Floral-Painted Shoes

Designer: Sachiko Aldous

Rescue a pair of outdated shoes from the back of your closet by giving them a makeover with paint.


Materials:

  • Pair of leather shoes
  • Paper plate
  • Artist paintbrushes: filbert, liner, narrow flat
  • Angelus Acrylic Leather Paint: South Beach, White, Shell Pink, Grinch Green, Yellow, Light Green, Chili Red, Georgia Peach, Collector Edition Play Off 8 Grey, Green, Collector Edition Melo 2
  • Toothpick

Note:  Refer to the photo, above, as a guide for placement of each flower and leaf. The measurements given are approximations and may need to be adjusted to fit your shoe and design. Place a small amount of paint on the paper plate to use as a palette while painting. Always clean your brush before changing colors.


PAINT THE SHOES:

1. Mix South Beach and White with a 1:5 ratio on a paper plate. Paint the exterior of each shoe with the mixture; allow to dry.


PAINT THE PINK ROSES:

1. Using a filbert paintbrush loaded with Shell Pink, paint an approximately 1″-diameter pink rose on the center top of the toe of each shoe (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a liner brush loaded with White, paint swirls that mirror the flower curves (photo above, middle left).

3. Dilute Grinch Green with a small amount of water; load mixture onto a filbert paintbrush and paint a round spot in the center of each flower (photo above, middle right); let dry.

4. Using a detail brush loaded with Yellow, paint tiny dots on each green center (photo above, right).


PAINT THE LEAVES:
1. Determine desired placement of leaves around the pink rose. Using a filbert paintbrush loaded with Grinch Green, paint a 34“-long leaf shape for each leaf (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a filbert paintbrush loaded with Light Green, paint half of each leaf. Load liner brush with Light Green and outline each leaf (photo above, middle).

3. Using a liner brush loaded with Light Green, paint diagonal vein lines on the Grinch Green half of each leaf (photo above, right).


PAINT THE RED FLOWERS:
1. Using a narrow flat brush loaded with Chili Red, paint six 38“-long strokes that meet in the center to make a flower that resembles an asterisk (photo above, left). Paint three of these flowers around each pink rose and between the leaves; let dry.

2. Load the narrow flat brush with Georgia Peach and paint over Chili Red flower strokes for each flower (photo above, middle left); let dry.

3. Using a liner brush loaded with Chili Red, paint six short strokes on top of Georgia Peach flower strokes to resemble an asterisk (photo above, middle right); let dry.

4. Using a liner brush loaded with Play Off 8 Grey, paint a dot in the center of each flower (photo above, right).


PAINT THE STEMS:
1. Determine desired placement of stems, planning each stem so it curves away from each flower cluster. Using a liner brush loaded with Green, paint a 34“-long curved line for each stem (photo above, left).

2. Use liner brush loaded with Green to paint short lines for leaves on each side of each stem (photo above, right). Paint a leaf on the stem tip.


PAINT THE DAISIES:
1. Determine desired placement of daisies. Using a liner brush loaded with White, paint six 12“-long strokes that meet in the center for each daisy (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a toothpick dipped in Chili Red, add a small dot to each flower center (photo above, right).


PAINT THE HYACINTHS:
1. Determine placement of hyacinths, filling in the gaps between leaves and branches as desired. Using a liner brush loaded with Collector Edition Melo 2, paint a cone-shape cluster of about 12 tiny irregular dots for the flower head (photo above, left).

2. Using a liner brush loaded with Light Green, paint a stem and two curved leaves (photo above, right).


PAINT THE LILLIES OF THE VALLEY:
1. Determine placement of the lillies of the valley, filling any gaps as desired. Using a liner brush loaded with Light Green, paint a stem and two curved leaves for each flower (photo above, left); let dry.

2. Using a toothpick loaded with White, paint tiny dots along the top half of each stem (photo above, right).


FINISH THE DESIGN:

If desired, fill any empty areas or extend the design around the sides or back of each shoe by repeating flowers. You may need to adjust the size of your brushstrokes to make smaller versions of the flowers to fit in desired areas.

DIY Decorative Hangers

Designer: Virginia Plunkett

Refresh your closet without spending money on new clothes.


Materials:

  • Wooden hanger
  • Decorative paper (wrapping or scrapbook)
  • Sponge paintbrushes
  • Matte-finish decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge)
  • Old credit card
  • Crafts knife
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint

1. Cut a piece of decorative paper slightly larger than the hanger surface you wish to cover.

2. Brush a thin coat of decoupage medium onto one side of the hanger. Be sure to cover the side completely, all the way to the edges. Place paper on hanger, smoothing out any air bubbles with an old credit card. Let dry.

3. Use a crafts knife to cut off excess paper around hanger edges. Use fine-grit sandpaper to sand hanger edges for a smooth finish.

4. If desired, brush a coat of acrylic paint onto opposite side of hanger; let dry. Brush a coat of decoupage medium over painted surface; let dry.

Macaroon Storage Pouch

Adapted from an original design by Keiko Clark

Here’s a recipe for macaroon look-alikes that doesn’t require you to be a skilled pastry chef.


Materials:

  • 6×12″ rectangle solid pastel No. 1 (zipper tab, pocket)
  • 2—6×12″ rectangles solid pastel No. 2 (outer case, lining)
  • Heavy-duty template plastic
  • Heavy paper
  • Needle and thread
  • 9″-long zipper: white
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Download the pattern pieces here.

 

Finished size: 3″ diameter

Measurements include 14” seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


Cut Fabrics:

Cut pieces in the following order. Download the pattern pieces here.

 

From solid pastel No. 1, cut: 

  • 2 of Pattern C
  • 112” square

From solid pastel No. 2, cut:

  • 4 of Pattern A

From each template plastic and heavy paper, cut:

  • 2 of Pattern B

Prepare Zipper Unit:

1. Using needle and thread, secure zipper tape ends 14” below teeth at zipper bottom with overlapping backstitches. Repeat stitching at opposite zipper end 14” from zipper stop.

2. To create the join between the case front and back, fold opposite edges of solid pastel No. 1 12” square under 38” to make a 34×112” folded unit. Open zipper slightly. Center folded unit on wrong side of zipper over joined zipper ends. Stitch folded edges of unit to zipper tape. Close zipper.

 

3. Turn zipper so zipper pull tab is on the outside. Snip 14” clips every 12” around the zipper tape on both sides.


Assemble Outer Case:

1. Sew gathering stitches close to outer edge of a solid pastel No. 2 A circle. Place circle right side down on a flat surface. Place a small handful of polyester fiberfill on wrong side of pastel circle. Layer plastic B circle on polyester fiberfill. Pull gathering thread around plastic circle (enclosing fiberfill) and secure thread ends to make a cover unit.

2. Position cover unit atop one side of zipper unit. Working from right side, whipstitch cover unit to zipper tape.

3. Using a solid pastel No. 2 A circle, repeat Step 1 to assemble a second cover unit. Position cover unit atop remaining side of zipper unit. Whipstitch cover unit to zipper tape as before to make outer case.


Assemble Lining:

1. Turn under straight edge of solid pastel No. 1 C piece 12” twice. Topstitch along first fold to make pocket piece. Repeat to make a second pocket piece.

2. Center pocket piece, right side up, atop right side of a solid pastel No. 2 A circle; baste edges.

3. Center a paper B circle on wrong side of solid pastel No. 2 A circle. Sew gathering stitches close to outer edge of A circle. Place circle right side down on a flat surface. Pull gathering thread around paper circle and secure thread ends to make lining with pocket.

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with remaining pocket piece, paper B circle, and solid pastel No. 2 A circle.


Finish Case:

Open outer case. Center one lining piece on inside of case. Whipstitch lining to zipper tape. Repeat with remaining lining piece on other inside of case to complete case.

 

 

Product We Love: Dimensions Counted Cross-Stitch

These easy-to-stitch designs by Dimensions are a fun and trendy hang-up for your space! Whether that be in your office, household, or propped up on a desk, you’ll never be at a loss of words again. If you’re feeling daring, you could even gift these to a like-minded friend or family member.

At only $9.99, each cross-stitch kit is equipped with thread, 14 count Aida in white or black (depending on the kit you choose), a 6″ wood hoop, needle, and detailed instructions. The finished craft is 6″ in diameter. (There are so many sassy and fun designs to choose from! See your options here.)


Which design is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Shaved Ice Birthday Card

Designer: Lisa Storms

Send a snow-cone birthday greeting that will last through the hottest days of summer using cardstock, dimensional adhesive, and glitter to resemble shaved ice.


Materials:

  • Cardstock: white, tan, multicolor stripe
  • Patterned paper: light purple
  • Adhesive foam squares
  • 2″ circle punch
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Chunky glitter: crystal (such as JoAnn Craft Essentials)
  • Alcohol inks: red, blue, yellow
  • Small sponge
  • Photocopy paper: white
  • Paper clip
  • Glue stick

Make the Rainbow Shaved Ice:

 

1. Gather your supplies: 2″ punched paper circle; dimensional adhesive; chunky crystal glitter; alcohol inks in red, blue, and yellow; alcohol blending solution, and sponge.

 

2. Coat the top 34 of the circle with dimensional adhesive. While wet, sprinkle a thin layer of chunky crystal glitter onto the adhesive. Gently press the glitter into the adhesive.

 

3. Once dry, ink glitter with alcohol ink. To decrease intensity of any colors, mix alcohol ink with alcohol blending solution.


Build the Card:

1. Cut a 6×912” rectangle from white cardstock; fold in half to make a 434×6″ card.

2. Cut a 434×6″ rectangle from multicolor stripe cardstock; glue to front of card.

3. Cut a 414×512” rectangle from light purple patterned paper; attach to front of card using adhesive foam squares.

4. Cut a 4″ square from white photocopy paper. Fold two sides in at an angle to form a cone. Crease the folds.

5. Cut a 12×3″ strip from white photocopy paper. Straighten a paper clip, wrap the strip around the wire, and secure the long edge in place using a glue stick. Adhere the rolled strip to the top of the cone.

6. Apply glue to uncoated area of glittered circle and attach to the top back of the cone.

7. Attach the cone to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.

8. Print “sweet birthday wishes” onto white paper and cut into a strip, notching the ends. Mat it on a strip of tan cardstock and notch the ends. Attach the strip to the front of the card using adhesive foam squares.