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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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Tutorial: Artistic Meditation

Feeling stressed? Try a little artistic meditation to relax and unwind while creating a stunning piece of art.It's no secret that when I have an episode of crafter's block I usually turn to paper and pencil to regain a bit of focus and inspiration. I guess the process is similar to the latest adult coloring book craze. There is something deeply meditative about adding color to a blank page and watching a design grow.

During a recent craft slump I got out my watercolor pencils, paper and a quilt design book. The finished artwork looks quite intricate, but the process is not as fancy as you would imagine.



I started by drawing a quilt block design called Double T onto a sheet of vellum. If you are not comfortable with the drawing part, you can save and print a copy of my Double T drawing onto vellum. Or, if you want to try something different, Quiltivate is a great resource for geometric quilt block patterns that you can save and print.
Next, center a square of watercolor paper over your drawn or printed design and hold in place with a couple pieces of painter's tape. Your watercolor paper should be at least 1 inch larger than the geometric design. Place the papers onto a lightbox so you can see the design through the watercolor paper.
Use watercolor pencil(s) to lightly sketch smaller shapes and doodles onto the watercolor paper using the larger quilt block shapes as a guide. I work in small sections and enjoy drawing a variety of teardrop shapes, but there's no right or wrong way to do this.

Also, I like my design to be symmetrical, but there is no law saying it has to be.Take your time. This is all about relaxation and watching the shapes gradually fill the page.
Remove the papers from the lightbox and color in your design.

Again, take your time and enjoy seeing each little shape fill with color.
Use a liner brush and water to "paint" over the colors.

As the colors soften, let yourself relax.
Repeat the steps. Sketch some small shapes to fill the next section.

It's not a race, so slow down.
Fill the shapes in with color.

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
Add water and let the colors soften.


Repeat the process as necessary until the entire design is filled.
You can use as many or as few colors as you like for your individual meditative masterpiece. In this demonstration, I only used two colors and varied the darkness of each. There is no right or wrong way to create.

Feeling stressed? Try a little artistic meditation to relax and unwind while creating a stunning piece of art.

Breathe. Relax. Create. Be happy!

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Tutorial: Sharpie Tile Coasters

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.I've had a stack of plain white tiles in the garage since we did some bathroom work over a year ago. I knew they would eventually be perfect for some sort of craft. The obvious project, of course, is coasters.

These coasters incorporate two materials that you probably have in your house right now - Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. A set of four coasters are easy (and inexpensive) to create and would be a thoughtful housewarming, hostess or holiday gift.

With a little guidance, this is a project that even the kids could help with.



A word of warning before you begin. This project does not smell great while you are working, so make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Also, protect your work surfaces.

Make sure the tile surface is clean and dry.

Choose four Sharpie colors. (Pro tip: The metallics don't work well for this project.)
Take your first color and draw 4-6, randomly placed circles that are between the size of a dime and nickel.

Completely color in the circles.

Neatness doesn't count ;)
Choose your next color and scribble "lion manes" around each circle. It's fine if the colors mix a bit.
With the next color, draw lion manes around your lion manes.
With the last color, fill in any remaining white space.

Let your coloring dry for a few minutes.
Dip a fan brush into rubbing alcohol. Lightly tap the brush against your finger so the alcohol gets sprinkled across the tile.

Don't add too much alcohol at first. You'll be surprised how quickly the colors start to blend and blur.
Sprinkles of rubbing alcohol blurs a Sharpie marker design and gives the effect of watercolors. Gradually tap a little more alcohol across the tile until your design looks just right.

If you go overboard and your design becomes too white or you just don't like the color combination, you can remove all of the ink with an alcohol covered cotton ball. Make sure to wash and dry the tile before you start coloring again.
After the alcohol drops are completely dry, seal in the colors with clear spray paint. Start with a very light coating sprayed at least 18 inches from the tile. If you spray too close to the tile or use too much for the first coat, your colors will blur even more.

After the initial coat is dry, add 2-3 more coats of clear paint according to the package directions.

After the clear coat is completely dry, affix the cork to the back of your tile with E6000 according to the package directions.
When the glue is dry, your coaster is ready for use.
Don't be afraid to experiment with your colors. As I mentioned before, if you hate the color combo, you can always remove the ink with rubbing alcohol and start over.

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.

Which color is your favorite?

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