Home Decor Craft Projects

Frame Filled Tea Towel – Stamping On Fabric

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

When I got hold of the Lawn Fawn Flirty Frames Stamp Set, I knew I wanted to fill at least one project up with lots and lots of frames!

Frame Filled Tea Towel - Stamping On Fabric at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how to make a frame filled tea towel – once you’ve started stamping on fabric you won’t want to stop!

Step 1: Gather your supplies – a tea towel (I bought an ombre one in a set at Primark), the Flirty Frames stamp set, a clear acrylic block, and two colours of VersaCraft Ink Pads (I used Cool Grey and Emerald):

Frame Filled Tea Towel - Stamping On Fabric at Jennifer Grace Creates

The VersaCraft inks are especially made for stamping on fabric, but you could experiment with other ink pads. Just be aware that other inks may fade when washed or the solvent in them may deteriorate the fabric fibers over a course of time.

Step 2: Stamp your tea towel! I got a rythm going with this and really enjoyed myself, it was quite therapeutic! Start with one frame and stamp it in one colour in random places on your tea towel. Then repeat with another frame in a different colour. Once you’ve done all the larger frames in one colour stamp them again but switching which colour you use for which stamp. Then use the smaller frame to go back and fill in all the gaps:

Frame Filled Tea Towel - Stamping On Fabric at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: When the frames are all finished, stamp some hearts inside a few frames, and some stars in a few of the gaps:

Frame Filled Tea Towel - Stamping On Fabric at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Then heat-set the stamping with an iron on a high setting. Apparently you should put another cloth between your project and the iron, I didn’t do this so then green smudged a little in a couple of places, but it’s barely noticeable!

Frame Filled Tea Towel - Stamping On Fabric at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it! Your tea towel is ready to wash and use as normal! I have washed mine once on a 40 degree wash and the frames still look good:

Frame Filled Tea Towel - Stamping On Fabric at Jennifer Grace Creates

This would make a unique gift or fun statement piece in your kitchen!

Be Inspired:

Fill a project up with frames or other outline shape

Stamp onto a surface other than paper

Make a simple pattern on top of an ombre background

Would you use this tea towel or just hang it somewhere to look pretty? I am going to buy more VersaCraft Ink Pads to stamp on other things now!

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

For the last project of the day I’ve got another way you can focus your crafting – by gathering some inspirational items and putting them into a pretty box or pot, to be opened whenever your mojo is low!

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Who wouldn’t want a diamond pattern pot of inspiration?!

I could have just stuck some bits and pieces in an old shoe box or something, but it’s much more fun, and much less likely to get lost, when the items are in such a lovely container!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: Find a pot or box to keep your items in:

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Paint with grey paint (I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paints). Once it’s dry repeat with another coat if necessary (mine only needed one coat but it depends on your surface, and paint type):

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Use washi tape to mark off your triangles and diamonds, by criss-crossing it all around the pot. They don’t need to all be the same size, just go with the flow:

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Paint the triangles and diamonds with various colours of paint – I used mint, white, and coral-pink. I added a couple of triangles to the lid too – if you’re clever you can make sure they match up with the sides but I didn’t think to do that!:

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

I painted the handle on the top of the pot too.

Step 5: Wait for the paint to dry thoroughly, then peel off the washi tape:

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Use a gold pen to draw borders around the painted shapes (I used a Cricut Explore metallic pen):

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Add a few triangle stickers (Crate Paper Journey Puffy Stickers) to the lid, and fill the pot with inspirational things!

A Diamond Pattern Pot Of Inspiration at Jennifer Grace Creates

In mine I’ve got: a small photo, an old rubber stamp I should use again, some washi tape, a gold flower, a glass nugget, a fossil, a wooden cotton reel, a postage stamp with a wizard on, a badge with a penguin and a panda bear on, and a few sequins. Next time my mojo is low I will pull out an item or two to help focus my crafting!

What would you put in yours?

Be Inspired:

Alter a box or pot and fill in with inspiring things

Use triangles and/or diamonds outlined with gold

Use washi tape to create a mask for mist, paint, or ink

That’s it for tonight, I’ll see you again in the morning at 10am!

Goodnight,

Jennifer x

Happy Scatter

Guest Post – McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Today it’s time for the next Guest Designer to share a project using items from my Happy Scatter Etsy Shop!

I’m going to let the fabulous McCall Clifford talk you through the project…

Happy Scatter!

I can’t think of a better name to describe this fun project full of lots of cute products!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

I received my package of goodies and was so impressed how cute all the packaging is and the unique variety of product.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Since I’m not much of a scrap-booker myself I thought it’d be a great idea to create a fun bright statement piece to hang.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

I painted an 8×8 piece of wood black, a wood veneer sun yellow, and pink wood flowers a vibrant pink.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

I screwed in an eyelet for hanging on the center top.

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Now for some more fun…

Glitter!

Tassels!

More glitter!

A little pop of ribbon!

Beads!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Ta-da!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Definitely a perfect piece to bring a pop of color to any room.

It makes me wish it was summer already!

Guest Post - McCall Clifford with a Happy Scatter Home Decor Piece!

Happy Crafting!

Thanks McCall! Isn’t her home decor piece so fun and colourful? I adore the rainbow tassels along the base.

Here’s a reminder of where to find McCall and her other equally amazing projects…

McCall Clifford:

Happy Scatter Guest Designer McCall Clifford

Blog: http://www.whatcha-mccall-it.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mcca11/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/whatcha.mccall.it/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whatcha-McCall-it/340040596107376

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhatchaMcCallitShop

Please leave a comment below to let McCall know she did a great job (you agree with me, right?!) and then go check out the links above! McCall also has another project using some Happy Scatter items on her blog right HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping be, have a great weekend!

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs

Here’s another Easter project for you – this time it’s some painted decorative eggs:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve often oohed-and-aahed over pretty eggs that appear in my Pinterest feed at this time of year. But it was when I saw THIS PIN with an egg by Landeelu that I decided to give it a try. Landee used a silhoutte machine to cut vinyl images for her eggs and I realised it would work great on my Cricut Explore! Read on for how made mine…

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyls, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

To blow out your eggs you will need:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

* eggs * big bowl * washi tape * needle or pin * cocktail stick * short piece of straw *

How to blow out the eggs…

Step 1: Put a piece of washi tape at the top and bottom of your egg. Use a clean needle or pin to pierce a hole at the top and bottom (clean the needle between each egg). Don’t push the needle in too far or you’ll contaminate the egg with washi adhesive – if you are careful you’ll be able to eat these eggs for lunch!

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you struggle to push the pin or needle in you could use a thimble or bottle-top to help you:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Peel off the washi tape and make the holes a bit bigger using a clean cocktail stick (use a new stick for each egg):

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Hold the short piece of straw at the top of the egg, hold the egg over the big bowl, and blow into the straw so the egg comes out of the hole at the bottom. The bigger the hole at the bottom the easier this is, so if you are struggling you can make your hole a bit bigger. If any bits of shell break make sure they don’t get into your lunch though!

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Once the egg is all blown out, rinse under a tap, shake out the water, and then bake the empty shells to dry them out, in a preheated oven at 150 degrees C for 10 minutes. This helps to make them a bit harder too.

Scramble your eggs and eat them for lunch! I made scrambled eggs for the first time ever and I’m stupidly happy about it. I don’t like scrambled eggs but my kids do and I’ve been meaning to learn how to make them. The kids gobbled them up so I guess it was a success!

When your eggs are all dry you need to pick some paint colours. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paints:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

If you are wondering why there’s only 3 eggs when I started with four, it’s because my daughter wanted to paint one so I’ve set it aside for her!

Start painting your eggs. Landee mentions in her post that she props hers on wooden skewers, but my holes were too small for this, so I just alternated painting the tops of the eggs then the bottoms, leaving them propped in a pen-pot while they were drying:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

This did take a while as they needed about 3 coats to make the paint look smooth. To stop your paint drying out in between, you can use damp kitchen paper to squeeze your paint onto when you start, and then lay another piece of damp kitchen paper on top when you are waiting for the eggs to dry between layers. Keep washing your brush out though or it will get clogged up!

While you are waiting for your layers to dry you can start designing and cutting your vinyl shapes. I used images #M4366F, #M4578C, and #M2E427:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s how they look cut out and weeded. I put the weeding tool in the photo, to give a bit of an idea how small these designs are:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

You’ve finished painting your eggs once they look pretty smooth (no brush marks) and you can’t see the shell colour:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

When the paint is totally dry you can stick the vinyls on. I stuck the stars on by hand but used transfer tape to help with the bunny and the floral circle:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

The circle wouldn’t sit flat because of the curve of the egg, so I snipped it in four places around the edge, these bits then overlapped and sat flat:

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t bother covering my holes at the top and bottom of the eggs, as they were quite small so you can barely see them. Some people cover the holes with a piece of tissue paper stuck on with PVA or Mod-Podge so that’s an option if your holes are bigger.

Now you have pretty eggs!

Painted Decorative Eggs With Vinyl Designs Cut On The Cricut Explore at Jennifer Grace Creates

I like that the vinyls can be peeled off, so if these eggs make it until next Easter I can always give them a new look with a new vinyl design!

Do you ever decorate Easter eggs? If you like the look of pretty eggs but you’d rather be scrapbooking then check back tomorrow, there’s a layout coming that’s inspired by the different ways you can paint & decorate eggs!

See you then,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials including vinyls, and access to the Image Library, to help me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

Home Decor Craft Projects

How To Make A Printable In PicMonkey

Have you ever made a printable in PicMonkey? Today I have a video to show you how to do it, I promise it’s easy!

Disclosure: This post contains PicMonkey affiliate links, if you click them and make a purchase it won’t cost you any more, but I will earn a small percentage of the sale.

Hoppy Easter! How To Make A Printable In PicMonkey - Video at Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of the overlays I used in PicMonkey require a Royale membership, which costs just $33 a year. I’ve been using PicMonkey Royale for over 2 years and I think it’s totally worth the cost for the extra features! If you’d like to upgrade to PicMonkey Royale please consider using my affiliate link here: PicMonkey photo editor: this is your photo on awesome juice.

Here’s a video showing my PicMonkey process (you can also watch this on YouTube HERE):

 

It was really fun and quick to make – I think I’ll be making one for every season! Do you make printable decorations to suit any celebrations?

Have you been doing any Easter crafting? I’ll be back with some more Easter crafting this week. I’ve never made so many Easter crafts before but I’ve been caught by the cute bunnies and pretty eggs in my Pinterest feed!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame)

Today I’m sharing a cute home decor project. This DIY embroidery hoop has colours and a photo that are perfect for spring and Easter, but you could adapt them to suit any time of year!

Read on for details on how to put one together, and for a free printable pattern for the frame…

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

I was inspired to make this by one of the classes at Big Picture Classes (see my review of their new website HERE) – there’s a class called Made With Love by Meghan Hoeppner which is about making beautiful gifts. One of the lessons is to fill embroidery hoops. Mine didn’t turn out anything like Meghan’s but that’s where my inspiration sprang from!

Here’s how to make your own…

Step 1: First print off this free pattern HERE (you’ll be prompted to download), which will give you a template for the embroidered frame. You are welcome to use this for personal AND professional use, just please credit me where you can:

Frame Embroidery Pattern Free Printable at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Print the pattern off (onto transfer paper if you’re using that), and find an embroidery hoop (mine is an 8″ hoop) and a piece of linen or other fabric to embroider onto:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Use your preferred method to transfer the pattern to your material (HERE are a few ways to transfer the design). I taped my pattern, and then my fabric, onto a window to trace it:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can use a sharp pencil to draw the design onto the linen:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Undo your embroidery hoop, put your material with the design on inside, and close it up again to pull the material taut. Find some embroidery threads to use with your design:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Find something relaxing to listen to or watch while you embroider!

I stitched all my lines with a simple backstitch, as that’s about the extent of my embroidering ability, but if you can do anything fancier, go for it! One thing to note is that you need quite small stitches on the hearts, so that when you go around the curves they look smooth:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Finish off the back of the embroidery hoop. If you are giving it as a gift, selling it, or just really want it to last forever, then THIS is an excellent way to finish the hoop off. But I hadn’t left myself a big enough margin of material to do this, and as I’m keeping it myself I just went for the trimming-off-the-excess-material method.

This isn’t advised as it makes it impossible to take out the material and wash it, or just re-stretch it if it starts to go saggy, and if the material starts to fray it may fray round to the edge of the hoop. I tried to at least fend off this last problem by sealing the edges of the material with a little PVA glue:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Create some words to stick onto your design -you could use alpha stickers or die-cut words. I used my Cricut Explore to create the words ‘just wandering’, using the Chalkboard Fonts – Condensed font for ‘just’, and the Songbird font for ‘wandering’ (for this word I also moved the letters closer together and then welded them):

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

When they were cut from pink and teal papers they were so small and delicate:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I used my Xyron 150 to cover the backs with adhesive:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Stick these, and your photo, onto your hoop design (I used double-sided tape all over the back of my photo to adhere it). I placed all the items gently onto the front, then flipped the hoop over to press down from the back to make sure they were nicely stuck:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Add any finishing touches. I decided it needed one little extra at the top left, to balance out where the word ‘wandering’ is longer at the bottom right. So I added a flower-shaped brad from my stash:

DIY Embroidery Hoop With A Photo (including a free pattern for the frame) at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it, you’ve made something pretty!

Have you ever tried embroidery? I feel like I want to try lots more now… I might start adding to some clothes belonging to Little Miss!

I’m including this post in the Creative Mondays Blog Hop Linky Party.

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

DISCLOSURE: Cricut have provided me with a Cricut Explore Machine, some materials, and access to the Image Library, which helped me write this post. However ALL opinions in this post are my own and not governed or controlled by Cricut in any way.

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Tatertots & Jello Palooza and Diana Rambles Pin Me Linky Parties.

Home Decor Craft Projects

White Winter Scene Box Frame

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

I pinned a Magical Christmas Scene at The Salt Tree blog a while ago, and have been dying to try and make something similar. Since I had lots of fun putting together by Weird and Wonderful Box Frame a couple of months ago, I decided to fill a frame with a snowy scene:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

It makes me wish for a white Christmas! Here’s how I put it together…

I started with a ‘Ribba’ frame from Ikea:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

There was one item I knew I definitely wanted to use, a reindeer ornament I picked up at poundland. But the antlers stuck out so much that it didn’t really fit into the frame:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I snapped the antlers off:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then used a hot glue gun to re-attach them:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now it was much flatter and would fit in the frame!

I gathered up an assortment of other items I might want to use:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

And sprayed them with white spray paint. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I gave them 3 light coats with the spray paint until I was happy with the coverage:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

Next I pulled the glass out of the frame and stuck a piece of patterned paper to the glass using double-sided tape. Then I used a background stamp (Paper Smooches) to add some hexagons to the paper:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used some embossing paste through the Stars Of Wonder stencil on the top right of the paper, and sprinkled some fine silver glitter on top:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I left it to dry for about 20 minutes before peeling off the stencil (the paste was still wet but you shouldn’t leave paste on the stencil too long), and then left it to dry for a few hours. Then I was able to put the glass & paper back into the frame:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I then checked which items I wanted to use and how I would arrange them:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I added silver trim to a couple of things. As the little boy had his hand up I thought he might as well be taking his giant reindeer for a walk, so I gave him a lead, and I put string around the dice to look like presents. The strings were all secured with hot glue at the back of the objects:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

I used hot glue to adhere the items to the base of the frame:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

And then to cover up the unsightly hot glue lumps, I liberally brushed on some embossing paste, sprinkled again with silver glitter:

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

With a few white buttons added to the background, my frame was finished!

White Winter Scene Box Frame at Jennifer Grace Creates

Be Inspired:

Fill a frame with a snowy scene

Tie trim around some boxes or flat squares to make fake presents

Find an old object and paint it white

What objects would you put in your snowy scene?

I’ll see you again at 2pm for another giveaway!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Hand Painted Owl Bauble

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

We have quite a collection of baubles (tree ornaments) in this household, and I’ll admit it’s my fault. I can’t resist a pretty bauble! We’re going to need two trees soon if we want to display them all! So I might have to gift this one to my sister-in-law, if I can bear to part with it…

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

She likes owls almost as much as I do, so at least I’d know it was going to a good home!

Want to paint a bauble too? It’s not too complicated, but here’s some step-by-step photos if you want a little guidance…

Step 1: Buy a bauble! An opaque one works best if you want to see your design clearly. This one has a slight iridescent effect which gives an extra layer of shine:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Draw a sketch or find a picture of what you’d like to paint on your bauble:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Paint the silhouette of your owl and branch using white acrylic paint:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Paint the owl a light brown colour:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Paint a darker brown on the wings and add shading around the ears and face, then paint an even darker brown on the branch:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Paint a red hat and scarf on:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Add large white eyes, white fluff on the edges of the hat and scarf, and white highlights on the ears and wings:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Add small black pupils, and a yellow beak and feet:

Hand Painted Owl Bauble at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it, now you can hang it on your tree for Christmas! If you are giving it as a gift you could also paint on a name or the year, to give it extra personalisation!

Be Inspired:

Add a hat and scarf to a character on a card, layout, or other project

Alter a shop-bought bauble / ornament

Paint a swirly branch

Would you paint an owl on your bauble or would you paint something else? A deer, a snowman, a gingerbread house?

I’ll see you again in one hour for the last post of the day!

Jennifer x

DIY Gifts

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s a cute couple of ornaments for you – a penguin and a robin…

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Aren’t they adorable?! I’ve made the penguin to gift to my Dad for Christmas, the robin is for our own Christmas decoration collection!

Want to make some too? Here’s how it’s done…

Step 1: Gather your materials. You’ll need some air-dry clay, kebab sticks, wire cutters. You’ll also want some gesso, paint, paintbrushes, blu-tack/plasticine, mod-podge and sandpaper (not pictured). I printed some images of penguins and robins to refer to as well:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Pull off four evenly sized lumps of air-dry clay:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Roll them into smooth balls:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Use your fingers to shape one ball into a robin shape. Start by elongating it to make it more egg-shaped, then pinch out a beak:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Keep pinching and shaping, including making a little tail, until you are happy with the robin shape:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Repeat with another ball to make a penguin shape, with no tail, a flatter beak, and a taller body than the robin:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Shape the other two balls into fat oblongs, to make bases for the birds, and cut some lengths of kebab sticks to be the legs. Push them together, with short legs for the penguin and tall legs for the robin, and make sure they balance okay:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Wet your fingertips and smooth over the cracks in the clay, until they pretty much disappear:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Once you’ve smoothed it all over leave the birds to dry for a few days – I left them standing up for 2 days, and then laid them down for the last day, so the base would dry underneath:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Apply a couple of coats of gesso all over the birds and bases:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Paint two layers of brown paint on the robin and base, and two layers of black paint on the penguin. I used Martha Stewart Satin Craft Paints for my birds:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Take the legs out to paint. You might have got some lumps of paint on them:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 13: If so you can use sandpaper to smooth them out:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 14: Stand the legs in a lump of plasticine or blu-tack, then paint the penguin legs orange, and the robin legs yellow:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 15: While they are drying, paint white eyes and bellies onto the bird. Then paint the penguin an orange beak, and the robin a yellow beak:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 16: Add blue waves to the penguin’s base, and green grass to the robin’s base:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 17: When all that is dry, use a pointy end of kebab stick to poke mod-podge into the holes on the birds and bases, so you can stick the legs back into place:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 18: Paint pupils on the eyes (small ones for the penguin, large ones for the robin), give the robin a red belly, and paint some lighter colours on the bodies for wings:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then your clay birds are ready to gift or display! You could also give them a coat of varnish if you are worried the paint might chip off, the Martha Stewart paint I used is quite sturdy so I didn’t bother:

Cute Clay Penguin and Robin Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

These make me smile!

Be Inspired:

Use a robin or a penguin on your next project

Use some clay (air dry or fimo/sculpey) to make an embellishment

Make two of something, one for a gift, and one for yourself

Would you keep these birds for yourself, or do you know someone who would love them?!

See you again in 60 minutes!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Craft Stick Christmas Wood Art Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Hello, and welcome to day 2 of the Frosty Festivities event! I hope you are enjoying yourself so far? There’s lots more inspiration in store for you today!

We’re kicking things off with a sparkly decoration, a piece of Christmas Wood Art…

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve seen a few great wood art projects lately, like THIS ONE by Marie of Blooming Homestead. I thought this kind of thing would be amazing to make, but I wasn’t likely to be cutting up wood planks and getting out nails any time soon. So when I saw THIS PROJECT by Dawn Nicole for  coasters using craft sticks, I was so excited – a wood art project I could do straight away with items I had already – hooray!

The craft (lolly/popsicle) sticks I had were the larger kind, so they’d be too big to make coasters. But I wanted mine to be wood art Jennifer-style anyway, with some pretty sparkly bits on top!

Here’s how to put one together…

Step 1: Grab some craft sticks – mine are by Craft Planet:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Lay out the sticks horizontally for the main part of the art piece, making sure the good sides of the sticks are facing down, and any sides with imperfections are facing up – as this will be the back of the art eventually:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Spread PVA or similar sticky glue onto another craft stick – but leave an un-glued bit at the top and bottom of the stick, where it will hang over the edge of the other sticks:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Adhere the glued stick vertically to the back of the other sticks, and repeat with another stick, so there are two back supports:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Leave it to dry overnight, then turn over:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Use removable spray adhesive to stick a stencil at the top of your wood art piece. I used the Deck The Halls Paperchains Stencil:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Use a sponge to apply Mod-Podge through your chosen design on the stencil:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Liberally sprinkle fine gold glitter over the Mod-Podge. Leave it to dry for about 20 minutes before pulling the stencil off to clean it (you might have to scrape some Mod-Podge off the stencil), and then leave the wood art piece to dry for another 30 minutes again:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Shake off excess glitter:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Choose some embellishments. I used The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes, plus a couple of wood veneer shapes that I coated with the same gold glitter:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Some of the ephemera pieces are stuck flat onto the craft sticks, and some are added on with 3D foam dots.

Step 11: Wrap some ribbon or twine around the bottom ‘rung’ created by the craft sticks, tying it at the back of the art piece to hold it in place:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Check your composition and see if you want to add anything else. I decided it looked a bit heavy on the right hand side in the above photo, so I moved the red&white polkadot flag down a little, and added a couple more embellishments on the left, to balance it all out:

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

That’s it! Now you can prop it up on a mantlepiece or other display area this Christmas! Or your could glue a bit of string to the back if you want to hang it up. It will look pretty either way!

Christmas Wood Art Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I do love tinsel, except the little bits that come out all over the floor!

Be Inspired:

Get out some craft sticks or cut wood-patterned paper into strips to line up

Put three bits of ribbon/string together to tie around a project

Use glitter through a stencil

Have you seen any good wood art projects? I’m sure I will attempt one on a larger scale one day!

See you again at 11am!

Jennifer x