Showing posts with label Mod Podge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mod Podge. Show all posts

Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Shamrocks

Kid's Craft Tutorial: Add some luck to your garden with DIY recycled plastic water bottle shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day or any day.Happy St. Patricks Day! A couple years ago I wrote a tutorial about making plastic bottle flowers and it is one of my most popular posts. Even though I do not do a lot of holiday themed crafting, I thought it would be fun to put a little twist on the design and show you how to make lucky four-leaf clovers with plastic water bottles.

This is a fun project to do with your little leprechauns, but you may need to help the wee ones with the cutting part.



Start by removing the labels from your water bottle. You can leave the cap on.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully cut around the top ring of the bottle.
You only need the top section of the bottle. Recycle or repurpose the bottle bottom.
Next, make four, evenly spaced cuts from the cut edge to as close to the spout as possible. You can use the seams of the bottle as a guide for where to start cutting.

If you don't need as much luck in your garden, go ahead and make a traditional three leafed shamrock by making three cuts instead of four.
Fold the leaves back, almost like you are folding the bottle inside out.
Use a scissors to round out the edges of each leaf.
I'm leaving the cap on for the painting part, but you can remove it if you like. If there is still a thin safety ring on your bottle that held the cap in place, now is the perfect time to remove it.

Pro Tip: If there is any printing on the bottle, like a freshness date, it can be removed with a cotton ball and a little nail polish remover.
Place the shamrock on your work surface so that the bottle cap is facing up. You will be painting what used to be the outside of the bottle.

Use a light green or even white paint to paint some rounded triangles on the tip of each leaf.
See how it almost gives each leaf a heart shape?

Let the paint dry. Apply one or two more coats of paint over the same area letting it dry completely between coats.

If you want to get fancy, add a line of dots down the center of each leaf from the point of the triangle to the bottle cap.
Add a 2-3 coats of dark green paint to each leaf. It is fine to paint over your light triangles. You'll be able to see them through the plastic on the  other side of the shamrock.
Make sure to let the paint dry completely between coats.

If your shamrocks are going to be outside, I recommend adding 1-2 coats of Mod Podge to seal the paint and protect it from chipping and cracking.
Once everything is nice and dry, wrap a piece of floral wire around the gap where the safety seal used to be to form the stem.
Place your lucky four-leaf clovers in the garden or in pots on your patio and keep an eye out for leprechauns!

Kid's Craft Tutorial: Add some luck to your garden with DIY recycled plastic water bottle shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day or any day.

Happy crafting!

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Craft Fail: Button Bowl

Everyone's seen this craft DIY showing how to make a button bowl. But is it really possible?If you're into crafting, I'm sure you've seen this project on Pinterest, "The Button Bowl."

Not to brag, but I consider myself to be an expert crafter, so when I saw this one I was pretty confident that I could pull it off.

And look at that bowl. Not bad, eh?

Well, my friends, let me tell you that even the most experienced crafters have a failed project from time to time. This is mine.

I started my project with high hopes. It actually seemed like it would be pretty easy compared to the shredded paper bowl I made last year.

The process is simple enough.

Blow up a balloon. Cover it with a bit of Mod Podge. Stick on some buttons.
Stick on more buttons. Add more Mod Podge. Let it dry...

Add a few more coats of Mod Podge. Let it dry...
Pop the balloon. Boom!
Just trim off the excess Mod Podge and voila! Looks great.

It was getting late, so I decided I would take pictures of my finished bowl the next day and then I could write up the tutorial.

When I walked into my studio the next morning, my heart sank. Instead of a perfectly formed button bowl, I found a flat clump of buttons on the table. The bowl had collapsed in on itself. I was so disappointed I couldn't even take a picture.

But, I'm not one to give up. Since I couldn't blow up another balloon to the exact same size, I rummaged through the kitchen until I found a similarly sized serving bowl. I turned the bowl upside down, placed a few strips of parchment paper over it and draped my soft, button-y mess over the bowl.

Clearly I had just been a little to excited about removing the button bowl from the balloon. If I let it sit for a few more days, the bowl will surely harden.

Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months.

After four long months of "drying" I discovered that my bowl was still so soft that it could be folded into a taco
or even rolled into a burrito.
Here's the time-lapse (about a minute) of what happened when I set the bowl down.

I can make a shredded paper bowl, so why not try a button bowl?
Yes, I made a button bowl, sort of, but I am still declaring this a craft fail since my bowl does not stay "bowl shaped" for more than a few seconds.

Everyone's seen this craft DIY showing how to make a button bowl. But is it really possible?

Have you had success making a button bowl? I'd love your advice on this project.

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Tutorial: Disney Map Keepsake Box

Craft Tutorial: How to make a keepsake box with Disneyland maps or other travel maps, brochures and repurposed paperDisneyland has held a special place in my heart ever since my daughter and I made it our annual tradition to go there, just the two of us. We spend two and a half days, taking in as many attractions as we can. Our personal record is 38 attractions in one wonderfully exhausting day.

We love them all! Big Thunder Mountain, The Matterhorn Bobsleds, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Storybook Land Canal Boats. When I sit down to look at the park map it brings back every happy memory, like the first time we did the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Through and my daughter tried to open one of the magical doors and it rattled and growled at her. Hilarious!

To preserve some of our magical memories (park tickets, pins, etc.) I made a special Disneyland map box. If you have your own happy place, this project could easily be modified to use maps, brochures or magazine pictures featuring your favorite locale.



I used a 4-inch square box and 3 park maps. I could have used fewer maps, but I wanted to feature specific images on my box.
Fortunately, the folds in the maps were spaced four inches apart. That made it easier to arrange the pieces on my box.

Paper mache boxes tend to vary slightly in size, so I'm not going to give specific measurements. You'll need to measure each section of the box that you'll be covering with paper.
Using a paper trimmer, cut out six pieces for the lid. Four rectangles to wrap around the sides and two squares for the top and inside.
For the base of the box cut two squares for the inside and bottom, four large rectangles to wrap around the outer sides and four smaller rectangles to line the inner sides.
Now it's time to get out the Mod Podge.

Pro Tip: I like to cover my work area with parchment paper for easy clean up. It catches any drips, and can be easily removed from your sticky work in progress.

Paint an even layer of Mod Podge on one side of the box.
Position one of the outer side papers and smooth out any bubbles.
Apply an even coat of Mod Podge along the bottom and inside edge and fold over the side paper. Press out any bubbles.

Repeat for the remaining three sides.
Next, adhere the outer bottom panel of the box.
Now it's time to adhere the inner side panels.
And finally, the bottom inside square.
Now for the lid. Again, start with the sides. Fold them over, just like before.

Since the sides of the lid are so narrow, it was easier to wrap one piece of paper around both the inside and outside instead of using two separate pieces.
Next, adhere a square to the inside of the lid.
Then adhere a square to the top of the lid.
Once your box is completely covered with paper, you'll want to seal it with a couple coats of Mod Podge. This gives it a beautiful, shiny finish.

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the box and lid. Let it dry 15-20 minutes between coats.
Let the box dry for at least 24 hours before you put the lid on. If you can still smell the Mod Podge, it's too soon to close the box.
Once it's completely dry, your keepsake box is ready to be filled with your treasures and mementos.

Craft Tutorial: How to make a keepsake box with Disneyland maps or other travel maps, brochures and repurposed paper

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Craft Challenge Tutorial: Paper Bowl

How to make a paper mache bowl with Mod Podge and recycled magazine paperA couple months ago, my friend Teena, from Serendipitini, and I did a little recycled craft challenge using plastic. Today, we're back with another blog friend and a new material - paper, specifically catalog or magazine paper.

Let me introduce our upcycled challenge team and make sure to check out their incredible projects.

I decided to try a project that I have been envisioning for quite some time, a decorative (not for soup or cereal) paper mache type bowl. It's super easy to make, but rather time consuming and delightfully messy :)


  • catalogs or magazines
  • paper shredder
  • newspaper to protect your work surface
  • balloon
  • plastic bowl
  • Mod Podge Original, Gloss Finish
  • 1 inch wide flat paintbrush
  • pin or needle
  • scissors
  • yarn or string
  • tape
  • 1 inch wide foam brush


Start by shredding a few catalogs or magazines.
Cover your work surface with a couple pieces of newspaper.Blow up a balloon and place it tied side down in a bowl. The more you blow up your balloon, the bigger your paper bowl will be.
Use a flat brush to apply a generous amount of Mod Podge covering about a 4-inch square on the balloon.
Sprinkle on some paper shred.
Make sure the paper is flat against the balloon.
Paint a generous layer of Mod Podge over the paper shred.
Continue applying Mod Podge and paper until you have a nice layer of paper covering the balloon,

Let the Mod Podge dry over night.
After applying my first layer of paper, I held my balloon up to the light so I could see if I missed any spots. As you can see, I did. That's not a problem though.
Continue covering the balloon in Mod Podge and paper shred. I did five layers. Make sure to let the Mod Podge dry overnight before you add each layer.

Tip: I don't think you can really add too much paper or Mod Podge.
Once you have added 4-5 layers of paper and the Mod Podge is dry, you are ready to pop the balloon. If you want, place a couple pieces of tape on the balloon.
Poke a pin or needle into the tape and step back. Don't let go of the pin or needle because it could become a dangerous projectile when the balloon pops.

Pssssss.... Ka-Blam!
Peel the remaining balloon bits out of the bowl. It should be pretty easy.
Next you need to even out the jagged edges. Tie a string around the bowl. This is going to be your cutting guide, so make sure it is placed evenly. You can tape the string, so it doesn't slide around as you cut.
Use a sturdy pair of scissors to cut around the bowl 1/4 - 1/2 inch above the string.

Finally, use a foam brush to apply a coat of Mod Podge to the cut edge of the bowl and let it dry completely.
The inside of your bowl should be very smooth and the outside will be a bit bumpier. I just love this random, colorful bowl. It kind of reminds me of a bird's nest.

Tutorial: Decorative paper bird nest bowl

Now, hop on over to Serendipitini ans About Family Crafts to learn more about the incredible projects my blog buddies created. You'll never look at your junk catalogs and magazines the same way again!

Serendipitini - Leather, Wire and Paper Necklace

About Family Crafts - Fall Apple Bunting
If you would like to join our happy little group of crafty bloggers in our next upcycled craft challenge, just e-mail me and let me know you're interested.

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