Sunday, August 30

DIY EXTREME Puffy Paint Classroom Folders

It's Back-to-School time again, and if you're looking for a way to brighten up the classroom in a BIG way with a SMALL budget, these DIY Classroom Folders are just the ticket!  

Save $$ money $$ with just a few supplies, since all you need is this fun pack of EXTREME 3D PUFFY™ PAINT and those dirt-cheap folders in bright primary colors that you can pick up anywhere....even the dollar store.
Get creative!  Everybody loves Puffy Paint, and this kit will be so much fun to paint the folders with, the kids will even want to help. 

 "Read Every Day" 
For this folder I used a red colored folder and wrote the word "RED" on one side and then used the acronym to write the words Read Every Day.  Then I cut out green construction paper for the corners and glued them with Aleene's® Tacky Glue.  Next, just add a few fun embellishments and you're done.  It dries super fast, too.
I really had fun with this one!  I cut a funny monster shape from pink construction paper and glued it in the top left corner of the purple folder.  Then painted some crazy teeth, and an eyeball.  The monster outline is in blue, and then I drew the word "MINE" in blue with a black arrow drawn from the monster to the word.  Mine, mine, mine, mine.....  :)
My short stumpy pencil was cut from yellow and pink construction paper and glued to the left side of the purple folder.  I outlined it with red and black paint, and added blue squiggles of writing from the pencil point at the top and right edge of the folder.  To finish it, paint the word "Writing" in white.  
"Bee Smart"
I especially like this one.  The little bumble bee is cut from black construction paper with a circle cut-out for the bee face.  After gluing it onto the folder, I drew the face and antennae with a black crayon.  Then I painted the white stripes across the bee body.  Now write the word "Smart" with red paint.  To finish, paint the wings, ends of the antennae and a bumble bee trail with black.  Bzzzzzz...
"Stuff To Always Remember"
Here's another acronym with the word STAR to use for the words "Stuff To Always Remember".  I started by cutting a star shape from yellow construction paper and gluing it to the green folder with Aleene's® Tacky Glue.  Then I painted the word "STAR" in red along the left side of the folder.  Next I finished the words in blue, outlined the star in white and painted black beams from the star.  How fun is that?
There are so many variations you can create when making your own classroom folders with EXTREME 3D Puffy™ Paint!
I know you'll have tons of ideas and probably better than mine that your kids or students will love and be inspired by.  I hope you have a wonderful school year, and keep being crafty and creative!

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Saturday, August 29

No Fail DIY Marker Coffee Cup

No Fail DIY Marker Coffee Cup - this uses the correct markers! PaintedByMe Markers, made for Ceramic.

Doodling on coffee cups is a lot of fun, and there is a highly popular tutorial online that suggests that you can make a great DIY marker coffee cup using permanent markers. Unfortunately, this technique ends up in a fail more often than not! Instead, why not use the right markers for ceramic and doodle your way to an awesome coffee cup? Start with Painted By Me ceramic markers and your project will last a long time!

Find out how easy it is to make this No Fail DIY Marker Coffee Cup:


Thursday, August 27

Floral Polka Dot Mugs

I have always loved florals and I am super exited that they are coming back in style. Right at this very moment I'm rocking gray sweatpants with big, pretty pink roses all over. And while it was pouring this morning they were quite comfy and warm, at the moment they are a bit too hot. But they are pretty so I'm still wearing them! 

Wanting to bring a pop of color to my new black and white dishware scheme it seemed a brilliant idea to make my very own mugs. This way I get to pick the exact colors and style. In the end I love them so, so much!

Coloring Book Page Onesie DIY

Helen Dardik has long been one of my favorite illustrators. I have had her prints hanging in my children's rooms since before they were born. When I saw that she had contributed to a coloring book for Flow Magazine I jumped at the news stands. These doodles were just too cute to keep bundled up inside the book, I needed to share the love with my friends and family. I needed to bring another little in my life over to the Helen side. Enter my adorable nephew Wylder and his new onesie that I made using my coloring book and Tulip Fabric Markers.

Wednesday, August 26

Yarn Wrapping Bottles: The Easy Way

Wrapping twine around bottles is one of the oldest handcrafts in the western world. Hundreds of years ago, people would use elaborate series of knots to incase glass bottles, not only as a form of decoration, but as a way to mark their property (things could get confusing down at the town water well!). The craft has come a long way since then, and wrapping yarn around bottles with glue has since taken over, but, if you have ever tried to wrap yarn around a non-straight surface you know the truth: it's actually really hard. You think it'll be easy - but it isn't; the glue slip-slides on the glass and the yarn rides up as you move along making it so you have to stop and let the glue dry every inch or so. It isn't easy....or shall I say, it wasn't easy

Good news! I found the secret ingredient that makes this process super easy. No more messy glue globs or wrestling the yarn from keeping it from creeping up as you work along. 
Want to know how you can turn one out in under 30 minutes? Let's go!

Tuesday, August 25

No-Sew Superhero Cape

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Here's a classic I recently adapted from my second book, Generation T: Beyond Fashion, because, hey,  it's superhero season (okay, okay, when is it not...). A plain T-shirt is the key ingredient to this phonebooth-like transformation. Whether you're a superhero at rest, or in action (leaping tall buildings in a single bound, racing faster than a locomotive, and generally exercising capabilities beyond those of mortal men (and women) -- you know, the usual), this cape has got you covered. Well, partially covered. The superhero in my household requested an orange lightning bolt on his cape, so once I created the basic shape, I made a couple of stencils I could layer to get the two-color effect.

Monday, August 24

Dolce & Gabbana Inspired DIY Doodled Shirt

Inspired by Dolce & Gabbana fall 2015, you can create a fun allover design with doodles using Tulip’s Fabric Markers on a plain white cotton shirt to make a DIY Doodled Shirt. Keep your lines moving and energetic with a childlike feel to create a whimsical conversation print that can be worn dressed up or down for fall. I seriously love these fabric markers! You can use them in so many ways and you always get great color that stays! Let’s get started!

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