Cross-Stitch Coffee Table Tray

102368808Designer: Jaydee Decker

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.

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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.

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Tips for Using Epoxy Resin

How to Use Epoxy Resin:

 

1. Gather your basic supplies: epoxy resin, hardener, two plastic measuring cups, and stir sticks.
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2. Always work in a well-ventilated area. Pour epoxy resin into a plastic measuring cup.
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3. Add an equal amount of hardener on top of the epoxy resin in the same measuring cup.
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4. Stir the mixture thoroughly for two minutes, scraping the sides occasionally and being careful to avoid air bubbles by not mixing too vigorously.
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5. Pour the mixture into a second, clean measuring cup. Stir the mixture for one minute.
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6. Pour epoxy resin mixture into a mond, such as a silicone pan, a jewelry finding, or a bottle. Allow to harden for up to 72 hours to ensure a strong bond.
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How to Add Color to Resin:

 

1. Choose pigments and dyes made for epoxy resin.

2. Partially fill mold with epoxy resin. Pour a small amount of pigment or dye into wet resin.

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3. Mix pigment or dye into resin with a crafts stick or toothpick. Fill mold with more resin.
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How to Embellish Resin:

 

1. Partially fill mold with epoxy resin. If desired, add a drop of pigment or dye; stir with toothpick. Add glitter on top.
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2. Add larger items, such as sequins, being careful not to get resin on your fingers. If needed, wear rubber gloves.
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3. To prevent a heavy object from sinking too far in the resin, let the resin set up for a few minutes before dropping it in. Allow to harden for up to 72 hours.
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Holiday To-Do List

clear-chalkboardDesigner: Ashley Burdette

Keep track of your holiday to-do list with a cute hanging planner! The best part? Clear chalkboard paint makes this board erasable.


Materials:

  • 514×12″ wooden crafts plank
  • Mint-green acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating
  • Numeral rubber stamps
  • Solvent ink pad (such as StāzOn)
  • 10″-long piece of leather cord
  • Drill
  • White chalk
  • Chalkboard marker or chalk

 

Assemble the To-Do List:

1. Using painter’s tape, mask off the bottom 114” of one side of the wooden crafts plank. Paint the masked off area with mint-green acrylic paint; let dry.

2. Paint the surface of the wooden crafts plank with Clear Chalkboard Coating; let dry for 24 hours.

3. Stamp numbers using a solvent ink pad along the left-hand edge of the plank; let dry.

4. Drill a hole large enough to accommodate the leather cord at the center top of the plank.
Thread leather cord through hole and tie ends together with an overhand knot.

5. Cure the board by rubbing white chalk across entire chalkboard surface; wipe off.

6. Use a chalkboard marker or chalk to write notes next to the numerals; wipe off as desired.

Cute DIY Dishes

what-a-dishDesigner: Lisa Storms

Because who doesn’t need a pretty little dish to hold small items?


Materials:

  • White oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey)
  • Acrylic roller
  • Wooden rods
  • Die-cut circle or heart shape
  • Toothpick
  • Items for texturizing the clay: pencil eraser, rubber stamp, paper doilies
  • Ink pad in desired colors
  • Small round paper bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine-tip artist’s paintbrush (optional)
  • Decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge)

what-a-dish-11. Following manufacturer’s instructions, condition the clay. Place clay on a smooth, hard surface. Using acrylic roller, roll out clay to 14” thick. To do this, position a wooden rod on each side of the clay. Place the roller across the clay and wooden rods; roll the clay to a consistent thickness (pictured above).

what-a-dish-22. For a circle or heart-shape dish, lay die-cut circle or heart shape on the flattened clay. Trace around the shape with a toothpick to cut it out (pictured above). Note: The jagged edges will be sanded later.

what-a-dish-33. Using texturizing items of your choice, stamp or emboss the clay with a pencil eraser or rubber stamp. Press eraser or rubber stamp into ink pad before pressing the design into the clay (pictured above).

what-a-dish-44. For lacelike embossing, place a stack of six paper doilies on the clay and roll over the doilies with the acrylic roller until an impression is made (pictured above). Carefully remove the doilies from the clay surface.

5. Place a small paper bowl right side down on a baking sheet. Place clay right side down on top of bowl, gently pressing the edges of the clay to round them against the curvature of the bowl.

6. Following the clay manufacturer’s instructions, bake the clay. Allow the clay to cool thoroughly.

7. Sand the dish with fine-grit sandpaper; wipe off the sanding dust.

8. Using a foam paintbrush, paint the dish with acrylic paint if desired. If needed, use a fine-tip paintbrush to paint in grooves, ridges, or stamped areas; remove excess paint with paper towel. Let the paint dry.

9. Paint the dish with decoupage medium; let dry.