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"Thankful" Wooden Tray

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Supplies:

  • Unfinished wood tray
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge™ - matte finish and paint brush
  • Vinyl lettering

Directions:

  1. Squirt a small amount of acrylic paint onto plastic lid and mix with water to thin.
  2. Turn tray upside down and practice painting on the bottom. Keep testing until you have a stain-like thickness (you want the paint solution to be transparent so that you can see the grain of the wood thru the paint mixture; add more water if necessary.)
  3. Turn tray right side up and paint all surfaces; set aside to dry.
  4. Peel backing off of vinyl lettering and center on the tray. Rub with credit card or popsicle stick until lettering has adhered; removing paper sheet.
  5. Cover entire surface with Mod Podge™ and allow to dry before using.

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Super Heroes

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Super Heroes

Supplies:

  • 3/4 yard Felt (for Cape, Mask and Cuffs)
  • 1 Felt Square (for Emblem)
  • Foam Sheet
  • Ribbon or Duct Tape (for Belt)
  • Elastic
  • Peel and stick Hook and loop fastener
  • Fabri-Tac™
  • Scribbles™ Paint
  • Printable Pattern
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Yard Stick
  • T-Shirt


To Make:

Cape (26"wide and 24" long - can be modified for any age child):

  1. Print pattern and cut out.
  2. Fold felt in half so that it is 13" wide.
  3. Pin pattern at the top edge of felt. Use yardstick and line it up from the bottom point (2 points of felt) to the edge of the cape pattern and draw a line.
  4. Cut out cape following edge of pattern and yardstick-extended-lines. Using a plate or other rounded edge, turn the two points of the cape into curved edges by tracing and cutting.
  5. Check the fit around the neck and secure with peel and stick Hook and loop fastener pieces. Set aside.

Cuffs:

  1. Cut out pattern. Check sizing. Cut four cuff pieces.
  2. Use Fabri-Tac™ to glue both two pieces together. Embellish as desired using Scribble™ paint or felt embellishments.
  3. Secure edges with peel and stick Hook and loop fasteners.

Mask:

  1. Cut out pattern and check eye openings with child and adjust as necessary.
  2. Cut out two mask pieces and use Fabri-Tac™ to glue both pieces together. Embellish as desired .
  3. Cut two 12" pieces of elastic and secure to the back of the mask using Fabri-Tac™ (hold in place till dry).

Emblem and Belt Buckle:

  1. Print and cut out patterns.
  2. Cut emblem out of felt and glue to shirt.
  3. Cut out buckle and attach to ribbon or duct tape to form belt.

 

 

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Christmas Tree Vinyl

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Christmas Tree Vinyl

Supplies:

  • Wood panel 15 ½ x 12”
  • Acrylic paint (rain grey and quaker grey)
  • Shabby Chic Paint antique red
  • Paint brushes
  • Fresh Cut Christmas Tree Vinyl (white)

Directions:

  1. Dry brush wood with both colors of grey. Squirt a small amount of the lighter grey paint onto a plastic lid and squirt with a water bottle mixing water and paint with paint brush. Start with a lot of water; more paint can be added if it needs more color. Do the same thing with another brush using the darker grey paint. Use a small amount of diluted paint on brush and swipe across board going lightly so that the wood grain still comes thru. Start with lightest grey and then go back with the darker grey in a few places to give it an aged look. Repeat process until you have the desired look. Always better to start really light and then go back and add in more color as needed! Be sure to do all edges of wood panel not just the top flat surface.
  2. After the grey has dried paint the red area with a dry brush and leave a few areas with less paint to give it a weathered look.
  3. When paint is dry apply stencil. Peel off graph paper backing and center on the panel. Rub the paper with a credit card or bone folder. Peel off the opaque backing being careful that all the vinyl is sticking to the wood. When all the backing is off the vinyl flip the backing over and rub around on the vinyl to secure any loose edges.

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    Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath

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    Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath

    Supplies:

    • Deco Mesh (champagne color)
    • Wire wreath 14"
    • Chenille stems (about 32)
    • 3 rusty jingle bells and jute for attaching
    • Wire Edged Ribbon
    • Ruler
    • Wire cutters

    Directions:

    1. Take a chenille stem, bend in center, place center spot on edge of wreath and twist a couple of times so that each end sticks up from wreath about 5 1/2”. Leave chenille stems open so deco mesh can be put in center and stems twisted to keep mesh in place. Put 14 around outer ring and 14 around the inner ring.
    2. Gather up the deco mesh along the 10” edge and attach to one of the chenille stems on the inner wire ring. Measuring about 9” along the deco mesh. Gather again and attach to the next chenille stem on the inner ring. Continue working around the inner ring and then move to the outer ring without cutting the deco mesh. After twisting chenille stems around the deco mesh leave them open on the front of the wreath so that the ribbon can be attached in the next step.
    3. Cut ribbon 12” long and cut a “V” out of each end. Take one of each of the 3 styles and crisscross in the center, gather and attach to a chenille stem in the inner ring. Continue around the wreath alternating in a zig zag pattern from the inner ring to the outer ring of the wreath. (In the inner ring you will go every other one and same for the outside ring for a total of 14 groups of ribbon)
    4. Attach the 3 bells around the wreath with chenille stems spacing them an equal distance apart.
    5. Move chenille stems to the back of the wreath. Twist together chenille stems from the inner ring with stems from the outer ring making 14 pairs on the back. Now trim excess with wire cutters.
    6. Use jute to attach bells to wreath form.
    7. Use a chenille stem to make a loop on the back of the wire form to hang the wreath.

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    Christmas Hanging Plaque

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    Christmas Hanging Plaque

    Supplies:

    • Hanging plaque with 3 squares
    • Carta Bella: Christmas Delivery (Paper, Tags die set and Jingle all the way stamp)
    • Acrylic Paint
    • Mod Podge
    • Foam brush
    • Paper cutter and corner rounder
    • Black pigment ink, clear embossing powder and heat tool
    • Baker's twine, 5 jingle bells and glue dots
    • Ribbon and foam tape or dots for tag
    • Glue stick or double sided tape
    • 1 1/4 yards of jute twine

    Directions:

    • Remove the metal rings from the plaque.
    • Paint the wood plaque, let dry.
    • Cut paper for 3 squares 3 5/8 x 3 5/8" and use corner rounder.
    • Cut 2 pieces of paper for top panel 6 x 4 1/2". Lay the 2 pieces side by side and punch the 4 outside corners with corner rounder.
    • Use Mod Podge to attach paper, cover with Mod Podge and set aside to dry.
    • Trim photos to fit each panel and finish with corner rounder; attach to wood using glue stick or double sided tape.
    • Cut 24" of bakers twine; put one jingle bell on the slide to middle of twine. Tie a knot above bell; add another bell to the right about 1" from first bell and tie a knot above. Add 3rd bell to the left of center bell and repeat until all 5 bells are attached.
    • Tie ends of twine in a bow about 1" from last bell, trim excess twine and attach to wood panel with glue dot.
    • Use Big Shot to cut tag, stamp with ink and emboss, finish with ribbon bow and attach with foam tape.
    • Carefully poke holes in paper that line up with holes in wood panels; reattach wooden squares to panel with metal rings.
    • Slip jute twine thru attached hangers and tie in a bow.

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