This September 14th, my work will be in Westgate’s Art in the Park family festival. I will have my polymer clay birds on display along with some of my silkscreened baby onesies. To see more of my work, please visit my etsy store. And, if you’re in the Columbus area, make sure you check out this very nice family event.
This project is a great way to recycle old cardboard food boxes, and it provides another option for displaying all of the beautiful artwork that your children are always creating. See my easy instructions below.
Materials: cardboard box, white acrylic paint, paint brush, scissors
1. Cut a rectangular hole in the back of your cardboard box. (This will later be used for hanging).
2. Paint the entire box with white acrylic paint.
3. After the paint dries, glue your child’s artwork to the front of the box.
4. Hang and enjoy!
A note about the future of the semicraftymom blog: My Summer break has ended, and I will be returning to teaching, so my posts will not be as frequent. However, I plan on starting an art education blog, so look for further information on that to be coming soon.
This is a really easy and cute way to make a fashion statement. All you need is tissue paper, string, scissors and a pipe cleaner.
1. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist one side around the other, leaving a little loop at the top.
2. Pull the other end through the loop, and adjust it to the size of your finger. Set aside.
3. Cut about 15 to 20 strips of tissue paper 1inch by 2 inches.
4. Stack the strips of paper and tie them in the middle with some string.
5. Round the ends of the tissue paper by cutting off the corners with scissors.
6. Begin folding up each piece of tissue paper, one piece at at time until you have something that resembles a flower.
7. Attach the tissue paper flower to your ring by wrapping the excess pipe cleaner around the middle of the flower.
8. Your mini pom flower ring is ready to wear!
I’m still working out some issues with this project, but I wanted to share my progress with it. Unfortunately, the ink that I used was not a permanent fabric ink, and most of it washed out in the washing machine. I will be trying this again with a different type of ink, and will post the results once it’s finished. In the meantime, here are some simple instructions with how to create this design.
Materials: T-shirt, permanent ink, stamp (buy one or create your own)
1. Lay T-shirt on a flat surface. (Put something inside the shirt, like newspaper, so the ink doesn’t bleed through).
2. Using your stamp, make a pattern covering the front of your shirt.
3. Allow it to dry. Depending on what type of ink you use, once it has dried, you may need to heat set it with an iron.
4. Wash and wear.
This is a really easy project. The secret to making one like this is to use a pair of pajama pants with a wide hem at the bottom. I took the string from the top of the pants and strung it through the opening of the hem on the pennant flags. See my instructions below.
1. Cut out a triangle template from cardboard.
2. Trace the template onto your fabric.
3. Cut out.
4. String a ribbon or piece of string through the top of the flags.
5. Cut letters out of fabric or ribbon for the name (optional) and glue on.
6. Your banner is done! Enjoy!
This is a really simple project, and it helps make use of those annoying plastic grocery bags that are always piling up. See below for the list of materials and instructions.
Materials: Fabric (I used an old baby blanket), Needle and Thread, plastic grocery bags, pen, marker, buttons (for eyes, optional. You will want to draw on your eyes if you plan on having this around young children.)
1. Fold fabric in half.
2. Trace outline of whale (or other animal or thing) onto fabric.
3. Cut out (you should end up with two sides).
4. Sew along the outside edge ( I hand stitched mine).
5. Stop before you get to the tail.
6. Draw details (smile) and sew on button (or draw) eyes.
7. Stuff with grocery bags.
8. Finish sewing up tail (leave a little hole to stuff remaining bags, then sew up completely).
9. Wala! You have a finished whale pillow!
Here’s a shot I caught with my iphone while on vacation in Silver Lake, MI. It was such a beautiful place. My family and I traveled across the sand dunes, and visited one of the lighthouses on Lake Michigan. My husband and I enjoyed the sights, while our two boys enjoyed playing in the sand.
Coming soon…trash bag pillows!