Creatively Designed and Personalized T-Shirt Project

CREATIVE, PERSONALIZED T-SHIRTS

Finished Product of Handmade T-shirts.

DESCRIPTION –

Kids can create their own spring fashion lines by using shoe treads to stamp colorful designs onto their tees.

MATERIALS:

Example of T-Shirt Making Process

  • T-shirt
  • Con-Tact paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cosmetic wedges or sponge pieces
  • Fabric paint

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Create a template from a piece of Con-Tact paper. (Draw your own free-form design or download one.)
  2. Insert a piece of cardboard between the shirt layers to keep the paint from bleeding through. Remove the paper backing from the template and press it onto

    2nd Example of T-Shirt Process

    the shirt.

  3. Using cosmetic wedges or sponge pieces, dab fabric paint onto a clean shoe tread. Practice printing on a piece of paper, then gently press the paint-covered tread onto the shirt, adding more paint and repeating as needed.
  4. When you are finished painting, wash the bottom of the shoe immediately with soap and water. Let the shirt dry completely before peeling off the template, then wash the shirt according to the paint manufacturer’s instructions.

Source of Project: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/shirts-with-sole-673925/

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Colorful Spring Driveway Signs Project

DRIVEWAY SIGNS

Driveway Sign Samples

DESCRIPTION –

What you see is not all you get with these adorable driveway markers. By day, the plaques add color and a decorative touch to your yard. At night, the signs shine as beams of approaching headlights bounce off the reflective-tape moon and stars.

MATERIALS:

  • Pencil
  • Wood (we used scrap lumber, but you can also use wooden plaques from a craft store)
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paints
  • Scissors
  • Reflective tape (Duck brand used)
  • Drill
  • Wooden stakes
  • Screws
  • Twigs
  • Hammer and nails

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Download templates for the signs shown here, or create your own design. Lightly trace the pattern on the wood, then paint.
  2. When the paint is dry, cut moon and star shapes from the reflective tape and apply them to the plaque.
  3. Use the drill to make pilot holes in the stake (a parent’s job), then screw the stake to the back of the plaque
  4. To prevent the twigs from splitting, create pilot holes with the drill and a small bit (a parent’s job). Nail the twigs in place. If desired, a parent can instead drill holes in the plaque and insert the twigs, as we did with the owl design.

Source of Project: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-type/art-projects/painting-projects/driveway-signs-675325/

Friendship Blossoms Project

FRIENDSHIP BLOSSOMS

Example of Friendship Blossoms

MATERIALS:

  • Scrapbooking paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Lollipops
  • Tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. For each, cut three heart-shaped petals, two leaves, and two flower centers from scrapbooking paper or card stock.
  2. Poke a small hole in each, crease the petals as shown, and slide the pieces onto a lollipop stem. Tape the bottom to secure.

 

More potential messages:
You’re a sweet heart
Our friendship is blooming
Be my bud-dy

Source of Project: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/friendship-blossoms-825185/

Multicolored Pop-Up Egg Project

POP-UP EGG

DESCRIPTION

Make your Easter extra festive with this 3-D paper egg. The secret to its look is colorful, accordion-folded paper strips.

MATERIALS:

  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Embroidery floss

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Begin by cutting out three identical egg shapes from card stock (ours are 8 inches tall). Crease the eggs by folding them in half lengthwise and opening them back up.
  2. Cut card stock into strips of varying sizes from 3/4- to 1 1/4-inch wide and 9 to 12 inches long. Accordion-fold the strips so that there’s about one inch between each fold.
  3. Attach the ends of several strips along one edge of an egg using double-sided tape. Trim the strips so that they make a shallow arc across the egg’s width, then secure the other ends in place.
  4. When you’ve covered all three eggs, use double-sided tape to join their backs as shown. Between two of the sections, insert a loop of embroidery floss for hanging. Tip: If the strips sag when you hang the egg, peel them off, shorten them, and reposition them.
Source for Project: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/pop-up-eggs-841040/

Decorative Tray Project

 
DECORATIVE SPRING TRAY

Decorative Spring Tray

DESCRIPTION – A standard baker’s tray becomes a vibrant decorative piece with this easy how-to.

MATERIALS:

  • 1 yard decorative fabric
  • Aluminum rimmed baking sheet
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Synthetic felt
  • 1/4-inch-thick acrylic sheet cut to fit inside of tray, with corners rounded
  • INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Cut fabric large enough to cover the front and wrap around the back of the baking tray. Cover the front of the tray  with spray adhesive.

    2. Place fabric on tray so pattern is aligned, leaving enough room to wrap fabric around all sides to the back. Smooth fabric onto tray, pressing out any bubbles.

    3. Pull any extra material into corner and push around the edge. Turn tray over. Cover the back of the tray with spray adhesive.

    4. Press the fabric over two edges of the tray first, then fold in on each remaining side, as if wrapping a gift. Trim any excess fabric with scissors. Use fabric glue to secure, if needed.

    5. Cut a piece of felt to fit the back of the tray and conceal fabric edges. Smooth felt on the back the tray.

    6. Place acrylic sheet in center of tray.

    Source of Project: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/decorative-striped-tray

    Dazzling Beaded Butterfly Craft Project

    DAZZLING BEADED BUTTERFLY

    Simple Beaded Butterfly

    DESCRIPTION – If being cooped up inside on a rainy day bugs you, try chasing away the blues with a collection of these little insects. The dragonflies, caterpillars, and beetles are quick to make and great for sparking your kids’ creativity.

    MATERIALS:

    • Wire (20 gauge)
    • Ruler
    • Wire cutters
    • Multifaceted plastic beads (with diameters of 12 mm, 8 mm, 6 mm, and 4 mm)
    • Needle-nose pliers

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Start by creating a long straight body. Bend an 18-inch length of wire in half. Use the pliers to curl up a 3/4-inch section near the bend to create the tip of the tail. From the other end, slide nine 6 mm beads onto the doubled wire. Next, add two 8 mm beads followed by one 12 mm bead.
    2. Make the wings by threading eighty 6 mm beads onto a 20-inch length of wire. Bend the tips to keep the beads from sliding off. Shape the upper two thirds of the strand into a figure 8 for the top set of wings; then shape the lower third into a smaller set of wings.
    3. Set the body on top of the wings and attach the two by wrapping the trailing wire ends of the wings around the body wire between the 8 mm beads.

    Source for Project: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/dazzling-dragonfly-847743/