Monday, August 21, 2017

How to quickly make a sweet little rock fairy house

rock fairy house


Painting rocks are fun and inexpensive.  I mean a rock is pretty much free right?  And with a little paint, you can make an amazing little rock fairy house.  You can easily paint this rock fairy house with one larger base rock and two small rocks that you glue to the roof after painting them to resemble chimneys. 

Wouldn’t you just love to open that door and go inside?  I’ve set mine up with my little painted rock gnome in a flower pot on my porch!



Rock fairy house



Materials:

Large rock for main house
2 smaller rocks for the chimneys
Acrylic paint in light green, dark pink, raw sienna, burnt umber, red, yellow, dark green, black, and white.
White Gesso
E6000 glue
Medium flat brush, liner brush, and spotter brush

Instructions:

1.     First, cover your work surface with newspaper.  Next, get your rocks, wash and dry them. 

2.     In order for the paint to show up well, use a medium brush to apply a coat of gesso on all the rocks and let dry.



3.     Next, apply a coat of light green paint on the entire large rock and let dry.  While the large rock is drying apply a coat of dark pink on the two smaller rocks. Let the paint dry.




4.     Now, using the liner brush and white paint, add horizontal lines all across the small chimney rocks.  Then, add vertical lines all along the horizontal lines to resemble bricks. Add a small area of dark brown in the center of the rock that will be on the top. (See photo) Set aside and let dry.





5.     Paint the roof tiles. Now, double load your flat brush, one side raw sienna, and the other side burnt umber.  Apply the paint in vertical strokes on the roof, reloading your brush as necessary.  Continue until you have added the tiles to the entire roof. Use the liner brush to add some black lines vertical and horizontal to accent the tiles as needed.



6.     Use E6000 glue to attach the two chimney rocks to each other and then attach to the top of the large main house rock.  Let dry.





7.     Now add the extra little details.  Use the red acrylic paint to make a round door.  Add some vertical lines with white while the paint is still wet to resemble boards.  Paint the windows. Add yellow in the windows.  Paint some flowers with pink, white, and yellow on the windowsills, and all around the edges of the house.  Add other things like butterflies, bunnies, and more flowers as desired.




8.     Let dry and display with pride! And be sure and stop by Make it easy crafts again for more free craft tutorials!

rock fairy house


Monday, August 14, 2017

How to paint a fun crazy quilt rock

crazy quilt rock


I admit it.  I love quilts, but they take time and like many people have a limited amount of that!  So since leaving rocks has become a worldwide fad, I figured why not make a few quilt like rocks.  They are quickly painted and so much fun.  This crazy quilt rock is so easy and looks amazing when done!  You can leave your crazy quilt rock in a public place for someone to find, or just keep it yourself for a décor item or a paperweight.

Crazy quilts were quite a fad in the latter part of the 19th century.  They were made into smaller quilts for framing or lap robes.  They were a way for people to use fancy fabrics and decorate them with unique stitching.  Your crazy quilt rock has all the elements but no stitching required!!!

The crazy quilt rock is so easy and is a fantastic craft for camp, girl scouts, church and senior groups, and more!

Materials:

Rock from a creek or river
Acrylic paint in desired colors
White acrylic paint for stitch lines
Pencil
Small flat brush
Line brush
Paper to protect your work surface

Instructions;

1.     First, wash and dry your particular rock.  Next, draw sections all around the rock with a pencil.  These will be your quilt blocks.




2.     Now fill in each section with a flat brush filling in each block with a different color acrylic paint. And let dry completely.




3.     When your paint is dry load a liner brush with some white acrylic paint.  Then, begin making stitch marks all around each block, varying the design of the stitches.  Try little X’s, or U shapes, diagonal lines, etc. this is where you can be creative just like they did in the 1800’s.  You can even write a message on a block such as “love”, or “peace,” etc.






4.     Let dry and your rock is ready to spread the love!

crazy quilt rock



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Monday, August 7, 2017

How to make an easy refillable travel duct tape wipe pack

refillable travel duct tape wipe pack


Flushable wipes have come a long way.  Many are safe for septic and sewer systems. And if you are concerned one can always use a trash can.  They usually come in packs of 40 but some stores sell small packs of 10 for travel. These travel packs of 10 are a little pricey when you consider how much a larger pack sells for. So I figured why not make a refillable travel duct tape wipe pack? 

Public toilets and porta potties at sporting events are often out of paper and unclean.  All you need to make this refillable travel duct tape wipe pack is some duct tape, a Ziploc sandwich bag, and the plastic top opener that comes on soft packs of flushable wipes. 

Materials:

Duct tape in your choice of color or print
Recycled plastic top opener
Scissors
X-acto or craft knife
Ziploc bag
Cutting mat
Piece of corrugated cardboard
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Ruler

1.  Cut off the plastic top opener from a used pack of a soft pack of flushable wipes and remove the entire plastic wrapper.




2.  Next, cut the bottom of a Ziploc quart sized storage bag to the size that will fit the wipes.  Don’t worry about it; you will be covering it with duct tape.



3.  Now working on a cutting mat, place a strip of duct tape across the bottom about an inch or so overlapping the bottom.



4.  Continue adding strips of duct tape across the bag until you have covered the entire side and reach the top (zipper) edge.  Now turn over and fold the sides and bottom edges to the opposite side. 



5.  Repeat step 3 and 4 or the second side.  Cover the entire back with duct tape.  Now cut a piece of corrugated cardboard the size to fit inside the bag.  Unzip and insert the cardboard. 







6.  Use a glue gun to attach the plastic opener to one side, center of the pack.  Make sure you only add hot glue to the edges around so that the opener will still open. 




7.  Open the opener and cut out the center duct tape area.



8.  Open the zipper area and fill with wipes. Take your refillable duct tape wipe pack with you wherever you go and fill it back as needed.









Friday, July 28, 2017

How to make quick and savory Greek style green beans

Greeks style green beans


The summer bounty of fresh vegetables is in full swing!  I love going to the local farmer’s market and buying fresh tomatoes and green beans.  Being of Greek descent I know I’ve touted the delicious flavors of Greek cooking many times.  So I’m at it again.  One of my family’s favorite Greek recipes is the Greek style green beans.  In fact, it is my husband’s most asked for vegetable recipe!

You see, while I love green beans any way, shape, or form, he isn’t fond of the lightly sautéed style of beans.  The beans just don’t seem cooked to him.  Raw or cooked never bothered me.  As a child, I’d sit in the kitchen helping my mom snap raw beans gobbling up just as many as I’d snap.  Before my husband met me, the only beans he would ever eat were slow-cooked with a ham hock.  (Which I also love)

I know, I know, this entire introduction for a simple side dish.  Side dish or not a good one can make the meal.  And what is even better is that these Greek style green beans are so easy to make.

So I think I’ll be on my way to that local Farmer's Market to get some fresh beans today!  How about you?



Savory Greek style green beans

Ingredients:


   1 lb. fresh or frozen green beans (thawed if frozen)
   Garlic clove, minced
   1 tbsp. light olive oil
   ¼ cup chopped onions
   14.5 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes  (you can substitute fresh diced tomatoes if desired)
   1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
   ½ tsp. each of salt and pepper
   ½” tsp. oregano
   1 tbsp. lemon juice



Directions:

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot.  Add the onions and garlic and sauté about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent.  Stir in the green beans and cook a little longer.  Reduce the heat to medium low.  Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, oregano, and lemon juice.  Cook on medium low for 5 more minutes.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.

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