How To Doodle on Ceramic Mugs

1. Print out any picture or pattern (or draw your own on white paper). Cut around the outside of the pattern. Cut a piece of transfer paper slightly larger than the area to be doodled, and tape it to the surface. Tape the pattern over the transfer paper.

 

2. Using a pencil, firmly trace the pattern lines to transfer the design to the surface. Remove the pattern and the transfer paper.

 

3. Using a paint pen, trace the lines; let dry. Cure the paint by baking the piece in the oven, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Wood Triangle Necklace

Designer: Jodi Harris

Tiny triangles cut from wood veneer make a cheery banner-style necklace when strung together with jump rings and chain.


Materials:

  • Iron-on wood veneer tape
  • Fabric scrap for backing
  • Acrylic paint: light blue, medium blue, dark blue, white
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray sealer
  • 11 gold jump rings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Gold chain
  • Gold lobster clasp
  • Download the triangle pattern here.

1. Cut a 10″ length of veneer tape. Following manufacturer’s instructions, use an iron to press fabric onto rough side of tape. Trace triangle pattern onto white paper. Trace eight triangles onto wood side of veneer; cut out with sharp scissors.

2. Paint one triangle light blue, one medium blue, one dark blue, and one white; let dry. Spray all triangles with sealer; let dry.

3. Drill a 132” hole into two corners of each triangle. Connect triangles with jump rings through holes in desired order. Add chain to jump rings on outside triangles and adjust chain to desired length. Add jump rings to each chain end and add a lobster clasp to one end.

Product We Love: Unicorn SPiT Paint

Crafting can be fun for just about anyone, but let’s be honest, it can also get expensive. Especially when each project requires all different materials. With hundreds of options in the industry, we discovered a product that may help combat that overwhelming feeling you get when you head toward the craft store checkout line!

Unicorn SPiT is a multi-use paint that was created by Michelle Gordon, an Art Director for her family-owned business, when she realized there was a gap in the market for quality craft paint. After experimenting in her kitchen, she came up with a formula that was usable on a variety of surfaces including wood, glass, metal, fabric, concrete, and more. It’s also jasmine scented (believe us, we tested!) and non-toxic, so you can paint indoors without having to wear a mask. It’s now distributed by Eclectic Products, the same company that does E6000 glue.

We painted this wood letter L with the colors Purple Hill Majesty and Zia Teal. The easy-to-use product blended perfectly together for a washed look. We added a little water to dilute the mixture and get the varying shades of colors. (Fun fact: If you squeeze unicorn paint onto a paper plate and let it dry, you can use it as a watercolor.) Hang the letter on a gallery wall or prop it on a bookshelf and you have the perfect DIY to personalize your space!

The line comes in 10 vibrant colors and can be diluted with a splash of water down to a gel, stain, glaze, or tint- making it perfect for simple painting projects, or something more complex like refurbishing old furniture. For the letter E, we painted on Thunder Blue and used a paper towel to wipe off any excess for a washed look. We added white paint on top for a white wash, then added white polka dots.

The possibilities are endless! You can mix glitter into the colors for a metallic look, add white liquid glue to it for a puff paint look, or stain any surface and add a glaze for a professional finished look.

UNICORN SPiT isn’t quite on the market yet, but look for it in places like JoAnn’s, Home Deport, and other crafting and home improvement places soon!


What do you think? Would you try UNICORN SPiT? 

Cross-Stitch Coffee Table Tray

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A metal perforated baking tray from a kitchen-supply store serves up a trendy cross-stitch plus sign and makes a handy place to corral odds and ends.


Materials:

  • 13×18″ perforated metal tray
  • Painters tape
  • Spray paint: yellow and peach
  • Yarn needle
  • Yarn: magenta

1. Tape off one-third of tray from top to bottom and through one vertical row of holes. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint one side of tray yellow; let dry. Peel off painters tape and apply a new line of tape aligned with the spray-painted line. Spray remaining side of tray peach; let dry. Remove tape.

2. Find the center of tray. Following the chart, below, cross-stitch the design using yarn needle and magenta yarn. Leave a long tail on back of tray for first and last stitches, weave tails under previous stitches; trim ends.

tray-diagram

Embroidered Waste Basket

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Designer: Jaydee Decker

Perforated metal waste cans are available in a variety of styles, and this faux-caned version works great for cross-stitching because of the vertical and horizontal hole alignment.


Materials:

  • Perforated metal waste can (must have vertically and horizontally aligned holes; our can is 20 holes high)
  • Spray paint: gold
  • Yarn needle
  • Super-bulky yarn: white

Assemble the Waste Basket:

1. In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint metal waste can; let dry.

2. Find the vertical center on side of can. Following the chart, below, cross-stitch design from the center out using yarn needle and white yarn. Leave a long tail on inside of can for first and last stitches, weave tails under previous stitches; trim ends. End yarn between motifs so yarn is not visible in open areas of can.

basket-pattern

 

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