Posts tagged ‘crafts’

May 1, 2012

Floral ZigZag Maracas

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!

Plaid Supplies

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

Other Supplies

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.

May 1, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: A Festive Sombrero

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?

Plaid Supplies

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

Other Supplies

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.

April 25, 2012

An Etsy Themed Show on Martha Stewart

Just wanted to give you a heads up about some exciting news. If you do nothing else tomorrow you must watch “The Martha Stewart Show” on the Hallmark channel. Tomorrow it’s an Etsy themed show. The entire audience will be filled with Etsy sellers. On this episode you will get to see some great craft projects, a fashion show from the site’s vendors, and learn important tips on how to open up your own Etsy store. To learn more information about this show click here. “The Martha Stewart Show” airs weekdays at 10 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

April 14, 2012

Scene it Saturday: DIY Mod Podge Spakle & Glitter Shoes

If you are looking for a way to jazz up some old shoes, grab some glitter and Mod Podge to make it happen. Watch this video to learn how to create this DIY sparkle shoes. Aren’t they fabulous? These traditional all black shoes, have received a new updated look that anyone can create. We all have some all black shoes that have been worn out. Well after watching this tutorial take your shoes, and bring them back to life with a new look. This is a very simple and easy project that only requires a few supplies. Click here or below to watch.

April 13, 2012

Freelance Friday: A Mod Podge Holder For Charging Your Cell Phone

Happy Friday! Are you excited for the weekend? I sure know I am. This weekend I plan on crafting something so awesome, you’ll surely want to do the same. Check out this cell phone holder. How cool is this? What makes this holder even more special is that it was made using Mod Podge. I found this project on the blog Created By Laurie. It was originally created on the blog Make it Love it. I am just so amazed and in love with this project. I would’ve never thought you could take a lotion bottle, some fabric, and Mod Podge to create this stylish cell phone holder. This project is not only creative but it is functional. I for one am tired of always laying my iPhone on the ground when it’s charging. Problem solved with this creative craft. Click here to learn how to make this for yourself. Do think you will try to create this cell phone holder?


April 12, 2012

Gallery Glass Casting Technique

If you are interested in Gallery Glass here is a technique you should know. See below step by step to learn about the casting technique.

Gather your materials, including Gallery Glass Window Color, leading blank, surface and pattern.

Using a palette knife, spread sections of Window Color onto leading blanks. Make sure areas of color are large enough to cover pattern shapes. Let dry at least 12 hours.

Place pattern under leading blank behind appropriate colors and cut out with craft knife. Set aside.

Carefully peel up cut pieces from leading blank and place on surface referring to pattern.

April 4, 2012

Web Wednesday: Mod Podge Birthday Treat Boxes

In case you did not know this year is the 45th Anniversary of Mod Podge. So all year long we are celebrating this wonderful occasion, and want you to take part of the fun as well. Our designers here at Plaid have been working some amazing new Mod Podge projects. Here is one that is so cute, Mod Podge Birthday Treat Boxes. These are perfect treat boxes for your next project. Designed by Kirsten Jones, this is a beginner level project and is perfect for all crafters to create. To learn how to make this project, click here. Also as part of the celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Mod Podge, we are currently having a 45-day giveaway of Mod Podge starter kits. To enter this giveaway for your chance to win, click here.

March 29, 2012

Mod Podge Turns 45!

One of the most versatile and enduring products in Plaid’s history, Mod Podge–the original, all-in-one glue-sealer-finish–turns 45 this year!

The celebration launched at CHA with festive displays, hands-on projects and giveaways, and will continue throughout the year. Over the next few months, 30 new Mod Podge products will be introduced, including innovative formulas, tools and design elements.

Plaid’s digital and social media will introduce dozens of new projects and videos, and sponsor contests and giveaways.

Mod Podge Rocks, a 130-page hardcover book published by Lark Crafts and written by Amy Anderson, debuts in April with 40+brand new projects created by Amy and dozens of popular decoupage crafters.

Click here to learn more about Mod Podge, and other fun facts. Also be sure to check back here on Paint Me Plaid to learn about several giveaways, and fun events we will be revealing to celebrate Mod Podge.

March 7, 2012

Web Wednesday: Resin and Ribbon Necklaces with Dimensional Magic and Stickers

Springtime is fast approaching. Aren’t you excited? I know I am. I much more prefer the warmer months, than winter ones. Although spring isn’t officially here yet I have already begun getting in the mood for it, by creating spring themed crafts. Apparently I am not the only person doing this. I have come across several other crafters who are doing the same. One of my favorite craft blogs, Tatertots & Jello, recently created this springtime themed craft. I love a craft you can wear, and these necklaces are so charming. Jen created these using a few supplies including, scrapbook paper, stickers, and Plaid’s Dimensional Magic. This is such a great project. To see how this was made, head on over to Tatertots & Jello.

Supplies Needed

Scrapbook Paper or Stickers, Metal, Wood or Chipboard — for the back of the pendants, Mod Podge, Dimensional Magic, Necklace Bails, Ribbon or Chain

Click here to learn step by step on how to create this project.

March 1, 2012

National Craft Month Is Here!

The time has come everyone. It is March, and that means it is, National Craft Month. This is a month to celebrate the art of crafting, all month long. It’s a great time to share inspiration, learn a new craft technique, or jump into crafting for the first time. We here at Plaid will be rolling out several fun projects, contests, and giveaways. This month is going to be jammed packed with lots of creativity, and crafts. Make sure you visit Paint Me Plaid throughout the month of March, to keep up to date with all the great tings we will reveal. Happy National Craft Month! Time to get crafty 🙂