Posts tagged ‘spring crafts’

May 8, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Stenciled and Stitched Napkin and Charger

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?

PLAID Supplies

  • 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.
Other Supplies
Stencil paintbrush, 17 x 17″ Light color cotton fabric (pre-washed), 17 x 17″ printed cotton fabric (pre-washed), Low tack painters tape, Sewing machine, Rhinestones, Gem glue, Buttons, Hand sewing needle and thread, and a Plate charger

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.

April 12, 2012

Teaching Thursdays: Hydrangea Vase

Don’t you just love flowers, especially during this time of year? I know I do. They can lighten up any room in your home, and looking at them can just make you smile. Personally I don’t buy flowers as often as I like, because I hate to see them dry up and die. I do better with faux flowers and plants, don’t judge me :). I also enjoy crafts that incorporate flowers into them, like this hydrangea vase. This is a pretty “stained glass” project made with Gallery Glass. Holli Long designed this project. This craft project is a bit more advanced, and is an intermediate level craft. Welcome in spring by creating this lovely vase.

PLAID Supplies

  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Crystal Clear, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Snow White, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Blue Diamond, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Amethyst, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Lime Green, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Accessories – Tool Set
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Yellow Ochre, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Surfaces – Leading Blanks, 10 x 18
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Aqua, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Fresh Lime, 2 oz.
Other Supplies
Clear cutting glass or light table
Large vase
2 small votives


  1. Squirt equal amounts of Snow White, Amethyst, and Blue Diamond on the Leading Blank.  Smooth and mix paint a bit with the palette knife.
  2. Repeat the above step with Aqua, Blue Diamond, and Crystal Clear.
  3. Repeat once more with Lime Green, Fresh Lime, and Crystal Clear.
  4. Place a Leading Blank over a piece of lined paper and trace the lines with Lime Green.  Make seven or eight lines.
  5. With the Yellow Ochre, drip straight from the bottle onto the Leading Blank to make the flower centers.
  6. Set all aside to dry overnight.
  7. Place the flower and leaf patterns under the Leading Blanks.  Use your craft knife to cut design elements.
  8. Clean and dry the glass surfaces and assemble Gallery Glass as shown in the photo.
  9. Use Crystal Clear Window Color to fill in all areas, between flowers, stems, and leaves.
March 29, 2012

Teaching Thursday: Repurposed Lampshade

Have you done any spring-cleaning yet? How about some spring decorating? Spring is a great time to clean up, and start fresh. Perhaps there is a room in your home you need to organize. Or you have been looking forward to adding new decorations to your room. Here is a project that can bring new life to any room in your home. A repurposed lampshade is a great spring project. Kindra Boroff, a designer here at Plaid, created this one. This is an intermediate project that will take 2 or more hours to complete. If you are like me, I often have a hard time finding the exact type of lampshade I picture in my mind, well here is a solution. Create your own lampshade. Use this exact design, or use it as inspiration to create whatever you envision.

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt Acrylic Paint- 938 Licorice, 424 Light Gray, 2551 Moon Yellow

FolkArt Painting Stencils-30599 Debbie Floral

Simply Stencil Value Packs-30502 7×10 Stencil blank

Plaid Brush  Set- 250534 Learn To Paint Set

Plaid Spouncer-1528 Medium Spouncer Set

Other Supplies

Medium white lampshade, Masking tape, Xacto knife


  1. Cut the zebra print stencil using the provided pattern or create your own.
  2. Stencil the zebra print to the lampshade with Light Gray.
  3. Stencil the large flower onto the lampshade with Moon Yellow.
  4. Using Licorice and the liner brush outline the flowers. With Licorice add polka dots and paint the top and bottom trim.
March 27, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Flowers and Pearls Headband

Spring has sprung! This sweet headband is the perfect way to celebrate. It looks so pretty with a dress for a special spring occasion, or slip it on to dress-up a pair of jeans or a t-shirt. Laura Bray designed the adorable headband. To see more creations Laura has made, check out her blog, Katy Diddy. It’s a beginner level craft that can take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2766 Neon Pink, FolkArt Extreme Glitter-2768 Neon Yellow, FolkArt Paint-521 Lemon Yellow

Other Supplies

Plastic headband, Straw flower, Vintage faux pearls, Craft glue, Small square of white felt


  1. Paint headband in FolkArt paint in Lemon Yellow. Once paint is dry, apply a coat of Extreme Glitter in Neon Yellow.
  2. Paint center of flower in FolkArt paint in Lemon Yellow. Once paint is dry, apply a coat of Extreme Glitter in Neon Yellow.
  3. Apply two coats of Extreme Glitter in Neon Pink to the flower petals. Make sure you allow the Extreme Glitter to dry between coats.
  4. Glue vintage or faux pearl beads around the center of the flower.
  5. Glue flower onto side of headband. To secure, apply glue to one side of felt square and glue to the back of the flower. Make sure headband is securely glued between the felt and the flower.

March 15, 2012

Teaching Thursday: Spring Yarn Vase By Fireflies and Jellybeans

During National Craft Month we have several craft bloggers stopping by, to guest blog on Paint Me Plaid. Since this month is all about celebrating crafts, we also wanted to celebrate people who craft. All month long we will be introducing you to some craft bloggers. Today we have guest blogger, Fawnda, from Fireflies and Jellybeans.
Hello Paint Me Plaid! I am so excited to here guest posting today! I love all of the plaid projects and I feel honored to be part of this fun blog!
Let me introduce myself to you!
I am Fawnda and you can find me at Fireflies and Jellybeans! I am a thirty-something mom of a son (4 years old) and a daughter (22 months)! My Husband is my best friend and biggest supporter {I am very lucky}! We have all sorts of fun over at Fireflies and Jellybeans! I share crafty tutorials with you, and we have a fun Show Off Your Stuff linky party on Thursdays.

Today, I have a fun and easy spring decor craft for you:

Here is what you will need:
Mod Podge
Paint brush

Here is how you make your own:

1. Paint on the Mod Podge on the top of the vase down about an inch. You don’t want to go down too far because the Mod Podge dries.
2. Wrap your yarn about the vase over the Mod Podge. Be sure to cover the end and push all the rings together tight.
3. Paint on some more Mod Podge.
4. Wrap more yarn… repeat, repeat, repeat!

5. Wrap all the way down to the bottom of the vase and use Mod Podge to glue the end in the place. I had to hold in in place while it dried. If you are in a hurry you could also use a dot of hot glue.

Add some cute embellishments and you have an adorable spring vase!

Thanks so much for having me over today! It was so fun! I would love to have you come and see some other craft tutorials I have over at Fireflies and Jellybeans!

March 9, 2012

Paint Me Plaid: Guest Blogger Malia Karlinsky (Yesterday on Tuesday)

It’s March and that also means it is National Craft Month. Since this month is all about celebrating crafts, we also wanted to celebrate people who craft. All month long we will be introducing you to some craft bloggers. We here at Paint Me Plaid love to showcase the amazing crafts that other craft bloggers create, but in addition to showing off their crafts we want to spotlight the crafter as well. Today we have a guest blogger, Malia, from Yesterday on Tuesday.

Happy National Craft Month, everyone! March is here and Spring has (almost) sprung. When I think of spring, I think of birdies chirping and sweet little nests. It’s easy and fun to make your own cute nests with some simple supplies including Mod Podge.

Paper Bag Nests

Supplies: Cling Wrap, Mod Podge, paper lunch bags, a small bowl and a paper shredder!

Cut some strips out of the paper bags 1 1/2-2 inches thick

Meanwhile shred up some paper lunch sacks

Cover the bowl with Cling Wrap

Using a foam brush, paint Mod Podge on the paper strips and press around bowl to make the nest shape. Nest dab Mod Podge on empty spots and gently press paper shreds in

Let it dry overnight

To separate the bowl and nest gently peel back Cling Wrap. Trim top of nest.

Nesty goodness.

Then you get to feather your nest…

With a bird… (Dollar Store find)

Easter candy…

Or there’s always eggs!

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.

February 28, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Spring Topiary Art and Vases

Welcome spring with fresh translucent color. Try this fresh new project technique, featuring Gallery Glass. This project was designed by one of our talented designers, Julie Lewis. Nothing brightens up your home more than some spring decor. This spring topiary art and vase, are perfect additions to any home. Place this project on a mantle, or window. See below for all the supplies you will need, along with instructions.

PLAID Supplies

  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Snow White, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Clear Frost, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Surfaces – Leading Blanks
  • Gallery Glass ® Liquid Leading™ – Black, 4 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Hot Pink, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Autumn, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Lemonade, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Aqua, 2 oz.
  • Gallery Glass ® Window Color™ – Light Green, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Rusted Pipe, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Mediums – Crackle Medium, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors – Wicker White, 2 oz.

Other Supplies

Hole punch ¼”- 1/8”, Craft knife, Plastic spreader, Combing tool or toothpick, Stencil brushes 1/8”-1/4”, Flat brush ½”-1/4”, Picture frame with glass 11” x 14”, Square glass vases, Wood candlestick 1 7/8”, E 6000 adhesive, and Tape


  1. Create multiple lead lines on one leading blank. Spread window color onto other blanks with plastic spreader and set aside to dry (at least 12 hours).
  2. To crackle picture frame and candlestick, base coat both with Rusted Pipe.
  3. Apply crackle medium in a slip slap pattern with flat brush. Let dry.
  4. Apply Wicker White top-coat in same manner and cracks will appear as paint dries.
  5. Make two copies of topiary pattern. Pattern is scaled for an 11 x 14 frame but, can be enlarged or reduced for other frame sizes.
  6. Place one pattern under glass and secure with tape.
  7. Use other pattern under leading blanks to cut out desired pieces with craft knife to create topiary. Use hole punches to make circles.
  8. Place lead lines onto glass as shown and to create topiary pot. Use a dot of liquid leading from bottle to secure where cut lead lines meet.
  9. Apply window color to pot and comb with combing tool to spread.
  10. Use stencil brush to apply Clear Frost around outside border and to pot.
  11. Use same processes on glass vases as shown.
  12. Glue candlestick to bottom of vase with E 6000.


February 24, 2012

Freelance Friday: Hello Spring Wreath

Have you experienced a cold and dreary winter? If so, then I know you are already looking forward to spring. Well if you are looking to get ahead on your springtime crafts, here is a great project you can create. This Hello Spring Wreath was created by Angie from, The Country Chic Cottage. To create this project you will need several supplies including, some scrapbook paper, folkart paint, and a wreath. Click here to see a step by step tutorial on how to make this project. I love this wreath, because you can’t help but smile when you see it. It is so festive, and fun. A great way to welcome spring.