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Paint Your Own Mexican-Inspired Pottery

It's Cinco de Mayo weekend and I know there is a lot of sombrero and chili pepper crafting going on, so I thought it was my duty to up the ante a bit and show a new side to Mexi-themed party decor! (I refuse to do sombreros and chili peppers for personal reasons, lol) How about learning to paint your own Mexican-style pottery?

Here at iLTC, we have a whole wall filled with shelves of blank bisque. This week I came across these wall planters that reminded me of Ensenada, Mexico. They had amazing, beautiful designs like this:

I decided to try my hand at the planters and give them my own spin! Here is what you need:



(carbon paper if you want to trace designs)

Duncan Blank bisque: 31531 Teardrop Wall Planter (you can ask your local paint on pottery store to order for you!)

Duncan® Cover-Coat® Opaque Underglazes or Duncan Concepts Underglazes

Red, blue, white, green, yellow, orange, teal, purple.

Duncan® French Dimensions™

Pure Brilliance® Clear Glaze

Assorted brushes

Fan brush or sea sponge

Draw your designs on the bisque. Don't worry, the pencil will burn off when you fire. Erase if needed. This is to get your design down, so you know where you want to apply the paint. I ALWAYS sketch my design first, it makes the process so much easier!

Once your base is completely covered with your paint, let it dry. For a traditional look, you'll want to add thin white lines to outline. I skipped that part because I wanted to give it my own spin!

Time to break out the French Dimensions, this is my favorite part! It's like Puffy Paint for ceramics! Make sure the liquid flows easily from the tip, otherwise your hand will cramp from squeezing. I always knead my bottle before I open it and turn it upside down and tap, tap, tap, so the paint goes to the top of the bottle.

Outline everything in black! In the picture above, the photo on the left is the paint dry, and the photo on the right is of the paint still wet. It will look super matte when it is dry, but will fire to be super colorful and brilliant!

Once it is all dry, you'll want to coat it in glaze. This will make it super shiny and bold. TIP: I ONLY use a fan brush or a sea sponge to blot onthe glaze, otherwise the paint can smear and you'll cry because your work will be ruined!



Here are my pieces, glazed and in the kiln! fire at cone 06, if you glazed the back of the pieces, make sure to add stilts!


Painted Stained Glass Easter Eggs

I remember seeing some very fancy stained glass-esque type of Easter Eggs some time ago. They were very expensive and I was afraid to touch them for breaking and then having to purchase shards of glass. When I found some dye-able plastic eggs at the store it seemed the perfect time to try and fake a dozen!

For this project you will need:
Plastic dye-able eggs (available at WalMart)
This project is very simple but does take some time. It's a great keep the kids (or adults!) busy project. Plus, it's incredibly inexpensive with the Scribbles® Brush On Paint being reasonably priced at about $3 a set.
First draw you pattern onto your egg. You can use a pencil, thin marker or your fabric marker to draw on these initial lines. We first started with pencils, then became more confident and used thin markers.
Eventually we became confident enough in our doodling skills that we went straight to the fatter fabric marker. This eliminates the need to trace the lines at the very end and saves you a step and a bit of time in the long run.
Since the eggs look dyed rather than painted, take a very small amount of paint on your brush and smooth it throughout your shape. Even in a trace amount, the color stains the egg so you don't need to apply a ton. Besides, that would mess up our effect!
Continue painting your egg with the other colors in your set, allowing to dry frequently to prevent fingerprints in paint all over the place. Since you're only applying a small amount, each will dry very quickly preventing any wait time or delays.
Now see that awesome little egg holder I used to keep my egg from drying to my paper protecting my work surface? These are super easy to make! Cut a piece of cardstock down the middle vertically (at the 4.25 inch mark as the paper is 8.5 inches wide). Cut that piece horizontally in about 1 inch pieces. Fold one piece on itself and hold together with tape. Voila!
If you choose to you can trace each egg after the paint has dried for sharper lines.
This egg was Mondrian inspired.
This one inspired by stained glass windows seen at church.
And this one inspired by awesomeness.
Each egg came out distinctly different and yet they all match and make a wonderful dozen!
If you prefer, rather than tracing with a black fabric marker, you can always use the black paint that comes in the Scribbles set for more artistic lines!
And there you have it! Wonderful stained glass Easter Eggs. Will you be painting up a set?
Thanks for reading and feel free to jump on over to my blog Dream a Little Bigger for lots more crafty goodness!

Make Yarn Wrapped Easter Eggs in Under a Minute

Dyeing eggs is always a fun Easter craft, but why not cut the mess and create colorful, long-lasting eggs with three simple materials?



These could not be easier to make. And what a great way to use up those extra yarn bits from your craft stash!

Tools and Materials
plastic Easter eggs
Aleens Tacky Glue
yarn (multi-color ombre yarn will create fun stripes)

Spiral glue around the top of the egg covering roughly half the surface area. Tacky glue is the critical element in this craft -- hot glue will melt the plastic and eventually pop off, and regular white glue won't hold the glue in place long enough to let it dry. Tacky Glue is super thick -- the perfect medium for this project. 
With your fingers, create a small spiral of glue at one end of the egg. Make sure it's right in the center or the next steps may come out a little wonky.

Continue spiraling around and around. This may seem odd at first but it will go quickly after you get the hang of it. And don't worry about extra glue coming through the seams, it's easy to dab away big blobs with a wet sponge at the end, and any other residue will dry clear. 
Well, would you look at that. That's it! 
But, who says Easter is all about pastels?
For a fun twist, try alternating yarn halfway through. You can make all sorts of color combinations.

Wouldn't you love to meet the hen who laid these eggs? Now that is one funky chicken.

Feel free to check out more Easter crafts on my blog.

Happy crafting!
-- Aunt Peaches


Make your own tie dye socks

I know it's still winter in a lot of places (sorry, East coast), but one sure way to hurry up spring and summer is to make yourself a pair of one-of-a-kind tie dye socks using Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye!  If these socks don't SCREAM warmer weather, I don't know what does!  Here's how you can create your own vibrant pair for every day of the week!!!!

What you need:

Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit in Neon Colors (this kit also gives you 5 additional refills!!!)

– White cotton socks

Inside the package, you will find rubber bands. Wrap your socks as desired with the rubber bands.  As you can see, I didn't have much a rhyme or reason.  In the words of Bobby Brown, "That's My Prerogative".
Next I thoroughly wet my socks...


...then I wrung them out in the sink.  Getting the socks wet helps the dye sink into the fibers!

Mix up your dyes and shake them well to dissolve all the powders!   I used color water to mix mine.
 Now the fun part!!! Dyeing!!!  Lay out your surface cover to protect your work surface and go to town, saturating your socks well with the dye! I wanted a lot of vibrant colors colliding on my socks.  I did opt for colors in color wheel order...from experience orange next to green dye produces brown. That was not a color combo I wanted on my socks!

Here's the socks in all their glory!  I just knew they were going to turn out fab!
Picky crafter tip:  If you are super concerned about your colors mixing, use a cooling rack! A cooling rack will keep the socks elevated, while the dye colors drip below.  This way the dye colors won't roll around and accidentally seep onto your other socks.  I'm not super picky, so I didn't mind if the colors bled off onto the other socks!
 Now fold over the surface cover and let your socks sit 6-8 hours or overnight.  This way, you colors will stay ultra vibrant and strong!
Remove the socks from the plastic wrap and rinse out the dye from each pair of socks. Keep rinsing the socks until the the water from the socks runs clear.
Remove the rubber bands from the socks and wash the socks in the washing machine on cold.  Add a little detergent to the cycle. Line dry the socks or put them in the dryer. You may want to wash your tie dye socks separately from your other clothes, just to be on the safe side.  You wouldn't want there to still be a trace of dye that got off on your other clothes!
And here's the finished result!  I love how they turned out!!! So vibrant and fun.  You may notice that there's some white areas on the socks.  That is the elastic (plastic) that doesn't retail the dye!  
Even though this part did not dye,  I still think they are really cool...I think it actually makes the socks more interesting!
Which pair do you think looks the coolest???



Handy Jewelry Holder

This was one of those DIY projects that was inspired by something I saw in a catalog and immediately thought, "I can make that!"
I knew I'd seen the hand stands at the craft store, and then I decided to kind of beef it up and add a base. Read on to see how I made it!

1 paper mache hand base
1 wood plaque
Mardi Gras beads

1. Paint the base and hand the color you want. My first thought was to paint it bright and add flowers, but then I thought I'd stick to the theme of my inspiration. Anyway, once you paint the pieces, add a generous amount of Max Tacky Adhesive to the bottom of the hand fixture and secure to the wood base. Let it dry for about an hour. You can also run a bead of the glue around the joint area if you plan to hang heavy pieces.

2. I can never leave well enough alone. I painted everything silver, then decided it needed some texture, so I glued Mardi Gras around the edges and then painted it silver all over again!
Here is how it looks standing upright, which is how it is intended, so we have to do something different, right?
NOTE: If you plan to hang it on the wall, make sure to add a sawtooth picture hanger to the back!
I hung it on the wall, out of the way of the walking path of the room, since it extends out. It's so cute, I love it!!!
Here is a side view! I plan to add mugs hooks to the wood base so it can also hold earrings, bracelets and more necklaces!
Thanks for checking out my project! Happy crafting!


Spring Kids Crafts - Watercolor and Salt Butterflies

Time and time again I kept seeing crafty moms posting the salt and watercolor projects they were making with their children. Tallulah and I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I'm sure glad we did.

– Watercolor
– Table salt
– Paint brush
– Tacky Glue
– Pipe cleaners
– Pompoms
– Scissors
– Watercolor paper
First fold your paper in half. The butterflies will be made making a monoprint of a glue pattern.
Apply your Tacky Glue on one side of your paper in a butterfly like pattern.
Fold your paper back in half at the fold. This will make your Tacky Glue monoprint. Coat the pattern with salt shaking off the excess.
Once your glue has dried you can start painting the salt with watercolor.
Adults and kids will enjoy painting the salt with watercolor. What type of paint, salt, how much water you add will give different effects.
Allow your watercolor to dry completely. Afterward cut out a "butterfly" pattern from your watercolor paper.
Punch a hole in your butterfly near the top center.
Run your pipe cleaner through the hole to make antenna.
Using Tacky Glue add pompoms to the tips of your butterfly's antenna.
Once your glue has dried you can display your butterflies. The heavy watercolor paper helps them hold their shape.
Smaller versions could have clothespins glued to the back to be clipped around the house.
I love the way our butterflies turned out. The salt makes the colors sparkle and the butterflies look like they have been flocked. Now I'm thinking of what else I can cover in Tacky Glue, salt and watercolor.

Gold Dipped Glitter Clutch

A black clutch should be a staple in every girls wardrobe, but no one ever said that staples had to be boring, did they? This gold dipped glitter clutch is definitely not boring, but I would still consider it a staple. It is functional and fabulous at the same time; Perfect for everyday use as well as a night out on the town.

Here is what you will need:   
plain black clutch
painter's tape
Step 1: Place a strip of painter's tape across the clutch on the diagonal. If you want your "dip" to straight across, then place the painters tape horizontally. 
Step 2: Using the sponge pouncer, apply an even coat of Fashion Glitter Bond on the section below the tape. The pouncer is great for this!
Step 3: Add Glitter! And lots of it! Sprinkle loads of glitter on the the section with the wet glitter bond. Be sure to save the excess glitter when you shake it off. We don't want any glitter to go to waste here, not even one speck. Remove the tape after this step. 
Step 4: Place a row of Iron-On Studs along the top edge of your clutch near the zipper. Set them in place with the Cordless Heat Setting Tool. This thing works like magic- literally.

Step 5: Following the same process, cover the zipper pull in Iron-On studs as well for even more of a rocker look!
Now that is one sparkly and trendy clutch, if I do say so myself. I hope this post has inspired to you look at basics in a new way and maybe even rummage thew your old accessories and give them a new life with a touch (or boatload) of glitter! 

For more tutorials like this stop by my blog A Little Craft In Your Day.

Kiss Me Onesie Tutorial

St. Patrick's Day is around the corner and it's the perfect time to celebrate all things green! I was given the task to create some fun DIY wearabls for kids for the season, and I thought glitter and tie dye was just the ticket for all the little leprechauns out there! Here's how simple it is to get the look!

What you need:
– Tie Dye Onesie (I dyed mine using a kit of lime Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye)
– Paper plate
Remove your stencils from the sheet and apply them centrally on your shirt to say "Kiss Me".
 Squeeze out some of the lime paint onto your paper plate and dip your pouncer brush into it. Tap off the excess, then pouce into your "Kiss Me" stencils.
 Next shake on the Fashion glitter over your phrase, covering up the paint you just applied!
I also added a four-leaf clover to my design and sprinkled the glitter on top of it. After that, I shook it off and onto a sheet of paper to catch my glitter (to pour back into the jar).  i let it try for several hours and it was ready to wear!
I had so much  fun with this one that I decided to make more!  I can't get enough of glitter and tie dye!

Tulle Skirt with Crystals DIY

I have been wanting a Tulle skirt for a long time, 
so finally  decided  that I needed to make myself one.
Did you know that Tulip makes crystals that you can add to almost anything.
Check out how I added them to this tulle skirt.

Things you Need.
10 yards of Tulle
Sewing machine
Parchment paper

 For the lining of your skirt 
Fold your shirt in half
Cut like the picture above

 sew the corners
Trim off the excess.
 Set aside.
* I am not the greatest seamstress I wing 99.9 % of what I do
I am horrible at following directions although I do have basic sewing skills,
lots of what I do is trial by error. 
I have posted some great tutorials on Circle skirts below
by some wonderful women who are much better at sewing than me.
Cut your tulle into 5 lengths.
this will depend on how long your skirt will be.
fold your tulle in half.
then fold it over
This is how you find your measurements the waist of your Circle skirt.
 Measure how long you want your skirt  This will be the length measurement.
Measure that from the waist.
On my skirt there is no zipper or elastic
so I measured at my hips as my Waist measurement,
 that way I could just pull the skirt on.
For an awesome Video on an easy way yo make a circle skirt
Check out Coolirpa on You Tube
For those of you that are visual, like me, this will help you a lot.
Here are some other Circle skirt tutorials

Cut out 5 circles of tulle
line up all of your tulle on top of each other 
and baste together with a loose stitch around the waist.
then cut a straight line about 4 inches from the waist.
Cut your ribbon 72 inches long.
pin the the ribbon to the skirt 
making sure the tails of your ribbon are in the back 
where the slit is in the tulle
now pin in your tee-shirt skirt and  the tulle  together.
Sew the Ribbon, tulle and T-shirt lining together with the sewing machine.
cut another piece of ribbon to go on the outside of the skirt for the waist.
 Sew the two ribbons together
this makes the waistband.
There will be a slight gap in the tulle in the back 
but when you tie it around your waist it should close the gap.
Now for the fun.
Lets add some sparkle to this skirt.

 cut a piece of parchment paper about 4 inches by 4 inches.
This will go under your crystals and tulle so the glue will not stick to the table.
place your Tulip, heat activated crystals randomly around your skirt.
Slide the Parchment paper under your tulle and crystal.
I did one at a time and just moved along the bottom of the first layer of tulle.
Use an Iron (not to hot) or the
to set your crystals follow the instructions on the box
just a touch of sparkle will go a long way.
Now go and have fun with some Tulip Crystals.
Have a Wonderful Day.
Lots of <3,
For more of my DIY head on over to my Blog

T-Shirt into a Skirt with Hearts and Stripes

Almost anywhere you live it’s hard not to have spring fever right now and this DIY tutorial will show you how to turn a T-Shirt into a Skirt with Hearts and Stripes for girls, creating cute spring stripes and patterns using Tulip Fabric Spray Paints and Tulip Neon Heat Transfers. To put an extra spring in your step, I’ll also show you how to easily turn the sleeves into pockets!

1 XL White T-Shirt
Needle & Thread
Sewing Machine
Masking Tape
Paper & pencil or stencil for heart design
Safety Pin

step 1
Layout your t-shirt on a covered flat surface. 

Measure your t-shirt to the length you want your skirt, add 1.5 inches and cut across your t-shirt.

Place a thick sheet of paper or cardboard inside your shirt.

Put your tape across your shirt to make stripes.

step 2
Using your Tulip fabric spray paints, spray your shirt to create stripes.

Let dry.

Turn over and do the other side.
Peel off your tape to reveal your stripes!

step 3
Using your paper and pencil draw a heart and cut it out. If you prefer you can use a heart stencil instead.

Trace your heart onto your Tulip heat transfer sheet and cut it out. I made 3 hearts.

step 4
Heat up your iron, I used the cotton setting with NO STEAM.

Place your hearts onto your t-shirt where you want them.

Lay a cloth over your hearts and press carefully with your iron.

Move your iron back and forth slowly doing one heart at a time. Don’t let your iron just sit on your t-shirt keep it moving slowly until your hearts have transferred to your t-shirt.

step 5
Cut the top neckline off your t-shirt.

Cut straight across from the shoulders.

step 6
Turn your t-shirt inside out and lay flat.

Mark on your sleeves where you want to sew them.

Using your sewing machine sew a seam around your pockets and up an inch or so above the arm hole.

step 7
Fold the neckline (where you just cut) over about 1.5 inches and pin. 

step 8
Using your sewing machine sew all around this hem leaving about 2 inches open to add your elastic.

step 9
Measure the elastic to fit your waist plus 2 inches for sewing.

Attach the safety pin to one end of your elastic and run it through your hem.

Sew your two ends together.

Sew the hole closed.

step 10
Fold your bottom hem and pin all the way around.

Using your sewing machine sew your hem.

Press your hem if necessary and voila! Enjoy!

To see more fashion DIY tutorials please check out my blog Trinkets in Bloom.