Sunday, June 26, 2011

Another 4th of July craft

Hi Crafters!
Looking for a craft with patriotic flare that the kids can make?  Here's a red, white and blue ring toss game.
You can find it in the August 200l issue of Crafts 'n things.  It might be just the thing to keep the kids occupied while they are waiting for the fireworks to start!

Happy Summer Crafting!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Denim Wall Pocket

Hi Crafters!
Welcome to another round in the Craft Designer Blog Connection.  This month we are showcasing patriotic designs.  My Denim Wall Pocket is a great design for the Fourth of July or any patriotic celebration.  It's easy to make and uses recyclable materials. 

First, cut a pocket from an old pair of denim jeans.  Leave about 1/2-inch all around the pocket.  With a sharp pair of scissors poke and cut holes in the pocket if it doesn't have them.  Use the point of the scissors to ravel the holes and the edges around the pocket.

Next, cut an 18-inch or longer piece of steel wire.  I bought mine at the hardware store.  It comes with an oily coating that you'll want to clean off with sandpaper and a damp paper towel before you work with it.  After you clean it, make a few curls and wraps in it.  Dab on some white acrylic paint.  Poke a hole in each corner of the pocket and insert the wire ends.  Curl the ends up with pliers to hold it in place.

Stamp a few stars on the pocket in white paint.  I used a sponge star.  Tie a piece of a handkerchief on the wire and add a raffia bow.

Easy, right!  Of course, you can add more embellishing if you like.  I think some spatter painting across the pocket would look nice.  And, you can fill it with just about any decoration.  I'm going to put a handful of daisies and a small flag in mine.

Happy crafting!