Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quick and easy Easter ideas




For the adult Easter lover





Revamp an old basket to give it new life


For the boys...





And a kid's craft...


And finally a recipe for Greek Easter cookies...




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cracked look plastic Easter eggs tutorial



It’s almost time to fill those baskets and start the hunts!  Plastic eggs are great to put in small gifts and candies but while they very inexpensive they are kind of plain.  I thought why not glam them up a bit and give them a unique cracked egg look.  It’s easy and fun.  All you need is a paint pen, some clothespins and a well-ventilated area to work in and you can whip out a bakers dozen in no time flat. 

You will need:

Plastic eggs in colors of your choice

Clothespins

Scissors

Fine point black paint pen marker (You must use a paint pen because sharpie markers will rub off but the paint pen marker will not.)


1.     Work in a well-ventilated area.  This is a great outdoor project on a warm sunny day!  Cover your work surface with paper. 

2.     If the plastic eggs halves are not separate, clip them apart with a pair of scissors.


3.     Clip a clothespin on each egg section.  This makes it easier to work with while the paint pen dries.  Working on the top of an egg section use the paint pen to draw a circle and then make lines in a spoke like fashion. (See photo)



4.     Continue working down the egg section by drawing a line all around the circumference.  Add vertical lines all around.  You will have squarish sections all around the egg half. (See photo)



5.     Draw lines in varied directions in each section you made. (See photo)  Continue making lines in all directions in each spoke area at the top of the egg section as well.




6.     Make another group of vertical lines all around under the previous one and fill in like you did in the round above just until you reach the clothespin.  Wait until the marked areas have dried (it should only take a few minutes) and then move the clothespin and mark that area too.  (See photo) 




7.     For the final step mark the line all around the bottom where the eggs join.




8.     Repeat steps 3-6 for other half of egg and let dry.  Fill your eggs and enjoy.



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easy Clay Flip-Flop Earrings Tutorial



Did you know that Sculpey makes a super flex oven bake clay?  After you bake it, it stays flexible and pliable.  These little flip flop earrings look and feel just like the real thing and are so cute in any color you desire!  They are quick to make and so very easy that you can even make these with a Girl Scout troop or group camp craft.  I’ve made them into earrings but you can easily adapt them for bling on backpacks and zipper pulls! 

You will need:

Sculpey superflex oven bake clay

Sculpey clay modeling tools

X-acto or craft knife

Flip flop pattern (download)

Scissors

Ruler

Jewelry findings, jump rings, oval jump ring, fish hook ear wires

Needle nosed pliers

Optional Sculpey texture sheet


1.     Download and print the flip-flop pattern.  Cut out the pattern with scissors.  Roll out a layer of super flex clay to about 1/8” thickness. If you want to add optional texture to the bottom of your flip-flops put the texture sheet over the rolled out clay and run the roller on top.  Place the pattern piece on the non-textured side and using an X-acto or craft knife carefully cut out.  Turn the pattern piece over, trace and cut out another piece.  You will have the soles for two shoes.




Optional texture on the bottom


2.     Mark three dots where the thong will go using the pattern as a guide.  Just lightly mark it and do not go all the way through the shoe.


3.     Roll out a thin snake shape with your hands and using the ruler measure and cut two pieces of the snake ¾” long.   




4.     Use the flat end of a clay tool to pat one piece of snake on the top mark and repeat with the other piece of clay.  (See photo)



5.     Attach each thong end to the side marks and press with the flat edge of the tool.   Repeat steps 3-5 for other shoe.

6.     Use the needle tool to make a hole in the top of each flip-flop.


Bottom of shoe


7.     Preheat your over to 275 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes.  Let cool


8.     Use the needle nosed pliers to open an oval shaped jump ring by twisting rather than pulling apart.  Insert it through the hole you made in the top and twist closed.  Open a small jump ring in the same way, add a fish hook ear wire making sure it is facing in the correct direction and close the second jump ring by twisting to close. 







Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring sunflower monogram key ring



If you’ve never used Sculpey oven bake clay your missing some great crafting fun.  This season monograms are big.  They are displayed on walls, on clothing, jewelry and everything in between.  You can make this monogrammed spring key ring in no time at all and all you need is a few supplies, and your home oven.  I bet you won’t be able to make just one! Mother's Day is right around the corner and this medallion makes a great gift for mom as a pendant too!

You will need:

Sculpey III, gray metallic, scraps of green, yellow and brown

Sculpey clay tools

Sculpey texture sheets

Sculpey gloss glaze

Small paintbrush

Waxed paper to cover work surface

Mini flower cutter

Round cutters 1 ½” diameter and ¾” diameter (used only for clay)

Monogram rubber stamps

Colored jump rings and matching key ring

Needle nosed pliers

Aluminum foil and baking pan

Home oven set to 275 degrees

1.     Cover your work surface with waxed paper.  Cut a piece of gray metallic clay with the cutting blade tool.  Knead the clay in your hand to condition.  Roll out the clay on your waxed paper to about an 1/8” thickness. 






2.     Place the texture sheet on top of the sheet of rolled clay and roll again to apply the chosen texture to your clay.




3.     Use the large round cutter (1 ½”) to cut out a textured circle.



4.     Roll out the leftover piece of gray clay and use the smaller circle (3/4”) to cut out another circle. Press the chosen letter rubber stamp in the center of the smaller circle of clay to make the monogram. Place on top of the textured circle on the side pressing lightly to attach. As you are applying pieces you are giving the key ring dimension.





5.     Roll out a scrap of yellow clay and use the mini flower cutter to cut out two flower shapes.  Roll a small ball of brown clay and place in the center of each flower.  Use the roller to flatten it and make it wider…(Sunflower)





6.     Roll out a tiny amount of green clay into a thin snake shape.  Curl the ends and attach to the base textured piece.  (See photo)  Place the mini sunflowers on each side. (See photo)




7.     Use the tool with the pointed end to make a hole in the top of the key ring.


8.     Preheat your oven to 275 degrees.  Line a pan with aluminum foil and place your finished piece in the oven for around 20 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Do not use a microwave oven.

9.     After the key ring has cooled apply a coat of Sculpey gloss glaze and let dry.


10.  Open the jump ring with a twisting motion and insert through the hole you made in the top.  Attach the key ring and close the jump ring.