Posts tagged as:

mod podge

fabric ornaments from mod podge rocks

by @according2kelly on July 29, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is one of my blogging idols, the queen of all things decoupage  – amy of mod podge rocks. amy writes…

Fabric Ornament Tutorial

I know that right now many of you have little ones at home – they are out of school, it’s hot outside and they are bored. Good news – Mod Podge is here to help. Set your kids at a table with these fabric scrap ornaments and let them go to town. They are so easy and inexpensive, you probably have everything you need already, and your kids are going to have a great time.

Supplies & Tools:

Mod Podge® – your choice of flavors. I used Glitter Gold, Glitter Silver and Gloss

Paper mache ornaments – as many as you want to make
Fabric scraps – I didn’t have any holiday ones specially so I bought 1/8 yard pieces from JoAnn. They were only around $.30 a piece with the sales right now
Embellishments – whatever you have laying around; I used ribbon and buttons
Flat Paint Brush – one for everyone!
Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Scissors
Here are the goods. A couple of paper balls and some fabric. Oh, styrofoam works too, but I liked these because the hanger was attached. I have little patience when it comes to hanger-ing.

Cut your fabric into manageable bits – circles, sqaures, octahedrons – whatever! Parents, you obviously might want to do this part depending on the child’s age.

Kids love to get messy, and so do I! Work one or two shapes at a time, putting Mod Podge down on the ball and then placing the fabric squares. Tell the kids not to do too big of an area at once – we don’t want crying when the Mod Podge dries and nothing sticks!

Kids should keep coating and adding fabric. I had a great time! Cover the entire ball.

Use your Glitter Podges to coat the outsides. It’s so fun and it really sparkles. Add as many coats as you like!

Set the ornaments asie to dry for 15 – 20 minutes. Use your Beacon craft glue to add embellishments. I added buttons, ribbon, etc – whatever floats your boat! Again, make sure your glue is child safe if the little ones are going to be attaching embellishments. Set to dry for at least a few hours before hanging on the tree.

Your kids had a great time, didn’t they? This might be good for them to make as gifts for family members. You can even have them Mod Podge pictures of themselves or names on top. And as I said, you can use Christmas fabrics, but it would also be fun to use any fabrics and embellishments you have lying around.

for more great ideas visit amy at mod podge rocks. her site is FULL of tutorials & ideas. you could easily spend hours browsing. but i’d suggest you start with her tutorial for some fun wall art, button art, mod podge screen printing, or polka-stripey tray.

about amy: I am a 33-year-old transplant from Seattle living in Atlanta, Georgia. I was born from creative genes, so I’m carrying on the tradition. I have been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just a few. I do all of these things on a daily basis, or at least as much as I can. In addition to Mod Podge, I love the color blue, dogs, reading, cold weather, funny movies, road rallies, yogurt, garden gnomes, sock monkeys, running, tattoos, being outdoors, buttons, snuggling and apparently blogging. Who knew I would love it this much?

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

{ 21 comments }

holiday coasters from i never grew up

by @according2kelly on July 28, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is one of my blogging favorites – vanessa of i never grew up. vanessa writes…

Personalized Holiday Coasters

Disclaimer: Don’t judge me on my lack of cutting out perfect circles, it hard for me! Also gotta love how I did my Christmas craft OUTSIDE, it is Christmas in July after-all!

I saw this roll of cork-board in the craft store and this idea just came to me and I am so excited. I feel like these personalized Holiday Coasters are perfect for everyone and especially the people on your list that can be hard to shop for; men, grandparents, neighbor gifts, etc. It is in-expensive, easy yet personable at the same time.

Supplies:

Roll of Cork-board OR Slat of Thicken Cork-Board (the slat is more expensive but they you don’t worry about rolled edges that you get from the roll of cork-board)

Craft Knife

Cutting Mat

Mod Podge

Foam Brush

Holiday Paper, Pictures, Art from your Kids, Print out of Personalized Saying, lots of different options!

Directions:

1. Trace the opening of a cup onto the cork-board, I did a regular sized plastic cup and also a “Big Gulp” sized cup to have some coasters that are a bit larger. Also trace the cup size on the photos, paper, etc that you are using to go on the coasters.

2. Cut out the cork-board and also the paper or pictures you are using to attach to them.

3. Mod Podge with a Foam Brush one side of the cork-board and place the paper on top then mod podge over the top of that.

4. Let dry and Mod Podge the top again.

5. Now when using the cork-board that comes in a roll (which is usually much cheaper) you are going to deal with a bit of rolled corners. You can always after they are fully drive put them under some blocks or phone books to take away that problem.

I think it would be cute to pair these with some glasses and a drink that matches the person’s personality and likes (dislikes) along with the coasters. You could put these in a fun see through bag attached to a bottle of Sparkling Cider!

This is what I will be making for neighbor gifts, stuffing stockers and for great grandparent gifts!

for more great ideas be sure to visit vanessa at i never grew up. her site is full of kid friendly crafts, perfect for the holidays… check out her clay necklace, wooden spoon dollies, or her amazing sidewalk chalk tutorial.

about vanessa: Vanessa blogs over at INeverGrewUp.net on everything from healthy family recipes to art projects to do with the kiddos to their brand new backyard chickens! She also runs MomsMakeMoneyBlogging.com and AKickintheBuzz.com her two businesses. She is married to celebrity dog trainer Ty Brown and has 3 dogs and 2 beautiful girls. Currently she resides in Utah. She keeps busy with new hobbies, last month it was to private photography lessons, this month food photography lessons and next month guitar lessons!

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

{ 5 comments }

mod podged hand trees from at second street

by @according2kelly on July 22, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.


today, our featured blogger is the fabulous kalleen of at second street. she is seriously one amazing gal, so i can’t wait to share her post. kalleen writes…


I am so excited to be part of this Holiday craft along. My family has been making homemade Christmas gifts since I was a kid. It’s my favorite holiday tradition. I can’t tell you how many Christmas mornings were spent in tears as we opened each others gifts. These Mod Podged hand trees are the perfect gift for a parent or grandparent and can be made by adults and kids.

This is a quick and easy gift that is not only sentimental but looks beautiful. I still smile when I walk past mine.
What I used:
-Wood Picture Boards (I got mine at Tai Pan Trading Co., they were damaged and 75% off.) You could also use a canvas.
– burlap
-scrap fabric
-scissors
– Mod Podge- I used matte, but I think anything you have is fine.
-Permanent marker – to sign name at the end
These are the boards I used. I needed more surface area so I used the back side as my front.

Some of the Fabrics I used: I liked using a heavier fabric, but anything would work. Make sure you have lots of variety. You want the fabrics to work together while still having as many different colors as possible. You don’t want all the fabrics to blend together. I used eight different fabrics.

Step 1: I removed the hanger and stickers from the back of my board. I saved the hanger and placed it on the other side when it was time to hang my pictures. Step 2: I covered the entire board with Mod Podge and layed a piece of burlap, bigger than the board, over the top. Then I used my sharp sewing scissors to cut away the excess burlap till it was straight and flush with the board. If you are using a canvas I would try wrapping the canvas and stapling it to the back instead. Step 3: Cutting the leaves and hands out. I did all the cutting. I didn’t trust my kids with my sharp sewing scissors. I was afraid someone would lose a finger. If your kids are older you might want to let them do this part.

I cut three different sizes of leaves for each pattern.

Tracing and cutting the hands before starting with the Mod Podge, make things easier when everything is covered with goo.

Step 4: Glue everything down.
I helped glue the first four leaves down so my kids had an idea of which direction the leaves should go. Then they took over. They painted the Mod Podge onto the backs of the leaves then placed them were they wanted. I reminded them to cover all the empty spots and to use all the different colors.

Step 5: Once all your leaves are on. They plastered the back of the trunk with Mod Podge and placed it on the picture with the hand in the center of the leaves. You might need to trim some of the trunk so that it is flush with the bottom of the board. Now they can finish it off by painting over the entire tree with the Mod Podge. It dries clear so don’t worry if it looks a little messy.

The leaves dry stiff and look cute if they start to come off the board.

We finished ours off by each signing their name to a leaf with a permanent marker and adding it in the bottom corner.

My kids are learning the value and joy that comes with making something for others. I hope they are more excited about giving gifts than receiving.


for more great ideas visit kalleen’s blog at second street. be sure to check out her other tutorials, including her on the go activity book, her fab t-shirt hat, or her beautiful etched window.

My name is Kalleen, and I’m a mother of four who loves making my house a home. I’ve always loved to create and design. Doing it for my family in my home keeps me sane. I’m not trying to be super mom. I’m just doing what I love.





baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

{ 13 comments }

D.I.Y. boutique wipes case tutorial

by @according2kelly on June 9, 2009

lately, my crafting time is either very limited or totally non-existant… which makes sewing anything completely out of the question. but giving up crafting cold turkey is definitely not an option. so, i’ve had to to devise some crafts that i can do standing up, holding a baby, in a very short time period. luckily, you can never have too many fancy-nancy boutique style wipes case – especially if you don’t have to pay the fancy-nancy boutique style prices…

D.I.Y. boutique wipes case tutorial
supplies needed: one travel wipes case, some batting, a fabric scrap, mod podge & sponge brush, trim and hot glue.
time needed: 1/2 hour
crafting expertise: beginner… if you can wield a glue gun, you’re good to go.

click on pictures to enlarge















{ 16 comments }

mod podged frames

by @according2kelly on December 10, 2008

mod podge frame tutorialyou’ve asked, so i’m delivering…. once again, here are the instructions for mod podging your very own picture frames.

supplies needed:
an unfinished frame (the dollar specials are always great), wood stain, a piece of card stock scrapbook paper (larger than your frame), a jar of mod podge, a sponge brush applicator, a tiny bit of sand paper, a razor blade or exacto knife, & a tim holtz distress ink stamp pad (my favorite is the tea dye, & you can pick it up at your local craft store in the “stamping” section).

directions:
1. stain your frame. you don’t have to stain the entire frame, just the areas that will be visible after you mod podge the paper to the front… that means you will be staining the back of the frame, the outer sides of the frame as well as the inner sides (near where the picture will go) & don’t forget to stain the dowel that you will be using as the stand.mod podge frame tutorial

2. once your frame is dry, it’s time to get your mod podge on… the first step to the art of mod podging is to apply a light layer over the entire surface to be mod podged (the front of the frame) & let it dry for about 30 seconds or so. the timing isn’t setting in stone, you just want it to set-up a touch.mod podge frame tutorial

3. next, you apply another layer of mod podge & then position your chosen card stock on top of the frame (pay careful attention to any particular areas that you don’t want to cut away & steer those parts away from the center or edges of your frame).mod podge frame tutorial

4. press the paper firmly to the frame, smoothing away any air bubbles that may form. (it’s kinda like wall papering… i found it helpful to use an old credit card to help smooth the paper out.)mod podge frame tutorial

5. once the paper is set in place, let it sit for about 5 minutes, then recheck your frame to see if any more bubbles have appeared. if there are, press the bubble down again. if it still doesn’t stick, take a straight pin to release the air under the paper & press it smooth.

6. once your frame is dry, put it right-side down on a cutting surface & using your razor blade or exacto knife, trim off the extra paper from around the edges & from the center opening of the frame. & don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect, you are going to be sanding it later.mod podge frame tutorial

7. using your sand paper, sand all of the paper edges (that you just trimmed) to ensure that they are smooth.mod podge frame tutorial

now here comes the super-secret, super-easy, but super-fantastic step…mod podge frame tutorial

8. THIS little stamp pad rocks! it’s the magic, that makes everything look beautiful. using your stamp pad, go over all your newly sanded edges… your going to be “covering up” the bright white of those newly cut paper edges. make sense? you can also use a sponge, or paper towel to pick up ink & get into those “hard-to-reach” places. you can use the stamp pad as much or as little as you like to create a more vintage look. sometimes i just use it on the edges, sometimes i’ll use it to completely cover the entire scrapbook paper. you can also use a little water to spread and smudge the ink… experiment with it.mod podge frame tutorial

9. once your paper trimming, sanding & ink-applying is done, apply at least 3 more layers of mod podge on top of the scrapbook paper. apply a layer of mod podge & let it dry for about 15 minutes, then apply another, and let it dry, etc. (sometimes, i’ve even applied more of the vintage-y ink in-between layers of mod podge, i told you, i love the stuff!). mod podge frame tutorial

10. when everything is good & dry, at this point you are pretty much done… so pat yourself on the back, find the perfect picture, & ta da! you have a finished product.mod podge frame tutorial

{ 2 comments }

mod podged halloween frames

by @according2kelly on October 31, 2008


i was looking through pictures this morning when i realized i had never posted pictures of this years mod podged halloween frames. i love the fact that $1 frames from michael’s, some halloween-inspired scrapbook paper, a little wood stain & alot of mod podge can create such a fun little addition to my halloween decor. & i love being able to display each & every one of our halloween pictures from past years. i have to admit… i’m going to be a little sad, when it comes time to take it all down & pack it away for another year.

{ 0 comments }

have you checked your calender lately?

by @according2kelly on April 14, 2008

because mother’s day is fast approaching! may 11 is just around the corner. & while i’m sure you all have been dropping hints to your hubby’s about ordering something from my shop (wink, wink! nudge, nudge!) what do you have planned from your own mothers, mil, etc. etc.? although i’m sure they too would appreciate a nice piece of jewelry, i think it’s fun to give something your kiddos can help create. last week a couple of girls & i got together with our littles to create mother’s day frames, perfect for framing a sweet picture of the kids. the frames turned out great, & my mom (who received hers as a birthday present) loved it (so she says). anyway, i thought i’d share the idea with all of you. (& to be honest, they’d really be great for any recipient, or holiday… father’s day, birthday’s, christmas, you get the idea.) what do i love about this idea? it’s totally personal, your kids can help, it’ super cheap, & really easy…. anyone can do it.

supplies needed:
an unfinished frame (we used the dollar specials we picked up at michael’s, but i’m sure any craft stores has the exact, if not similar frame), wood stain, a piece of plain colored card stock paper (larger than your frame), water colors/ crayons/ colored pencils… or what ever “medium” your little one prefers, a jar of mod podge, a sponge brush aplicator, a tiny bit of sand paper & a razor blade or exacto knife.

directions:
1. assemble all of your supplies & set up your “work space”. mod podge, water colors, wood stain… this could definitely get messy.
2. stain your frame. you don’t have to stain the entire frame, just the areas that will be visible after you mod podge the paper to the front… that means you will be staining the back of the frame, the outer sides of the frame as well as the inner sides (near where the picture will go) & don’t forget to stain the dowel that you will be using as the stand.
3. while the stain is drying, get out the cardstock & let your little one go to town on it. encourage them to have fun & be colorful. our kiddos are just wee little ones, so we tried to push the finger painting. if you have older children, just make sure they realize that some of the paper is going to be cut away… you don’t want to cut away vital parts of their picture!
4. once the kids are finished with their masterpieces, if necessary, let it dry.
5. when the frame & artworks are dry, it’s time to get your mod podge on! (if your artwork has warped at all, as ours did, i’d suggest ironing it between layers of a dishtowel…)
6. the first step to the art of mod podging is to apply a light layer over the entire surface to be mod podged (the front of the frame) & let it dry for about 30 seconds or so. the timing isn’t setting in stone, you just want it to set-up a touch.
7. next, you apply another layer of mod podge & then position your child’s artwork on top of the frame (pay careful attention to any particular areas that you don’t want to cut away & steer those parts away from the center or edges of your frame).
8. press the paper firmly to the frame, smoothing away any air bubbles that may form. (it’s kinda like wall papering… i found it helpful to use an old credit card to help smooth the paper out.)
9. once the paper is set in place, let it sit for about 5 minutes, then recheck your frame to see if any more bubbles have appeared. if there are, press the bubble down again. if it still doesn’t stick, take a straight pin to release the air under the paper & press it smooth.
10. once your frame is dry, put it right-side down on a cutting surface & using your razor blade or exacto knife, trim off the extra paper from around the edges & from the center opening of the frame.
11. using your sand paper, sand all of the paper edges (that you just trimmed) to ensure that they are smooth.
12. once your paper trimming & sanding is all done, apply at least 2 more layers of mod podge on top of the artwork.
13. when everything is good & dry, at this point you are pretty much done & your frame is ready for a cute picture of your little one(s). however, if you so choose, using a paper towel or cloth & just a touch of stain, you can “vintage-ize” your frame by rubbing just a bit of stain on the exposed edges of your paper. but, like i said, this step is totally up to you & not at all necessary to create your incredibly personalized frame, that i’m sure it’s recipient will love & be thrilled to receive.

click on the pictures for a step-by-step pictorial, & if you have any questions, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email!

have fun!

{ 6 comments }