Posted by Erika on Feb 18, 2009 in Family Crafts

Stenciling with freezer papers is one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to create fashion items at home.

Freezer papers have a plastic coating on one side that can be ironed onto fabric without leaving any residue. You can quickly customize your plain t-shirts, tops, jackets and cotton Capri pants (see picture below).

Using an x-acto knife, carefully cut your designs out of freezer paper. If you wish, trace the pattern out before cutting. Don’t throw out your paper scraps – you can use them later to create other designs. Next, apply fabric paint to your stencils using a foam brush. (Fabric paint and foam brushes are available at most craft stores).

Next, place the stencil on your shirt/pant (oriented how you want the image to appear) with the shiny side of the freezer paper down. Place a full sheet of freezer paper on top of your stencil with the shiny side up. Lastly, place a thin piece of cloth on top of both freezer papers, and carefully iron your stencil onto the garment.

Leave the paint to dry overnight. After the paint dries, carefully peel off your stencil. To seal the paint, iron it once more with a piece of cloth or fresh freezer paper to protect it.

Congratulations, your garment is ready-to-wear.

Image courtesy: artfulparent.wordpress.com

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Posted by Erika on Feb 2, 2009 in Family Crafts

Are the kids done with their homework and need something to do? Why not get them started on a fun craft project? It’s a good way to keep them busy and they’ll be proud of their work. Most importantly, crafting teaches children to be both creative and resourceful. Watch their young eyes light up when they realize that they can make lamp shades, calendars, jewelry, paper weights and more, out of household items.

Since it’s cold out, it only seems right to make a winter-themed craft. So how about making a snowman card? Here’s what you need to get started:

Materials for Snowman Card

  • Blank card,
  • Chart paper,
  • Three cotton balls (one large, one medium and one small),
  • Blue watercolor paint,
  • Orange construction paper,
  • Paint brush,
  • White glue,
  • Sparkle glitter,
  • Safety scissors,
  • Black marker, and
  • Black marble paper

How to Make Your Snowman Card

Before you start, keep the cotton balls under something heavy to flatten them (it will take some time). Alternatively, you can cut circles of white felt.

Cut out a rectangular shaped piece from the chart paper. Paint this piece blue with your watercolor paint. Let it dry. Next, glue the paper to the center of the blank card. Apply a smear of glue to the top of blue paper, and then give it a dusting of sparkle glitter. Allow time for everything to dry.

Glue the three cotton balls to the center of the blue rectangular paper. The large one should be at the bottom, the medium one in the middle, and the small one at the top – you’re making the snowman’s body. Next, cut out a small hat from the black marble paper and glue atop your snowman’s head.

Cut your smowman a nose from the orange construction paper, and apply it with a dab of glue. Finally, draw your snowman a mouth, eyes, and arms with the black marker and you’re done.

Happy Crafting!

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