peat pot chick and bunny

We fell in love with these sweet little critters, and knew you would, too. They are perfect for welcoming spring, and will make the perfect Easter centerpiece.

peat pot chick and bunny

designed by Rebekah Meier, courtesy of The Dow Chemical Corporation

chick

materials

For product information, see sources below.

 The Dow Chemical Company STYROFOAM brand foam, 2” ball and 3” egg

 Peat pot, 2”

 Creative Paperclay Co. Creative Paperclay, one package

 DecoArt

Americana Acrylics in Baby Pink, Canyon Orange, Moon Yellow, Raw Umber

Gel Stain in Maple

Staining & Antiquing Medium

DuraClear Satin Varnish

 Plaid FolkArt Acrylics in Tapioca and Sky Blue

 Clay knife, clear acrylic clay roller, crepe paper streamer (a cream color), fine-grit sanding block or paper, needle and button thread (cream color), paintbrushes (1/4” and 1/2” flat and liner), paper towels, pencil, powder, Ranger Stickles in Crystal and Fruit Punch Glitter, rickrack (yellow), round toothpicks, scissors, water, water bottle cap, white craft glue

instructions

1. Secure ball to narrow end of egg with toothpicks and craft glue.

2. Insert wide end of egg into peat pot and secure with craft glue.

3. Using clay knife, cut a 3” piece of clay.

4. On a hard surface (such as glass), sprinkle powder. Place clay on powdered surface and roll with acrylic clay roller. Apply more powder to roller, and roll clay into a 1/8” thickness.

5. Place clay onto ball and egg (above peat pot), completely covering the shapes. Smooth clay with wet fingertips until all seams are blended. Let dry completely.

6. Sand clay until completely smooth, then remove excess dust with paper towel.

7. Roll two quarter-sized balls of clay into a 1-3/4” leaf shape. Wet clay at neck of chick and press leaf shapes, creating wings.

8. Create a small, diamond-shaped piece of clay into a beak shape and press onto face. Smooth and blend clay.

9. To make buttons, roll two pin-sized pieces of clay into ball shapes, and press to secure to front of chick.

10. To create the hat, roll a pea-sized ball of clay and flatten, then roll sides of clay until smooth. Roll a 1/8” layer of clay and cut with a water bottle cap. Secure top to brim with a small dab of water. Let dry.

11. To create small flower, roll six pin-sized balls. Place balls side by side with one ball in the middle. Set aside to dry.

12. Paint head and body Moon Yellow and let dry. Dot each eye with Raw Umber and fleck with Tapioca. Use liner brush to apply eyebrow with Raw Umber. Paint beak Canyon Orange and cheeks Baby Pink. Paint each button Baby Pink. Let all paint dry.

13. Paint hat Sky Blue, flower Moon Yellow, and flower center Baby Pink. Let dry.

14. Mix equal parts of Gel Stain with Staining & Antiquing medium. Paint mixture onto body, hat, and flower, then immediately wipe off excess with paper towel. Let dry.

15. Apply one coat of Varnish to all painted clay pieces and let dry.

16. Paint peat pot with one coat of Tapioca and let dry. Dot the pot with Baby Pink applied with pencil tip.

17. Adhere rickrack around top of pot.

18. Fold an 18” length of crepe paper streamer in half, then gather non-folded edge with button thread. Place around chick’s neck and gently pull and knot off, creating collar.

19. Apply Crystal and Fruit Punch glitters onto collar, hat, and buttons.

20. Adhere flower to hat, then adhere hat to head.

bunny

materials

For product information, see sources below.

 The Dow Chemical Company STYROFOAM brand foam, 2” ball and 3” egg

 Creative Paperclay Co. Creative Paperclay, one package

 DecoArt

Americana Acrylics in Baby Pink and Moon Yellow

Gel Stain in Maple

Staining & Antiquing Medium

DuraClear Satin Varnish

 Plaid FolkArt Acrylics in Black, Sky Blue, and Tapioca

 Ranger Stickles in Crystal and Fruit Punch

Clay knife, clear acrylic clay roller, crepe paper streamer (pink), fine-grit sanding block or paper, needle and button thread (cram color), paintbrushes (1/4” and 1/2” flat and liner), paper towels, peat pot (2”), pencil, powder, rickrack (pink), round toothpicks, scissors, water white craft glue

instructions

1. Secure ball to narrow end of egg with toothpicks and craft glue.

2. Insert wide end of egg into peat pot and secure with craft glue.

3. Using clay knife, cut a 3” piece of clay.

4. On a hard surface (such as glass), sprinkle powder. Place clay onto powdered surface and roll with acrylic clay roller. Apply more powder to roller, and roll clay into a 1/8” thickness.

5. Place clay onto ball and egg (above peat pot), completely covering the shapes. Smooth clay with wet fingertips until all seams are blended. Let dry completely.

6. Roll two nickel-sized logs of clay and press into an ear shape. Insert one toothpick into each ear, then insert ears into head. Smooth with wet fingers, blending ears to head. Let dry.

7. Roll two more nickel-sized logs and attach to body with wet fingers and blending at top (at neck), creating arms. Let dry.

8. Sand clay until completely smooth, then remove excess dust. If necessary, fill in cracks with more clay, dry, and sand.

9. For buttons, roll two pin-sized pieces of clay into ball shapes and press to secure to front of bunny. Roll a tiny ball and press to face for nose.

10. To create small clay flower, roll five pin-sized balls. Place balls side by side with one ball in middle. Let dry.

11. Paint flower Moon Yellow and flower center Sky Blue.

12. Paint head and body of bunny Tapioca and let dry. Dot each eye with Black and fleck with Tapioca. Use liner brush to create lines for mouth. Paint nose Baby Pink and each button Moon Yellow. Let dry.

13. Mix equal parts of Gel Stain with Staining & Antiquing Medium. Paint onto pieces and immediately wipe off excess with paper towel. Let dry.

14. Apply one coat of Varnish to all painted clay pieces and let dry.

15. Paint peat pot with one coat of Sky Blue and let dry. Dot pot with Moon Yellow applied with pencil tip.

16. Adhere rickrack around top of peat pot.

17. Fold an 18” length of crepe paper streamer in half and gather non-folded edge with button thread. Place around neck of chick and gently pull and knot off, creating collar.

18. Apply Crystal and Fruit Punch glitters to collar, flower, and buttons.

19. Adhere flower to bunny’s ear.

This project submitted courtesy of The Dow Chemical Company.

 

sources

Creative Paperclay Co.

(805) 484-6648

paperclay.com

DecoArt

(800) 367-3047

decoart.com

Plaid Enterprises

(800) 842-4197

plaidonline.com

Ranger Ink

(732) 389-3535

rangerink.com

 

 


reduce, reuse, repurpose—and a giveaway!

It’s 2012, and if you haven’t heard of green crafting before, well, you’re about to.

Even if the environment might not be at the front of your thoughts, the state of the economy has most likely caused you to rethink your crafting schemes. You might look around and wonder What can I recycle? What can I use over again?

Lucky for you, being economical can also equate with being Earth-friendly. When you craft green, you recycle, reuse, and repurpose. Green crafting is creating something beautiful, while leaving behind the smallest footprint.

Our friends at Diamond Tech are really into crafting green, and they have some great products that can help make Earth-friendly and fun be best friends. In preparation of Earth Day next month, Diamond Tech is generously sponsoring a giveaway of one of their Bottle Art Kits each Friday leading up to Earth Day weekend. That’s right—you have FOUR chances to win!

So let’s get into it, shall we? Today you have a chance to win:

The 3-In-1 Planter Keeper Bottle Art Kit

Getting ready to toss used bottles into the trash? Think again!

With the garden season underway, you may create the ideal environment for growing and watering any type of plant with the 3-in-1 Plant Keeper. Use this kit in conjunction with the G2 Bottle cutter, to create this garden helper from recycled bottles.

The Diamond Tech Kit Includes: 50 Assorted size and colored glass gems, 15 pc 3/4” Green stained glass squares, E-6000® adhesive and Instructions.

Diamond Tech is on Facebook, too, sharing additional green crafting ideas, mosaics, and more glass inspiration! Click here to “like” their page, and follow the fun. Then, leave us a comment saying “pick me!” to enter for a chance to win today’s kit.

Diamond Tech products are available from your favorite craft retailer or wholesaler throughout the United States.
Their Store Finder will help you find a craft retailer near you.

This recycled bottle planter project by Diamond Tech was featured in
Create & Decorate, August 2011

“What is it?” 56 – the answer

We can fool some of you some of the time, but we can’t fool all of you all of the time!

We had plenty of guesses for kitchen choppers, hand blenders and the likes, but we kinda knew that the bright colors of this top would give our puzzle away. That’s OK, we know we had a good puzzle posting when we saw amount of responses that we did this week! To read those, click here and scroll down the original post.

This vintage charmer was picked up at a sale a couple of summers ago. Don’t you just love yard sales? Happy Friday, friends!

eggs over easy

It’s the last weekend before Easter, the perfect time to wrangle the kiddos and decorate some eggs.

Here are a few quick and fun ideas from our best bunnies at Krylon!

eggs-hibit a

materials

For product information, see sources below.

Krylon

Indoor/Outdoor Primer in No. 51315 All-Purpose White

Indoor/Outdoor Paint in No. 51513 Gum Drop, No. 51517 Peekaboo Blue, No. 51913 Purple, No. 52102 Raspberry, No. 51914 Rich Plum, No.    53526 Satin Ballet Slipper, No. 53524 Satin Periwinkle

Short Cuts Aerosol Paints in No. SCS039 Hot Pink

Make It Stone! Textured Paint in No. No. 18204 Rose Quartz

H2O Latex in No. 2619 Blue Danube, No. 2604 Caribbean Blue, No. 2607 Pacific Purple, No. 2620 Rhine River Rose

X-Metals in No. 2301 Anodized Blue and No. 2305 Anodized Purple

Faux eggs (plastic, wood, Styrofoam, foam, etc.) in a variety of sizes

1/4” masking tape, colored Kraft paper fillers, egg carton(s), embellishments (craft birds, bows, ribbons, etc.)*, newspaper, painter’s tape, removable dot labels and reinforcers**

*Optional.

**Available through office supply stores.

 

instructions

For product information, see sources below.

            1. Cover work surface with newspapers. Place any non-foam eggs into egg cartons and spray with All-Purpose White. Let dry, then flip eggs over and spray other side.

2. Repeat technique to spray colors on eggs. Note: Only use Latex Paints on Styrofoam eggs. Use removable dot labels and reinforcers to create small dot and circle stencils. For larger dots, use reinforcers and cover holes with small dot labels. Use masking tape to stencil stripes; double up on tape to create varying widths. Use masking and painter’s tapes to mask checkers, or tape a stripe horizontally and another vertically on egg.

3. If using craft bird, spray with a light mist of Gumdrop, and accent wings in Periwinkle.

 

dazzling eggs

materials

For product information, see sources below.

Paper eggs*

Krylon

Indoor/Outdoor Primer

Glitter Blast in Citrus Dream, Posh Pink, Sparkling Water, Twilight Sky

Drop cloth, fishing line, masking tape, push pins

*Available through craft stores.

 

instructions

1. Clear work surface of any dirt and dust.

2.Apply a generous coat of each color to eggs and let dry.

3. Take a pushpin and insert into one end of egg. Attach fishing line to pushpin and hang from fishing line.

4. Prime entire surface of each eggs, allow to dry, then apply finishing coats.

 

 

sources

Krylon

(800) 4KRYLON

krylon.com

 

Both projects submitted courtesy of Krylon.

“What is it?” Wednesday – #56

This week we have a colorful item to share. We figured that a burst of color was perfect for spring!

 

 

OK, friends. Please leave us a comment with your guess, and we will share the link to your guesses and reveal the answer to this week’s “What is it?” puzzle this Friday. Happy guessing!

Operation Write Home: Helping Heroes Keep in Touch with Home

When you’re a deployed service member, you don’t really have the option of ducking into a gift store to purchase a birthday or anniversary card. Operation Write Home helps service members around the world keep in touch with their loved ones. While there is, of course, e-mail, there is nothing like a handwritten note.

So where do you come in? All you have to do is create a handmade card (leaving it blank inside), then send that card to a shipper (a volunteer that sends out the cards). These shippers spend hours logging donations and sorting and shipping cards. The blank cards are then distributed among the soldiers, and they can write their personal message inside and send them home.

The deadline for Mother’s Day cards is March 31st, but if you’re late, just make sure your card says “Love you, Mom” so it can be used beyond the holiday. And make sure to check out the just-launched Muscle Cards Challenge for Dad (due to shippers April 30th).

You also have the option of sending a card or child’s drawing to encourage a deployed military member. These “AnyHero” letters are given out to those who receive little or no mail, and are often displayed so that everyone can share the joy.

Boxes of cards are shipped through every week of the year, so you can join in at any time.

Operation Write Home has served the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, National Guard, and even forward-deployed Coast Guard. They’ve even sent a custom shipment to a Polish General via an Army contact serving under NATO Command.

As of yesterday, the number of cards sent was 1,542,605.

You can find shipper addresses, card requirements, donation info, and anything else you need to know here.

“What is it?” #55 – the answer

This week, our vintage item is a leather briefcase. My mother gifted my father with this, inked in gold with his initials, and he  proudly carried it when he was in sales. My brother and I couldn’t part with it after our father passed, but since I love all things old and shabby my brother thought I should have it. Does anyone have a creative repurpose idea for it? I would enjoy seeing it displayed in my home. The inside is not leather, and has not weathered the years as nicely as the outside, so perhaps it would benefit from a lining.

To read this week’s guesses, click here and scroll down. Thanks for playing!

daisy, daisy, give me your answer, do

Designer Sharon Miller must have known we are all eager to be gardening. She has created a quick and easy pom-pom flower to share with our readers. Once you get the flower technique down, vary the colors of yarn you use to design black-eyed Susans, or even bachelor buttons!

And, in true Create & Decorate style, we have created a vintage-look tag to accompany the finished daisies. Print the tag out (below) onto cardstock, cut out, and tie it around your bouquet of daisies!

daisy, daisy

designed by Sharon Miller

materials

For product information, see sources below.

Clover Pom-Pom Maker in No. 3124 (1-3/8” and 1-5/8”) and No. 3126 (2-1/2” and 3-3/8”)

Yarn and crochet thread in assorted shades of yellow and white—I used the following:

            Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread in No. 0422 Golden Yellow*

            Lion Brand Yarn Homespun in No 394 Golden

            Peaches & Crème yarn in No. 01612 Sunshine and No. 01005 White

            Red Heart thread* in No. 0316 Soft White and crochet thread in No. 0201 White

            Loops & Threads Charisma yarn in No. 9 Off White**

Hot glue gun and glue, scissors, sewing needle, thread, twigs

*Available through Coats & Clark.

**Available through Michaels.

instructions

1. Combine yarns and threads of choice and wind around Pom-Pom Maker as per manufacturer’s instructions. Pack tightly for thicker and fluffier flowers.

2. Cut fibers as per Pom-Pom Maker instructions and secure with matching yarn or crochet thread.

3. Carefully remove pom-pom from Maker, then find center of pom-pom and flatten both sides on a flat surface with palms of hand.

4. Hold flower at center using thumb and forefinger. Briskly brush yarn with fingertips while turning pom-pom; this separates fibers and makes them fluffy.

5. Trim outer edge of flower with scissors or pinking shears.

6. For flower center use a smaller size pom-pom maker and wrap only one side. Cut, tie, flatten, fluff, and trim as instructed for larger flower.

7. Once desired shape is completed, place in center of larger flower and attach with glue gun or stitch center to larger flower with matching thread.

8. Brush center section briskly with fingertips to fluff. Clip center closely to make it look flat, being careful not to cut too close.

9. Trim twigs to desired shape and height.

10. Adhere flowers to twigs with glue gun—be sure to adhere flowers to sturdy section of twigs to prevent flowers from drooping.

11. Print out the tag below to use with your bouquet.

Visit Sharon’s Etsy page to view more of her creativity! (Click here.)

sources for your supplies

Clover Needlecraft, Inc.

(800) 233-1703

clover-usa.com

Coats & Clark

(800) 648-1479

coatsandclark.com

Michaels

(800) 642-4235

michaels.com

Peaches & Crème Yarns

(855) 418-1816

elmore-pisgah.com

Back issue sale!

We’re doing a little spring cleaning (our own version of March madness) and are offering a back issue sale! If you are missing an issue in your collection, or would like to have one of the Christmas Ornament specials (which we no longer publish), now is the time to save!

On the Create & Decorate website, for each individual magazine, we list a sample of projects that are published in each issue to give you an overview. (You know, to make your decision easier!)

AND, for our March madness sale we are offering FREE SHIPPING!

Woohoo!

Click this link to hop on over to the sale page.

Happy shopping!

“What is it?” Wednesday – #55

Although we know we tend to share a lot of kitchen item’s in our “What is it?” posts, this week’s puzzle piece is most definitely NOT from the kitchen. We hope you can get a handle on a good guess to leave for us! Please check back in on Friday for the full picture (and your guesses) to this week’s game.

Hmmmm…. what is it?