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8 Cool & Creative Craft Techniques to Try this Month

19 May 2020
8 Cool & Creative Craft Techniques to Try this Month -  may hoy

The greatest part of getting creative is that your imagination can run wild. If you enjoy getting creative with your hands and engaging in new crafts then you will know that learning new techniques is exciting.

If you are stuck in a rut, then you should definitely try out these DIY eight cool creative craft techniques that are sure to get the creative juices flowing!

1. DIY Striped T-Shirt with Spray Paint

If you have an old white T-shirt laying at the back of your cupboard that you don’t wear anymore, then now is the perfect opportunity to breathe new life into it!

To do this, all you will need is a white T-shirt, tape and fabric spray paint. Place the tape where you would like to make the stripes. You can also decide on the thickness you prefer.

Once you are happy with the positioning of the tape, grab your fabric spray paint and get spraying. Lay the T-shirt aside for the paint to dry and then remove the tape – you now have a brand new striped T-shirt!


2. From Doily to Doily Dish

Every household has a few doilies laying in the linen cupboard that does not get used anymore. Some may feel that this classic decoration is outdated, but you can turn a drab doily into a cool doily dish!

To create your doily dish you will need the following supplies:

  • A doily
  • Fabric stiffener
  • A bowl
  • Foil or plastic wrap
  • Rubber gloves

Now that you have all the supplies, all you need to do is choose a bowl that will be large enough for your doily to fit over. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap or foil to prevent the bowl from becoming damaged or the doily getting stuck.

Soak your doily in fabric stiffener, then press it to the outside of the bowl to take form – make sure to be wearing your rubber gloves! You can even add colour fabric dye to the mixture to create different coloured doily dishes.

Allow the doily to dry overnight. You now have a doily dish to use as you see fit!


3. Create your Own Potato Stamps

Easily turn a plain T-Shirt, dress, tablecloth or napkins into a creative work of art all with a potato and some paint! This is a really easy craft technique to experiment with and is also one where you can get the kids involved.

To create your ‘spudding’ piece of art you will need the following:

  • A potato
  • A knife
  • A pen
  • Fabric Paint
  • Paintbrush/sponge
  • Your chosen fabric surface

All you need to do is cut the end of the potato off with a knife so that the surface is flat. You can then take your pen to design the shape you want to stamp onto the fabric. Once again, use the knife to carve out the shape. Once you are satisfied with your design, you can apply the fabric paint to the potato using a brush or sponge.

Now the fun truly begins! It is time to stamp away on the fabric to create a design that is unique to your character and personality.

Feel free to use different potato stamp designs in an array of colours on the same fabric to make your designs more vibrant!


4. From Floppy T-Shirt to Funky Tote Bag

If you have an old baggy T-Shirt bundled up in your cupboard, why not haul it out and turn it into a funky tote bag? This really simple craft technique is not only practical but fun too!

To create your tote bag you will need:

  • An old large T-Shirt
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing machine/sewing kit
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Decorations

The first step is to cut out the tote bag pattern by removing the sleeves and dipping into the neckline (see image below for a guide). You can now sew the bottom and handles up using a sewing machine or hand sewing kit.

You now have a tote bag but it is not yet a funky tote until you do some decorating. Choose your decorations and get creative with the designs and placements – the sky is the limit!

Remember to place the wax paper inside the tote bag to protect the other side of the tote bag while you are working with the fabric glue to do your decorating.


5. Whimsical CD or DVD Curtain Tieback

If you have a collection of old CDs or DVDs that are gathering dust, then why not turn them into something useful and whimsical like a curtain tieback?

This nifty craft technique will need the following:

  • An old CD or DVD
  • Carpet knife/craft knife
  • A roll of wide satin ribbon
  • Dowel
  • Thread and needle
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

To begin making your amazing tiebacks, you will need to cut out a large circle from the CD or DVD with a carpet knife or craft knife, leaving approximately 2cm between the circle and the edge of the disc.

You can now begin wrapping the wide ribbon around the edges, securing the end with some craft glue. Take your dowel and repeat the wrapping and securing process. These two items form the two main components of the curtain tieback.

To use the tieback, slip the curtain through the middle of the disc and slide the dowel behind the curtain inside the CD and through the other side keeping your curtain in place!

You can now get creative and decorate your tieback as you prefer! Ribbon flowers are an ideal choice of decoration if you are stuck for ideas.


6. Canvas Image Transfers with Decoupage

If you want to revamp your home with some new hanging artwork but do not want to paint it yourself, then these decoupage image transfer canvases are right up your alley!

To create your image transfer you will need:

  • A canvas (size according to taste)
  • A photograph printed on a laserjet printer (same size as canvas)
  • Scissors
  • An old credit card
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponge
  • Collage decoupage

To get started, print out your photograph and cut away the border using a pair of scissors. Now squeeze out some collage decoupage onto your paintbrush and spread the liquid over your photograph going back and forth in the same direction.

Once satisfied with the coverage, turn the photograph upside-down and press it firmly onto the canvas. Use a credit card to smooth out the air bubbles and to ensure the photograph is completely stuck to the canvas.

Leave the canvas to sit overnight. In the morning, take a damp sponge and gently scrub off the paper. Do not worry if you over-scrub in some places – it gives the canvas more character.

You are now the proud owner of your very own canvas image transfer. Time to choose the next photograph!


7. Beautiful Stained Glass Jars

Glass has always been a favourite when it comes to getting crafty. If you have some empty jars lying about, now is the time to get ahold of them and turn them into something beautiful!

To create your stained glass jars you will need:

  • Collage decoupage
  • Coloured dye
  • Clean glass jars
  • Paper cups
  • Spoon
  • Decorations

The first step in your project is to mix some coloured dye of your choice into a quarter cup of collage decoupage and mix it thoroughly. Once mixed, pour the liquid inside the top of the jar and roll the jar around until it is completely covered on the inside.

Now place your jars upside down somewhere for the excess liquid to drip out until only a thin later remains. Leave overnight to dry completely.

In the morning you will be left with beautiful stained glass jars to decorate and use as you see fit!

Tip: they look particularly pretty when placed in the sun.


8. Adorable Bunny Wine Glass Decoration

With the Easter holidays just passing us by, here is a craft technique that you can try out with your kids in preparation for next Easter. It is also great for parties or any day of the week!

To create your bunny wine glass decoration, you will need:

  • A wine glass
  • White spray paint
  • Thin black and pink markers
  • Ribbon
  • Burlap
  • Pink fabric
  • Glue gun and glue stick

Begin by spraying the inside of the wine glass with the white spray paint. You can now use your black marker to draw on the eyes, mouth and whiskers of the bunny and the pink marker to create his cute little nose. Set the glass aside to dry.

Now it is time to make the ears. Cut out two ears from the burlap, and two smaller ears from the pink fabric to glue on top of the burlap. You can now glue both ears on the dome of the wine glass on either side of the stem.

Finish off the glass by glueing a small bow made from ribbon between the ears.



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