Spring for new crafting techniques
Spring is around the corner and flowers are starting to poke out of the ground. This can't happen soon enough for me. Although I don't mind winter, I am ready for some color in nature's palette.
Crafting with some color can be fun and bring a little sunshine into your life a little earlier than the flowers that have yet to bloom.
Here are some tips and ideas that can help you add a splash of color in your projects:
n This year's popular colors and designs are a flashback for me -- chevrons and the neons of the '80s have made a return. You can easily paint chevrons by using a cardboard stencil and masking tape to create the pattern. Then paint over top of the tape, and remove it once the paint's dry. Use the pattern to embellish home decor, cards, textiles or any other project. Paint with bright colors, and don't be afraid to go a little brighter than in years past; you will be riding the trend like a champ.
n A great idea for kids is to create painted flowers by dipping the bottom of a plastic soda bottle in a plate of paint, then dabbing the bottom of the bottle onto the canvas. This could be a great Mother's Day idea, and what mom wouldn't love custom art from her child?
n Put a little shine in decoupage projects by mixing fine glitter with your Mod Podge before shellacking your project. Just a little goes a long way and adds a different dimension to the project.
n Brighten up that cardigan with a colorful felted flower. Create the flower by cutting eight circles of the same size and folding them in quarters. Hot glue them together to create the flower layers and glue a button in the center. Attach several of these to the front of your cardigan either at the neck or along the edges.
n Create freeform stencils with hot glue for your spray paint projects. Use the stencils by placing them on your project, spraying the paint and then removing the stencil. Create all kinds of fun shapes with hot glue on a Teflon-coated sheet. Then place the sheet in the fridge to chill, and the glue shapes will pop right off. The tackiness of the glue also helps to hold the shape in place when you are painting over it.
n Dress up a pair of plain shoes with homemade clip-on bows or flowers. Use the backing from a clip-on earring and attach buttons, bows or flowers to the shoe to give an old pair of footwear new life.