavender, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Soft Apple, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 2 oz.

Other Supplies

Popsicle sticks, Glue, Toilet tissue tubes, Large and small wood heart shapes, White felt, Red satin ribbon, Styrofoam cones, Flat brush ½”, Stencil brush ¼”, Red large point marker, and Liner brush #1


  1. Paint wood hearts in colors shown. Paint four toilet tissue tubes and Popsicle sticks white.
  2. Stencil desired words onto large hearts in red. Use liner brush to paint in stencil bridges.
  3. Write desired words onto small hearts with red marker.
  4. Apply several coats of Hologram glitter over wood hearts, Popsicle sticks and tubes.
  5. Glue small hearts to tubes as shown. Tie red satin ribbon around base of tube with a bow. Fill with party candy.
  6. Cut Styrofoam cone into three sections.
  7. Glue Popsicle sticks to backs of large hearts and insert into each Styrofoam section.
  8. Wrap Styrofoam bases with white felt and tie with red ribbon at top.


January 16, 2012

Make it Monday: Wood File Box

In the quest to get more organized, you are going to need the appropriate storage boxes and containers. Unfortunately most stores do not carry stylish storage boxes, but that’s ok. Your crafty, and we here at Plaid are here to help you jazz up your boring old boxes. Organize in style by making this chic wood file box. This box was created by, Kirsten Jones. It is absolutely adorable, and fashionable. See below all the supplies you will need, and instructions on how to make your own stylish storage box.

PLAID Supplies

  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Pink, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Licorice, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Gloss, 4 oz.

Other Supplies

Wood file box, 2 pieces of scrapbook paper- same pattern of desired colors, 1 sheet- black and white dot paper, 4″ wood letter, ¾” paintbrush, Pencil, Scissors, Hot glue and hot glue gun


  1. Basecoat box with Wicker White, let dry. Paint edges that will show with Pink, let dry.
  2. Using box as a pattern, cut paper to fit on all four sides.
  3. Following general directions on Mod Podge bottle, apply paper to box. Let dry.
  4. Paint letter Licorice. Let dry.
  5. Using letter as pattern cut dot paper out shape of letter and Mod Podge to surface. Let dry.
  6. Glue letter to front of box.



December 26, 2011

Make it Monday: Black and White Holiday Decor

By: Trenice Bishop

Even though the Christmas is technically over, it is still the holiday season. And if you would like to continue crafting Holiday crafts then you will like making this black and white wall plaque. Create this black and white mantel plaque, which will look great hanging on a wall in your home. This an intermediate level skilled craft. This project will take 2 hours or more to complete.

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 661 Metallic Sequin Black

FolkArt Acrylic Paint – 901 Wicker White

Other Supplies

Wood plaque, Paintbrushes, Clear gloss hobby and craft spray, Ruler (optional), Holiday message stencil (optional)


1. Start by sanding the wood plaque to smooth any rough spots and edges prior to painting.

2. Remove and dust left behind on plaque.

3. Apply 1 coat of FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Metallic Sequin Black to the back of the wood plaque. Let dry for 10 to 15 minutes and repeat.

4. Let back of plaque dry at least 1 hour. When paint is dry, apply 2 coats of paint to the front as well. Let dry.

5. To create the look of a snow packed ground, use a thin bristle brush and make slight arches across the bottom of the plaque.

Painting the Trees

1. Use FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Wicker White and a thin bristle paintbrush to make the various sized trees.

2. Make the tree tops by making short strokes, as if you were writing the letter “J”.

3. Once you have made the tree tops use the same idea to shape the base of the tree.

4. Fill in the tree body using the same stroke pattern.

5. Make dots by dipping the paintbrush end in the paint to and add them to the tree body as well.

For the Snowflakes

1. Use the back of the paintbrush to makes dots in the places you wish to have snowflakes.

2. Drop small beads of the ModPodge Dimensional onto the paint dots placed on the plaque.

3. Allow the ModPodge Dimensional to dry at least 2 – 3 hours.

4. When the ModPodge Dimensional is dry, again use the back of the brush dipped in paint and dot the top of the dry ModPodge drops.

 For the Text

1. With a steady hand use the same thin brush to paint the text on to the plaque. You can also use a stencil to add your holiday greeting or make your own using FolkArt Peel and Stick Painting Stencils.

December 19, 2011

Make it Monday: White Ornaments

By Sherrie Ragsdale:

Ornaments make such a great surface to craft on during the holidays. You can get as creative as you would like, and create vibrant color schemes on them. Take these white ornaments that were designed by a Plaid designer, Sherrie Ragsdale. These three ornaments all have colors in common, but are still different in design. Use these ornaments to decorate your tree with, or use them as a table decor.

Plaid Supplies:

662 Folkart Metallic Sterling Silver

901 Folkart Acrylic Wicker White

2787 Folkart Extreme Glitter Silver

2790 Folkart Extreme Glitter Turquoise

50147 Plaid Dauber Set

Other Supplies:

White Glass ornaments, 1/4″ Masking Tape, Turquoise Ribbon, and Silver Ribbon


1.  Make Dots with 5/8 dauber with the metallic silver sterling. After they dry go back over with the silver extreme glitter.

2.  Tape off the stripes with the 1/4″ masking tape.

3.  Add turquoise extreme glitter to every other stripe using the dauber. Remove tape.

4.  Add silver dots with the end of a paint brush. Allow to dry and then go over with the silver extreme glitter.

5.  Paint a silver stripe around the center. Once dry add silver extreme glitter.

6.  Using dauber paint over silver glitter with wicker white.

7.  Go over white with turquoise glitter and then remove tape.

8.  Tie turquoise ribbon for hanging and a silver bow for the front of ornament.


December 11, 2011

A Holiday Beadboard Frame made with Martha Stewart Crafts

The weekend always flies by when your having fun, and crafting. If you still have some extra time this weekend try making this adorable Joy holiday beadboard frame. This frame was created by Alison, from Oopsey Daisey. Alison was able to create this great holiday project using product from the Martha Stewart craft line. This line of porducts is available at Michaels nationwide. Make this frame and add your latest holiday family photo to it. Click here to learn how to make this project.