Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August Crafts

August Crafts

Oilcloth Lunch Bag
The same oilcloth that covers your kitchen table can transport your children's lunches -- or your own -- in leak-free style. These reusable bags will cut back on waste since they can simply be washed with a damp sponge.
Use a single print for the whole bag, or cut out complementary patterns or solid colors for side panels. You can attach small Velcro tabs to hold the bags closed, or clip the tops with colorful wooden clothespins.
Cut main piece 29 1/2 by 8 inches and two side panels, each 12 1/4 by 5 inches.
Fold long panel, inside out, into U shape with 5-inch bottom.
Make 1/4-inch cut at bottom corners of side and middle pieces so bag folds smoothly. Sew-in side panels, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Turn right side out and top-stitch all around, 1/8 inch from edge.

Other Oil Cloth Uses
On the Shelf
Lining shelves with oilcloth adds color to a work space -- no sewing required. Simply cut a length of fabric to fit shelf, allowing extra width for overhang. Fold and iron edge to create flap; then lay in place. Cut in a jagged edge, following the pattern of the cloth.
Cookbook Cover
Impervious to grease stains, oilcloth-covered cookbooks hold up to heavy use.
Drawer Liner
A sleeve of oilcloth brightens a utility drawer and is more substantial than shelf paper. A heavy cloth will stay in place on its own; attach a lighter-weight fabric with double-sided tape.
Oilcloth Apron
Simple, functional aprons can become part of the kitchen "uniform," even for little ones.
Cut two pieces of oilcloth. Main piece should be 23 inches long (11 1/2 inches at top and 22 inches across).
Fold larger piece vertically, wrong side out. About 1 foot from bottom, draw curve; cut.
 Make 1-inch hem at top of pocket panel; sew to apron, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance.
To create pockets, machine-stitch down front of pocket panel, about 1/3 of the way in from sides.
Sew 1 1/2-inch hem at top of apron. Trim curved edges of apron with bias tape, leaving enough extra at each end for ties; zigzag-stitch over tape to attach.

Make a Beach Ornament
Going to the beach is one of my favorite summer fun activities. And keeping the memory of a great beach trip with a glass ornament is a fun summer craft.

Things Needed:
  • glass ball ornament
  • small piece of paper to make a funnel
  • sand from the beach
  • small seashells or rocks from the beach
  • glue
  • white rope (I used a piece of clothesline), or ribbon/raffia
  • gold paint pen or gold enamel paint and a thin paint brush
  • Blue and silver glitter

 Purchase a clear glass ball ornament of any size you like. Be sure you are able to remove the top and the hook.

Collect small shells, pieces of seaweed, smooth beach glass and sand for your ornament.
Wash and thoroughly dry all the beach items you have collected.
Remove the top of the ornament carefully so that you do not break the glass.
Have a friend hold the ornament for you, or secure it in a small box with the opening at the top.
Pour sand into the ornament using a small funnel. Fill the ornament about a third of the way to the top.

Sprinkle in some glitter or some colored sand to give the ornament an eye-catching appearance. Blue and silver glitter work best.

add small seashells, small rocks, sharks teeth, bits of drift wood... anything that will fit into that small hole. Be careful not to add too many, as the ornament may get too heavy!
Gently shake the ornament to mix the items together or arrange everything as you want them with a straw/pencil.
Observe the ornament and decide whether it needs more sand, shells, glitter or other items to make it perfect.
Add a bit of glue around the edge of the glass ball ornament, where the metal top fits in. Then add the metal top with the hook. This will keep it secure since the ornament will have a bit of weight to it now.

 Next, wrap a bit of rope, cord, raffia, or ribbon around the stem of the ornament. Finally, write the name of the beach you visited and the date on the beach ornament and allow the paint to dry.

Shell Flowerpots

To weather a pot, combine 1 part powdered milk paint (available at crafts stores) with 1 part water. Apply to pot with a paintbrush. Let dry 1 hour.

Combine 1 part lime powder (find it at garden centers) with 2 parts water; brush on over paint. Let dry 1 hour.
Working in a well-ventilated area, sand pot with medium-grit sandpaper until desired look is achieved.

Gather shells that are uniform in size and appearance (or purchase them at crafts stores or online). Affix shells to rim of pot with tacky glue; employ tweezers to adhere the smaller shells.

Yellow Votives
 Yellow Votives look especially lovely paired with seasonal arrangements of sunflowers.

  • Glass container, such as a Mason jar
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Yellow paint (1 1/2 ounces will cover 4 pint-size jars)
  • (Pebeo Vitrea 160 series glass paints, which are nontoxic, permanent, and dishwasher- and microwave-safe).
  • Paper towels or cloth
  • Shallow pan
  • Wire, crimp beans, and pliers, for hanging (optional)

Prepare jar for painting by washing and, if necessary, wiping interior with rubbing alcohol to remove any debris or traces of oil. Pour approximately 3 to 4 tablespoons of paint into the jar. Rotate jar slowly to move paint around the interior until entire surface is coated. Tip jar on one of its sides, and hold in that position to pool excess paint in one area. Pour excess paint back into paint jar (if you're making more than one, pour remaining paint into the second jar, making sure it has been cleaned and prepared for painting).

Place the jar, inverted, mouth side down, on a small stack of wet paper towels or a cloth to allow any excess paint to drain. To avoid excess-paint buildup at mouth, replace wet paper towels until paint begins to set and is no longer dripping. Once paint has initially set, turn it back on its base to dry for 24 hours. 

Once dry, place jar in shallow pan, in a 325 degree oven, and bake for 40 minutes. Turn oven off, and allow jar to cool in oven, leaving door ajar. After jar has cooled, insert a votive candle. 
To hang the jar, cut a piece of wire 3 inches longer than the circumference of the jar. String one crimp bead onto one end of the wire.

 Holding it in place, thread the wire's other end through the same bead in the opposite direction so that the crimp bead has a wire end extending about 1/2 inch out of each opening. Use pliers to crimp the bead, creating a wire ring that will be placed around the jar's neck.

Place the ring over the mouth, and twist loops on opposite sides of ring until it's small enough so that it won't slip off. Bend wire in half, slip one end into one loop, and use pliers to bend the tip of the end upward. Repeat for other side. 
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